Making Comparisons

Another Wednesday is upon us, and that brings with it another Wednesday Word from Debbie for her Wednesday Word link up!

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This week’s word is comparison. Click on the button above to join in on the link up and see who else is linking up.

The word comparison inspired me to do a sort of PSA this week for my fellow runners. A lot of us talk about the need to only compare what we have done to ourselves. But with the onslaught of social media, it’s hard not to look at what others are doing and let that little voice in your head take over. It tells you that you’re not doing enough, running fast enough, getting up early enough, eating healthy enough, etc. And all that does is make you feel worse.

It’s all fine and well to be competitive with others during a workout challenge or a race, but don’t constantly compare yourself to others. More often than not, there’s always going to be someone better, and comparing yourself to them will only diminish your own accomplishments.

Remember why you started running in the first place. If it wasn’t to become a professional and earn a paycheck, give yourself a break. Focus on your achievements and look forward to the goals you have set for yourself.

Do you compare yourself to others?


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  1. I like what you said about remembering why we started running in the first place. Bottom line, that’s what it’s all about. None of us are going to win races…
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…The Joy StealerMy Profile

    1. Definitely important not to get wrapped up in what’s happening right now, and forget why we wanted to do it in the first place!

  2. I couldn’t agree more. Most of us are doing this for fun, right? But comparing my running to another’s takes all the fun out of it!
    Alison recently posted…Wednesday Word: ComparisonMy Profile

    1. That’s right! Comparison is a fun sucker, and once you drop off that edge it’s awfully hard to pull yourself back up.

  3. It’s so easy to play that comparison game with social media. I learned a long time ago in our local races, there is always someone faster. Always. It’s about meeting your own goals!
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Making ComparisonsMy Profile

    1. Isn’t it, though!? Focusing on your own goals will certainly keep your perspective in check.

  4. Unless you’re a Kenyan, someone’s going to be going faster! It is SO hard to feel like you’re not measuring up when you see someone posting their paces on social media. I love your advice to think about why YOU run in the first place.
    Anne recently posted…Dare to Compare?My Profile

    1. Very true! Remembering why I run keeps me from getting wrapped up in it all.

  5. You are always the best at being you. And there is no comparison to that!


    1. Sounds very similar to Dr. Seuss wisdom – “There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

  6. “Run Your Own Race” is one of my favorite running quotes. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else, or even to where you were before you got sick, went on vacation, etc.
    Coco recently posted…Love Your Lady Parts At The Race To End Women’s CancerMy Profile

    1. I love that quote, too. Focus on the now and on your goals, not on what others are doing or even what you did in the past under different circumstances.

  7. One reason I do post my pace is because I know I’m not the only slow runner out there. I hope I can inspire someone to thing even though I only run _____ pace, yeah, I’m still a runner.

    Sometimes comparison can be motivating and dang I guess I should have blogged about that. Maybe a blog for another day. 🙂
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Comparison is the Thief of Joy (Theodore Roosevelt)My Profile

    1. Despite being dangerous for the comparison game, social media can also serve as a great motivator. It’s nice to see others out there that you can relate to who are doing what you do.

  8. “Remember why you started running in the first place. If it wasn’t to become a professional and earn a paycheck, give yourself a break.” Very well said!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Solo RunfessionsMy Profile

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