Measuring performance in running is very different to most other sports. It is totally up to you. Sure, you can be part of a team that qualifies for other races. You can compete against other people to chase medals or records. Other runners can inspire you to run better than you would have without their support. Even considering this, at the end of the day, only you, and the space between your ears can decide just how fast you run.
All those accumulated hours of pain, mental battles against our inner demons, blisters so bad it hurts to walk, are only made worthwhile when we reach our potential.
This could be many things:
- Completing a 5k in under 30 minutes
- Achieving a Boston qualifier
- Hitting the Olympic trials standard
- Running a time fast enough to where your country will finally consider you good enough to represent them…..
Other than a few Olympians who dream of, and win an Olympic Gold, the goals for runners all have one thing in common; that moment when you cross the finish line, must be under a particular number on that clock, or it is back to the drawing board. Try again. The higher up you go, the more you are restricted by time.
- Yesterday’s run
- The day before yesterdays run
- Last weeks mileage
- Your accumulated sleep this week
- What you ate the night before
- What you ate the morning of
- Your emotions
- The wind
- How long you were sitting before you ran
- Many, many more
way.Will you join me in not setting a specific goal for your next race? If not, why not? Have you ever suffered from Garmin/GPS obsession?