I don’t like people all that much.
Sure, there are plenty of people who I don’t mind spending time with.
But in general?
The one group of people that, typically, I love being around are runners.
No surprise there, eh?
But, on occasion, even runners make me want to self-isolate from now until the end of time.
As you may have heard, I’m participating in the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee this summer.
Me and some 19,000+ other runners…
The organizers of the event have set up a FB group for those that are participating, and I just can’t with the people in the group.
A high percentage of the posts I’ve seen in the group is are just ridiculous.
But the ones the really irk me? Are the ones that are questioning the integrity of other runners.
Freaks Walking (Well, Running) Among Us
There are some people in the running community that are just awesome.
I call those people freaks.
And, to be clear, I mean that in the most endearing way possible.
The freaks in our sport are the ones that can seemingly run forever.
They may not be the fastest folks in the world, although they can usually get after it pretty good, but they just don’t ever stop.
Day after day. Week after week. Long run after long run.
There are plenty of freaks running the GVRAT1000k.
And in this case, I mean the freaks the finished the whole damn thing before I ran 100 bloody miles!
When the “race” started on 1 May, the freaks took off.
Several of them, banged out 100k (62 miles) pretty much every single day.
Several non-freaks in the FB group started, almost immediately, questioning the validity of those numbers.
And I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why.
Are there some people that are “cheating” in this race?
Probably. At least a few.
Like, for real, why does it matter to you at all if someone is falsely reporting their progress in a virtual race with literally no stakes?
Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Stop questioning their integrity.
Focus on you.
And, for the record, this is a much bigger issue (IMHO) than just in the #GVRAT1000k.
Worry About Your Own Self
In the running world, and beyond, we as a species are constantly playing the comparison game.
We we aren’t “stalking” someone on social media we are trying to keep up with Kardashians.
Look, I’m not saying you should live your life in a bubble and pay zero attention to what is going on in the world around you.
It’s good to be aware. It’s good to talk to others.
With a little luck, those are the kinds of things that help us to learn and grow.
But the real key to growth? As runners and as people?
You’ve got to do the work.
Now, guess how much work you tend to be doing when you’re worrying about what everyone else is doing?
Not much, eh? Eh.
But if you spent that same amount of time doing the things that would foster your own growth?
You worry about your own self.
And let everyone else worry about themselves.
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