Running Speed – Part 2 · 21 December 2012
Running speed is relative, thankfully. Which means I just need to compare myself to me.
When I first started this experiment on myself, I thought I was running fairly quickly. Now after a few months of inconsistent effort, I realize that I was not very fast at all. Not only that, I will probably not get any better as time goes on. But that is okay. I really am running faster than when I started and I can run for longer periods of time. And I really do just need to compare myself to me.
I know I am not setting any land speed records, but running a couple nine-minute miles is at least a little better than running a twelve- or fifteen-minute mile and huffing and puffing to maybe make it back to the house afterward. (This may sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.) So when I thought I was cruising before, it was just because running, even slowly, is much faster than walking.
When it comes down to it though, I am just glad that I enjoy running now. I am not forcing myself to run. In fact, I am disappointed when I do not have the time to run. Plus, I have made some real gains. I actually can run farther in a shorter amount of time than I did in the beginning. And I feel better doing it. (I do push myself to get faster, but I have had too many days between running stints to obtain any consistent results.)
One day, I might actually get a little faster, but it really does not matter. After all, I am just trying to get in shape and I only need to compare myself to me.
Thankfully, I can feel like I am running fast since running speed is relative.
© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi
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