I went for a run Saturday morning, and I planned on 6 miles but ended up doing 4.5 miles because I had a side stitch on my right side that caused me to walk a bit more than I wanted. I considered it a decent run, especially since it was sunny and 60 degrees. That afternoon, after showering and eating lunch, I saw that two people I follow on Instagram post their post-run mileage in their stories: one ran 10 miles while the other ran 13.
I had gone through a phase earlier this year where I hated running. I felt like I wasn’t good enough, that I’ll never be good at running. This concept of “being good” at running started in the fall and got worse over the winter while I was training for the March 10K—the one that never was because it was canceled. I didn’t feel like I was good at running, but really, what does “being good” at running even mean? I know that for marathon runners, you should probably be a strong runner and have the endurance to run really long distances, but like for the every-day, regular person runner? For a time, I thought you had to run X miles to be a good runner, but, really, it’s not like that. In this case, I feel like “good” is subjective: what I consider good would be different than yours, probably based on your experience with running.
So I don’t say that I’m good at running. (However I have begun to call myself a runner. I went through an identity crisis with that, but we’re all set now.) I say that I enjoy running—which I know makes me sound crazy, because who actually enjoys running? I know that I’m going to have good runs and bad runs, and I need to be able to see the good in the bad ones. (I also started to count the number of dogs I see on my runs. A lot more people have been out walking, and many of those individuals bring their pups. My record so far is 22 dogs in one 6 mile run.)
I think that you don’t have to be good at something you enjoy. But you can be good at it. Or it’s something you’re working on. I think, especially now, we need to recognize the things we enjoy and enjoy doing, whether or not we’d be considered the best at it.
Here’s my list of other things I enjoy:
- Reading (I’ve read 19 books so far this year. The Harry Potters are slowing me down haha.)
- Painting/drawing/coloring (Yes, I do own a few of those adult coloring books. They’re very calming.)
- Crocheting (I recently found my bag of yarn. Worth doing just to kill some time? Granted, all I can really make is a scarf or smallish blanket, so…)
- Writing (I haven’t touched that new story I started last year in months, but I do still think about it every once in a while.)
- Photography (I went through a phase a few years ago when I dragged my parents to local hiking trails and parks so I could take photos of the fall foliage. I own a Canon digital camera that I probably should get back out after all of this is over.)
For this week, I want you guys to think about things you enjoy, and you may be good at them or you might not be. All I care about is that doing those things makes you happy or relaxed or whatever. Feel free to leave those things in the comments of this post or write your own post! (Especially if you’re looking for something to write about haha. If you do, link back to this post so I can see what you wrote!)