Happy Friday, everyone!
It’s difficult for many of us to step back each week and truly applaud ourselves for what we’ve accomplished. Running is hard enough in itself, and even harder when you balance it with family, work, other hobbies, and that very important thing called sleep.
So this week I want to high five all of YOU, my awesome readers, for your accomplishments this week, and every week.
And no, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day post…although I did consider posting an April Fool’s Day recipe.
And you may say to me, what have I accomplished? It’s so easy to deprecate what we accomplished and instead dwell and berate ourselves for what we didn’t do. But that mindset won’t get you anywhere! So here’s five things I’m high five-ing you on this week:
5 Running Accomplishments You Should Celebrate This Week
1. Completing your long run.
No matter how long your long run is, it’s a mental and physical challenge to push yourself farther than you do for all of your other runs. Don’t compare the duration or pace of your long run to that of other runners. Whether you’re running for fitness or training for an ultra marathon, the long run is a running accomplishment worth celebrating.
A long run is a mental and physical crucible into which you enter and emerge a stronger and happier runner (can’t deny those endorphins!). Don’t diminish your long run; it’s a victory to push yourself the extra distance. Celebrate that you go out there and ran long, whether your long run was 5 miles or 20 miles.
2. Satisfying your food cravings (in moderation).
Yes, eating a well balanced diet full of nutritious and high quality foods is essential for optimal athletic performance and overall health. However, well balanced is a key word here – a treat here and there won’t harm you! An 80/20 approach to healthy eating will help you stay on track for making nutritious food choices most of the time while fostering a healthy relationship with food.
You cannot have a healthy diet if you do not have a healthy relationship with food, and part of a healthy relationship with food is letting yourself have that glass of wine, pint of beer, piece of cake, or burger from time to time.
3. Avoiding the comparison trap.
The comparison trap snares us all. We complete a hard run with a sense of pride, only to experience envy and a consequential disappointment in ourselves when we see the paces other runners are posting on Instagram. The comparison trap, however, robs joy from your running, hinders your improvement, and diminishes both your accomplishments and those of others.
No runners has the same abilities, muscle fiber compositions, goals, and background, so don’t fall into the comparison trap. If you catch yourself falling into it, commend the other runner for what they accomplished, reflect on what you achieved in its own right, and climb out of that trap before it snares you in.
4. Finding gratitude in your miles.
Running can sometimes feel like a chore, especially during the peak of a training cycle. Running, when you pause and think about it, is a gift, not a chore. Practicing gratitude in running requires patience, practice, and positivity, but you will find that gratitude provides a transformative power that can change a bad run into a good one.
5. Supporting other runners in their training.
I absolutely love reading weekly training recaps; it’s one of my favorite aspects of running blogging. Why? Because it’s inspiring to see other runners work hard to accomplish their goals, and there is a deep joy in being able to support others in their weekly running accomplishments.
And, from reading all of my favorite blogs and the comments on my own, I know you all provide that support. So high five to you! Your encouraging words are what make the running community so wonderful.
Linking up for High Five Friday!
What did you accomplish this week?
Who’s a runner you want to high five this week?
What are your weekend plans? Is anyone racing?