5 Running Accomplishments to Celebrate Each Week

5 Running Accomplishments You Should Celebrate Each Week

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 to Celebrate Each 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!

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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?

 

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18 Responses

  1. Ever since the RRCA training course I have it stuck in my head that a long run needs to be 90 minutes or more- if that’s the case i have only done one long run since my marathon in November! I was really happy with my tempo run this week. I was planning to do 5 miles with the middle 3 at 10k pace but ended up adding on an extra mile because I was feeling so good. Later this morning I am heading to Arkansas for my nieces Christening and first birthday party! I’m excited to run on the trails there, although its not gonna be as warm as I would have liked. Have a great weekend!

    1. I always think that too after RRCA and I have to remind myself that long runs can be in relation to the rest of the week’s runs – because running for an hour is still long when you think about it. It sounds like you did a great job on your tempo run! 10K pace is not easy so feeling good enough to add an extra mile means you’re in excellent race shape! Enjoy your weekend in Arkansas!

  2. I love this. While it’s great to celebrate PRs and medals, this is the stuff that running is really all about. thanks for a great post!

  3. I’d love to high five Meg from meggorun because she’s racing tomorrow morning! I thought about her when I was doing my 2×3 mile repeats yesterday. It’s cool how we can channel each other’s strength like that!

  4. I love the part about finding gratitude in the miles. It’s something I often think about – how lucky I am to be out there running – whenever it seems like the miles aren’t adding up so quickly, or the weather isn’t the best.

  5. This is a great post. I agree with you on not comparing others. I’ve had to unfollow people on social media because I was falling into that personally. Nothing against them and they’re cool people, but it was just getting me down. I’m just trying to be the best runner I can each week… and not worrying about others.

    1. Thank you! Yes, social media can be so hard. It’s inspiring to see other runners improve, but some IG runners do foster the comparison trap. Social media can have a lot of benefits, but it is perhaps the biggest snare for the comparison trap.

  6. yes to all of this. seriously, it’s so easy to feel blah or compare and focus on the bad, we definitely need to spend more time celebrating the good things, regardless of how ‘small’.

    1. Yes! It takes a big mindset shift to focus on the good things, because society doesn’t always think that way. But a positive attitude always beats focusing on the bad!

  7. Can I just say how much I love this? And how much I miss a long run? Altho I’m going to attempt a 10 miler on Sunday…and a 90 minute bike ride after. This is to compensate for my 18 miler that was supposed to happen on Sunday. Just trying to do my best to prepare for Big Sur.

    We are all doing our best. Thanks for acknowledging that.

    1. I’m glad you liked it! And the long run will be there for you soon – good luck on your 10 miler this weekend! You’re doing a fantastic job in adjusting your training for Big Sur, and that will definitely pay off on race day.

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