I first published this post back in January. But seeing another influx of people apologising for not being very good has prompted me to reshare…
The great thing about running is that it’s for everyone and events like parkrun do a great job of encouraging everyone to go out and take part. Your time doesn’t matter.
I’m a member of countless Facebook running groups, all of them supportive and inclusive. All runners are celebrated and from 3 hour marathon runners to 60 minute 5k finishers, everyone is applauded for their achievements.
Running is a very personal sport. A good time for one runner may be an easy jog for another. Some of us will spend months training to hit a sub hour 10k while others will run sub 45 minutes with no training at all. You are competing against no one but yourself.
So why keep apologising for your speed?
I love the fact that people upload their runs and photos in these communities. It’s great when someone posts and their pride and happiness in their achievement is shining through their words. But there also seems to be a big upswing in people apologising for their speed. I’ve done it in the past. “I know it’s not fast, but…” or “I know you’re all quicker” or “It might not be very good, but…”
In starting posts like this, you are saying “I’m worried you’ll think me rubbish, so I’ll say it for you.”
It’s an achievement. You’re proud. You want to share it with the world. Don’t preempt your achievement with self-deprecation. Don’t think you’re not worthy. You are.
Stop apologising for your run!
Define good. Define fast. It is all relative anyway. YOU are the person who ran that run. Not your best friend. Not your partner. Not somebody else in the community. Runners love to build others up and celebrate achievements. No one is going to think you “slow”. Stop thinking that you don’t deserve praise. You do.
Sing it, shout it, scream it, celebrate it! If you are proud of yourself, there is NO need to apologise for your achievement. Ever. And this doesn’t just apply to running. You are allowed to be proud. And you know what? You’re probably inspiring others. Now isn’t that a reason to feel proud?
Tell me about a run that you’re proud of…