The older I get in life, the more I notice other people's strengths and weaknesses. I see a trait in someone that I like, and think "oh, I should be more like that." Or, I see something that makes me hope that I will never become like that.
Last week my running partner/bestie were running with another lady -- lets call her "L." I had only seen her a few times at track workouts, but didn't even know her name. We head out for a 6 mile run, which gives us ample opportunity to talk about a variety of topics. My friend starts by saying "tell us about yourself," a typical thing that she says when we don't know someone we are running with.
So L starts out talking, saying she's run a few marathons, without giving her times. Then she goes on to talk about her sister who recently beat her fastest time, which she didn't know she was trying to do. L then says she ran "a really horrible half marathon a few weeks ago. My time was so bad, it was a 1:43."
As a person who has run that time multiple times, I do not think it is "bad." If I was talking to people for the first time, I would never say that because you don't know their times, especially since we just met like 20 minutes ago.
I've realized that running times are just that -- times. It doesn't measure how good of a person you are, or even how good of a runner you are. It is a reflection of what you did at one time, on one day. What may seem like a horrific time to you might seem like the best time in the world to another person. With that in mind, I've made an effort to talk less about my times/PRs/distance run and focus on other things instead -- like favorite GU or favorite part of the running path.
Do you run on a path, trails or on streets? --> I run on a crushed limestone path about 70% of the time
Do your GUs change as the seasons change? --> I like the chocolate/carmel/mocha ones in the winter and the berry ones in the summer.
Have you ever met anyone like "L?"