Posted: 06/03/2014 at 12:08
TinkerBel - rowlocks! The only way you are a running fraud is if you don't consider yourself a runner.
What would you say if I compared myself to Tricky, Jimbob, Kaz or Yer Maj? I can pretty much guess.
You shouldn't compare yourself to others, we all have different standards, capabilities, strengths weaknesses and, dare I say, genitalia.
Many years ago, I studied a martial art (I have a black sock in origami - bum, tish ) and one of the best bits of advice I was given was - when you first start training, get yourself an empty jar. EVERY time you train, put a penny in the jar. If you have a really good session, put 10p in. If you hit a goal, put a pound in. If you have a really bad session, you still put a penny in.
On the days when you have a bad session, just look how much you have in your jar. Compare it to an empty jar.
Don't compare your jar to others, as their jar belongs to them not you.
This works in a great many ways and on a great many levels and as long as you keep it up, you'll be rich.
How is your jar looking? Pretty good, I think.
I got a bit hung up on time and improvements and it slightly soured Berlin for me - I was disappointed with an 11 minute PB as I should have been able to do better. That's just nuts.
My most recent half was terrible weather and a lot slower than my target but I finished with a big dumb smile because I felt good at the end.
At this point in your training you are knackered, both mentally and physically, and as a result your mojo is depleted.
It will return - and we'll be here to welcome it back.