Don’t Downplay Your Accomplishment


I was checking on the results of the half marathon yesterday. I was just kind of curious to see what the time was for the winners of both the half marathon and the marathon. I believe the overall winner for the half marathon finished in 1 hour and 14 minutes and the winner for the marathon was in 2 hours and 36 minutes.

That’s pretty incredible to me.

But you want to know the first thing that popped into my head?

Man, I’m slow.

I’ve been training for six months and I finished in 3 hours and 33 minutes. That’s an hour slower than someone who ran twice as much as I did.

Now I know that these aren’t thoughts that even matter because they’re so ridiculous that I would be comparing myself to someone who runs all the time and just loves to run, but I was doing it.

When you do something that’s out of your comfort zone, it’s easy to start comparing yourself to others who’ve done it better and to those who have been doing it for years.

Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. ~ Jon Acuff

We get caught up in what we think we should do and be and we forget to just do and be. Do what needs to be done and be present while doing it. Too much of life gets passed over and forgotten because we’re not living in the moment or we’re too busy trying to be someone we’re not. I’d love to be able to run a half marathon in an hour and 19 minutes, but I haven’t been running for years. I don’t have the build of a “runner.” I don’t know that I want my training to take that direction. But I’m obviously not awesome if I can’t run it in that time.

Do you guys ever feel like this? How ridiculous is it to compare ourselves to people we don’t even know or will ever see again?

So I started really looking at myself. Six months ago I went from sitting on my couch all evenings to working out 3-4 days a week in one of the most strenuous regimens I’ve ever experienced. Six months ago I started running with a purpose. Six months ago I had 10% more body fat than I do now. Six months ago I got out of breath walking to my mailbox.

Four days ago?

I ran a half marathon.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s awesome. And here’s the best part. I ran it with 40,000 other people. My overall place in the race? 20,653. My place in my gender? 12,887. My place in my age division? 2,343.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express the change that has happened in my life during this journey. And the best part is is that I’m still at the beginning.

Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

Never downplay your achievements.

Sure. Three hours and 33 minutes is slow to the first 20,652 people that finished the race. But it’s fast to the other 20,000 behind me. And it’s 30 minutes faster than the last time I ran that distance.

What you do, do for you. Don’t let yourself downplay what you’ve done.

You’re amazing.

Don’t ever forget that.

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  • Michelle Woodman

    Love. This.

    And you are awesome. 😀

    • Thank you, Michelle! You’re pretty awesome yourself!

  • StewC

    Way to go! You should be very proud.

  • you. are. freaking. amazing…! that is all. 🙂

    • You’re pretty stinking amazing yourself, my friend!

  • I love that comment. It is so easy to compare ourselves to others and that is so fruitless. Thanks for the reminder.

    • He said he learned that trying to compare his radio persona to Dave Ramsey’s. I loved it.

  • Steph McGaha

    I’m so proud of you for running the race & even more impressed @ what you have learned over the last 6 months about yourself! Keep it up!

    • Thank you, Steph! When are you going to join Nicole and I in CrossFit? 😉

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