Run Your Own Pace

is a good rule that applies to running marathons as well as life.  With such appeal, one wonders why it is not more commonly practiced by runners or folks at large.

Runners don’t have a lot of control of the race.  Not the weather, not the course, not the crowd.  Not much of anything really on the day of the race.  Except, one thing, the pace we run.

Sure, there are external factors that influence our pace.  If the weather is too hot or raining, if the course is hilly or windy, if the crowd is supportive or massive, etc.   In race and as in life, we adjust our running pace accordingly.   Because, we are in control of our pace.

So, why people not running at their pace, you wonder?

One, they may not know their pace,  especially for the novice runners.  Their lack of experience about the race and the training required is the culprit.   Experienced runners know what pace will work for them.  Isn’t life the same way?

Two, the knowing-doing gap.  Just because we know our pace does not mean we can do it.  Too fast at the start, too slow on the hill, too tired to keep the pace . . .   The only way to overcome this gap is training.  Lots of it which  means commitment.  It takes many hours and miles to conditioning our body to run a marathon at our goal pace.

Three, focus.  There are distractions in life.  Even when we know what to do and want to do it, invariably something (many things) will come our way to demand our attention.  This could be the cramp in our legs, the blister between our toes, or the desire to just sleep in.  All can distract us from accomplishing our goals.  It is important to believe in oneself, follow through with one’s training, and stay focused.

In summary, to run your own pace, you need to first know yourself, commit to the training required, and stay true in execution.

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