6 May 2015

Wednesday Words #7

No matter how small it may seem.

As you may know, I'm currently training for a 5k race that's in a couple of weeks.  I've always been terrible at running anything longer than a sprint, even at the peak of my fitness when I was doing a different sport every other night after school.  I'm clearly not built for it which is why I find it hard, but I don't always think this rationally.

I was kicking myself recently, after 'only' being able to run for 10 minutes solidly, regardless of the fact that this is a huge achievement for me.  Thinking this way didn't exactly make me want to run more and made me feel pretty rubbish about myself in general.  I fortunately had a moment of clarity where I realised I was being an idiot and that I needed to be proud of what I've achieved if I'm ever going to progress.

It is hard to improve in any area of life if you don't feel any sense of achievement during the process.  If it is a victory for you, then celebrate it, don't compare your success with anybody else.

'Celebrate Every Victory' first appeared on The Peppermint Pencil.


  1. This post could not resonate with me more! I love running (when the weather is nice) but I am by no means a natural, it takes me easily 40 minutes to do my 5k, and I have friends doing 10k in that time. If I want speed I can go for about 30 seconds before feeling like I might explode, so I just stick to my steady pace and see every second been shaved off as a victory!

    Good luck with your training!

    Stephie from Tea in your Twenties xx

    1. I'm glad you liked the post :) it is just about doing what makes you happy and feel good. I made the error of searching for the Olympic 5k record, just to compare with my own personal best. Not the best idea I've had and I'm certainly NEVER going to be able to run 5km in 14 minutes!! Thanks so much x

  2. Totally agree, we should all appreciate the small things we achieve. Instead of being negative about what we haven't done we should be happy for what we have done :) x

    Sinead | Dreaming Again


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