Running jokes constantly pop up on my social media news feeds, and I see the one about runners posting their workouts frequently. I love running jokes. I can relate to several of them, and I find most of them funny.
The other day, I thought about how many runners, including myself, post their workouts, routes, mileage, pace, etc. on social media, and I wondered how that is perceived, what the purpose is behind it, and whether or not anything is gained from it. I wondered if people thought I was showing off or whether they assumed I was just full of myself. Ten years ago, this would have been a very big deal; however, people have a right to their own opinion, and I don’t have to let it affect me. So I don’t. If you assume that someones motivation is bad or selfish, then you will probably see that person like that too.
(And just in case you are wondering…No one has made any inconsiderate or distasteful comments.)
When I post my workouts, I hope that some people are inspired to begin running or working out. I hope others with similar goals get that extra motivation or push to do the hard workouts that are in their training plan. I hope others reach out to connect with me, to share ideas, experiences, or to just talk running.
For me, seeing other runner’s workouts makes me feel like I am part of a community or team. Maybe we compete against each other. Maybe we don’t. But we all push our bodies, our hearts, our minds in ways that most people don’t. When I start to get tired from weeks and weeks of training, seeing that other people are training hard too sparks that competitive drive to push through the fatigue to reach that next level of fitness. Some of us may be competing against each other through social media, and in my mind, that is okay. If we were training partners, we would push each other during the workouts. The competition, inspiration, motivation, and connection may be just what we need to reach our goals!
Do you post your workouts? Why or why not?
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