One of my favourite parts of my blog is the guest interviews, and I’ve been fortunate to connect with some great people.
I think that people that tend to grow, they know what they are good at, and what they aren’t so good at. So I always try and learn from better athletes. I recently asked in Facebook for advice about how I could work towards a sub 3 hour marathon. I’m not naturally a fast marathon runner, but in the words of Bart Yasso this rings true.
“I often hear someone say ‘I’m not a real runner’. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner”.
Since starting my social media profile I’ve interacted with some great people, but I always knew this day was coming. The attack of the troll behind the keyboard. Below are a couple of the best bits, after me asking for advice about getting a sub 3 hour marathon.
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the 2016 New York marathon in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 51 seconds. So does that mean that, once he crossed the line, that all other runners should be culled or given a talking to that running isn’t for them.
The average finish time for the 2015 New York marathon was 4:38:27, so who is anyone to devalue any runners achievement. If you cover the 26.2 miles and earn the medal, you’ve got my respect.
Why do people devalue others ambition?
Have you had the experience where you show no ambition and it gets you no where? Or you’ve showed too much ambition, and you’ve been criticised for being too full of yourself?
To push outside your comfort zone and grow, you need to be ambitious and set big goals. If the goals are comfortable then where is the growth?
I’m not a natural long distance runner, but I enjoy it. By setting a big goal, I hope to achieve my goal, but at best I hope to come somewhere near it.
For me when I am criticised, I know what I am and what I’m not. Like Jay Z says brush the dirt off your shoulder.
Sometimes when people verbally attack you, the things they accuse you off, are things which they feel they lack. So by you projecting these qualities. They demonstrate that they feel threatened by you and the qualities you possess. Why give them that gift and not be you?
Insecure people bring people down whilst secure people bring people up.
This has been a learning experience for me, but the cost of putting yourself out there on social media is there will be people that like me, and people who dislike me. My profile is about highlighting how physical activity can benefit mental health. And showing that running isn’t only reserved for elite athletes but for everyone. This experience won’t weaken my drive to do that.
Thank you to everyone for the kind messages of support, and for those who’ve reached out to help me out. I appreciate it a lot. For me to hear how it took some runners a number of attempts to achieve their sub 3 hour goal, it just reminds me not to lose heart.
This experience has given me more motivation and an extra ‘why’ to work towards my goal.
A friend gave me some great advice that in future. To accept the comments both good and bad. Don’t fight every battle. With strength and determination continue to work diligently towards your goal.