What’s your Pb?
So myself and Hayley got talking after we overheard a number of discussions about PB’s (personal bests) at recent parkrun’s.
We also discussed how we (that’s a collective we) can very easily beat ourselves up if we didn’t quite get the time we hoped for that morning. We can worry too much about a fast time, sometimes ignoring just having a good time. However, it makes for great discussion at the post run coffee doesn’t it?
There are a number of factors that could affect your time of course such as wind, weather, mud, being tired, not training enough and even training to much. The list goes on.
But are we putting too much pressure on ourselves to PB? Maybe. Are we confusing a time PB with a personal achievement?
Let me explain.
Last weekend, my household got the sick bug. The nasty, barely leaving bed or the porcelain god type of sick bug. Enough detail for you there right? Before I knew said sick bug was taking everyone down one by one, I was amped for parkrun. I was going to buggy the middle child and see all the pals at the start line. The sun was shining. There was no wind. It was going to be epic buggy PB day for me.
The first sickness caught alight in a flurry of activity upstairs. I wasn’t going anywhere, the famalam needed me. At 9.02, middle child asked if we were running with our pal Theia. Gutted, we weren’t this morning. I was frustrated that I couldn’t take him as have been working hard on getting him into the buggy. But then the eldest also wanted to get out. So, making sure wife and baby were tucked up snug, I loaded our van with buggy’s and bikes and headed to the undercliff for a jog and a ride.
The sun was shining, the sea was flat calm, the dogs were pooping, the cyclists flying by at crazy speed, the seagulls squawking .... you get my point. We were outside, on our beautiful coastline, enjoying the amazingness of everything around us. Believe it or not, I got a little sunburnt too... whoops. Anyway.... My personal achievement that Saturday was literally just making it out of the house in one piece. And we did it. And I felt amazing for it.
This isn’t to say setting yourself time PB’s is a bad thing. Far from it! It’s great to have a goal to work towards. I set them for myself all the time as it helps encourage me to train harder and focus on certain aspects of my running or swimming to better my technique and perform better. All we are talking about here is that it’s not all about the time and that it’s ok for everyone to have different goals.
Not every day has to be perfect for it to be worth it.
We asked all of you why you run and received some fantastic responses. It was clear, we all run for our own personal achievements; getting outside, for mental health, for physical health, for social health... they are all different, but also the same; for fun!
We had some ideas about what we could write together. How we could collect all these amazing stories and share in a succinct way. But then Hayley was further inspired by her run that same Saturday morning.
Running “with” Craig at Hove Prom parkrun, it all suddenly clicked together and summed up all of the stories shared:
He starts at the front
While I start near the back
We’re pals all the same
Celebrating the fact
That we run together
With a different pace
He’s going for a personal best
While I’m not here to race
Two people, different yet same
Who chose to seize the day
He drove, while I rode
To do parkrun on Saturday
Both of us with little children
Who we want to inspire
So we don our wonderfabulous
Two people, same run
Breathing, moving in the sun
Looking around, I can see
All shapes and sizes, just like me
Though everyone is different
It’s each to their own
In it together, heading for home
The glorious finish, Hello my friend
Until next week, when we meet again
I did a little digging
To find out why we run
Turns out the majority
Run because it’s fun
As Pals we’ve been though lots
In our individual lives
But here together, field and track
We run, walk, jog and thrive
Some days we feel rotten
Defeated and fed up
The Pals are there to pick you up
And give you a big hug
Bad runs happen to us all
And not every run is amazing
But don’t give up, go with the flow
Even if you are aching!
Quick, slow, with buggy, with dog
We all showed up together
Hills, flats, steps, grass and road
Woohoo RunPals forever!