No such thing as an average runner

Happy Monday morning!

I was just doing my usual morning mooch around the internet and checking my Facebook before actually starting work and I came across a quote that Runners World had posted by American writer and runner Hal Higdon and it said:

“There’s no such thing as an average runner. We are all above average.” Hal HigdonWe are all above average runners

I pondered on that for a moment and it really brightened my day and I wanted to share it as I know many of us, myself included that run but don’t necessarily do great times see ourselves as average or even under average, and struggle trying to keep up with others and sometimes wonder if it is all worth it everytime we pick up our running shoes. The statement that Hal made sums it all up.

We are not under average as runners. We are not average. We are above average.

I’ve been having some tough times with my running lately and have been told to pull it back a bit for a couple of months but the quote above this morning gave me that lift I really needed. I hope it helps you if you need it right now or sometime down the line.

Thanks Hal.

Happy Monday and happy running!

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  1. That is so true. I’m near the end of an 8 week challenge run by my local gym and while I’m not sure that I’ll hit all of my goals, the biggest thing I have gotten from it is self-belief. I CAN DO THIS!! And it is because I am an above average runner. Certainly I am faster than my couch 🙂 and every session makes me stronger and faster and tougher. One of the trainers reminded me to stop listening or comparing myself to others because I am aiming at a different place to them. Running really is a tough mental sport – but it is soooo worth it.
    And I have to say I loved your post about the bike cleats. I recently bought a bike after some 20 years of not riding and decided to get cleats. OMG!!! I practised in the yard first with a couple of stacks and a few weeks later decided to try and get tricky and put my feet in and out with the shoes still clipped in (like the triathletes do). Hmm. Let’s just say I’m glad Friday mornings fall was at 5.30 AM and all my neighbours were still in bed!! They are certainly a little scary to ride in.

    1. Hey Melissa thanks for your reply. Well done on the 8 week challenge! Doing it is more important than achieving everything so good on you and you can do it 🙂

      Thats awesome you have been road riding too – I’ve just about got the hang of the cleats now – not sure I could do what you did with getting in and out with the shoes still clipped in!!

      Have a great week!

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