Earlier this week, I was reading fellow running bloggers weekly workout recaps, running updates, and such. And I found myself aghast at the amount of self congratulation. I've noticed it week after week. And sometimes it's warranted, i.e., when you run a new PR at a race, smash through a mileage boundary, or nail blistering mile repeat paces. But most of the time I find my jaw on the floor when I read about runners who are consistently bragging about successfully completing their workouts. The way I see it, when you have a training plan, you're just supposed to do it. I understand that life happens and sometimes it's harder to complete a workout for various reasons. What I don't understand is how simply completing workouts is noteworthy. Hundreds, okay make that thousands, of people do it every single week. Yes, it takes discipline but I don't believe it requires the level of back-patting that I often read.
Merriam Webster defines modesty as "the quality of not being too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities"
Let that sink in for a minute. What does it really mean to you?
I can tell you what it means to me....it means running (and blogging) within myself, both mentally and physically, and knowing my boundaries. I enjoy participating in the running and blogging communities to support and encourage others but I don't seek to use it as a way to promote myself or my own running. Because let's face it, Nike or New Balance aren't about to call with an endorsement offer to pay my bills. Running has and will always be a hobby. Add blogging to that hobby list too.
I enjoy participating in the running and blogging community in a way that supports others without overly focusing on myself. Sometimes I succeed at this and sometimes I fail miserably. Recently I have found myself shying away from blogs I used to really enjoy simply because I can't palate another week of reading self congratulation overload. And in reality, that's totally ok. People change...people evolve, as runners and bloggers. Sometimes I wish that we could all simply take a step back and consider that maybe, just maybe it's not that serious. It's just running after all. And appreciating it and valuing it doesn't have to mean gloating about it.
Modesty...in the world of social media, a self-interested society, and instant gratification as the norm...I think we could all use a reminder to embrace it.