Monday, 18 April 2016

Goodbye, PBs

I've removed the list of PB's from the sidebar. Maybe over time those numbers will fade from my head, although I'm pretty unlikely to ever forget the experience of running a sub 4 marathon.

After seeing all the Boston Marathon posts flood my social media and tuning in to the live-stream briefly (boring), I realized that I am now completely removed from the world of correlating speed/performance with success.  I'm not trying to diminish the achievement of those who ran the race today - I'm very proud of my friends who participated.

Last night, after completing the Laura Secord Legacy Trail end to end, Agnes mentioned that she doesn't remember her road PBs and doesn't care...because that's not what's important to her. And I realized it's not important to me either.  This is what's important: trail adventures (we stopped calling them long runs awhile ago), exploring beautiful places, collecting badges, laughs and great meals with friends afterward.  I wish that other people would understand that running fast isn't for everyone and that people like me aren't less of a runner or athlete simply because speed isn't the goal.

photos and video by Lori.