Reflecting on Running – Then vs Now

My relationship with the Timehop app? It’s complicated.

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You see, like a significant other, Timehop can be fun to have around — making you laugh and remember the good times. Or it can bring up emotions you weren’t expecting.

More often than not, I find myself laughing at the things I said in the past. I still agree with so many of my candid, sassy tweets (pretty typical of me). I groan at the things I posted as a freshman (so young & dumb, ha). I like to see what’s the same and what’s different.

According to the app, here’s what I did a year ago today.

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An 8 mile run followed by some super victorious pancakes.

So, why is that weird?

Last year at this time, my half marathon training was picking up. I had hit the point where each of my long runs was my longest ever. I had never run more than 7 miles, but my training plan began to call for 8. Next week, it would be 9. Then 10. Was I crazy?!

I still remember the feeling of nerves when it would come time to break a distance record. I’d think to myself – could I do it? After all, I wasn’t a real runner. But guess what? I did each one.

When I saw this post today, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty. Instead of running 8 miles before 10 AM, I had woken up at 8:30 and watched an episode of Gilmore Girls from my bed. I laid around until I gathered up the energy to wander into the kitchen for coffee and, ironically, pancakes.

Looking back, I miss the feeling of accomplishment every time I’d smash a PR. I miss having goals & milestones – pushing myself to meet each one. I miss the sense of pride that I felt each time I did something that I wasn’t sure I could.

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My running career has changed dramatically in that it kind of doesn’t exist anymore. I don’t have the desire, let alone the time, to train for a race. Now, I run 3-4 miles once or twice a week. Unlike during training, the when & where are on my terms, which I appreciate.

So today, Timehop got me reflecting. On any given day, Timehop Me is not necessarily better than Today Me. Circumstances change. Priorities shift. Life happens.

I don’t want to use this app as a yardstick to compare my accomplishments. Last year was for fitness accomplishments. This year was for career accomplishments. Both have had their ups and downs, but have shaped me into who I am.

I told you it’s complicated.

Sweets and Beets

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6 thoughts on “Reflecting on Running – Then vs Now

  1. Ahh there is so much I can relate to! Two years ago, I had just started my last year of college. i had moved overseas to a different continent! I was excited to be living the experience and I thought I was almost set to start my career. Today and after two years I am back home, studying for a new career and trying to figure out where I am going. I don’t regret anything I have done that has taken me here but it is somewhat “complicated” how I feel know that I am starting all over again. I am just taking it day by day and trying to enjoy the process.
    Take it as a new chapter in the book of your life. As you read the book, every chapter gets better and better but that doesn’t mean that you sometimes don’t go back to the beginning and re-read the first chapters. It reminds you of the basics and where it all started yet the best part is always the end. 😉

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    • Elsie, I really admire you for changing your career path. I know what you mean — it’s all about starting a new chapter and just taking the journey one day at a time. Your environment & situation may change but it’s all about what you do with THIS day!

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  2. Wait. I’m glad I’m not alone! I don’t have timehop BUT I have been really lazy about running lately. A GOOD week for me has been getting in two runs. But…. it IS cold. That’s my logic!

    P.S. I remember how crazy you looked bundle up for a run after working ALL day 😉

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  3. I have been SO lazy about running this past six months. I always feel great after I do make the effort to fit it in, but you’re right, priorities shift for sure. If I timehopped this day last year I probably would have been doing the same exact thing as I am today (sitting in my pjs all day and watching Lifetime – which sort of makes me question if I have any priorities at all? Lol 🙂

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    • Exactly – priorities & lifestyles shift, and that’s okay! To be honest, I did not place enough importance on sitting in my PJs and watching TV all day for many years… I kind of love it now, hahaha. I feel you! ; )

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