Happy Memorial Day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful kick-off weekend to summer and enjoying the days doing something fun with the ones you love.
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So, the whole rise of social media has been great for the fitness world. I think it is an excellent resource to find others who are trying to achieve the same goals as you and stay inspired at the same time. There’s a certain level of accountability that you can’t really find without having an extended group of people who “get it.”
But, sometimes, social media takes it a little too far.
I saw this over the weekend:
…and it really made me mad.
There is a difference between pushing yourself to get out of bed in the morning and to workout; to pushing it a little bit further so that you get the most out of your workout.
But when it comes to a DNS or a DNF, the real strength is taking accountability and knowing that you need to make that decision. Deciding to DNS the Houston Marathon this year was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my running life and it took me a long time to come to terms with having to do something like that, even if it was something that was better for my health.
Most people I know who have DNFed a race haven’t taken that decision lightly. Once you’ve started a race —> not finishing it is the hardest thing to do. And the most devastating.
Maybe the reason why this quote made me so mad was because I saw it minutes after reading a blog post where the writer was stating she had a stress fracture and was going to run a marathon on it.
Maybe the whole DNS issue is closer to home since I’ve had to do that for two races this year.
Either way, DNS or DNF a race is a very personal decision and it should not be one that is judged. At this point, we create our own motivation and for most people, these decisions are not taken lightly.
So, with that in mind, embrace social media for motivation. Leverage it to kick-start your workouts and keep going when things get tough. But sometimes… you need to take a step back and make your decisions based on what YOU know as being best.
What do you think — social media helpful or harmful?
Have you ever DNS or DNF a race?
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