Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Comparisons

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Comparisons

I’m sorry about not having a Stream of Consciousness Sunday post last week. It was really a crazy week, compounded by a weekend in NoInternetVille, a trip to Auburn for a football game (that we got shutout in), and the desire to just not write at all.

I feel bad about it, but you all know how it goes. It is what it is, right?

So now we move on.

I’ve never been real competitive. I mean, I want my team to win and I want to do my best. But I’m not an “OMG I HAVE TO WIN” type of person.

Recently, I’ve been having thoughts like these, especially in regards to running:

So this led me to this week’s (totally and completely optional) prompt.

Today’s (totally optional) prompt: Comparisons/Competition

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I’ve never thought of myself as competitive. I am who I am and try not to compare myself to others.

In the blogging world, I’ve always been confident in my stats (or lack thereof) and not worried about who was better than me.

But now that I’ve started running, and actually running RACES, with winners and stuff, I feel myself comparing my time and distance to others.

I have friends who can run 7 minute miles. I have friends who can run a half marathon without dying. I have friends who can (gasp) jog and talk AT THE SAME TIME!

I’m slow. I walk. I have to be quiet.

I’m not a “runner” in the sense that it’s natural to me.

Yet I compare myself to those who ARE natural runners.

I have to stop comparing myself to others and compete against ME. To do better than MY last time. To run farther than MY last distance. To complete a half marathon without ME dying.

I have to be better than ME.

Who do you compare yourself to or compete with?


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post (in the sidebar). .
  • Link up your post below.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

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  1. Jana, you’re already miles ahead of me, literally and figuratively, because you ARE running/walking/competing in races. That’s amazing to me… I would like to be a runner, in my imagination, but I don’t know that it will ever be in my cards. I think I might be a tad allergic to that level of physical activity. 😉

    You’re DOING it, and that is most definitely good enough!
    Heather O. recently posted..Comparatively SpeakingMy Profile

  2. I’ve had old ladies pass me in races and give me an encouraging smile. It’s not pretty when I run. But I love the feeling and enjoy being part of the race-day vibe.

    I won’t even get started on my blog competitiveness. I try to tame that beast every week. I just wanna be read by people who like my stuff. Tons of people. Who comment and chat with me. No biggie….

  3. Great post! Welcome back. I am definitely not a runner and when and if I do, I can’t even talk for five minutes afterwards. So when I see people talking and running they really make me sick. I can barely talk and walk fast. Therefore I prefer to do it alone.
    Kenya G. Johnson recently posted..Cookies and Books!My Profile

  4. I am competitive and always have been. I thought that maybe I had lost that part of me to my youth – that was until I started running.

    I do think that it is healthy to look at other people’s times and have a goal of what you want to accomplish, otherwise I feel like I’m just running in circles with little or no purpose other than getting into a pair of skinny jeans. I feel like I need to have time goals to keep myself motivated – that’s just me.

    With that said, one thing that running has taught me is I can only compete with myself. I’m not going to win a race – let’s face it, I’m not 20 years old. But that’s not to say I don’t pick out someone in front of me at every race and try to beat them before I cross the finish line. If I do, great. If I don’t, I’m mad at myself for 5 minutes and then I get my post-race cookie and hit the pavement harder on Monday.

  5. Dude. I’m the same way. I get so mad when I can’t beat my time or when someone else tells me they are faster. In my head, I know I’m doing the best that I can and that’s what should matter. But yeah…. Outside of that I’m all “why can’t I run that fast???”

  6. I applaud you for running, because you do it without being perfect. Perfection (based on comparisons) keeps me from doing so much. Kudos to you Jana, for being “bigger” than perfection!
    Dana recently posted..SOCS: Who Do You Compare Yourself To?My Profile

  7. Glad you are still running. It is hard to do activities like that without comparing (at least for me). I want to be better, and I look at those who are and wonder if (and how) I will get to that point.
    a.eye recently posted..Comparing dancing, peanut butter cups, and bootsMy Profile

  8. Love those shoes. And I can relate to this post. I’ve just come to realize I can’t fight genetics. I can do the best for me on that given day. Or not. I enjoy being out there in the races whether a small 5K or large event race. After some serious injuries and the affect of running so many years on my joints — I just concentrate on being thankful I can still get out there and join in on the fun.
    Jamie@southmainmuse recently posted..Hope springs from a talking giraffe.My Profile

  9. Having a disability means I can’t compare myself to others on anything that involves being able to see well. I just can’t. We are all unique and different and comparing is a waste of time. On the other hand, we can look at others and think maybe they’re doing something that we can learn from. That should be your focus.
    just JENNIFER recently posted..SOC: Sick of MyselfMy Profile

  10. Well Jana, you’re doing a hell of a lot better than me. I can’t run for more than a minute without getting out of breath. I run and walk, run and walk. I keep trying,but it will be a while before I’m looking at even 1/8 of a marathon. Comparisons…they’re good for nothing but tastes tests.

  11. Perfect post today, girl. I love this so much. It’s a freakin great topic. I SO know. And yet my post is about trying to stop competing against myself, so it’s interesting how the dynamic works for us all. :>

    And I linked up, too. xox
    Andrea recently posted..My walk home.My Profile

  12. I’m a walker, too. I started trying to run, and realized very quickly that I wasn’t getting ahead nearly as quickly as my friends who were runners had. I should have thought the same way you are, and stopped trying to compare myself to them. Maybe I’ll still do that. :) Thanks for the post and topic, well worth thinking about.
    Rebecca recently posted..SOCSunday: Comparison/CompetitionMy Profile

  13. “I have to be better than me” is the way to do it. The best person to compete with is yourself. There are more benefits from gaining there than anywhere else.
    Jack recently posted..The Secret Behind Post Secret- Everyone Has A StoryMy Profile

  14. I agree when you say “I have to be better than me”. My dad always says the problem in peoples lives are not the other people in their life, it’s themselves. You can be your own worst enemy if you let it happen.

    So glad SOC is back this week! :)
    Anna Hettick recently posted..You Capture | YellowMy Profile

  15. Don’t compare yourself to others. You are freaking awesome, Jana, and the best part is that you are unique. If there are things YOU want to do and be better at, go for it, but don’t beat yourself down to do it. You rock and would continue to even if you stayed the same as you are now.
    Ewokmama recently posted..Save Your Money, Save The WorldMy Profile


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