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Hello! I feel like we talk about NOT comparing ourselves to others a lot on social media. we all know we shouldn’t compare our bodies or our lives to pictures on Instagram or Facebook. and you might think you’re really good at NOT comparing yourself to the people you follow on social media or in real life.

maybe you know better than to compare your weight, body, hair, size of your nose, ability to plate a salad like you’re Martha Stewart… you know better than to judge yourself based on someone else’s measuring stick. 

But are you comparing your fitness level or running ability to someone else’s?? Let’s talk about it!


It’s one thing to say, “I wish I was that fast!” under an Instagram post. sure that can be a different way to compliment someone – you’re telling them they’re fast!

But you also shouldn’t compare other fitness stats to someone else. things like:  your running pace, half marathon time (or any race distance time), body in race photos, number of races or miles run, etc…


If you want to compare yourself to someone else make sure that you stack it up compare yourself to someone has ALL the same physical traits, experience, financial resources, time, mental strength and access to running resources/information – before comparing.

So I put together a list of elements to consider before you compare yourself to another runner. If all of these [are identical Camiseta UNAM Pumas to] Camiseta Selección de fútbol de Canadá your current situation… then, you can use someone else’s info to help you evaluate how you’re doing. but if you do find someone that has all of these elements exactly the same as you – they might be you from the future. and that implies you have found a time device and instead of comparing yourself… maybe just in the time device and do something epic instead, okay?


Checklist before Comparing yourself to another Runner:

Age / height / Weight / Sex / Illnesses or health problems

Length of time running

Athletic Background

Fitness Level

Training plan

Training resources available

Running gear – shoes, clothes, technology

Any coaching or access to people with comprehensive knowledge

Time for running and cross training

Time for recovery, rest and advanced treatments

Money/Resources for running gear, training plans, books, professional support

Diet / Dietary preferences / Allergies

Nutrition knowledge

Time available for cooking, eating balanced meals, grocery shopping and meal prep

Injury history / current Injury status

Body type including height, weight and athletic strengths

Mental strength and confidence

Goals (their goals vs your goals), length of time working towards goals


You shouldn’t compare yourself to anybody else. You have different strengths and weaknesses than the people are you.

Instead of comparing yourself to someone else… track your progress. This is just you assessing your improvement based on your past or future goals and training.


Factors you can note to identify your progress:

How fast you can run a mile … 3 miles… or a set distance that you can use to evaluate performance

How much effort it takes to run a certain workout. Did it used to kill you to run a certain hill but now it’s easy peasy? Track that in a log using an effort scale.

Your race times.

Your own goals – fitness, personal, balance, etc. 

Note – you have to set a goal if you want to be able to track progress. If you don’t have a particular element to compare different points in your training – how can you know you are improving? If it’s not based on numbers then it’s just your opinion on that day. Then, you might end up measuring your progress based on how you feel any given day – which isn’t very helpful.


Set a goal. Be truthful with your current fitness level. Log your training and progress. learn from your mistakes. celebrate your improvements. keep going!


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