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Dear Car Driver,

I imagine that unless you’re a runner, it is quite difficult for you to understand what it’s like run on the open road – It is a vulnerable place, trotting along a road while vehicles that outweigh you by several tonnes whizz by, with limited or no escape routes.  I know, you the driver, likely don’t hold my safety in the same esteem that I do. But you rather, in all likelihood, consider  your Instagram, twitter and Facebook  feed to be of equal or higher priority to the task at hand, which in this case hopefully involves not hitting me.

When I run on the roads, I use the roads under the same rules that you follow. I do this because, not only is it the law, but it makes it easier for you to know what I am chicken pedestriandoing if we both follow the same rules. We coexist in a fragile ecosystem, which can collapse if we both insist we have the right-of-way. Rage and hostility are counterproductive and only serve to endanger and agitate everyone. Yes I run on the road, not in the ditch or the gutter, because it is easier for vehicles like yours to see me. You should see me in time to slow down and pass me ………. yes you may need to slow down and even stop before passing me. The speed limit is not a guarantee or a target. It is a highest speed you are allowed to travel at, there is no promise that you will always be able to go the limit.

I am a runner and I am a driver. So, I am not hostile towards car, and I don’t feel you, as a driver, have any real hatred for me as I jog along. I think the problem with your driving is one of ignorance and not malice. The good thing about your ignorance is that it is curable through education, assuming you are willing. When you see me running on the road, consider how close you are to me when passing and what could happen if I fell or stumbled, would you be able to avoid me? Is there enough room? If you see other runners doing something that irritates you – weaving in and out of traffic or parked cars, or breaking through traffic lights, please don’t assume that I do those things. I don’t. I can’t control how other runners actions, I only have power over what I do. I have a right to use the road and you have a duty to yield the right of way when appropriate. I am not impeding traffic, I AM traffic.

Guest blog courtesy of Joanne Dowds MISCP

Barry’s post on accepting mediocrity annoyed the hell out of me. Firstly can I just for the record state that his sub 40min 10k time is far from mediocre. However I know he is unhappy with his failure to shave further time of it. There is a difference in asking ‘how can I explain being unhappy with stagnant performance’ versus ‘how can I justify failure to improve despite my best available efforts’.  The key words there are available effort, life gets busy, there are numerous competing prioritises, but accepting the you have a limited amount of time and energy to divide out into a busy life is different to describing any part of it as mediocre. Mediocre means ordinary, average, not very good. I struggle with several parts of using this word. Words are important. Actions are explained in words, others understand your thoughts and intentions from words.  Saying that you are accepting mediocre is acknowledging that given more effort that you would be much better a.k.a. you currently can not be arsed to commit more time and/or effort. There is a difference between this and saying other things are more important. lolly pop Prioritising work, family, donut time, whatever is truly important to you above exercise is what makes you a well-rounded individual. This is life, other things can be more important than sporting performance. Mediocre-It is so negative in tone, so soul suckingly safe, life lived within comfort zones. Tone is important when setting goals, rephrasing with a positive slant will make it much more likely that you will be successful. Trying your best with all that you have to offer at that moment in time is all you can do. When you have more time and or energy you can achieve more. That not mediocre, that’s life.

Back to the definition, average, ordinary, it makes the hackles on the back of my neck stand up, what part of anyone is average or ordinary. It is promoting the concept of comparing our numbers to others, that we can measure our value or worth in a few stats.  If we go with this definition I am (currently) a below average gym attender; most days of the week yoga/Pilates class attender; above average height (5’8); in the top 4% of physically active from my tracker data base; average dress size, though today it feels a bit snug, I blame the donut time I mentioned earlier; I work 40-45 hours most week, more than some, less than some- what part of this is mediocre/ordinary/not very good? It is just the sum of all the difference aspects of my life brought down to a binary system.  ‘Lies, lies and damn statistics’. Read then how you will, they are just numbers, they have the power you give them.

not mediocre

Joanne’s chart

Average, in the bland mix of all the individual is lost. The state of flow or mindfulness that we should strive for when exercising, when tasks appear seamless, when we are lost in the doing. It isn’t generated by comparing what we are achieving to someone else. Comparison is the thief of joy, comparing performance is only valuable if it is to your own previous or future performance. Analysing what went well and what could be improved are where gains are made, not accepting that there is no room to improve because it too hard and most people will lie in the average anyways-B*LLSHIT!

There are lots of things that I am not good, but it is because I have never put the effort into getting better. Other things, more important to me, occupied my time and energy. There is a difference. The grass is greener where you water it. (how many trite saying can you get in a 500 word blog!)

So I have many arguments with this concept of accepting mediocre but I will leave you with a little pep talk. It may mean nothing to you but it is unchanging and at some stage in the future you may find a time when you need it. It will still be true.

‘I believe in you, I can see your potential, it is infinite. You are only limited by your own thinking. You can achieve whatever you put your mind too. Hard work will get you closer to where you want to go than accepting that you are average.  Be the outlier, aim higher.’


But then I am a Belieber!