I dig social media when it comes to my running. I love to see all the fun places my friends are going on their runs. It’s so cool to hear about their race or training accomplishments. It’s amazing to be able to seek out and get solid running advice from people all over the place.
Honestly, I learn so much about cool new routes and training techniques. I have an easily accessible “tribe” who totally gets the crazy that sets in after I have to take time off to heal from an injury. And I have a crew of pals ready to set off with me on some fun running adventure.
But there are downsides, too. Social media can become a hindrance to training gains. That selfie I struggled to get for 15 minutes? Yeah, it broke up the run and not in a good way. Looking at Tasha’s post about her new 10K PR? Super happy but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a part of me that gets a bit competitive, making me want to race better and faster next time.
Here’s the thing about social media. You have to take the good with the bad. Avoid comparing yourself to others. Their journey (and race times) are theirs, not yours. Analyze what friends post to gain some perspective and insight. A new routine or cross-training recommendation? Yes! Test it out. Someone get injured? Figure out what in their training program may have caused it. 8,000 Insta photos from the half-marathon attempt? Love your friend through the over-share but know that it may not be the way (or at least, your way) to compete.