"The Office for National Statistics have discovered that the most popular pastime for 85% of the people in the UK is watching telly. So if running is what you concentrate on the most, you're already in the top 15% of people, in terms of getting-off-your-bum-and-doing-something."
Watching TV is the UK's most popular pastime (source)
"Only 51% of people listed exercise as a pastime, which must make you all the more special. They go on to look at the sporting activities of those who have managed to crowbar their backsides off the sofa - and only 8% of men and 5% of women have listed running."
Sometimes it's just about getting out there (source)
"Compare this to a weighty 12% of men who list snooker, and 5% who list darts as their method of keeping fit, and you hopefully start to see that getting out for a few runs each week puts you into a pretty strong position. In fact, the average person exercises twice a week, for 25 minutes at a time, and there are literally thousands of you who have already busted your way past that."
Its very true how our perception of what is 'normal' shifts as we become friends with and read more about runners, ultra-runners, very fast runners, people who've completed dozens of marathons, have sub-20 5k times etc, and its easy to forget that actually, just going for a run is an achievement in itself. Its not always about being the fastest or running the furthest. So in an effort to re-motivate myself, my mantra for now is:
"Completing a marathon was the original goal, regardless of time, and the time it takes won't detract from the achievement"