FRS Healthy Energy is a new energy supplement that hasn't hooked me up yet, so I won't
ramble give you the "really sincere sales pitch". But I love this ad! It's kind of a snapshot of my life ... without the superior athlete, National Championships, bizillion $ contract part . Tell me I can't ... and I will kill myself proving you wrong!
Like a lot of us, I am split right down the middle with who I am ...
Peaceful, serene & tranquil Jim authors posts about puppies, being a good father, heck ... REO Speedwagon! He likes to "chillax" (to borrow a phrase from Chris K). He flutters through life encouraging people and doing his best to make you successful. It's a big part of what drives "Gentle Jim". He enjoys talking to you at the starting line. And he's genuinely happy for you if you finish before him in a race. He's a really sweet guy!
But ultra competitive-to-a-fault Jim always has to be first! I wouldn't call him cocky, but he gets verrrrrrrrrry upset with himself if he doesn't place in a race. He's driven, but is sometimes motivated by the wrong things. He will NEVER be satisfied with his performance. He can be kind of a jerk!
I know that both of these guys are the balance of who I am, but the second can be comical and immature at times ...
Pathetic, but funny story...
After I had ran a few marathons, my wife was talking to a guy at work who had also ran several. She told him that I wanted to run one in every state, and qualify for Boston. This guy (whom I still have never met) said, "If he's running marathons that often, he'll never qualify for Boston."
Sad ... I know! But like a lot of athletes, I sometimes let the simplest little sniff of disrespect motivate me. I guess it's the "Show-Me State" heritage in me ... it's an "I'll show you" mentality. Now, I'd be lying if I said his comment was the only thing that motivated me to BQ, but you can take it to the bank that I thought about it often. I wish I could tell you I was a better person. That warm thoughts of my family are the single image that light a fire in me while grinding out hills or sucking wind during speed work, but it's just not the case.
Call it petty ... insecure ... misguided ... whatever. But most of all, call it honest. I will never be one of the great ones like Gretzky, Jordan, Brady, Kara and Adam Goucher or Alberto Salazar - but read any biography of these competitors and the same picture is painted of them all. They came to win, and nothing else will do!
How about you? Does anger/competitiveness/disrespect fire you at times for races or training? I suspect there's a little of this in all of us.
Be Great Today!