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When I began running I was about 31. Not a spring chicken, but young enough to think that age groups like 40-45 and on up were pretty darn old. I also remember thinking that by the time I got to those age groups I probably wouldn’t be so competitive; that I’d grow out of it.
Well, I’m 45 now and I’ve got to tell you, I’m still waiting to lose that competitive spirit. I am a more mellow version of that younger self, for sure. I’ve learned that while training is an important part of my life, missing a workout here or there for a legitimate reason isn’t the end of the world.
But I’m still waiting to lose that competitive gene. I mean, sometimes I kind of think it’s all so immature–why does a 45-year old woman really care so much about laying down a good race time?
And maybe it is immature. But. It’s me and I think I’ve come to realize that even at 70, I’m still going to be out there trying to better my times. Well, maybe I’ll understand that bettering my times won’t be happening at that age. But I’ll still care what the clock says as I cross the line.
What about you–do you think you’ll ever outgrow your competitive spirit?