Get Yourself in the Pages of Runner’s World!

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UPDATE: Gigi says she has enough responses to continue with her story. Thank you and good luck to all of you who commented!

runners-world.JPGGigi, a journalist on assignment for Runner’s World, contacted us looking for people who might fit into a story she’s writing.

Do you consider yourself a competitive runner? “Competitive” does not solely mean you get competitive results (i.e. you win races or place highly in your age category). It could also mean you approach running competitively – that you have a competitive spirit about it.

You may also fit the mold if you are the type of person who out loud or mentally trash-talks yourself (“come on, get your a$$ up that hill!”) to stay motivated during runs.

If you think you are what Gigi is looking for, please leave us a comment. And please spread the word to your running friends if you think they might fit the bill.

Good luck. We hope to see you in the pages of Runner’s World!
Note: Please leave your email address in the email address part of the comment form so Gigi can get in touch with you. Your email address will not be visible to others and will not be shared or published anywhere.

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

  1. Dianna on February 12th at 12:51 pm

    I totally trash-talk myself: “C’mon whiner, pick up the pace or you’ll be running alone in Boston” or “Don’t let all this training be for nothing.”

    But am I competitive? I don’t know. I strive to improve on prior performances, but I try not to let the clock overshadow the race experience. I want to be a better runner, but I want to stay a healthy, happy too. Finding that place of balance seems like a winning strategy to me.

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  3. Blaine Moore (Run to Win) on February 12th at 2:46 pm

    I define my self esteem by how many of my competitors that I can dominate. Does that count as competitive? I left my old team (Run to Win) to run with my new team (Dirigo RC) for three reasons:

    (a) It cost ~$300 less to be on the team
    (b) I was basically self-coaching anyway
    (c) The new team is more competitive, has faster people to race/train with, and travels for money races.

    I also discovered after joining that they have a Nike sponsorship that saves me 25% off of wholesale prices, which is tough to beat.

  4. bex on February 12th at 3:29 pm

    Everyone says I’m competitive. So I guess I am. Which is funny, as I’m only 5’2”, 110 pounds, and in my 30’s. Not exactly a recipe for an elite athlete. I take great joy in beating people in races, especially men (a shrink would have a field day on this, I’m sure). I don’t trash-talk other people, as that would bring attention to me. I prefer the silent, stealthy approach in races. I’m also my own best/worst coach. I do yell at myself in my training sessions, such as telling myself to get my lazy ass up a hill, or to hold onto a lung-busting pace in my speed workouts even though I’m starting to get light-headed.

    Recently I did a modified speed workout on the treadmill. My stomach started cramping pretty badly. I had just eaten a big meal and drunk a lemon martini before this workout. I briefly flirted with the idea of skipping the workout, as I was full. But in the end, I couldn’t justify it. So, when I started feeling bad, did I stop? No. I ran faster, with the logic that the faster I run, the sooner I’d finish so I could go to the bathroom and heave up my stomach contents, by the way. That’s how a $30 meal ended up in the toilet.

  5. Stevie on February 12th at 3:55 pm

    My competitive spirit comes not from the desire to cross the line first. It breathes from the desire to get up and run earlier than you, to get home later than you and run, to go out when it’s too cold for you, when it’s too hot, too windy, too anything. It lives where the hill is too steep or the surface is too slippery. It pushes me through pain and exhaustion. My spirit may not push me to break the tape, but it will always get me to the start.

  6. Tammy on February 12th at 6:20 pm

    I consider myself more of a triathlete than a runner, per se. I am, however, finding more and more that the run is stealing my heart. I completed more running races last year than anything else. AND, having come from a sedentary, corporate background, I have a great story to tell, as you can read on the website of my university: Bastyr University. Pick me! Pick me! 😉

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  8. Curly Su on February 13th at 6:19 am

    Coming from music to athletics has made me realize that I’m a competitive person true and true…

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  10. 21stCenturyMom on February 13th at 10:29 am

    Does focusing on not coming in last count as competitive? If so then I am very competitive.

    Alas – I only compete with myself because there isn’t much point in competing against others. I got no juice – only desire.

  11. Joshua Flash Gordon on February 13th at 10:54 am

    There is always something to compete against…

    …myself, the clock, father time, injury, rivals, weather, other clubs, doubters, self-doubt, overtraining, undertraining, life…

    For me, the very core of running is competition. I am relentless on myself.

  12. Dawn - Pink Chick on February 13th at 12:39 pm

    Is there a competition to see who can have the most fun at a race, that would be me. I can’t win so I run to enjoy myself.

    Of course put the finish line in front of me and I can run like there’s no tomorrow. A few of our local faster runners have tried to catch me at the finish (they were doing the longer race) and have had no luck. Some of our fast guys judge how well they are doing by at which point they lap the “Pink Chick” and I measure myself by those I beat to the finish line.

  13. Pamalamadingdong on February 13th at 3:16 pm

    Gigi hates me, I missed my deadline with her. I suck

  14. Yvonne on February 13th at 7:48 pm

    Not only competitive in running, but everything. Practice is one thing, but races I am a whole different person. Being competetive also gives me motivation to continue running.

  15. Suzy on February 13th at 8:08 pm

    I’m your worst nightmare at the gym.

    I am “that girl” who will jump on the treadmill beside you, look to see how fast you are going, and then put myself at a faster speed.

    Is your incline at 2.0? Mine is 2.5.

    Done with your run? Don’t mind me breaking my neck to check out your total dustance and time…!

  16. Juls on February 13th at 10:32 pm

    Competitive? Perhaps not so in a game of Scrabble, but in running, I am always in competition with the clock, myself, and (depending upon the day) others. I don’t often trash talk, but I do use self-talk methods to keep myself going on race day…”you’ve worked so hard for this,Julie; don’t you give up that easily”

  17. Joshua on February 14th at 3:48 pm

    I would have to say if there was a picture in websters for the word competitor it would show me next to it. I feed off it and I live off of it. I am competitive in almost every aspect of my life but as far as running goes, well i take that to a new level. I’m always trying to beat something, even if it happens to just be myself. It’s great to have because it keeps me active and keeps me in the good shape I am in, however, it is also a very likely reason I have been injured numerous times throughout my running career. I don’t know what an easy day is and I don’t know how to save anything for the end, although I can usually find a little something left for my final kick so no one passes me. I don’t always finish first or second, but I always believe I can and I am always willing to work towards it because I don’t like to be beat!

  18. Running Kate on February 15th at 7:35 am

    I consider myself to be very competitive in all aspects of my life. While I may not be the best runner out there, I use every tactic I can to get myself moving faster in a race, especially at the end. I play little mental games with myself and start to take out the competition. I always feel bad when 70 year old men are beating me, so I push harder to stay pace with them and get in front of them right before the finish line. I love the competition to the very end!

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