Sunday, August 30, 2015

I Am The Eli Manning Of Non-Competitive Long Distance Running

I'm worried about doing my best, playing to my potential, helping out my teammates, and trying to win games for the Giants.-- Eli Manning

I am not a quiet guy. But I am a very quiet guy. I can raise my voice to be heard in a very big room with high ceilings. But many have called me soft spoken. Although I have a very consistent personality, ten different people may describe me ten different ways. In general, a person like this would be described as an enigma. If there is anything that may get a consensus in adjectives to describe me would be my directness.

This oftentimes can be a gift and a curse. When folks don't understand something, they find it hard to support. I've been running now more than I played football. Tons of people still see me as a football player. My last game was in 2003. My first run was in 2000. The gift lies in the fact that as a mystery, it is easier to go about my business without distraction. The curse is that it is hard to see my accomplishments.

I've gradually increased my mileage. I have consistently added medals to my collection. Every year since the fateful first-run in 2000 has been a better running year. I've paced people in marathons to better times than mine. I've paced beginner runners. I've given advice to advanced runners. I have gotten better at this with age. Despite all of these things, I still feel like a blip on the map of successful recreational runners.

This is mostly about running but here is an analogy from my original sport life. Eli Manning has won two championships. In both of those championships he was the underdog. In both championships he was the MVP. He has thrown for more TD's than the other players in his position that were drafted at the same time. Most people say Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers are better than Eli though. There is no evidence to prove such a claim.

I am not young. I am not cool. I am not fast. But I sure do run.

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