How much competition is enough?

Masters Track
seeded 20 out of 34 in the M45-49 400 meters
Masters Track
moved to 10th overall, missing finals by two spots

How much competition is enough? You know, competition isn’t even necessary, except for one place – with the devil. We MUST find a million ways to stay motivated to keep moving.

For three years, 1999 – 2002… no competition, recreational running only.
…got bored, demotivated… ready to quit…

Three more years, 2002 – 2005… discovered the joy (and pain) of 5k’s.
…got bored, demotivated (again)… ready to quit…

Found Masters Track meets locally 2005-2007

In 2006, after six years solid running and conditioning foundation, the photos show, going into the 2006 Masters Track & Field National championships, jeff noel seeded number 20 of 34.

Finished 10th, missing the finals by two spots.

It doesn’t matter. What matters is it’s 2013 and I’m still running with a passion stronger than quitting – that’s 14 years, by the way.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.