I'm a competitive person, it doesn't matter if we are jokingly saying I'll beat you somewhere, I WANT TO WIN!! When I found out a family friend was running the marathon the game changed. I don't only want to beat this person I want too be a lil rested when this friend finishes. I have nothing but respect for this person and want to see him do well.
What really put the pressure on was hearing that a lot of friends and family will be in Chicago for the marathon. My athletic life is no secret and people have been very supportive. Having them at a marathon cheering me on is pressure that I love!! When I ran New York I had three family members following me as I ran. This time it will be a lot more and I plan on opening their eyes. At the end of the Chicago marathon I don't want people to say "That was great, you finished, you should be proud." I want them to greet me with their eyes popping out of their head while saying "Holy shit you just ran 26.2 miles in 3hrs and 30 minutes. Watching you finish the way you did was awesome!!"
All my life I have had this chip on my shoulder because I want to prove to myself that I can do and that I should be mentioned with the best in my age group. From the age of 7 until the age of 18 I did that on the baseball field as a shortstop and as a pitcher. From the age of 26 until the day I die I want to prove myself as a person living with diabetes by having a very respectable A1C. For the past seven years I have done that. Now the toughest challenge, I want to prove myself as an endurance athlete, I have proven I can handle the distance and mental fatigue that comes with endurance events. I'm happy about that but now it is time to prove I'm not just some guy out there for show. I want to compete!! Competing is all I know how to do and I encourage everyone that can make to Chicago to let me know because I need that pressure to be at my best!!