This week among the Salty bloggers, Sage shared an article about Amber Green, a mother of three who, over the course of 15 years and 31 marathons, reduced her time from 4:23:xx to an Olympic Trials qualifying 2:41:xx, and we all went nuts. It was pretty unanimously agreed that Green is a badass. We love this chick. She is awesome. It was also pretty unanimously agreed that she was, as the RW headline suggested was her goal, setting a great example for her kids. Way to go, Amber Green!
However, one blogger brought up that it feels in the article as if Green is minimizing her accomplishments when RW quotes her: “Running is honestly my sanity and therapy.” It “kept me from being depressed,” and, “really helped me give more to them [her children] instead of going crazy.”
Personally, I think those reasons for running would not get me to the trials. So what would? An unyielding, intense desire for glory. And if I ever get to the trials, I will not tell you “oh, it all to set a good example for my nieces,” I will tell you “I did all that hard work because I am a running rockstar, and I wanted to let my light shine on the world.” I believe there’s something really authentic about vanity. Look at Flo-Jo there: arms up, screaming, ready to have her photo taken for the Wheaties box… Damn, it must feel good to be a gangsta. I’d want everyone to know.
But we all say that stuff sometimes, right? Someone compliments you on a race well run and you say, “Oh, well I was having an extra good day,” or “It wasn’t that much faster than last time,” or even just take the focus off yourself with, “Yeah…but did you see how great Bob did?” Does that kind of humble-speak make us seem gracious, or is it simply talking our accomplishments down?
What do you think, is it better to be humble, or to shout your success from the rooftops? Is there a compromise here? Do you think you would train hard like Amber Green without specifically seeking to reap the benefits for yourself? And Amber, if we showed up on your Google alert, we would love to hear from you! As always, we’ll take your answers in the comments.