I’ll be the first to admit that I have a loud ego. If I put on some hardcore rap while I get warmed up for a tempo run, I feel like I’m ready to set the world record in the 10k. Add some caffeine to the mix and I’ve decided that I know the cure to cancer and I’m ready to assume duties as the first female president of the United States. For most of us, our egos are loud but we do a good job of taming them so that we can be fully functional adults in society.
All Freudian theories aside, the ego is all about our feelings of self-worth or self-importance. A so-called big ego is the result of an overabundance of self. To have a healthy ego involves taming the voice inside that wants to be seen, heard, and loved by all. It’s not a bad thing to want all of these things — that’s human. The challenge for us runners is that sometimes our egos are so loud that we lose insight into the consequences of listening to them when we’re better off telling them to hush. Read more >>