Monday, September 9, 2013

Winning Isn't Everything... or Is IT???

I have always claimed to be non-competitive, which drives Boss (Dwain) crazy. Every time I say it, he cringes, he corrects me and he hopes to goodness none of his Banner boys inherit that attitude from me.

So last year after deciding to run a local 5K, he started preparing me. Now keep in mind, he doesn't run... AT ALL.  So his preparation consisted of "coaching" me on something he had little knowledge of, "but why even run a race if you're not gonna try and win???"

"Game Day" was here and on the way to the race he was planning my strategy: "You're gonna be able to run WAY faster because of your adrenaline, so find Mrs. Bandy (whose goal was 21 minutes!!!) and stay right behind her. You got this!!!"

Bo was running the mile the in the same race, we were pumped up, coached up and ready to run.

Being the people-pleaser I am, I wanted to make Boss proud. I had set a personal goal of 24 minutes although I knew he expected better... and I secretly wanted that too. I took off strong and somewhere around 2 miles I DIED. Now I don't mean I slowed to a 9 min pace... NO, I WAS GOING TO PASS OUT if I didn't walk.

Finally, a long time later, I crossed the finish line. Boss had a stunned look on his face??? What happened? Where did you go?

I started explaining "I started too fast, I tried to stay up, I'm not use to this heat (treadmill runner), I should have eaten."

Nothing I could say made sense to Boss, he doesn't understand "losing."

(Mrs. Bandy in the pink shirt won the race, of course! My smile was fake.)

Now before you get mad at him like my friends did, before you remind him how often he races (or even exercises for that matter) PLEASE know, he has the best intentions, he seeks the best out of everyone. At least he had Bo to be proud of, he won his race :) We now laugh about this, about how I choked, and how Boss thinks you have to win to be successful. If you see him, remind him otherwise please.

A couple weeks ago another local race rolled around. Considering I had my wisdom teeth removed that week, there was no hope for redeeming myself (I'll try that out-of-town with my friends & no coach, heehee). Bo & Chapel were however, ready to compete.

Once again, Boss coached them up and I encouraged them to have fun. 

Bo won his 5k, beating his friend by a millisecond. As soon as he crossed the finish line, he threw up. Boss was SOOOO proud, "now that's a sign he gave it his all!!!" 

Chapel (with dad's prompting) made the "Mile Fun Walk" a race. He beat all those sucka's, they didn't realize it was competitive... they don't have Dwain Banner on their side. 

(Chapel & Boss on the front page, Bolivar Free Herald)

Thankfully, the Banner boys don't take after their mother when it comes to competitiveness. They share their dad's urgency to WIN...

to be #1!

So for now, I'll stay in MY role as cheerleader, and grandparent/fan entertainer...
on the sidelines, reminding my boys to have fun... WHILE WINNING of course.

(Small member of People of Wal-Mart, looking down at the medal he earned as well as the toy dad bribed him with to win the race.)



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