True confession: I'm pretty competitive. Holly and Jill can attest to this ;) I don't know where I get this from- I went to Quaker School! I actually think that my competitive spirit is why I did well in the GW Parkway Classic. Once I began running beside the older woman with the half marathon shirt (see GW Parkway Classic Race Recap), I couldn't stand the thought of her pulling ahead and beating me. As a result, I pushed myself probably harder than I've ever pushed myself before. Of course, I also did well because I set goals for myself and wanted to make my parents and Ryan proud. But it all goes to show that running is just such a mental sport.