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I am an Athlete.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm not bragging. I'm not boasting. It's just a fact. I am an athlete.

Webster's defines an athlete as, "... any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion."

One year into my journey to a healthier life, and I am more than a little surprised that those words apply to me. But they do. I'm able to run eight and half miles and maintain a sub-eleven minute pace. And next week, on my next Long Run Sunday, I'll push myself to at least nine miles.

I'm feeling stronger everyday. I am capable of more and more, running faster and farther. I'm building a better me, and I'll be honest... I like it a lot.

For those just starting out on their Spark People experience, I say that you need look no farther than me to see living proof that it works. Start small with good decisions, let them snowball into a whole new way of living, then watch as you, too, become an athlete.

SDJ
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BARBRUN 2/1/2011 10:02PM

    Way to go !! Keep that frame of mind and you will succeed. Good luck with your long run. emoticon emoticon

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/31/2011 8:45PM

    Indeed you are... Very motivating John! You've come a long way from where you were a year ago today

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CALLIKIA 1/31/2011 1:28PM

    And what people should realize even more, is that it doesn't say RUNNER in that definition either. There are all KINDS of athletes...the best part is deciding what kind we want to become! ;)

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MYOWNHERO 1/31/2011 9:31AM

    And what an athlete you are!
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PDQ1203 1/31/2011 9:05AM

    ..and a half marathon is next....
(been there - done that - and it is all good)


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JOHNNYBEAR13 1/31/2011 8:28AM

    Thanks for sharing this huge motivational story. I am an athlete in training I guess and I am looking forward to running with you some day! Thanks.

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MOMMEG327 1/31/2011 8:14AM

    Amazing and so true! Way to go on your 8+ miles yesterday! Keep at it! :)

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PUNZIE73 1/31/2011 6:03AM

    Good for you athlete!

I'd like to get my "athletic status" back. I'm working on building up stamina for runs. Right now I'm joglet-ing. I know I'll be right on track with the running thing once my wobbly-bits start shrinking!

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MINNA72 1/31/2011 4:10AM

    Good for you, John! Awesome!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/31/2011 2:46AM

    Wow! You are getting fast! Woo Hoo Great for You!!

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TWOTIMESS 1/31/2011 1:42AM

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Yup! You are a champion, in more ways than one!

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JHADZHIA 1/31/2011 12:01AM

    Another running addict is born!! Well done!!
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REDSHOES2011 1/30/2011 10:54PM

    emoticon keep at it..

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VRCATON 1/30/2011 10:53PM

    Oh yeah!!

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DALAI_LALA 1/30/2011 10:06PM

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I'm so glad I'm getting to know you through Spark - you rock, sir!

Lala

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IMSMILEY88 1/30/2011 9:30PM

    I love it! I am an athlete for the first time in my life! And I'm 40! I wish I'd found the athlete within when I was younger, but I'll take it now!

Congrats on all of your accomplishments. Can't wait to read about your 9 miler next weekend!

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ALEXANDRA64 1/30/2011 9:25PM

    So true!

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FREES1 1/30/2011 9:19PM

    Sounds good

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KNITTABLES 1/30/2011 9:13PM

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/30/2011 8:16PM

  amazing. it is great to have a living example of the type of athlete i want to be :)

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 1/30/2011 8:15PM

    So true! I'm glad you realize it!

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MRDPOLING 1/30/2011 8:12PM

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ARIZONAHIKER 1/30/2011 8:05PM

    I love this post. So positive and inspiring :)

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