Wednesday, May 02, 2012
you're going to have to get used to a little pain.
I have never used the term athlete to describe myself and I never really considered myself one even when I played soccer in high school. Looking back, high school soccer players are DEFINITELY athletes. But that's not the point here. Moving on...
In the last few days while I was nursing a bothersome quad and rickety knee I heard two different people give me advice that started with "If you're going to be an athlete." My grandmother and my husband.
My husband said it first and I totally ignored the fact that he was basically calling me a whimp because OMG HE CALLED ME AN ATHLETE. HE THINKS I'M AN ATHLETE. AM I AN ATHLETE?
I'm horribly out of shape. I just managed to squeeze my walk/run pace to the 15 min/mile mark. I'm not diligent about strength training. I don't have a garmin or great running shoes or a gym membership or anything else "athletes" tend to have. I'm training for a 5k in October, but have never been in one before. I use my husband's old digital watch to time myself in running shoes I bought from the salvation army and I use free weights my husband has had since college to ST maybe twice a week.
I have to admit I REALLY liked being called an athlete and I don't want to discourage this sort of behavior but I also don't want to give myself a label prematurely.
So, how do you (all of you out there) define an athlete?