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If you're going to be an athlete...

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?
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    Do not down play your actions girl! You are an athlete.

    To me an athlete is someone that takes care of their body through physical activity.
    2053 days ago
    Athletes are nerds for physical activity. There's a dude at my gym who LIVES for lower body class. Everyone else groans about lunges, but he loves them. He's a workout nerd.

    I've come to the conclusion that I'm becoming a workout nerd. Seems that if I'm not working or sleeping, I'm doing something active. It really hit me this week when I joined my second intramural volleyball team and was SUPER excited about it.

    Maybe I need an intervention: Hi, my name is Ally and I'm a workout nerd. It's been 14 hours since my last workout...
    2053 days ago
    We are all striving to be athletic. That is what is important. Keep it up!
    2054 days ago
    I define an athlete as someone who takes the time and effort to get exercise in most days 0f the week. Just a short walk counts. You don't have to have all the fancy clothes, equipment etc to be a successful athlete. Doing what makes you feel good, feel happy and accomplished is my idea of an athlete. I hope you have a good night.
    2054 days ago
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