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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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  • v HIKINGSD
    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.
    1517 days ago
  • v ALLYTHEATHLETE
    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...
    1517 days ago
  • v BIANCAHOOVER
    We are all striving to be athletic. That is what is important. Keep it up!
    1518 days ago
  • v PARKERB2
    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.
    1518 days ago
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