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Day 15 Rt 66 Challenge: I AM an ATHLETE!

Monday, October 21, 2013

This past Saturday, I went for my schedule 10 mile training run. Throughout last week, I kept having doubts that I could even run the full 10 miles much less do it in less than 2 hours (the goal I set to keep me on track to run a 2:30 Route 66 Half Marathon).

Did I run all 10? YES!
Did I run all 10 in under 2 hours? YES, I did it in 1:49!

At that pace, I would not have just PRed, I would have done so by 20 minutes and therefore smashing through my goal of 2:30! WOW!

Later in the day, while I was resting my legs and reflecting on my run, I came to the conclusion that I AM AN ATHLETE and I need to stop doubting myself because I CAN do this and I prove it to myself time and time again.

Webster's Dictionary defines Athlete as "a PERSON WHO IS TRAINED or skilled in exercises, sports or games REQUIRING PHYSICAL STRENGTH, agility or STAMINA. You definitely have to have those things in order to run 10 miles!

Being labeled an athlete is not something that I have always had. In fact, in 7th grade, I was actually told I should stick to playing my clarinet because I was "not good at sports." While, I am thankful for my musical talents and those who nourished them, I often wonder would if I was encouraged to do both. Would I have had the weight struggles that I have had for a lot of my life? What could I have accomplished? I could probably go on and on with the "What could have beens," but I won't. I won't because I CHOOSE to not give that kind of power to the people who told me that I couldn't.

Instead, I am going to focus on the fact that I AM AN ATHLETE and that is something that nobody can take from me because I EARNED it! I earned it by making sacrifices and by pushing myself beyond what I thought was capable of. I will continue to move forward and forcing the "You're not good at this" voice out of my head. Because, you know what? I have strength. I have stamina. I am an ATHLETE!

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    Wow, athlete! That sounds like a terrific run! I had planned on doing the Route 66 half marathon this year, but it isn't going to happen. It was my very first half 3 years ago. My PR right now is just under 2:30 & I'd love to "smash" that record some time. My best wishes to you as you run in a few weeks!!!

    1592 days ago
    Awesome blog! I love the way you are choosing to look at yourself because you are an athlete! I like to view myself in that way too!
    1606 days ago
  • BILL60
    Congratulations on smashing your PR. Also, congratulations on realizing that you are a "Jock". Hang tough!!
    1609 days ago
    1610 days ago
    You are an athlete, yes. And congrats on the excellent time for 10M. But ...

    Your training plan (or goal) needs adjustment. You should be doing long runs slower than race pace, not faster!

    Either you need to slow down during your long runs or you should set a faster goal for your HM. May I ask how you came up with these two paces?
    1610 days ago
    You are a Supreme Athlete!!!! Way to go!
    1610 days ago
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