I have never in my life won a race. I haven’t broken any school records. I haven’t come close to breaking a world record. And I’m almost positive that no recruiters or sponsors will be knocking on my door in this lifetime to offer to train and prep me for any Olympic games or professional sports teams.
But I’m still an Athlete.
You don’t have to be the best to be an athlete. Did you know that?
Definition: A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts. (Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com)
In my life, I have acquired the strength to lift weights, the endurance to run a half marathon and the agility to swim. Am I the best? Far from it. Do I still possess the ability to do it? Absolutely!
Do you consider yourself an athlete? I do and I hold my head high with pride at knowing that I have earned that title.
Last race before getting pregnant with Fit Boy. Half Marathon Relay (6.5 miles). May 2009
First race, 4 months Post-Partum. Marathon relay (6.2 miles). June 2010
First race of 2011 (Jan 1st baby!). 5k Resolution run.
First half marathon (and last official race before getting pregnant with Fit Baby). 13.1miles. May 2011 (yep…same “last race” as last time. Sensing a pattern?)