Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Watching the olympics as an athlete

  I am not sure I can consider myself an athlete...so I looked it up in the dictionary.  This is what I found;
athlete |ˈaTHˌlēt|
nouna person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.• chiefly Brit.a person who is skilled in competitive track and field events (athletics).
  I guess you could say I was proficient in running...?  proficient |prəˈfiSHənt|adjectivecompetent or skilled in doing or using something: I was proficient at my job |she felt reasonably proficient in Italian.
       Competent yes, skilled?  I think I am close enough.  Olympians are elite athletes.  But as a person who has trained and conditioned my body to do something that takes hard work and dedication, I have a bigger understanding (than I did when I was not training) of what they have gone through and what they may be thinking as they are are completing a marathon.  Please don't miss understand me here, I am not saying I know what they are thinking by any stretch of the imagination, I am simply saying I may have a little more than a stab in the dark...or instead of missing the target completely, I may have hit on the very edge giving me no point value.  
      All that to say I have enjoyed watching this year more than ever!  I haven't become bored like in years past.  And somehow I stumbled on the womens marathon, and if you guessed that I was glued to the TV set on that one, well then you can give yourself 10 points and a hug from me because you are clearly a blog reader of mine!     Another race?  I am seriously considering running the girlfriends half marathon in October.  I have it marked on my calendar, and I have seeked out the Hal Higdon Novice 2 training program, all that's left is to register.  Why haven't I?  Because I have a lot on my plate right now.  I have something big that I have been praying about and if it comes through then my mornings and afternoons will be pretty full.  Days are getting shorter and runs in the morning will have to be short.  I don't know why I am just now thinking this...but maybe I should get some guidance from God?  YES not maybe YES!  Okay, so I will start praying about this now.  If no doors close then I am going to go for it!  I want that goodie bag, and another half under my belt...one last hooray before fall!!!  I do not like to run outside in the winter...at least I didn't last year when I first started, but after running outdoors all summer, it may be hard for me to bring it inside.  After all...they do make running gear for cold weather ;)
  My birthday is in 2 days, and as my sister says "It's your birthday, that means Christmas is right around the corner!"  It makes me a little nervous when she says that, but it's true, and this year once Christmas hits, it will be a year since I began this running journey!!!  


  1. If you run the Girlfriends race, I will have to find you and say hello in person. It will be my first half marathon and I hope to see you there. :D

    1. Most definitely! And I know you will do GREAT!