Feeling Like a Wannabe Again

One of the most common questions I get about my blog is, “When are you going to change your blog’s name? You’re not a ‘wannabe athlete’ anymore!”

And I have to admit, after I ran two half marathons two weeks apart, I started thinking they might have a point. I felt unstoppable.

Too unstoppable it turns out.

I slacked on my long runs. And I seriously regretted that yesterday morning.

I may be getting faster, but I have definitely lost some of my endurance. I haven’t run anything longer than a 5k since March 3 when I ran five miles. I set out aiming to run six miles. I had no idea how tough it would be.

Thankfully I posted on the IRunMommies page the night before that I wanted to run six miles around an 11:00min/mile pace. One of the other IRunMommies, Leanne, responded and said she’d like to run with me. We’ve never run together before, but she’s actually the one who sold us the Mini Athlete’s stroller. She made a tough run so much better!

So I won’t be changing my blog’s name any time soon. Because every day I have to make the conscious to decision to live like the athlete I want to be. It isn’t going to happen just by sitting back and expecting my body to always be able to do what it has once done. It isn’t going to happen without hard work.

Do you consider yourself an athlete, or more of a “wannabe athlete” like me? 

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16 Responses to Feeling Like a Wannabe Again

  1. Miz

    I do think Im an athlete—BUTBUTBUT my sport is life.
    competing today.
    going to sleep.
    and getting up again and competing tomorrow whether I feel like it or not.
    some people.
    many brands 🙂
    disagree and think Im not an athlete.
    I am and my sport is life.

  2. I am an athlete. With years of competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, softball, etc behind me, I feel like an athlete. However, I do and probably always will feel like a wannabe runner, thus why I consider myself a wogger, even though people insist I call myself a runner. Wogger fits me better 🙂

  3. Well said. I think I’m somewhere in the middle. In some ways I’m quite athletic but in other ways, my focus, drive, and training leave something to be desired at times. I think whether you run two half marathons or a dozen full, you still reserve the right to call yourself ‘wannabe’, because you’re still always seeking to improve and grow. Keeping ‘wannabe’ in your title reminds you not to accept your accomplishments and stagnate, but rather to keep running forward toward your next big challenge! Go get it!

  4. I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I played softball at a very high level in college and once I graduated I went through some serious withdrawal. I’ve since taken my athletic life back in my hands, in various ways. The past year I’ve ran my first half marathon, starting playing competitive softball again, and am actually currently training for a professional softball tryout. I’ve felt so happy putting myself in athlete mode again. Plus, I feel stronger now than I ever was in college.

  5. I so often find myself asking the same question but ultimately it comes down to the point that I make a conscious effort to get out and move…hence, I’m an athlete. You are too!!

  6. How fun that you have other mommas to run with! 🙂

  7. I remember my first half marathon had a place on the form that said “signature of athlete”. I kept asking my friends who I was going to get to sign it! Haha. I definitely feel more like a wannabe, but I feel like in a sense, knowing that none of this comes naturally to me makes me just push harder. In all honesty though, being an athlete doesn’t mean the work is easy! It means you keep going when its not, so whether or not you change the blog title, you’re definitely a real athlete in my opinion!

    • Liz – I would really love to take your clasess. I am in photography clasess at the U right now but I am still a beginner. I interested in being on both sides of the lens, if you ever need a model, I would love to come. I think that it is important to learn what its like being the model so that I know how to affectively give direction to the models when I am the one taking the photos. Let me know if I can ever help out thank you.-Liz

  8. I definitely feel more like a wannabe athlete than a “real” one! I was starting to feel good and have faith in my ability to stick with running, but after constantly being sick the past fall/winter I started to feel dumb even telling people I ran. I wasn’t actually running almost at all and I think it would take a long time for me to feel like anything but a wannabe 🙂

  9. A running buddy helps so much! I was dreading the 6 mile run I had schedule this past weekend, but I posted it on my running group and ended up with the perfect running partner. She was my cheerleader, helped me pace myself, and gave me lots of good advice!

    I’ve been playing sports since I was 5 so I’ve always considered myself an athlete! Running is a new sport for me so I still have so much to learn, but I always feel like a rockstar telling people I’m training for a half marathon. Keep at it, you ARE an athlete 🙂

  10. I consider myself a runner but not really an athlete, I don’t know why but I guess I just haven’t really thought about it 🙂

  11. amy

    I think we all have ups and downs with running/athletecism. I’m trying to keep my fitness up with this forced running hiatus that I’m on. I don’t even want to think about how hard its going to be to get it back once I’ve got the green light to run again.

  12. Isn’t it amazing how slacking even just a little really affects your performance? It’s the best motivation to keep running.

  13. I definitely feel like a wannabe. I thought with this 2nd half marathon I would feel stronger, but I still totally hit my wall at mile 12!! In good time…

  14. I definitely feel more like a wannabe than a real athlete. Yes, I have been active all my life and played sports in high school but never varsity so didn’t consider myself one of the hard core athletes. Even now, having maintained an active lifestyle and run marathons and triathlons, I still don’t. Not sure why. My neighbor referred to me as an athlete the other day and it made me pause. I guess I think of myself as healthy and active and a fitness lover. That’s a label I feel comfortable with.

  15. I’m not an athlete at all, but I recently started doing art again after putting it on the back burner for many years, and I like your consistent approach – very inspiring 🙂 I think most of these things take practice to keep up, and however good we are or aren’t, it’s always worth trying to raise our game when it’s something we enjoy doing and value. Good luck 🙂

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