The myth about athletes

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My friend Sarah seemed relieved to hear that avid runners have issues with motivation and sticking with workouts. These are the same things that she struggles with. I didn’t realize until she said something that there might be a myth about athletes.

We don’t wear capes. We don’t always eat healthy. We don’t always feel like getting up in the morning and go out for a really long run.

The numerous medals I have hanging next to my bed don’t give me any super powers. They are merely souvenirs from runs and reminders that I like running and staying fit.

The drawer that is bursting open with workout clothes, especially t-shirts from runs, don’t give me any extra will power. They don’t magically make me feel the urge to get out and go for a run. They don’t make me want to do lunges, squats, or planks. All they really do is fill up my dresser and act like any other regular t-shirt.

Yeah sure, when we are in full training mode and we have developed a habit of running so we tend to get a little antsy when we have day off. We might cart around fruit and keep a full bottle of water with us but that doesn’t mean we are saints when it comes to being healthy.

Rest assured athletes are people too. I would take a guess that even some of the elite athletes have their moments.

With that said, don’t be a too harsh of a critic of yourself. Do the best you can. And on the days you really say you don’t have time or just don’t want to, force yourself to do a little something. Because in the end you know you’ll feel better.

5 thoughts on “The myth about athletes

  1. I wish my friends and family would read your post. My mum is convinced that I must be running so much that I don’t have time for any fun. I find myself deliberately drinking wine and eating chocolate in front of her when I go round just to remind her that i am still human.

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