When I was little, I had a phase where I wanted to be sporty.
I wanted to be on the volleyball team, or the soccer team. And finally, in 5th grade, I "made" a softball team with my life friend Hilary (who's wedding I'm in this coming June!)
All I know about my time in softball:
*I hated getting dirty; there was NEVER any sliding
*I never actually made contact with the ball when I was at bat
*I peed my pants in the middle of a park with Hilary while practicing one day
Actually, Hilary is my only friend who has made me pee my pants- and not just once, but twice. Once as an adult.
But I digress.
The point is, I was never athletic. I danced. Oh, and I learned to water ski in middle school when my family bought a lake house.
That's it! Not sports for this girl.
I started working out my senior year of high school- and that continued into college. Elliptical was my thing; maybe the treadmill for short periods of time.
I spent my first post-college year in a sleep-deprived haze that consisted of 0% exercise. I was working the night shift at KTUL and I could barely manage to stay awake in my free time, much less exercise.
But eventually I took on my first Couch to 5K training program, ran the Tulsa Run and wa-la, a runner was born.
Up until the past few months, despite improving my running, picking up- and having a love/hate relationship- with biking and (gulp) even swimming, I still haven't considered myself sporty. Much less, an athlete.
But a few weeks ago, when I was negotiating for the new-to-me bike, the woman who was selling it started a sentence by saying "Athletes like you and I..."
I don't even remember how that sentence ended, because I was so fixated on those words. Athletes like you and I.
Is the red-headed girl who hates dirt and germs and getting hurt an athlete?! After all of these years?
I now find myself having conversations with people about the next race I want to try, the best trails to practice biking uphill in the wind. I am stepping out of my comfort zone to find new running trails because I've run "my" trail enough times to know it by heart.
I find myself looking at cars with bike racks and thinking, I need one of those.
I'd rather spend $200 on a Garmin Forerunner than a new outfit.
Well, most days, anyway. Let's not get too carried away.
I longingly look at Turkey Mountain and anticipate the day I'll be able to rock those hilly trails- by bike or foot.
I enjoy the outdoors more than ever; I even want to camp!
(But I still jump a mile when I see spiders on the trail; case in point, this afternoon.)
All this to say, maybe this ultimate girly-girl is a bit of an athlete after all.
And even though at the moment I may have more work-out clothes than actual work clothes...
Don't even think I'm giving up my high heels.