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Interesting thing, that. My Muey Thai coach was clowning around one day and pulled up this and said "Hey, you wanna do this one?". I snickered too and said "Yeah, I'm not your guy..."

He meant no offense, and I didn't take any, but driving home, I thought "Why did we both have the same reaction?" It wasn't that I couldn't do the race, it was that we both thought that it wasn't the kind of thing I'd do.




Why is that?  Well, I'm not a runner.  Wait.  What does that mean? I can run.  I love target shooting, but hate being identified as part of gun culture. 

Well, I'm not an athletic guy.  Wait.  I dropped 35 pounds learning to kickbox and have better stamina than a bunch of people half my age. 

Self definition is a funny thing. Read this

Date: 2011-01-06 02:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elizilla
[ profile] onefaller has entered that. He doesn't self-identify as athletic, but he wants to get in better shape and he does self-identify as a maniac, so it appealed to him. :)

Date: 2011-01-06 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It took me years to start ever feeling comfortable with defining myself as an athletic person. I'm still not a runner, though I run.

Loved "A Vegan No More." Is it no longer anywhere actively hosted? I'd think beyondveg or someplace like that would want it.

Date: 2011-01-06 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The original site blog is down for maintenance, so I dug it out of Google archives to link to.

Date: 2011-01-06 07:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elizilla
I liked the article too. I can sympathize with the author, very much, having suffered the same constellation of symptoms, with a very similar cause. I'm not a vegan, never have been, but apparently I have a B12 absorption deficiency. I sure wish I would bounce back like she describes, but for me it's been a lot slower. :-(

Date: 2011-01-06 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dude. I'm weightlifting. Using an actual 45 lb 7 ft Olympic barbell. Precisely one year ago I had never done anything athletic since I was in kid's soccer. I wouldn't define myself as a lifter....I just want to be healthy when I'm old, and this is the most efficient way to do it. :)

Date: 2011-01-06 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, the 35 lbs of weight was a good thing to drop, but eliminating the need for the 1 lb heart monitor was REALLY rewarding. Kickboxing has been berry berry good to me.

all that jazz

Date: 2011-01-06 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
first, that warrior run made me ache just by reading about it.

second, I hate exercise, and I refuse to run. Except I'm a swordfighter, and I love running circles in the dojo to warm up. I am light and fast on the balls of my feet, and it feels like flying. Someday I will have the stamina to run more than 5 minutes - the part of running that I *actually* hate is the lung burn and leaden feet.

I know tons about fitness and muscle training from the stuff you taught me while we were lifting weights, and it makes me a better athlete in swordfighting. But I still self-identify as a couch potato geek. Go figure.

Date: 2011-01-07 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh. Interesting read.

Date: 2011-01-07 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You don't have to define yourself as only one thing, you know. :)


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