Part I. Generally what is an athlete?
Wasn't sure where to post this..so I just posted it here. I read countless articles that discuss "sports nutrition" or nutrition for "athletes". I'm always left with the question: "What is an athlete?" or "Am I considered an athlete?". If I'm unsure of what an athlete REALLY is or if I even fall under that category, what good is the nutritional advice in these articles for me?
So this is the general question.. When do you consider yourself and/or others athletes? .. And if someone does fall under this label..are they suddenly allowed to eat 60% of their calories or more in the form of carbohydrates??
Part II. Am I specifically an athlete?
This is in regards to me personally. IF anyone knows or remembers me at all on this forum (as I've just begun to post again recently) from about 2007-2009 I weight trained and competed in USAPL at 181lb class. I lost interest when the team disbanded and slowly drifted from weight training. Fast forward to now..my main interest is running performance particularly in the 5k race and perhaps 10k in the near future.
I know I'll get shit for this but I do P90X which is 6 days a week..I don't conventionally weight train anymore and I run approx 15 miles a week. I do speed work as well in the form of interval style sprints so to speak. I'm 5'8" and I only weigh 140lbs now..this is the weight most conducive for running distance. I'm not fast but I'm not slow and my 5k time is under 25 minutes..perhaps 23:xx if I really push.
My goal is of course to break the 20 min mark. Does this constitute me as an athlete even though my times are not generally considered "competitive"? Does this mean I should be eating carbs more..etc?