Of course, being told such things by one of the most renowned coaches in the country would be enough to make anyone push their limits. After my sophomore cross country and track seasons were nulled by my physical limitations, I developed a sort of excitement that I wish I could feel again. “I can do ANYTHING” I would tell myself as I ran each workout. Sure enough, by the beginning of my junior cross country season, I was quickly catching up with the other girls on my team. In fact, my outlook was amazing; there were three elite meets that season, each with a limit of runners on my team that would be taken.
I have played since elementary school, but in all those years, I have alway been a very average player. I would go from being one of the best on the golf team, to the girl that only gets put in the game if the team was either losing or winning by a substantial amount. Through this experience, I learned humility, as I accepted that I cannot always be the best. Finally, Track & Field taught, and continues to teach me the importance of teamwork. I have been a part of the girls 4x400 meter race all four years that I have participated in the sport.
The Lorena Falasco Running Club is a new club spearheaded by Deborah Atkins. Just as Deborah, I too, began running later in life so I was quite excited when she began organizing this club. I jumped at the opportunity to become a coach! I was athletic as a teen; however, in my adult life sports and exercise took a backseat up until 5 years ago. At one time, the thought of running, made me want to run and hide, but with a great coach I was able to quickly adapt to long distances and enjoy it!
Her family is a big part of her life and has been her number one fan. Although gymnastics took up a lot of her time schooling was valuable to her. Shawn Johnson has had many influences in her life to make her who she is her family has always been there for her, gymnastics was like her second home, and education was a top priority. The first influence Shawn Johnson has is her family. “Since I practiced Monday through Saturday, Sunday was our family day.” Shawn 's family is very
I have always talked about my different perspectives and thoughts on college. Both of my parents have not been to college and I want to show them that it is possible and achievable to get the degrees that you desire. Any goals that you make for yourself can be achieved if you set your heart to it. I love to set goals for myself, it makes me push myself harder and go above and beyond. The goals that I hope to accomplish in the next six months is completing a season of water polo, be an officer of the FCA club, be on the swim team, and grow further on my praise and worship team at my church.
As I ran across the finish line for the last time I could not help but smile; all the memories and lessons learned from my years on cross country and track flashed before my eyes. Salem Cross Country and Track has impacted and shaped me into a leader, friend, daughter, and student. The competition and friendship I found on the cross country and track team is amazing and has aided me in personal growth. The challenge of running is something that I have learned to cherish the most during my years as a high schooler as it taught me to always work hard. Nothing is ever given to you in life and if you want to achieve your goals, you must challenge yourself past your limits.
On March 27, 2015, Facebook and Twitter were inundated with the message, “Daundre Barnaby, An Olympic Sprinter from Weaver [High School] Drowns.” When I first read this, I was heartbroken. I desperately wanted it to be a mistake. Daundre was my role model. On the track, we trained daily together, and I learned to believe in myself, work hard and enjoy life. The attributes that I admired the most and have tried to apply to my own life show themselves as unwavering honesty, a strong work ethic, and a love of family and community.
I want to give her the opportunity to meet this challenge. She is feeling very down about herself right now and has a lot of anxiety about school in general. She has had a difficult first week. She is trying really hard in school and with athletics, she wants to be part of the team and she is extremely afraid of disappointing you or her teammates. She feels good when she runs and being part of the team is important to her.
A failure can be a downward spiral or a setback turning into a benefit. When athletes experience head trauma, they only recover a little, which might end their career early or other times people never recover. In the case of my four month concussion, there are residual mental and physical problems. For me, this challenge helped me develop as a person than will work harder and strive for the best in my academics. Running onto the field, I can 't believe we won it - the High School Girls ' Rugby Championship.
Have you ever felt the need to improve your life? I joined the cross country team my sixth grade year to do just that. Cross country requires tremendous amounts of hard work, dedication, and willpower to succeed in. Running takes a lot of hard work, but add in ten miles or more a day at seven minutes per mile pace with hills it, becomes even harder. Not only do I have intense runs day after day, but I also complete hard ab exercises everyday to accell my running performance.
In a way I was forced by mother to run but I cannot do anything but thank her for introducing me to the sport because I have been running ever since and I love it. Coming from a long line of track runners, it was embedded in my blood to run and I excelled soon as I stepped foot on the track. Don 't get me wrong I do not consider myself the best, but I was meant to run. Track is my life, I wouldn 't know what to do without it, not only has it benefitted me physically but also it has taught me discipline and leadership. Once I began running in high school, is when I noticed track is not easy and I would have to really dedicate my time and strength to the sport.
My gymnastics background enabled me to pick up pole vaulting very quickly. I trained year round and improved greatly from my freshman to my sophomore year. However, the height I had achieved my sophomore year was not impressive enough for college level pole vaulting. If I wanted to continue my track career in college I knew I would have to increase my training level and make improvements. Junior year is the year that colleges look at the most.
They showed me what it takes to to be an effective leader and captain. Running has definitely influenced my academic career. In a sport where mental toughness is often as important as physical strength and endurance, running for Westfield has given me the confidence and assurance to excel in times of difficulty in school as well. When I think a three hour AP exam seems exhausting, I think in terms of running toughness: if I can run for 3.1 miles maintaining a sub six minute mile pace in the heat of a summer afternoon when every part of my body aches, I can sit comfortably and focus through this test. Cross country and track have developed my love for science.
Now I hold a personal record of a 18:41 for my last year of cross country in high school. That is a great improvement in my 4 years of running cross country. Cross country is a part of this extra-curricular activity section because it was an optional sport that I did while in school in my spare time out of school. Those countless hours of running 3 to 10 miles a day are hours that I cannot get back. Certificates