I have not been able to participate in athletics nearly as much as I would have liked. I started running track in the spring of my seventh grade year. I performed surprisingly well and decided to participate in cross country the next fall. I spent the summer training and preparing for the season, and it definitely showed. I ran in the varsity race for my first cross country meet ever. I was an eighth grade girl who was running the same workouts as the junior and senior boys. My team won the conference meet and I won all conference honors. We went on to place second at the section meet, which earned us a place at the state meet. I earned all section honors myself and missed going to state as an individual by only a few places. At the state meet, …show more content…
As the summer wore on, I began to experience hip pain. It was only minor and I thought nothing of it. I had aches and pains all the time, and they had always gone away on their own before. This pain was different though, it didn’t go away. Cross country season rolled around and the pain was still there. I didn’t tell my coaches or parents because I didn’t want to miss any meets. After the second meet of the season, I could barely walk. The next morning at practice, I was supposed to run a hard workout, but I knew my body wouldn’t let me. I told my coach I was experiencing some hip pain. He told me that my body probably just needed a rest and not to worry. After a few days of rest, I was still in pain. I began going to the chiropractor three times a week. The chiropractor would always massage my hip muscles and couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong. I spent the rest of cross country season only being able to practice occasionally. I was only able to run in four meets that season: two at the beginning of the season and two at the end. My first meet back at the end of the season was conference. My team was able to win, but I was extremely disappointed in how I ran. It felt like my body would not physically let me run. After the season was over, I was advised to take six weeks
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I didn’t even know what cross country is before I came to this school. And by the end of the season, I was one of the best runners in the team. This transition didn 't come from nowhere. I was literally the slowest person in the whole team(including girls) when the season began. And I remembered what one of the girls in the team told me: Kenny, just go join another activity, there is not chance for you to make the APAC team.
I hadn’t been involved in an accident or any sort of injury but the pain picked up on me suddenly. Unfortunately, the pain continued growing gradually. Taking painkillers initially went futile as the hip pain aggravated until I checked my doctor who advised the alternative: inversion tables. This should be done before going through the process for chances of avoiding mistakes and further worsening your hip pain.
During my final year of Cross Country around Regionals at Oglethorpe, I ran my final race for my high school career. Banks County was nearly number one in the State, the furthest we had ever ranked in history, and spirit and hopes for State Championship were high. I was nervous, like nobody’s business, I had messed up during my senior night because I was upset for my parents for not showing up and escorting me. And I was scared that I was going to do horribly. But as I ran, I realized that if I let my past mistakes and failures hold me back or get in my way, so I ran, harder and better than I ever had before and apparently even beat a “skinny kid”.
Several individuals from different ethnicities, races, and citizenships, compose a society. The United Sates allow us to have a close interaction with numerous individuals from diverse backgrounds. In my own case I have been able to interact with many incredible individuals from all over the world who come from extremely different backgrounds. I am a proud Mexican who cherishes respect towards diversity. Coming from a very suffered country I am able to understand not only what does it means to feel proud to be a Latino, but also I can feel acquainted with the pain and struggle that our community has to face every day.
I can’t show them weakness, if they figure out about my ACL, my football career is over. My trainer told me I had a grade 2 ACL sprain; it was a serious stretch. I couldn’t afford to lose what I’ve worked so hard for my whole life. But my trainer promised me he would take care of me, I have no clue what he injects into me but it works and I feel no pain. There is only one hour before I have my last football game, the State Championships.
Throughout the season I had to work really hard, to maintain my position on the team, and not fall back to junior varsity. I would show up to practice everyday and put in the maximum amount of effort I could. Additionally, outside of team practices I would weightlift in order to gain some strength. Unfortunately,
I played a great deal of games in the first half but was never able to start. However, I played enough to earn my varsity letter my first year of high school football. After the season, determined and ready as ever I hit the weight room harder than anyone else to ensure I got bigger, faster, and stronger for the looming season. My results showed as I was the strongest player on the team my junior and senior
We finished the season not to well with many losses and little wins. Then my 2nd year of varsity started in 9th grade. This had been my most successful year so far. I do not know why I did so good this however, it had been my hardest. I went from being 110 pounds to 99 pounds at the beginning of the year and it became harder and harder to maintain my weight due to the fact that I had grown about an inch in the middle of the season.
I loved running, and seeing myself not run was going to be hard for me. This time trial determined who would make Varsity and Junior Varsity. The time trial consisted of a little less than 3.2 mile run. I was right behind the top girl runners the whole time.
I have attended four different high schools in four years. I have always participated in sports throughout high school. Although after school activities have made a huge impact on my high school career, none have been more of an influence than football. I played football alongside numerous teammates and coaches, and was taught valuable life lessons for use on and off of the field.
Ever since I was little and even now, I have always loved sports that involve running, including track. In middle school when I was in seventh grade, I wanted to participate in track because I knew I would enjoy the sport. Track started in the spring during seventh grade, and the first couple of practices I thought were challenging because of what little practice I had before track had even started. From this point on, I knew I would have to work hard to reach the goals that I wanted to accomplish, and to even get personal records in running so that I could compete in sectional or even state meets that include top runners from every school. I had also kept in mind on what events I wanted to compete in, which were the one hundred meter dash,
I had been working hard and really felt like a part of the team. The first real challenge I faced was trying to live in the shadow of my older brothers. Who both had success in their running careers. It was the third race of the year and I was running in the varsity race against our conference rival. To me, this race was a chance to prove I was an important member of the team and could possibly lead the team as captain in the future.
I was always a very active kid, I liked running around and just having fun. So in grade seven a couple of friends told me to do track and field because they thought I was a fast sprinter, but I didn't really believe them until I tried out for the team and made a spot for the 100 meter sprint and the 4x100 meter relay sprint. On the race day I ran the 100 meter race and came second with a time of 13.10 seconds. I was proud of my time and place because it was the very first official race that I ran in. As for the relay race we came first with a couple of seconds to spare.