"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Pre. Cross Country is a sport that requires pushing oneself through immense pain to achieve a goal. I never wanted to go through any of those pains to achieve anything. I used to think that I was going to participate in an after school activity for fun, but then my cross country team won the state championship meet, now I know I can do anything I put my mind to.
Have you ever ran in a cross country meet? I have ran in countless cross country meets; I have been running cross country for eight years now. Every race I run is a challenge, no matter what, because I push by body to its limit. Most people do not consider cross country to be fun. The enjoyable part is definitely not the race itself, but the feeling afterwards knowing that I kept pushing myself when my body and mind were both telling me to stop.
With a helmet squeezed so tight on my head it began to hurt. It felt like we did hours of tackling drills. None of us cared how many drills we did though, infact we had fun running full speed and just smacking the crap out of whoever stood in your way. I don’t think I ever left practice without a smile on my face. Of course this feeling has changed with time.
I introduced myself and asked if it were still possible to join the cross country team. Unlike today, where legally high school athletes are required to have a specific number of practices under their belt before they are allowed to compete, I was allowed to join the team immediately. After filling out a few forms, I thanked him for the opportunity. But, as I was leaving the room, he said “Just so you know, today is the team’s first race of the season and I’m going to let you run.
So here 's my question, have you ever got set back or reset? If so you people know what I 'm talking about. When you work so hard then all of it destroyed is just heart breaking. I wish that I could turn time and redo that day because then I could live without that scar.
Interscholastic athletic participation has influenced my character in ways I never fathomed. As an athlete, failure is inevitable. Even the greatest athletes have failed at some point. As a hurdler, I have countless scars from stumbling over hurdles. Through this failure, however, athletics has taught me how to get up, move on, and learn from my mistakes.
The last 3 miles seemed to stretch in front of me like a marathon. Each step was hard to take, although my wanting to get home was as strong as it had ever been. The follower was hot on my tracks at that point, but my ability to walk any faster was slowly fading away. On the last mile, I ran as fast as I could.
Often times, I feel my strength diminishing. But in spite of all the doubt, and the fear, I fight against my disorder. I fight so I can achieve in school and in life. When I walk across the stage to receive my diploma, I will know that all the fighting to go above and beyond, despite my disorder making it difficult, will have been worth. I will know
Lake continues “Another thing I really like about running is the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done. It feels really good to have completed a tough workout, especially if I’ve hit all my times” But not all aspects of running can be positive. “My least favorite part of running is definitely the stress and pain.
The pound of my heart and the gasps for oxygen in the last stretch of a cross country race demonstrate my body’s resilience in a strenuous situation. All of my body systems work tirelessly together in order to keep my feet moving across the finish line. The countless hours of preparation beforehand have been to train and prepare these systems to power me through a race, even when I want to give up. Much like a cross country race, over the semester I have learned that hard work beforehand pays off. The more I studied and prepared for tests, the better I would do.
During my senior year, there was a new sport being introduce to my school. The ladies’ soccer coach, Mrs. Taft decided to start a cross country team. I knew this was nothing compared to my evening jogs at home, so I was not so sure if I was willing to try out for the team. I knew a majority of the soccer players would participate, and I knew I did not have as much potential as they did.