Running for the Prize
Most people hate running and think I am crazy for liking it, and I probably am. It’s hard and painful but the adrenaline I get during a race and the strength I have gained is what keeps me coming back (that and all the ice-cream I eat). Track has taught me how to work hard and to never quit even when I really want to. Running helps me balance out my crazy schedule by allowing me to take an hour out of my day to simply clear my mind. As I prepare for the regional meet in Houston this Friday to compete in the 800m race and the 4x400m relay, I recall everything I have done for the past three years to prepare for my senior year.
As a freshman, I started out only running long-distance.I had no idea what to expect but I ended up qualifying for state and placing fourth in both the 3200m race and the 1600m race. At the end of my sophomore year, I transitioned into running mid-distance and qualified for state in the 800m race and the 4x400m relay. I placed third in the 800m race and broke the school record and my personal record and placed third in the 4x400m relay. My junior year the 4x400m relay qualified for state and we placed fourth. As I have been to state the past three years and helped the girls' team claim the State Champion title each time, I hope to return in both the 800m race and 4x400m relay and break my record in the 800m race.
I have never felt pressure from anyone to qualify for State, but I always push myself to do well and I want to preform to the best of my ability. These State opportunities are something I do not take for-granted because I know it does not come easy. These experiences have made so many wonderful memories that I will cherish and never forget. Running in the State track meet is an unforgettable experience. So far, this year has been amazing and I couldn't ask for a better team to finish my high school career with.