HEY anon! well, i started cross country in high school. and i HATED it. to be honest. the only reason i really started running was because my dad was a runner, and i knew he’d be so excited if i started. plus, my school had required sports so it was either running, volleyball, or field hockey - and let’s just say i’m not a team sports kinda girl!
so, my freshman year of high school, i was on JV (just because our school was so small, there were probably only about 20 of us total, including the 7 on varsity). and i had never ever run more than a mile without stopping really. i wasn’t into it - the other girls had all been to preseason and were already buddy-buddy. i was just kind of there, you could say. i ran probably a 29 or 28 minute 5k or something (and this was all on grassy hills and trail - no road).
but, my sophomore year i got more into it. the other girls befriended me and i started to like the sport a lot more. that year i think my 5k time got down to a 26:00 or 25:30 at the very end of the season. i was still on jv.
my junior year of high school was probably the best. i was really pumped about the next fall season, so during the summer i trained hard. i did all the workouts our coach put on the schedule for us (i was at a boarding school so we didn’t have joint practice over summer), and i attended preseason. i basically became a devoted beast. that year i got my time down to a 22:54 by consistently decreasing my time every race. that year was great because i just kept improving! it was great. it was a LOT of work though. that year i was on varsity.
my senior year, my season wasn’t amazing. i was still on varsity, i attended preseason, etc, but i just wasn’t as fast for some reason. i still PR’ed, but that was rare. i got a 22:43, but a lot of my races that year were in the 23s and 24s, one was even in the 25s. it was more social for me that year i think.
so, it was over a LONG period of time and dedication. but it helped me grow to love the sport soo much. i’m so thankful for my high school cross country career.
when i got to college though, i took a year off because there just wasn’t enough structure and i wasn’t motivated (it’s really flat and hot and there aren’t any trails where i live now). but then, last summer, i made the executive decision to sign up for a half marathon. randomly, after i was only in good enough shape to run 3 or so miles. the race was in about 4 months. kinda daunting, but i dedicated myself and did really well! i honestly know that if i had run a 5k around that time i would have probably decreased my time to below a 22 minute pace but i was just too lazy and worn out from training for the half.
anyways, sorry for this long SHPEEL! i guess that was a super long answer, but it was necessary. plus, i don’t think i’ve told that story to any of my followers before! let me know if you have anymore questions! :)
i don’t think i could live without running.
so, over these past few weeks i have had a revelation: running is the only way i like to work out.
seriously. i have tried multiple times to get into p90x, weight lifting, hooping, biking. but nothing works as well as running. i just don’t get a rush from those things. there’s no goal at the end except for a nicer body, and i guess that’s not enough motivation for me.
i love running because it challenges me. there’s always a longer distance, a faster race, a harder course to endure. and this fuels me. i thrive off of beating PRs and running with other people. before my sophomore year of college, i would have never believed that i’d ever love running so much, but it’s just so fun!
today, i ran a 10k PR. and i didn’t even expect to. (granted i’ve only run a small handful of 10ks before). i was just doing a training run for fun, and i didn’t even go too hard. it was a small race (about 300 people or so), but having other people around me working towards the same goal was refreshing. i barely run hard, but i finished in 48:46 at an average pace of 7:51/mi.i placed FIRST in the female age group 20-24.
recently, i have not been running a lot because i guess maybe i needed a little break. and i didn’t really have a good group to run with. i just wasn’t making much of an effort. but when i heard about a running group that meets at 6 AM on tuesdays & thursdays, and 7am on saturdays… i had to go. and it was a blast! i loved having an organized workout again. speed drills, tempo runs, etc.
i can’t wait to do another race. i can’t wait to be in good running shape again. i’m so excited!