Afterschool Autobiography

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The afterschool activity that I am most involved with is Cross Country and Track and Field. I have participated on my Varsity team as one of our top five runners for four years and we have gone to State's and New England's each year. Running is a passion of mine that drives me and helps me work by bringing out my best character. This year in cross country I have been able to be a part of an amazing team who went to many incredible meets including Junior Olympics and Nationals. Being a part of these incredible teams have enabled me to grow and transform into a person I want to be. I learned how to be a leader, how to work hard, and how to deal with defeat and setbacks. In my senior year, I had two stress fractures in my shins. This caused me …show more content…
As a result of my injuries, I had a lot of pain running and my performance was not as successful as I envisioned it to be. I still ran my distance events and was part of a state ranked 4x800 team, however, I was not running as well as I had hoped. Instead of giving up, I looked at other events I could try that would not be as damaging to my shins. After seeing the puzzling event called the racewalk in one of my meets, I decided to try it. My first meet doing the racewalk did not go very well, with me ending my mile walk in 9:27. I was disappointed with myself for not having a faster time and was tempted to give up, but my coach encouraged me to continue. Sticking with challenges and refusing to admit defeat without giving it everything I had was one of the skills I developed from running on a team. Working with my team and coaches guidance I was able to qualify for New Balance Nationals and opened up my season to many more opportunities. By the end of the season, I placed 2nd in States and ranked 8th in the entire nation with a personal best putting me on the top 20 national leader board of all time. I have grown very much from running and it is a huge part of my …show more content…
Running shaped me into who I am today and I am determined to follow this love throughout my college experience and continue to grow and

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