"We think sometimes that poverty is being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."
I ran XC during my freshman & sophomore year of high school. I hated it, I’m surprised I even ran for as long as I did- I never practiced during the summer b/c I would think to myself, “What’s the point, I’ve got 3 months of 3+ mile/day workouts ahead of me so why should I start now?” Not the best logic but at 14 & 15 years of age, it made sense in my mind. My PR during my sophomore year was 27 minutes for 5K.
Today I ran 25:50 for 3.2 miles- an average of 8:04/mile. Technically, that’s a PR :-) Not too shabby considering the fact that I haven’t been training to the degree that I did when I ran high school XC. Not too bad considering the fact that I’m going on 5 years since I ended my track career during my junior year of college.
Thank you, University of Arizona Track & Field. Thank you high school XC. Yes, I will always be a sprinter at heart and by no means have I ever been a vested distance runner…but it’s been great to see the progress I’ve made as a runner over the past decade.