Well, going by the title of my blog it should be obvious that I am obsessed, with running. I am completely in love with the sport both as a means of competetion and my own personal enjoyment. However, I am getting ahead of myself.
I played soccer since the age of 5 all the way up to the age of 14. My amazing, Ok not that amazing, soccer career ended in high school when I didn’t make the cut for the Junior Varsity team. I was very sad and cried for at least an hour. I had dabbled in other sports up till that point such as; softball, basketball, volleyball, and finally running. Yet, they all couldn’t compete with my soccer obsession (yes I say obesession, once again I take things to the extreme, but I swear in a healthy way), the one sport that managed to stay with me during soccer was running mostly because I used it as a means to stay in shape for the soccer season.
I dabbled in running from elementary school (where when I say dabbled I actually mean completely hated participating) all the way to middle school where I ran intramural track and field. For those of you who don’t know what Intramural means it’s basically the reject club, not good enough to make the actual team but they can’t tell us we suck hence Intramural. Anywho, I ran in basic 1/2 mile to 1 mile race in elementary school and Jr. High and pretty much sucked. I couldn’t breathe, I was always in the back of the pack and I felt that it was stupid. Well, once my soccer career ended a friend of mine on the cross country team convinced me that I should make running my main sport. And I mean hey what else was I supposed to do? Let me insert here however that up until this point I was a sprinter so the most I ran was a 1/2 mile.
The following summer came and I trained my butt off. Preseason came and I realized I was in a world of hurt. My coach (who was amazing) doesn’t cut anyone, however that didn’t stop me from sucking. I was always in the back of the pack and I still couldn’t really breathe but for some reason I loved it.
Cliff notes version of the next two years- I ran cross country my junior and senior years. I usually was one of the last to finish. My times never went below 28 minutes for a 5k and I pretty much sucked. However, it was the most fun I’d ever had in a sport that was such a mix between individual/team efforts. I finished High School with acceptance to SUNY Potsdam where I was determined to run cross country. Which is where most of my running adventures have taken place. However, I’m sure that I have told someone all they really wanted to know about my running past.