The corps is about to hit the final sprint of the semester. The problem is that this 15-day sprint is booby trapped with group projects, tests, final papers, exams, and random 2 a.m. fire alarms. It’s time to watch some Indiana Jones movies, and learn all the tricks to avoiding the hidden trap doors that line the road to winter leave.
A weekend of cross country running and New York City was the perfect way to blow off some steam with friends before throwing myself into the void of homework and sleepless nights. After running a PR of 27:04 at the DIII regional meet, two XC runners and I went to NYC for the weekend. It was a weekend filled with coffee, joking around, good pizza, sightseeing, jacket buying, and countless miles of walking in circles and asking for directions. It was great to celebrate the end of an amazing XC season with them.
The season was so “amazing” because it was so surprising. I liked the confusion on people’s faces when I ran a time that was 2:00 faster than the previous week. The new coaching style was great and it really worked out for me. I had no idea what I was capable of, seeing this is only my second year running. In September I was afraid I wasn’t going to make the team, and this past week I ended up placing 4th on the team in the DIII’s regional race. I ran a 6 second PR, but I didn’t break 27:00 like I wanted to. I look at that as a brief, but necessary setback. Not making that time keeps me hungry for more, and I want to be breaking 26:00 by the end of next season. This is certainly going to require a lot of work, but I’m more than willing to make running my number one priority to achieve it.
My dad recently told me that “You’re not going to remember your classes, but the sports and activities that you did.” I really realize that now. I’ve made some amazing friends this XC season and I look forward to keeping them as friends for the rest of my life. That group of 20 guys who enjoy running way more than any human being should are some of the best guys I know. I can’t wait to see the adventures and races that lie ahead for us in the next few years.
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