Fight to the finish

Heart pumping, legs throbbing and hair slicked back from sweat can categorize my Sunday morning as I amped my running distance from typical 5K to my very first half marathon.

At first I was hesitant at the prospect of running for such a long period of time. But before I could tell myself you can’t do this I set my mind on the goal of finishing, and hungered for it until the moment my very fatigued legs crossed the finish.

After the cross country season ended, I spent my afternoons training with friends, as well as on my own to reach my ultimate goal of running the full 13.1 miles in a time of my choosing.

Although waking up at 7 a.m. on Sunday certainly was a shocking change to my weekend morning routine, I was more than willing to show off my seemingly endless hours of preparation.

So two hours later, I found myself with drowsy eyes and hair still tangled from sleep in the 30-degree weather of New York City. I grabbed my bib number and headed for the start line after fitting in a quick stretch. I was surrounded by thousands of people, all sharing the same purpose of conquering a half marathon.

From that moment on it was a battle to the finish; a race to beat my thoughts telling me you can’t do this. My brain seems to whisper that phrase every time I tighten up my laces. But it’s whispering right back yes I can that makes a true runner.

This concept of running follows through to the rest of my life at Convent of the Sacred Heart. While I may feel overwhelmed with the workload at times and my thoughts may scream there’s no way you can do this I’m forced to look around and envision what I want. It’s an internal fight against the little voice in the back of my head daring to argue that I’m not good enough that motivates me to act as a leader in all my endeavors.

For instance this cross country season I worked hard on and off the course to accomplish my goal of receiving a PR (personal best) and in the end I earned more than I could have ever imagined. I was voted captain of the team last month along side my friend Elizabeth, something I have always desired but never truly thought I would accomplish due to the omnipresent voice saying you’re not good enough or you can’t do it.

Perhaps I’ve never thought of myself as a leader; but it’s a quality I strive to undertake every day in school and the greater community.

Off the course, I decided the best way to accomplish this goal was by giving advice to middle school girls, because leadership involves setting a strong example. So I, along with my co-club head Kelly established the Positively More club at school where I attend monthly workshops to help sixth and seventh grade girls feel confident, as well as develop a moral compass in their lives. I hope that my hard work in these workshops will help a young girl look up to me some day and know that leadership involves rebelling against the thoughts saying you’re not enough.

The determination I feel in running accompanies every action in my quest to tell myself I am enough to be a leader, because in those few moments before I reach the finish, I am invincible.

The writer is a junior at Convent of the Sacred Heart.

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