BY JESSICA LOPEZ
I love to run.
I started running at seven years old at my elementary school’s morning run club. We would run the same one-mile loop around our grass field every morning.
I remember thinking to myself that it was the hardest thing in the world when, in reality, that one mile loop was nothing compared to what I do today. I am part of Citrus Valley’s cross country team and it would be a miracle if the team just had to run one mile and call it a day.
As a runner I have learned that running is not just about seeing how fast you can run a three-mile race, but to see how hard you are willing to work towards your goal as a runner.
I am no Olympic runner breaking world records, but I do know that no matter the time you get, all the hard work and dedication you put in will get you where you want to be as a runner. Though this is only my second year running cross country my love for this sport is bigger than I would have imagined. There have been personal records, injuries, highs and lows along the way but my love has stayed the same through it all.
My coaches also play a big part in my running career, they encourage me everyday to work my hardest and I would never be able to repay them for all the hard work they put into the team.
Running has become a part of me, it keeps me sane and most importantly it gives me strength to keep going.
A quote that inspires me is by Steve Prefontaine, “Some people create with words,or with music,or with a brush and paints. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s style. It’s doing something better than everyone else. It’s being creative.”
It inspires me because it reminds me that everyone is different and unique in their own way; That everyone has their own way of doing things. No one is alike, just like no runner is the same.