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Trust Your Training, Run with No Fear
I finally see the sunlight as I exit the trail. My heart pounds and my breathing gets harder as I hear the cheering and realize there are only seconds left. I straighten my posture and get myself ready for a strong finish. My eye is on the finish line and the sound of cheering gets louder as I pump my arms as hard as I can and I extend my stride, trying my best to fight through the pain. Finally, my race is over, and I have the best feeling of relief wash over me. This is cross country.
I remember the summer of 8th grade, my mom prompted me to get into sports. I was never much of an athlete; I was very shy and doubtful of my abilities. Then, I heard of the cross country team. At first, I remember not being excited to start running as I was not very good. However, I learned valuable skills about sportsmanship and teamwork, which I will always use and appreciate. The difference between me and most other girls on my team is my level of determination. I never let my losses get me down. I saw them as motivation, because I had goals that I wanted to achieve. I saw my personal record times getting lower and my self-esteem growing higher. I was awarded the position of team captain at the beginning of my third season, and coordinating the efforts of others taught me leadership skills. I always pushed my teammates to work their hardest, and it showed in their results.
Following graduation from Sabis International Charter School, I intend to work towards my bachelors' degree in business and pursue my career as a marketing director. Cross country runners and business students have very similar personalities. I thrive under pressure and have a high amount of stamina that keeps me going in a cross country meet, and will serve as good training in my future career.
Being a student athlete has disciplined me to have excellent time management skills inside and out of the classroom. Running competitively throughout high school is extremely tough, and it has made me very strong-willed. I have been educated that situations may be tough, but I know that I am tougher. I find that I tell myself that line quite often. It is a way that I've learned to be self-motivated and positive when circumstances could discourage me. My passion has always been present in all of my work and will be in my future work. For sales and management roles, you must set visions and goals. Just like a distance runner, you must keep your eye on the prize even when there are no signs of a finish line getting closer. The mental and physical toughness that a distance runner must endure is the same toughness that is needed to be successful in such a high pressure job field.
In the beginning of my running career, my coach would always tell me, "Trust your training and run with no fear." I found this to be difficult sometimes because of the pre-race anxiety that always filled up my brain. This is something that can break you as a runner so easily and cause you not to perform to your true potential. I overcame this by thinking, "This is going to be an exciting race," instead of, "I am nervous".
Hard work is definitely your best key to success in any activity or job, and without it, you will find yourself quickly falling behind. However, I believe that the physical aspect of cross country is only a portion of the battle. Believing in myself and being confident in my abilities is what pushed me right up those hills and is what will give me the ability to develop skillful marketing strategies like a truly successful businesswoman.