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Blair Connor Blair Kevin McKelvey College Writing 130 25 February 2007 Something to Prove: Run of My Life I was lucky have even run in the cross country sectional race after being diagnosed with a “horrible” stress fracture in my left shin. The stress fracture was a result of overtraining for my senior cross country season, then ignorantly running through the searing, constant pain. Eventually my bone broke, forcing me to sit out the regular season. Forfeiting the regular season for the post season meant I needed to run at my best, right away. Coach did not give me an immediate varsity spot, but the opportunity to prove to myself, my family, my coach, and my teammates that I could fight for, and with, them, presented itself when our number one runner pulled a muscle in his back and decided not to run. Everything I had trained for was at stake. On top of that, the following week was regionals and my Grandfather, who had never seen me run, was flying in from Iowa. The injury was not healed; a stress fracture takes over 12 weeks to completely heal. Warm-ups were a terrible, confidence-depleting struggle. But, as Patti Sue Plummer, a famous marathoner, once said, “The gun goes off and everything changes. .. the world changes. .. and nothing else really matters.” As I focused and prepared myself for the race, the injury became non-existent. The gun sounded and the Indiana High School sectionals officially began. Forty- nine runners from seven schools stampeded Carmel High School’s home course, a hilly, 1
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Blair windy, slippery, death trap. Skinny trails, muddy grass, and steep hills would make the race a fight versus myself, as much as the other runners. Emotions and nerves ran high, runners need the first kilometer to settle down and familiarize themselves with the pace, conditions, and other competitors. I had run only twice, both times excruciatingly painful, and once so bad, the pain forced me to drop out of a workout, since being diagnosed. A concern of mine was adjusting and settling into the race. However, I felt no pain after the competitive adrenaline started flowing. Knowing that overextending myself early, and leaving nothing left for the end, would kill my opportunity, I preached to myself, “Breathe slow, eyes up, long legs, don’t get passed.” Letting the race come naturally, and not forcing the issue, helped develop a rhythm and find a comfortable, yet competitive pace. Accomplishing this lifted a
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