Sept. 9, 2009
Cross Country is like no other sport. Yes we run for fun, but there is more to it. We compete because every time we step on the line we discover something new about ourselves, about our teammates and about our competitors. Learning how much we can give, how much we can take, and how much we are willing to give and take, allows us to take that glimpse into what we can achieve to be, not only in running, but also in life.
As a soon-to-be UAB cross country alumni (...scary thought), I've had my share of success and adversity competing at the collegiate level. I've had highs, such as being part of a Conference USA champion team, and lows such as having to sit out a track season due to injury. I've competed in meets where it would be pouring rain, in meets where it is scorching hot with the sun blaring down on me and in meets where it was a perfect 60 degree overcast day. I've had amazing races and races I would prefer to forget about. Even so, every time I step my foot on the line, I reach into a deeper part of me that I never knew existed.
This season I await new challenges and more opportunities to grow as an individual. Already, I've encountered a fair amount of frustrations. I've had to take a step back in training because of an Achilles flair up and I had to sit out from our first competition due to a minor head injury (I'm not the most coordinated person). Despite these bumps early in the road, I'm looking towards a positive light.
This week we look forward to competing at the Earl Jacoby Memorial at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. It's a smaller invitational, but it will serve as a good indicator as to where we are now and how we can better improve ourselves as a team. Again, it is another opportunity to reach within ourselves to uncover what we are truly made of.
In the great words of the Apostle Paul, "We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us," (Romans 5:3-5).