Sept. 17, 2009
Coach Boldon and Kristina Olsen have both given you an insight into how cross country is a sport that allows a person to develop and reach goals that they never thought possible. In cross country you give your all for the self satisfaction and pure joy of crossing the finish line after a grueling three mile race. It's a sport where at mile two, you feel as though your lungs are about to rip out and your legs weigh three times their normal weight.
Cross country not only allows you to feel self-satisfaction, but you also gain satisfaction from your teammates (otherwise known as your second family). You feel true camaraderie when you look in front of you and to both sides and see a fellow teammate pushing just as hard or maybe even harder than you, knowing that they feel just as tired as you do. I love the feeling you get when you cross the line and are welcomed into a hug from a teammate that already finished. It also feels good to turn around after crossing the line to see a teammate finishing and you see their smile as the realize what they have just accomplished. These are all just a few of the reasons for why I picked cross country as the sport that I wanted to pursue.
After being at UAB for the past month and running for a new coach (who has done a tremendous job already), I have already had many good and bad times running. After being recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which is a hormone deficiency of the thyroid gland, I had to re-evaluate my goals for the season.
First, I had to find out if running was causing the problems with my thyroid. After seeing the team doctor and asking many questions, I was reassured that running was not behind the problem. Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism include tiredness, weight gain, dizziness and muscle weakness. Despite this problem I have had a few good workouts and good days in the weight room as well.
After running in the first two meets of the season, I have not been very pleased with my performances so far. In cross country it is very important to be mentally prepared, so I know I must push these races aside and look at the next day of practice as a new day to run well.
As a team we've had a very good month. We have been positive and have pushed and encouraged each other at every practice. We finished third at the Belmont Opener behind two very good teams to start the season. Then we won the Earl Jacoby Memorial meet in Huntsville, Ala. this past weekend with a perfect score of 15 points. We placed eight runners in the top 15 to have a pretty solid meet. I look forward to finishing out the season and watching the team progress.