Guest Post: Meet Kathleen

March 20, 2014

I am excited to introduce you guys to my next sister! My oldest sister Anna has already guest posted so I think you all need to meet my next coolest sister, Kathleen. Kathleen is a freshman in college and runs for her college track and cross country teams. She is one speedy runner! She had her first collegiate meet this past weekend, which I was pretty bummed about missing. I asked her to write about her decision of running in college.

Hello Bloggers! For clarification, Sara didn't realize what she was saying when she introduced me. Clearly I am the coolest (Sorry Anna and Elizabeth).  I began running my freshman year of high school. I ran both track and cross country. In track I ran long distance- the 3200 and 1600 meter races. At first, I was only interested in running because my sisters were on the team but throughout the season I began to realize my passion for running and how much I enjoyed it.

My freshman year of high school I usually ran in the back of the pack, not knowing what I was capable of. One day I felt that I was not pushing myself hard enough and decided to work harder in practices and I began to win medals in my races. Once I realized that I could actually run faster than a 15 minute pace (well maybe not that slow) my training started to become important and I beat many personal goals.

Ever since freshmen year people would ask me, "Are you going to run in college?" I always said yes! During high school I went to state every year in both events. Running became my life and I didn't want it to end.

When my senior year was coming to an end, I never could make up my mind. I went back and forth on deciding if I was going to run because I knew the time and dedication that was going to need to be put in. I went to orientation at a school in town after deciding to not run in college and cried when I got home because I knew I made the wrong choice. Every night I thought about how lost I would be without training for races or running with a team. Luckily I was able to join last minute and decided to run in college a few weeks before the season started. I can honestly say that it is the best decision I have ever made! Although I just joined the team last fall, I absolutely love running in college. I run the 5k, 10k, 3k, and 1500 races. 

In my first outdoor meet last weekend, I competed in the 3k and 1500. It was great to be back on the track and competing. 

I am looking forward to my race this weekend and hope to continue to push myself in order to PR in my races! I hope to run 36 minutes (or below) in the 10k which is 6.2 miles. The training for running in college is long and tough but it is definitely worth it!

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