When I finished my last 1500 meter race for Ohio University, disappointment was an understatement. There was no redo or refresh button. That’s the thing about racing there are no guarantees. For me, my final race had a finalized feeling that no matter how much I tried to prepare for–I could not.
Being a collegiate athlete, took a lot from me. I am not just talking about the typical description of being a collegiate athlete:
“It took determination.”
“It took passion.”
“It took hard work.”
It took all of that and then some. It took Christmas mornings with my family. Thanksgiving afternoons. Vacation time. Sunday fundays. College Homecomings.
Does this sounds like I am whining? Because I am.
I made a lot of sacrifices throughout my collegiate career. And it was all worth it.
That’s what I have realized in my journey back to wanting to be a somewhat competitive runner. Maybe, I can’t pick how my collegiate chapter ended. I can, however decide to get back on the horse and train.
So that’s what I am doing. I’m pulling all the heart that I have for a sport I love. I’m bringing it along with me on this new chapter in Seattle. I’m starting anew. Maybe more disappointments are right around the corner. BUT at least this time, I know without hesitation that to me it is worth it.
See you at the start line Tacoma City Half Marathon. I’ll be there to race.