“You just ran 4:58!” — Coach Penell
Running, more specifically distance running, has always been the sport that I have done. The first time I was submerged into the fantastic world of running was in my 8th grade year. Track tryouts had come and I tried out for sprints. I was above average and I made the sprinting team, but as events followed I did not hear the sprint coaches call my name when the sprinters and distance runners were being separated. As fate would have it, I was introduced to distance running. Right away it was apparent that I was good at it. I would pull away from fellow runners during workouts. I would run faster in races. My distance running career had started.
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The mentality of people dictates the world and how far those people go to reach their goals. There are some people that after a few hardships and they quit and drop out of their task. Then there are others that follow and push on in whatever path that they are on until the day that they die. These are the types of people that achieve their goals and become the leaders of this world.
(Yes, this is Neil Pactrick Harris who plays Barney Stinson from the show How I Met You Mother, which is a great show, but the thing about his character is that he is always very, very persistent.)
I, personally feel that I have a medium high mental strength. When I pursue a goal I do almost everything in my power to reach that goal. I believe that I achieved this mental strength through running (I run competitively). Running in my opinion is one of the most challenging sports in the history of sports ( it was THE FIRST sport). I remember a few weeks ago I was participating in a 5K , and within the first half mile, I had the urge to drop out for my body was protesting against every step. Even through that, I muscled my way through and I attained a medal in the race and also helped my team place in the top three.
People with mental stability and power can go through a lot of pain still push through to meet their goals. sadly not everyone in the community is this way. We cannot push through like what others. Some people May maybe weak or they just have had too much to deal with in their lives at the moment. But, the people that push through are the ones that go above and beyond. These people feel a certain satisfaction from accomplishing (I know that I get a “kick” out of completing an assignment or race).
I know that Tejas (my partner), posted about how children have no limits to their imagination and that is certainly true, but only with age can we come to appreciate the goals that we want and be able to push ourselves to the objective.