Being a runner challenges you in so many ways. It is just as rewarding as it is difficult. It is not only physically exhausting, but it’s also mentally grueling. When playing team sports, you need to learn to rely on yourself in addition to your team. I don’t want to scare you, because running is also one of the best sports out there. Running allows you to form lifelong friendships, learn new things about yourself, and change in more ways than you could understand once you try it.
Running long distances is difficult, uncomfortable and inspiring. Practices are always going to be difficult. Your coach will push you, your teammates will push you and you learn to push yourself. However, racing is the demanding part of cross-country because you get to see how much you have developed and improved physically. When racing, you learn to deal with the mental toughness of the sport. For many runners, mental toughness is the most difficult part of running cross-country. You have to learn to push yourself when your body resists, have confidence throughout the race, and let loose when the time comes. If you do all of this, you’ll get the rewards and benefits of the sport.
What you can gain from running cross-country is something unique and amazing. One of the best benefits of running is making new friends. It is one of the easiest times that you’ll able to talk to someone and really get to know them. Because you go through similar challenges and difficulties as your teammates, it’s very easy to relate to your teammates. You also get a personal reward when you overcome a tough race or have a great race because you know you’ve worked so hard for it. Any way you look at it, cross country reaps positive benefits.
I can’t say that running cross-country is always fun, easy or rewarding. It isn’t fun when you’re doing a hard workout, but it is fun when you nail a race. It isn’t easy to begin with, but as you practice more, it gets easier with time. Coss country isn’t always rewarding; you have to get past the hard parts to receive the benefits. These reasons are why I highly recommend running as a sport. It will change you for the better and prepare you for life in many ways.
There are many fiction and non-fiction books about running at the Seattle Public Library. Check them out if you are interested in learning more about the sport.
Monica, Teen Volunteer