Run, Write, Repeat: Local Stories That Matter

Welcome to the first installment of "Run, Write, Repeat", a weekly column telling the stories of Minnesota's fantastic running community. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I will enjoy writing it each week!

A little bit about myself:                                  

        In the fall of 2016 I won the Class A Cross Country Championships, and at the State Track Meet last June I was the 1600m champion and 3200m runner-up. I am entering my senior year at Mounds Park Academy where I have been since kindergarten. My passion for running did not develop right away; in middle school I wandered between sports including golf, speed skating, and soccer before finally settling on the sports that my two siblings were in: cross country, nordic skiing, and track. Initially what drew me to the endurance sports were the people on the teams. At our school most people who run cross country also do nordic and track, and the community and friendships that we make are invaluable to me. Apart from training together each day after school, the community of endurance athletes is a very close-knit group of friends. After my first two years running cross country and track, I made the decision that I wanted to try and take myself to the next level and compete with some of the best runners in the state. The summer after my sophomore year in which I finished 19th in cross country and on the podium in both the mile and two mile, I started diligently training over the summer and with successive months of 60+ mile/week training, I found myself running simply because it was what I loved to do. It is an indescribable feeling I get when I am out on a run with only myself and my music and it has been one of the most important things in my life throughout my high school career.

        Over the years, I have had the privilege to compete against some incredible runners, and I have met many of my best friends through the distance running world. When I'm not running I love to golf, force my dog to spend time with me, and eat! Looking ahead to college I hope to continue running at a D1 level, major in biomedical engineering, and hopefully attend medical school after college.