Having arrived at the end of my high school career, it is with difficulty that I find myself writing my last Run, Write, Repeat article. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to get to share some of my stories, and the stories of other Minnesota runners for the past school year. For my final article I would like to reflect a bit on my own experiences this year, share some highlights of the year, and wrap things up by talking about what writing this column has meant to me.
My last year of high school competition did not go exactly how I had hoped. Of the goals I set, I accomplished none of them, and in every championship race I placed lower (or the same) than my junior year. I was unable to defend either of my State titles, and I only managed one PR in track by a few hundredths of a second. And yet, in spite of 'coming up short' in a lot of big events, I am not too disappointed with my year.
In the fall I managed to recover from illness and come within a few centimeters of winning the State championship. Shortly after I was honored to commit my future to the University of Minnesota. This spring was the first season of running where I had no injury that kept me out for more than a day. I did not miss a single workout, and I pushed myself as hard as I could in spite of a few exogenous and uncontrollable factors.