It was my sophomore year of college as well as my second season of Cross Country. For the second year in a row, we were going to Newark for one of our meets. This was where I made a personal record my freshman year, and I was more than determined to beat my time.
Now, the first time I ran this race was a beautiful, sunny day. Not too hot, not too cold, just the perfect weather conditions for running! The next year was cold and raining. This made me both nervous yet even more motivated to push myself harder to race at my very best level.
We line up at the start line, and I can feel the adrenaline pumping throughout my whole body. The gun goes off and everyone charges out. The crowd cheered everyone on as we headed out to the woods.
Everything was honestly going very well, until the end. I was approaching the finish line, but before I got there, I tripped and fell. Very quickly, I picked myself back up. But, a couple strides later, I fell again. I yelled, "NO!" I scrammbled to get back up and picked up the pace. I was going to do whatever it takes to beat my personal record. Nothing else mattered in that moment.
I beat my time by 40 seconds.
Whatever sport you play, whether it is Cross Country, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, etc...if you want to succeed, you need to commit 110%. You have to want to be the best, and I mean REALLY WANT IT. It takes blood, sweat, and tears. It takes a lot of time and patience to get to the level you want to be at.
You have to have a strong passion for your sport. You have to put your whole heart, soul, and mind into what you do. It takes so much more than just physical strength to be the best. It takes a lot of mental toughness. You have to be willing to make mistakes, learn from them, and build your confidence. Confidence is EXTREMELY important. If you believe in yourself, if you know what it is you want to accomplish, then half the battle is already won.
Push for your goals. If you fail, push some more. And more, and more, and more...