Back in September, I received these text messages from three different people:
The other day we did 5 miles of tempo and
I literally thought about running into traffic
and getting hit by a car so I didn’t have
to keep going.
Literally I feel like I’m going to die everyday.
We don’t do any sort of warm up, which is
rough. I also sobbed the other day during our
hill workout–it wasn’t a fun time. I was just
running around campus crying.
Why tf do we run?
Welcome to college running!!!!
In high school, I used to dread going to practice every day, knowing that we would have a meet coming up or have a “hard” workout later.
I hated being surrounded by all of my negative teammates because I was feeding into their negativity: hating running
Yes, I hated running in high school.
Running in college was something I never saw myself doing until my senior year. As a senior, I was so unaware of the potential problems that might happen being a freshman Division I cross-country runner.
Feeling like a total outcast amongst all the other teammates, not feeling welcomed, adjusting to a different running system, not having my dog on my bed, etc.
Those were some of the problems I didn’t know were going to happen my first season (well, other than the fact that I wouldn’t be waking up to my dog next to me, but that’s beside the point).
I didn’t even realize the differences from high school running to college running would be so noticeable, until my first week of pre-season where I considered amputating my legs (still consider it at times).
I came from a team where we weren’t running a lot of miles, goofing off happened regularly and nobody took running seriously, with exception of a few people.
Everything from coaching, to training and to racing at a much higher level of intensity, was something I didn’t take into consideration until now.
I used to think it was shitty that my old coach had us run low mileage. I thought because of only running 15-20 miles a week, we were at such a disadvantage when we would race against teams like Saratoga or Shenendehowa.
But after hearing about how girls I once ran against in high school no longer run in college anymore because a) they burned out b) they quit or c) they grew to hate running, I’m glad he trained us the way he did.
As you can see, college running is a lot different and more intense than high school running. However, I find it to be much more rewarding.
If there’s one thing I learned from being on a team it’s realizing that it isn’t about being apart of a really fast team. It’s about creating and maintaining friendships with people because at the end of the day, that’s what really matters.