From the time I started till now, I can really feel the big change, I have definitely become stronger. Running has become a part in my daily routine and one of the most important ones as well. Running has taught me, and made me understand quite a few important tips for health and life.
- There is no secret in success so you get out what you put in.
- Learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.
- Run with your head up, stay positive.
- For a teenage girl, you need at least 30 min of exercise every day.
- Exercise such as running can help you sleep better. I have noticed this, I am not as tired in the morning and I sleep the whole night without waking up.
- At least 7 hours of sleep will help repair your body.
- Your body starts repairing from 11:30 pm.
- Running helps you release stress.
- You always need a rest. Running too much is not good, at least a one day rest will help your body recover.
- Running is something you need to to continue. Like many things, to meet an aim, doing it once or twice will not help.
- If you don’t continue to practice, your improvements will disappear, you will have to start where you began again.
- Setting a small goal every time worked for me.
- Beating YOUR personal best.
Just this on thing can make a big impact on you. You just need at least 30 min of every day to move around, and can make a difference to your health.
Some people may find it hard to exercise depending on the season, most likely during summer and winter. Don’t worry I know just how you feel. In the winter I do not want to get out of the house because it is so cold and during the summer I do not want to get out because it is too hot. During these two seasons it is nice to have a gym near your house. While during spring I like to take a run outside because there is always a nice view and it is very calming to run in the fresh air. I look forward to Autumn the most because I have cross country which means I get to go for a run with a big group which is always more motivating and fun.
This is what my running schedule looks like, and I try to stay with this schedule. Although, there are weeks where I have to change things around depending on school work and other activities.
“I smile when I run, because I know that I don’t have to”-John Bingham
I love this quote because it is true. Running has become one of my hobbies.
Practice Of Activity
The first activity season in grade 9, I decided to join cross country. I have always liked to run before but did not really bother to make it something I would actually go and do every day. Joining cross country has motivated me to continue the practice of running. From after the season finished, I set a goal for myself of going for a run, at least three times a week, and daily during breaks. This was not as easy as it seems! In the first month, I was struggling because practices at school were always with a big group or with friends, but now I have to continue by myself which was hard at first. The first few times I went for a run, my mom ran with me, but I knew I had to continue by myself because my mom would not always have time to come with me. When the new year of 2015 came, that was when I really started getting active and eager to be able to get to this goal. New year, new me! During practices, I realized that I felt good when I am running but feel even better when I am finished. There was one week I didn’t go running, and I did not feel energetic as when I went running. Which is the opposite to how I felt when I started to run because in the start I always felt tired. I knew that this meant I was improving, becoming more fit in running.
Here is a few of my spring break practices:
Now I am in the middle of 10th grade, this year I joined cross country again. I was really excited for the cross country season, not as nervous as last year because I gained more confidence with running from the time I started my running practices. This year I also got to take part in the varsity runs, which I thought was really exciting. Although I am still eager to improve my time. When I was comparing my results from 9th grade to 10th grade, I saw that my first times were always slower. As you can see, my final run in 9th grade was 16min40sec, my first run in 10th grade was 17min26sec. I was almost 1min slower! Therefore, I knew I had to get back on track. Although only a slight improvement, I did succeed in the end. Now that going for a run has become a routine for me, I would definitely want to continue this healthy habit even after high school.
Grade 9 cross country times Grade 10 cross country times
HS girls team photo