When the Varsity head coach asked me to go to a meet he didn’t tell me what I would have to do. I thought it was clear from my work throughout the spring that track was not the thing for me. I knew all of the things I was not good at and felt any performance I delivered would be disappointing but I agreed to go.
He wanted me to compete in the 400m. Once around the track didn’t seem so bad. I’d never done it before but how hard could it be?
I started out fast, which is the worst way to start. I was panting and exhausted with 200m to go. I was on the inside lane and people lined up along the track to clap and shout encouraging words. I was very tempted to step off the track and stop but I finished. I came in 3rd out of the 3 of us who ran the race.
And I never ran again.