My high school running career has been far from perfect, but I have learned some of the most valuable lessons a young athlete can learn. Being injured all of my sophomore year taught me to never take the things you love for granted. I spent hours on the bike and in the pool to do everything I could to stay fit. I was frustrated that my competitors were getting better, while I was getting worse. Junior year I finally caught a break... or so I thought. I had a decent cross country season, but in the winter another injury popped up. I thought my running career was over, but I kept showing up. Just when I started getting back into training, COVID cancelled the season that I desperately needed. I kept training and proceeded to run a 4:29.24 1600m over the summer, which was a 5 second improvement from my freshman year PR. I used that momentum to run a 24 second PR at our first 5k cross country meet this season, which resulted in a 16:02.7. I know I have a lot of room to continue improving. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.