I started conditioning with the cross country team for my school the summer before my freshman year of high school to keep in shape for soccer. I didn't make the travel team that summer because I was on vacation during the tryouts and so I stayed with the cross country team. I had a hard time that first year, learning to run, breathing, dealing with the pain. The coach kept telling me he thought I would be one of the top 3 if I kept trying and I kept thinking he was crazy. I was top 6-7 the whole year. We made it to the state meet and I earned a spot of the team, so I ran, and it finally clicked, running, breathing, I experienced my first runners high, and I kept telling myself that "I'm not tired yet" and kept running. I still didn't have a wonderful time when I ended. Most people even my family missed me at the finish line because I was only 10 seconds behind our number 2 runner, it was a wonderful feeling. I kept training, running track and playing soccer and found that I enjoy running. I moved up to #2 on our team for the next year, came in 11th overall at State for 1A. My Junior year I experienced my first real trial. My first race started and my left leg hurt. I finished 5th, but I felt broken. For a couple of weeks, I kept pushing through the pain, thinking it's a cramp and finally went to the doctor. They said nothing was wrong but I was in physical therapy for about 8 weeks. My entire season. I kept running, I had to pull out of several races because of the pain. To make a long story a little shorter during cross country, indoor track and outdoor track that year I was hurt. Went to 2 more doctors and more therapy. I had a tear in my hamstring that never healed correctly. But, I was persistent and ran when they told me I could run. I really enjoy running. I would really like to run in college. I think I am a good candidate because I never gave up when it was hard, my studies never failed, my love for running increased because when I couldn't run I was upset because I couldn't be out with my team.