I was 15 years old, just moved to a new school and I thought I might like to try out for the track team.
Never having this type of experience before, I was not sure what to expect.
I missed the day of tryouts due to illness; however, the coach still allowed me to tryout by myself the day I returned to school. Out of the gym and on to the track he sent me with one of the older students to take my score. I chose to tryout for the 220 event which meant running 3/4 of the way around the track.
As I started to run, thoughts started running through my mind. I could hear myself saying, “You are not going fast enough”, “your moving too slow”.
“You will never make the team”…these thoughts continued to loop around in my mind, consuming me until….
I stopped right on the track 1/2 of the way through. I could go no further.
All of a sudden this young man started yelling at me.
“What are you doing? Why did you STOP!” startled, I yelled back…“I wasn’t going fast enough”. His reply, “Are you kidding?!!!!”
“If you had kept going you would have beat the teams record, Go back and I will give you one more chance.” Continue reading