Throwback Thursday

The end of the school year is so close. Although it seems like just yesterday I was sitting in homeroom on the first day of school, the Will then and the Will now are two entirely different people. I know, it’s not much of a throwback. But still, I’ve changed tremendously since August 25!

In August I was still a member of the cross country team, and I was unhappy. Unhappy with my life, pretty much. It took me a while to realize why I was so unhappy, but I finally did.

I’ve told you about my decision to quit cross country before, but I’ve never really gone into too much depth. This is a really touchy subject. I don’t want anyone to think that I “gave up” or abandoned my team. I also don’t want my team to get the impression that I dislike any of them. That is absolutely not the case.

I quit simply due to a shift in interests. I’m not gonna lie, I hated racing this year. Sophomore year- no problem. I went out onto that 5k course and had a blast. This year was just different. I didn’t enjoy the 5k distance at all. I LOVED the long run days at practice, but dreaded anything dealing with speed, which is essentially the 5k: 3.1 speedy miles.

I’m not quite sure what finally motivated me to tell my parents that I didn’t like it anymore. Perhaps it was social media, seeing how much fun everyone was having running in half marathons and marathons. I wanted in on that fun, and I wanted the opportunity to do it all year round, not just during the off season.

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Whatever the motivation, I finally worked up the courage and told my parents. They weren’t certain that I had thought it through. Concerned that I would regret it, they discouraged me from quitting. However, they gave me their full support with any decision I would decide to make.

Looking back on it, I have absolutely no regrets. Yes, I do miss my teammates at times. I made some really close friends while on the team, and I miss running with them every day.

But, I am so happy with all I have accomplished and plan to accomplish now that I’m no longer running for the school. I mean, who knew  that I would start training to become a fitness instructor at 17 years old? Who knew I would be planning for my first marathon? If you told me I would be reaching for these goals on August 25, I would’ve thought you were crazy.


It’s amazing how much our interests can shift in such a small period of time. But, life is funny that way! Our aspirations change, and that is perfectly fine. Chase your dreams! You only live once, might as well do what you love 🙂

How about you?

  • Have you ever experienced a big shift in interests?
  • What’s a hard decision that you’ve had to make?
  • Random question: Quick! What’s your favorite type of squash? (There’s so many to choose from)

4 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday

  1. It’s great that you had supportive parents. Lots of kids don’t. I was one of them. Many years ago and it directly led me to many regrets today. Athletically speaking that is. Be happy. That is what is important. And work hard. Everything else will take care of itself. And tell your parents you love them and appreciate their support. Good Luck. You seem mature beyond your age. Run!

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    1. Words cannot describe how much I love my parents. They support me in everything I do. I couldn’t be more fortunate! Thank you, good luck to you as well! 🙂


  2. your story is a lot like mine (I’ve told you this before) but I also quit track. Didn’t quit cross-country, but I should have, I suure was hating it. I think the main thing was the distance, I’ve always been one who loves long runs, and for a 5k, well that wasn’t really necessary, and my coaches would always tell me not to run so much.. it sucked. Half Marathon and Marathon training is more for me. 🙂 and sounds like for you too.!! Glad you’re doing what you want.
    and question: Have you ever had problems signing up for a half or a marathon because you’re 17.? or do you need parents permission under 18.? just curious. lol

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    1. Same with me! I kept wanting to increase my mileage but my coach told me not to. I prefer the long distances way more than the short ones! I love being able to run as long as I want now 🙂

      I’ve never had problems with the half marathon, but I know that a lot of full marathons require you to be at least 18. That’s why I’m going to wait until next June to run my first one 🙂

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