The breeze ruffling your hair, the red rubber of the track staining the bottom of your worn out shoes, the pant of breaths in unison as girls try to be under the time limit. Track and Field has officially started on Monday, and I have waited all year for it to begin.
In track and field you get a lot of opportunities to find the event that is right for you. The track events are: 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 100 meter relay, 200 meter relay, 400 meter relay, mile race , and mile and a half race (please comment if there are any that I am missing or have gotten wrong!). The field events are: Discus, shot put, 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and high jump.
I think I am going to be doing long jump, 400 meter dash, 400 meter relay, 100 meter hurdles, and discus. I have already gone to the Tuesday after-school field practice to try hurdles, long jump, and triple jump. I liked all of them except triple jump, until I went again on Thursday and found that I really loved it. They posted which track events we will be doing on our first meet, and I got into 400 meter dash.
In 1st period Athletics, we practice the track events. Our track practices go most-of-the-time like this: we run a warm-up lap in under 2 minutes, and then we will be timed on running 100-200 meters. Sometimes the girls who have been doing basketball, which has recently finished, get split apart from the girls who have been doing off-season. Then the girls in basketball will be timed on something the girls in off-season have already done, and the girls in off-season will be doing different exercises.
I have really loved track so far, and to me the hard work is all worth it. The sweat you shed during a practice makes it all the more worth it when you go inside and feel the cool air-conditioning. The aching muscles make it all the better when you get to finally sit down. The parched throats make it more relieving when you finally earn a water-break. I cannot wait for our first track meet on Valentine’s Day, and I can’t wait to feel rewarded for working so hard.