The gun sounded. I sprinted twisted the front, then we slowed down to a nice and steady pace. One minute. The crowd at the starting line was fading away. Five minutes. I’m met by a hilly landscape. Seven minutes. Halfway through. The sun beat down on us with all it’s furry, and sweat was building up on the side on my face. Then something strange happened, I felt something trickle down my face that didn’t feel at all like sweat; I rubbed my hand against it and a thick, red liquid had appeared on my hand. “Oh gosh,” I thought. “I have a bloody nose.”
I immediately stopped, which resulted in some of my teammates who were running with me to get a confused look. “I have a bloody nose, keep running.” I panted. They nodded. Blood started coming faster then I could wipe it away, and in at least two minutes my arms and my face were completely covered in blood. I tried to run, but by then I was completely drained of all my energy and I felt dehydrated. The sun didn’t help much either, it felt 1000 times hotter then it did earlier. I walked most of the way, but when I was met by shade I would try my best to run. It must have been about 15 minutes of that horrid walking/running/wiping blood off my face, the minutes dragged on as I watched girl after girl pass me. Then I saw the crowd.
It was the end. I was almost there. People gave me stares as I tried my hardest to sprint the last part. I could hear people talk about me as I passed, and I got a mixture of disgusted looks and looks of pity. I did my best to ignore them.
The finish line.
And then it was done. I crossed the finish line and got my place. “44, that’s actually okay.” I thought as people started to drag me over to the shade where the doctor was.
That day on my final cross country meet was one I remember clearly, and I realize now that I should be proud of myself, not many people would’ve been able to do what I did. Although I didn’t get a great place, I think that was one of my best meets thinking back on it. I learned so many new things that day and I feel as if I accomplished a lot.