Nowhere To Run?
What does a track athlete do when they graduate high school?
I am aware of the fact that very few high school sports athletes go on to participate at the college level. But running is one of those life long sports. As long as you are physically able... you can run. But can you compete? I'm just curious. I'm not saying our daughter wants to. I'm just wondering... for her. I hope she doesn't mind.
She finished eighth in State competing in the 300M hurdles last June. Always determined to do her best... she finished well. Now she's off to college... the local community college... where there is a track... but no track program. Her grades and SAT scores... earned her two years free! She's always been a very practical thinker so she made the practical choice. "Why go into debt, she said, when I can get my prerequisite courses for free." We couldn't be more proud.
I was inspired last night at a premier for a documentary called We Grew Wings. It is based on the women of Track and Field, past and present, at the University of Oregon. Our daughter attended the premier with my husband and me. She won the drawing for a new pair of running shoes. Again... I don't know if she's thinking about this at all... but I am.
What do you do... when there is nowhere to run?