I started running when I was 8 years old. My family and I joined the St. Louis Blazers track club. My first day of practice was cold and rainy. I remember walking towards my mom and dad, my hair dripping down my face, and whispering, “I don’t think running is for me.”
Although running was not my first love, it grew on me. Racing is one of the purest sports ever created. This can be both scary and exciting. A runner’s performance cannot be concealed behind the success or failure of a team, but instead a runner is sometimes left on a track or road feeling vulnerable. My journey as a runner has not only taught me to be the best runner that I can be but also to be the best person that I can be… and that is all anyone can ask of themselves.
I admire and respect the array of voices that have crossed my path, including my family, coaches, and mentors. Many in which have provided me with the skills necessary to develop positive self-esteem, confidence, and the ability to DREAM!
A TV reported once asked me, “What are your goals?”
“A college scholarship and to be a member of the USA Olympic team,” I responded as a 10 year old.
I continue to set these big goals, sometimes forgetting to set the intermediate goals in-between. Nonetheless, I am excited to share this journey with you!
Thanks for reading, Shannon