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  • So all throughout high school I was apart of my school's varsity cross country team; and um, we ran at least 5 miles a day in 100 degree weather and by my senior year i was just getting tired of it. You know it was all just becoming a routine and i figured that if i was already on the varsity team i just really didn't see why I had to give my 100% to running anymore, i mean i was already there. So i stopped trying as hard and was just going through the motions. I started taking a lot of shortcuts with some of my teammates, I stopped, you know hitting my pace on or during workouts and i remember one time, um some teammates and i even just ran to one of our friends houses and hung out there and swam until it was time to go back to school. So i was basically just enjoying my senior year and, um, you know, everything until my coach one day called me into his classroom to talk to me and he ended up telling me that uh, he had decided to move me down to the JV team, the junior varsity team, and let um, this younger teammate take my spot on the varsity team for um district which was you know one of the biggest meets ever. Because.. and he told me that he was... that he had decided to do that because I wasn't showing enough heart and performance as she was, so you know he said it was only fair. And um, you know at this time like i didn't argue back with him, i just was left speechless like i just really couldn't believe that he would do that to me on my senior year. You know i had been running with these girls for you know all throughout high school and for him to just you know in a heartbeat just take me off just like that. But um, that only motivated me to work harder, to you know regain my spot back. And yea i just took action, i started, well i stopped i guess taking shortcuts in practice. I started hitting my pace again, i started running extra and i was just doing everything i could to regain my spot back, um if there was any chance at that. And uh turns out that um my hard work paid off. At the junior varsity meet i ended up placing second which led me to getting back on the varsity team for our regional meet in Lubbock. And at that meet i ended up like shaving two seconds off my personal record at that course. So um, yeah being a senior in high school that experience was very um i guess kind of life changing, it just really opened my eyes and i realized how much i took for granted my position on that varsity team, as petty as it sounds I just got really comfortable with it and i just thought i could stop trying. But now looking back, i see that it was necessary for me or for my coach to do that and i think he knew at the time; he was just teaching me a lesson um, because yea it was necessary for me to get bumped off that team so i could learn and be brought down to earth. And i just needed to learn that hard work, you never stop working hard even when you reach the top. And um it was definitely something that my coach and i talked about after that all happened. And i'm just really thankful that he cared enough to teach me that sort of lesson.
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