edu180atl: lily morgan 1.15.12
I have been a part of the cross country team since I came to Westminster in sixth grade. I’ve never been particularly good at running, but I’ve always really enjoyed being part of the team. A few days ago, I decided to go on a run after school. I had a really stressful day and I had so much to do, but I had this incredibly strong desire to run. So I went down to the trails, and just started running. I was completely alone, which looking back on it, might not have been the safest idea… anyway. I don’t think I have ever felt more peaceful or relaxed than during that 35 minute run. And today, after another equally stressful day, I think I finally figured out why I felt that way: I was in control of everything in my life at that moment. I didn’t have to worry about homework or tests or friends or anything: all I had to worry about was putting one foot in front of the other.
So today, I have a challenge for everyone who is reading this: if you’re feeling stressed about anything, go on a run. Go as slow or as fast as you want to. You might not be in the mood for running (I almost never am), but I can promise you that you will feel much better after you’re done. Sometimes all we need is a little distraction from the real world, and I think that running is the perfect distraction.
About the author: Lily Morgan, a ninth grader at Westminster, loves to play lacrosse and practice violin. She hopes to be an architect or a lawyer, and is terrified of fish.