People always say that college is about trying new things and undergoing new experiences. Throughout my entire life I danced on a regular basis. I was always busy with classical ballet lessons and performances that I had little time to try other types of physical activity. Starting college, I knew I would have to find a new way to stay fit. I took this opportunity to try something new that I hadn’t done before. Last fall, members of my family registered for a half marathon. Knowing that I had hardly run more than a mile before in my life, I knew that I would have to train a lot to be able to run 13.1 miles without stopping. I also knew that I would be doing most of this training at school. At first it was exciting to start the training. Running was something fairly new to me, and I was excited about trying something different. I quickly learned that the training process was going to be difficult. Luckily, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Swan Lake, and the Furman 5k course provided easy routes for me to train on. I remember the first time I ran 4 miles I was so proud of myself. Now, looking back that seems like nothing at all. I had to take small steps and increase my runs in small amounts in order to reach my final goal of 13.1.

Looking back now, I’m not sure what exactly gave me the motivation to get out of bed early in the cold  morning air and run before my classes. When I started getting into longer distances, training was taking up a significant amount of time. When I had to run for over an hour several times a week, it was often difficult to give up that time when I could be studying or sleeping. However, I was still excited about my future the race. Something about being on Furman’s campus surrounded by so many great people makes me want to be a better person. Pushing myself to do something I had never done before was something that became very important to me. If you told me a year ago that I would be running a half marathon in 2014 I wouldn’t have believed you. College is about creating goals for yourself, pushing yourself, and crossing the finish line when you reach those goals. You never know how you’re going to do until you try, and being a college student gives you the opportunities to do things that you had never believed you would be able to do.

My mom, dad, sisters, and me after the race

 

Please e-mail me with any questions! Kjersti.kleine@furman.edu

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