LOCATION: New Hampshire
SPORTS PLAYED: Soccer, Basketball, Dance, Track, Cross-Country
“Don’t feel the need to stick with a certain sport! I had played soccer for so long that I felt it was just what I was supposed to do. I was miserable playing soccer the first couple years of high school…”
I’ve been fairly active since I was 4, when my parents signed me up for my first soccer team. I moved through soccer, basketball, dance, and eventually landed on cross country and track in high school. They’ve impacted my life because I want to be moving every day. In my 20s and 30s, I joined a recreational adult sports league, playing kickball, dodgeball and floor hockey. These days, I’m a runner, and I’ve met some of the most fantastic and encouraging people through the running community here.
Don’t feel the need to stick with a certain sport! I had played soccer for so long that I felt it was just what I was supposed to do. I was miserable playing soccer the first couple years of high school. I wish I had switched to running earlier – but I’m so glad I eventually made the change. Do what makes you happy!
Playing team sports is all about collaboration, which is one of the most sought-after skills in the working world. Everyone has to do their part and bring everything to the table to make a project a success – the same as you’d do to win a game.
But individual sports are all about the mental game. Running cross country in high school, only *I* could push myself to go farther or faster. Today, I run races from 5Ks to half-marathons – that can be a long time to be alone with your thoughts! Running today is such an escape, and it teaches you to be tough. And now that I have kids, I definitely need a few mom breaks throughout the week!
You need to do what’s right for you. It can be a little nerve-wracking to go out on your own, but sometimes that’s the only way to make things happen. When I began running more as an adult, I was nervous, but I wanted to meet other people who were interested in it, as well. I started joining some group runs in the area, with people I’d never met before, and I’d have great conversations with complete strangers! One thing can lead to another, and the next thing you know, you’ve found your tribe. Dare to do what you want to do!
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