What Running Track Means To Me

What Running Track Means To Me

"My sport is your sport's punishment."

"My sport is your sport's punishment."

This is the first quote that appeared on Google Images when I searched up "track quotes" the first night that I began doing track. Track came into my life like serendipity. What is serendipity, you may ask? Well, serendipity is when something absolutely extraordinary happens, and makes you so bizarrely happy, when you were never even looking for anything in the first place. A lot of people use serendipity in context when they meet a girl or a boy and fall in love at first sight.

Track came into my life kind of by accident. So, get this. It's the day of my sixteenth birthday. You know me, a sixteen-year-old girl who really just cares about her grades, college, friends and family, and- makeup and clothes. (And hair, I could never forget about my hair.) So, the day of my sixteenth birthday my Grandmom Rose asks if I want to go to the mall to pick some stuff out as presents. (Later on, that turned out to be, a Pink outfit, tan Uggs, and the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Pallete).

Mind you, that was the same exact day that Winter Track started, and well, I wasn't really in a position to choose involuntary running over whatever I want at the mall. Plus, I had a FREE smoothie at California FruitShakes waiting for me. I mean, who could ever resist the peanut butter cup banana smoothie?! Not this girl. So, fair enough, I go to the mall, then I eat dinner at my Grandma. Prior to this, I had been exploring the idea of track.

Initially, I wanted to be a swimmer so badly! This was actually just because my best friend was doing it. In all seriousness, I couldn't swim. Nevertheless, due to the imminent problem that I physically had no idea how to actually swim, my parents said no to swimming. They shut that one down really quickly.

So, I had been considering my options. I can't wrestle, I'm a girl. I don't know how to swim. Can't swim = can't join the diving team. I'm five feet tall, so that meant no basketball for me. But, I had done track in middle school and I genuinely loved it. I didn't do it freshman year because I was trying other things like dance, cheerleading, softball, and the idea never really crossed my mind.

So, the night of my 16th birthday, I decided I would start track literally the next day. Mind you, I hadn't ran since early Fall during field hockey season. So, this was going to be a challenge.

So, the next day, I started track and I basically had absolutely no idea what I was doing. For a while, I struggled, especially when I desperately attempted to run hurdles. Not my strong point, I admit. But, when I decided to stick with sprinting, I absolutely fell in love with the sport from the very beginning.

Maybe It's the endorphins that it releases, maybe it's just because I'm a competitive person, or maybe it's simply because the team is so great and I love everyone who does it so much. Or maybe it's that sense of divine unity and teamwork that the sport brings with it. I'm not sure what it is, but something about track is so compelling to me and attending practice, whatever the weather conditions are, is always the highlight of my day.

Right now? I'm definitely not the best. I can honestly say that I have plenty of work to do. I may be the slowest on the team, or have the worst form on the team (The form - that's a fact!), but all I know is that I have this humongous sense of motivation and drive hanging over my head, and it's definitely not running out anytime soon.

I'm kind of one of those people that when they love something, it becomes their everything and they're, like, obsessed with it. Yeah, some people call that crazy. But, well, I call it passion. I feel like everything you do in life should be done to the best of your ability.

I mean, why not?

Here's what I want - when I grow old someday, let alone, even when I simply go to sleep at night, I want to fall asleep with the state of mind that I did something incredible - I overcame obstacles. I neglected any anxieties and nerves. I worked my hardest and I was my kindest. To every single thing that I did, I gave my all.

I want to stay humble, hustle hard, and at the end of the day, have the power to inspire.

Inspire like these people inspire me.

Allyson Felix.

Florence Griffith Joyner.

Elaine Thompson.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

You are golden.

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You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale

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Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

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2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

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4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

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5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

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Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

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9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

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Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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A Reflection On Iron Man, The OG Avenger

My reactions to the 2008 film after a decade of Marvel adventures.


Before the madness of Infinity War and even before the Avengers, Iron Man made his screen debut. As the start of the superhero era, I couldn't refuse watching the movie when I found it on cable. Although I am a huge Marvel fan, it had been a long time since I have seen it.

Tony Stark's character changed in the past ten years. Although he's still the same "genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist", he developed from the simple rich boy stereotype. In his first movie, his biggest worries consist of changing his company and stopping terrorism. Although at the time these issues seemed tough, his worries have grown much bigger. Now he fights not only for his planet, but the entire galaxy.

On top of fighting aliens, Tony developed anxiety. Between him falling through a wormhole during the attack on New York and the vision Wanda showed him in Age of Ultron, Tony constantly worries about the fate of his friends, often blaming himself for the danger they are put in. Seeing Tony virtually carefree was bittersweet as I realized being a superhero has changed him forever.

Although I am sympathetic now, there was a time when I was upset with Iron Man. During Captain America: Civil War, I felt especially frustrated with his choice to sign the accords. I thought about how he seemed to be a spoiled man who had his superpower handed to him through his family's wealth. I forgot about how through his wealth, his intelligence and caring for others is how he got started as an Avenger.

Something that always blows my mind is how he built his first suit when he was kidnapped by terrorists using his company's missiles. From there, he decided not only to use his technology to save his own life, but to help the other victims, and eventually life throughout the universe. Although I still don't agree with his argument from Civil War, it was heartwarming to remember the origin and values of Iron Man.

Pepper Potts also surprised me during the film. Although now I recognize her as a side character with sporadic appearances due to Gwyneth Paltrow's fluctuating contracts, she really shined in her first Marvel film. Pepper sees the good in Tony, even through his impulsive decisions, staying by his side when he needs her the most. Not only that, but she gets into the action herself, hacking into Obadiah's computer to find out his plans and taking the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to his hideout to confront and arrest him. She doesn't stay home while Tony's in trouble- she takes charge. Plus, she can run in heels, which is no small feat.

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