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When I signed up with Students Run LA, I had serious doubt of myself. I’m not considered fast and I always doubted myself by saying that I would most likely quit after a month or two. I had the fear of being last all the time and not being able to keep up with my teammates. Thankfully, everyone in SRLA was extremely kind to me and made me feel welcome. It took some time, but I was able to run at the pace of some of the people in the very front!
It was through hard work and determination that I pushed myself. The positive influences that I had in the program gave me the strength and courage to keep going despite at the beginning when most of my friends who had joined with me were quitting one by one.
On Marathon day, I didn’t feel scared or nervous, but excited. I was finally going to complete one of my goals in life at only 16. I couldn’t believe that I had made it to the very end after 7 months and nearly 500 miles of running done. I felt confident in myself thanks to my coaches and teammates who made me feel sure about myself.
During the race on the 24th mile, I had suffered a leg injury and my knee cap popped out of place. I didn’t panic due to the fact that I was high on adrenaline and determination to not give up no matter what. I found a medic tent and had my knee temporarily popped back into place and continued on.
Crossing that finish line and defying all the odds has to be one of the most proud and memorable moments of my life so far. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life and might even possibly take marathon running as a hobby instead of a one time thing. Thank you SRLA, for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime and meeting a lot of amazing people as well.