Senior Story: Keily Achieving Goals

My name is Keily and I am currently a senior attending Hamilton High School! Students Run LA is one the best experience I ever faced in my life. This not only impacted my life in a positive way but also, helped me view different aspects of life that pushes me forward.

Running a marathon is both a physical and mental challenge. During my 10th grade year, I decided to participate in S.R.L.A because I knew it was a tough task I could face on my own. Throughout the run, my knee was cramping and my whole body was in pain but knowing all the training I had gone through, it did seem worth it because of the goal I had set for myself and with this pain I felt was a sign of achievement. I remember at mile 20 I felt like giving up, and I was crying because I felt like I couldn’t make it, but my coach pushed me to my level.

Once I finished my first marathon, I realized my dad had surprised me at the finish line. As soon as I saw him, a sense of emotion bubbled up from the both of us. He gave me a hug, and I was crying since he rarely makes appearances at occasions. Past events he would miss so that was why I was so emotional because I know how hard he works to provide us with all of our needs.

After being part of SRLA for 3 years, this being my last year was one of the biggest hardships I faced. A few weeks before the big race, I was told by my doctors that they had a bad news to tell me that I wasn’t able to run the marathon due to my conditions I recently had. Having asthma and bronchitis made me doubt my goals and accomplishment but I knew these struggles were something I had to face, and these conditions made me stronger than ever. My adversities taught me that I shouldn’t quit and stop trying.

Running this year’s marathon is all about having a positive mindset telling myself, ”I can do it, I can accomplish my last marathon!” I was determined to achieve this goal no matter how long it might take me to finish.

During this run, I met two amazing people who saw me struggle when running and they helped me along the way and once we all crossed the finish line I was happier than ever. I knew this year wasn’t my best or the greatest but I was able to finish stronger. I wouldn’t have been able to finish it, without the support of my family and friends.

Seven months of training really paid off at the end. Students Run LA impacted my life because it taught me to never give up and never stop dreaming if I can run a marathon why can’t I be the first one in my family to attend a four year university? My parents never received a higher education, and now it is my turn to demonstrate to others that everything is possible, with the support of my friends and family I know I will be able to accomplish my goals.

I will put in work and effort to make my parents proud and to show other people that their sacrifices and hard work will be worth it at the end. Without SRLA, I would be a whole different person. Being part of SRLA is like family, those who will push you and motivate you. The SRLA experience has allowed me to discover another side of myself that I had never seen before. Reaching goals and achievements has helped me become the person I am today, and the person I want to become one day in the future.

Once I attend college in the fall, I know I will gain knowledge and show my full potential as a person. Thanks to SRLA I was able to set up my goal and achieve better things, a bright future ahead of me.