From the Perspective of a Runner

Helena Steffensen

Helena Steffensen

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It’s that time of year again. Competition. Racing. Friends. It all comes down to that Monday after school, where everyone takes off with a start. You hear about the stories from the first ones to finish, the last ones to finish, the second runner, the third runner to finish, but do you ever hear about someone who finished somewhere in the middle? That’s what I’m here for.

The Roadrunner. Am I ready? I wonder to myself as I get ready to start the race. Everyone else seems ready. I should be. I’ve already ran it 2 times… Am I ready? I sigh. My thoughts are getting me. I decide to just talk to my friends about anything. The upcoming race, but it’s all a blur. The starter pistol goes off. Time to run.

Even though I am one of the last at first, I know that I won’t still be at the end when the race is over. Unlike others, I am determined not to stop. Even if it makes it hard to breathe. Even if I feel dead after. I won’t stop.

Running, running, running. Pant, Pant, Pant. I feel like I want to stop. I want to walk. No. Keep going. There’s the pole. Time to sprint. GO! I give it my all, everything I have left. Just keep going.I pass the finish line. 69th place. 26 better than last year. I’ve come so far. But now I’m done. Time to collapse with relief. The end of the race. That time of year. Tired. Barely Breathing. Collapsing. Accomplished.

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