On September 5th, 2015, the LCHS cross country team ran their first 5K of the season. The 5k is the typical distance for high school cross country runners to race. It is also arguably the most grueling to face.The runner must have a great balance of speed and tempo ability to see themselves successful.
A few on the team have been training for their first race since the beginning of summer. Of these people include Kylie Pelfrey (11), a runner who has gone through a journey to accomplish her first 3.1 mile race.
Pelfrey joined during the 2015 track season and learned that she had great potential.This resulted in the continuation of her training and attending each practice session possible, working her hardest to catch up with Madison Guider (11), a gifted runner with six years of training as a junior, and the only other female on the team.
“The beginning was really hard. I wasn’t able to keep up and I had to stop so much”, said Pelfrey. However, the motivation from her coach and team kept her in the intense training.
Pelfrey said, “The team is all really supportive and that has made a big impact on my life. I feel like they all really care about me and want me to grow as a runner”.
She has additionally learned that not everyday is a good day. A poor day of training is not the equivalent of failure.
This is only the beginning for Pelfrey. Her first race served as motivation towards the larger goals she has set for herself.
“It feels so good to finish what I had set out to do. I am hoping that I will be able to lower my time and run closer up in the races”, said Pelfrey.
Her consistent hard work and dedication has paved the way to success, and she plans to continue with maximum effort and heart in her training.