Is it smart for me to do Cross Country in high school?
I am a junior in high school and am about to start my second season of Cross Country in a few days. When I decided to sign up for Cross Country my freshman year of Spring, I didn't know how physically taxing it would be. I've had a few friends who did Cross Country that last Fall, but I didn't really get the gist of what the sport was like from them. I'm not very sporty and certainly do not enjoy running. The first week of pre-season that summer, I sprained my ankle. I tried to quit after my injury, but my coach kept pushing me to join back in. Next thing I know, I was back at practice two weeks later. I wasn't good at running. I wasn't that fast. I was average when I ran in JV races, but I was always usually last in Varsity races that consisted of many teams from around my county. Although I ran both JV and Varsity races during my season, I was put onto the JV team with only one other girl for the championships. I might be put onto the JV team again this year and I don't think I am going to join the team at my future college. Is it smart for me to do it again this year? and maybe the following year? #student #high-school #athlete #sport #cross-country #junior-varsity
If you're not having fun it's OK to stop participating. It's not a matter of being a smart decision or not. It's entirely up to you and there is no right or wrong answer. If you haven't already I would include your parents in this discussion and let them know how you feel. With that said, there are many benefits to participating in athletics, and particularly Cross Country. Besides the social aspect of practices and meets, Cross Country is great for establishing a foundation for a high level of physical fitness - which is something that will be incredibly important throughout your entire life. It also helps build mental strength and stamina that you can use in your everyday life. If you would rather be doing something else productive that is understandable but I would not let your running times or which team you're on affect your decision too much. Look at it from a long-term perspective. Good luck!
Cross Country will also teach you how to compete, deal with success and failure.