Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

Fitness Testing Then and Now

In elementary school, mile-run day was the best day of the year. It contained all the best components of any great athletic competition: the anxious restlessness the night before, the meticulous planning of the pre-run breakfast, the shameless trash talk … Continue reading

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What it takes to be #1

All my life I have been fascinated by athletics; there was something about the thrill of competition that hooked me at an early age. This probably stems from being brought to the sporting events of my older brother and sister … Continue reading

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Non-traditional…Nature

Sports, for me, are almost a new fangled idea.  I have lived my whole life in a house in rural Pennsylvania where there was ample space to run around in fields and woods.  My parents told my sister and I … Continue reading

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Chasing Dad

When I first started running track, I didn’t know that my dad was a state champion in high school, or that he was one of Maine’s all time bests, or that he set (and still holds) a few Division 1 … Continue reading

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Did Semenya throw the 800?

As we discussed in our last class, Caster Semenya became the world champion in the 800 meter dash. Although she had a great victory, life became difficult for her soon after. The trouble here was that in the course of … Continue reading

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My Life as a Gymnast

Growing up I followed in my older brother’s footsteps very closely. Every sport he played, I had to play. I wanted to be just like him in every aspect of life. We played a lot of sports as a children … Continue reading

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Fighting lazybone syndrome

After nearly gluing myself to a Miller cubicle during all of finals week, I made a promise to myself to change my sedentary lifestyle and go for a run (or do some sort of athletic-related activity) every single day of … Continue reading

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Get Tough or Get Out

I am a collegiate athlete and in every sense of the word, I am a competitor. I truly love competition, I love pushing my mind and body to the limits and I love seeing results from these challenges. It is … Continue reading

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BCS Game Couldn’t Handle The Expectations

The other night there was a very large football game, the BCS National Championship game. This game is supposed to have the top two Division I college football teams in the nation face each other in a very competitive battle. … Continue reading

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“Life is short… running makes it seem longer.” – Baron Hansen

As a kid I played any sport that didn’t make me wear a skirt as part of the uniform. I hated skirts when I was younger, mostly because I thought they were ugly and I couldn’t run around in them … Continue reading

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Playing Through the Pain

As of this morning, the career of one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the national football league (NFL) is in limbo. As many football fans know, Robert Griffin III, the rookie phenom quarterback for the Washington Redskins, … Continue reading

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The Younger Brother

I was always the smart child in the family, not the athletic one.  My younger brother has and will always outshine me in any athletic discipline.  He has the typical athletic physique: tall, toned, and muscular.  When I tried playing lacrosse, … Continue reading

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The Gym: Long Time, No See

Anyone who was in the lab with me on Tuesday probably noticed that I am quite different from the rest of the class. I am not a college athlete and actually have not been able to work out at all … Continue reading

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An ACL Injury With A Happy Ending

Some people might not believe the cliché phrase “everything happens for a reason,” but I do. One of my best friends is living proof. I met my best friend, Aimee, through soccer when we were very young. She was a … Continue reading

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If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record – Unknown

During my junior year of high school I broke my ankle… badly. I was on crutches for a little over a year and missed both my hockey and lacrosse seasons. As someone whose always defined themselves as an athlete, this … Continue reading

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