“I can’t tell from looking at anyone if they can do it or not. Mental strength cannot be underestimated, and physical strength can be overestimated. The miles will sort it all out.”
— Joe Prusaitis, director of the Rocky Raccoon 100 in Huntsville, Texas.
By Colleen, age 12
Looking at me, I’m not sure someone would think of me as a serious athlete. But I prove them wrong over and over again. For example, last year in PE, at the beginning of middle school, I wasn’t heavily favored when it was time to pick teams. But as we played more and more, I have started to become one of the first people picked almost every time — even by the boys. I am not the fastest runner but I make up for it with skill and determination.
My mom showed me this article in Runner’s World that had the quote up above. It was talking about 100 mile races and how you can’t tell who will finish the race just by how they look. It’s all mental toughness.
It seems like I’ve built up mental toughness just from trying to keep up with the other kids my whole life. Sometimes I can use that to my advantage.