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Question Athlete - January 12th 2013, 08:52 AM

I've always wanted to be a runner. Cross-country, track, anything as long as it involves running. I'm just in middle school, but I don't know how to achieve it. Is there like a college for that or something? I doubt that there is, but if there isn't what can I do? I also love basketball. It's a close 2nd.

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Re: Athlete - January 12th 2013, 02:26 PM

Hey there,

I think this sounds like an amazing goal, and since you're starting early it will be a lot easier as well. First of all, you should try to see if your school has a track and/or a cross country team. My middle school had both, and they should be able to give you some information on how to get started. If your middle school doesn't, I highly suggest talking to some of the high school coaches. A lot of times they are incredibly nice and are interested in talking to future athletes.

As for a college for running, I'm not quite sure myself, but a lot of colleges do have teams and it should be something you look for when you go to apply to a college. As for basketball, I also suggest talking to the coaches, it's a great way to stay in shape when it's not track or cross country season, and I know a lot of the kids at my school who are involved with track and cross country, are also involved with basketball.

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Re: Athlete - January 12th 2013, 05:51 PM

Like Lauren said join the track and cross country teams. As well as the basketball team. And when you go to college join those teams.

I'm sure there are not any degrees to become an athlete its mostly just hard work and some luck. But it wouldnt hurt to get a degree in sports related careers like sports medicine or an athletic trainer. So if becoming an athlete doesnt pan out youll have a degree in something.
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Re: Athlete - January 12th 2013, 06:42 PM

Hi there!

I think it's awesome that you want to be a runner! I myself am a runner, and I absolutely LOVE it. It's a great sport.

If you are hoping to run on a college team someday, I highly recommend that you start running now - that way, you will be fast and experienced by college. Like the other two posters said, I think you should look into joining your school's track/cross country team if it has one, or you could join a local youth running club. I also agree with the idea of talking to the coach at the high school you plan to attend - he/she can give you great advice on how to start running, some goals to reach before high school, and an idea of what a track/cross country team is like. I know that my coach is very nice and supportive of new runners and loves to talk about anything running related, so don't be shy! I'm sure he/she will be happy to talk to you.

Another option is to start running on your own, which is what I did before joining a team, and what I still do on summer vacation and on weekends. Running on your own is nice because you can "be your own coach" and progress at whatever pace you feel comfortable with. If this is what you choose to do, I suggest following a plan (but feel free to alter it a bit if you want). Try googling "beginner 5K training program" to find one, or get a book on running for beginners or for youth. With motivation and some hard work, you can probably be running 3 miles in anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.

As for basketball, it's a great off-season sport! A lot of runners on my team play basketball during the off-season.

If you need any other running advice, feel free to PM/VM me anytime! I'd be very happy to help.


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Re: Athlete - January 12th 2013, 09:15 PM

I think everyone above is right. Most Junior highs/middle schools have track teams/cross country teams (mine did). So if yours does, join it! If not, you can always wait until high school because most (if not all) high schools have track/cross country teams. Nonetheless, if you like doing it, stick too it! Especially once you begin to do it in high school, you will begin to see scouts for colleges come and watch certain games and if they like your performance, they may want you at their college. Most colleges have very good track/cross country teams (and basketball teams); so keep working on your goal, and I wouldn't be shocked to hear that your playing at a College level eventually.

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