Dear Coach Decker:
Sometimes, during high school track, I cheated on the warm up mile. A mile just sounded so long.
One time, you set up a 5k course for us that looped through the woods and around the track. I stayed in the woods while everyone else ran their loops and rejoined them for the finish. I was mad at you for expecting me to run 3 miles straight when I had never done that before.
I sprained my ankle at the end of my senior year and was taken out of the 4×200 for counties. You had me do the triple jump instead, since no one did that event and I need a couple more points to letter. I won counties. My biggest regret was never having tried triple jump before that and never getting to do it again.
I went to college and did nothing but eat, drink, and get lazy.
Then one day I went for a run. I didn’t quite reach 2 miles but was ecstatic and caught the running bug.
Since then, I have run many many races, including 2 half marathons (during which I never once walked). I ran in a 24-hour ultra race. When I run 5ks now, I place in the top 3 of my age group. I have even joined a track and field club team and am once again racing around in circles.
I don’t cheat anymore, but I needed to confess to you that I used to.