I found my passion for running at an early age through gym class and the mile run for the Presidential Fitness Tests. When I was younger, I would run with my older siblings who were involved in cross country and track. I knew when I grew up I wanted to participate in both of these sports and run in college. Being involved in cross country and track has shaped me into the person I am today. Being a part of these teams allowed me to build lasting friendships with my teammates giving me a second family. My coaches were great roll models who I trusted and respected. Because of my involvement in sports teams, my coaches were able to develop me into a better runner, something I never would have been able to do on my own. Running taught me self-discipline, dedication, hard work, selflessness, patience, and both mental and physical toughness. Running comes with many highs and lows, and although I had many highs, I also experienced several lows while dealing with injuries. Through each injury, I learned something about myself while also helping my teammates in other ways. I learned how to manage my time in college because running cross country and track meant I never had an off season. I have been given so many opportunities that I am thankful for from being a part of sports teams. Running for the University of Toledo allowed me to travel to many different places across the country to compete against other top runners. I learned how to be a better leader as a team captain and leading by example. Giving back to the community was also important to these teams, and because of this I was able to be involved in more volunteer opportunities throughout the Toledo community. I am thankful I was able to continue to grow in my faith through being a part of Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Running has enhanced my life and wellbeing. It continues to keep me in good health and provides a mental break from a busy day whenever needed. I am forever grateful for the experiences and memories running has given and will continue to give to me.