Note: Jasmine is training under her father’s guidance for the Half Marathon at AHM|2012. We do not allow runners younger than 18 to run the half/full marathon without written consent from their parent/guardian. Runners under 15yrs are allowed only for relay marathon.
My name is Jasmine and I am 15 years old. I started running when I was 12 years old. I knew then that there was no need for me run or prove myself in anyway but after my first run — a 5km road run — I always wanted to keep getting better at it.
Running is not easy; you need constant encouragement and motivation. Till date I have ran many 5 and 10 km road runs.
I believe running is a cure to anything, from depression to unhealthy lifestyles; running fixes you up to become better, healthier and happier people. I was never an athlete and I was pretty average in sports.
Running also really shapes up your personality. I never knew who I was. My friends never understood why I ran “soooo much” as they would put it. They thought it was absurd that I ran knowing I won’t win anything. They didn’t know I was winning so much just by crossing that finish line. Back then I didn’t know how or what to say to them in my defence, but now I do. Here’s a short poem that I wrote:
Running – strength with each step
A pounding heartbeat, a heavy breath
Two fisted hands near me and a rush in my head with every step.
At 15, I know nothing in life is clearer, simpler than running
You practice, you prepare, you improve and enhance
It is as simple as it gets; It’s almost like life in itself.
You should know how not to give up
You should know how not to stop
Working and gasping and pushing and moving constantly till that work, gasp, push and move Exhausts you so much that it actually feels good.
Run! Not because it will bring you medals
Run because it will keep you going
Run because it will be a constant reminder of the strength you carry
Run because you know your body wants to
Run because it doesn’t need reason
Run simply because you can.
“Yes! I can” is the spirit a runner stands by
No matter what be the circumstances
the beauty is;
You know you are a runner and so you will get by.