I was tagged by @fangirled-into-the-sun, @bearlytolerable and @shift-shaping Top 10 songs that I’ve been listening to lately/the last 10 songs I listened to. I tend to listen to one artist at a time because I still listen to CDs that I get at shows? So that’s why there are repeats.
I’m here to tell you the story of one of my favorite races of high school, and I think it’s a good story for everyone to hear.
It was spring of my Junior Year, and I was fit as heck. I was one of the top runners in my section and I was climbing the state rankings quickly. We always kick off our outdoor season at a pretty big local invitational, it’s a chance for some of the best teams in our area to show off who they’ve got for the year. I was entered in the 1500, one of my favorite races, and it was the “elite” race of the meet. The top 10 girls in the seeding list would get special recognition before their heat and the top 3 get trophies. It was a BIG deal and a lot of my favorite girls to race were also entered.
When the list of seeds was released on line 2 days before the invitational, I immediately knew something was wrong. I was seeded 13th, when I should have easily been seeded in the top 5. I looked at my seed time and it was 5:02. My Coach had entered me at my 1600(full mile) time instead of my 1500 time which was in the low 4:40′s. This meant I would run in the unseeded heat. My coach realized his mistake and begged and pleaded to try and get my seed time changed but the meet organizers were not budging- I’d have to run in the unseeded heat.
Instead of becoming discouraged or upset, I simply decided I was going to win from the unseeded. I’d race alone, but I’d do it. Luckily, the elite heat of girls went off about an hour before my heat. The girl won it in 4:46. I went back to the tent and wrote the splits on my hand that I would need to run in order to run a 4:45. I calmly got on the line, and took a deep breath.
The gun went off and it was my race. Within 300 meters I had about a 20 meter lead (I later learned that the kid standing and cheering next to my mom who was not from my school said “This girl either has no idea how to pace a 1500 or is just that fast” and my mom turned around and replied “She’s just that fast, just watch.”) I hit my split for the first and second lap easy, but than it got hard. I was all alone and trying to race all out. The only thing that kept me going was my teammates going INSANE and cheering for me. The rest of the stands actually picked up on what was happening and started in on the cheering.
I kicked harder than I ever have that last lap. I was alone and had about 150 meter gap on the next girl in my heat. I came down the home stretch and crossed the line as the clock ticked 4:44. I had done it, by two seconds. I had won one of the most elite races by running by myself from the unseeded heat.
The girls from the seeded heat immediately came over and congratulated me but I learned something important that day. Your race is totally YOURS, you decided how its going to go. You can do anything that you put your mind too, even when the cards are stacked against you.
I topped mine with tomato paste, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and red chili flakes! 😋
for the crust I used 1 cup of 100% whole grain corn meal (I use the bob’s red mill brand as it isn’t “enriched” with any nasties- it’s just pure ground up corn!) & combined that with 2 cups of water.
I cooked that mixture on the stove on medium heat until it formed into a dough like consistency.
then I just spread it out on a baking sheet, and put it to bake for about 10-15 minutes.
then I put on my desired toppings & cooked it for another 10-15 minutes- basically until the veggies were tender!
then I just devoured the entire thing by myself & enjoyed every second of it. 😎
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