I am from sunscreen,
From shorts and running shoes.
I am from those sunny days.
(Windy, hot, sweaty days, my throat like a raisin.)
I am from the track at school, the green turf
Whose soft grass I longed to lie on
As if it was my bed.
I am from the yellow water tank and cold ice,
From Friday lollipops and track meets.
I’m from the new bees and the experienced,
From sore legs and shin splints.
I’m from long runs on hot sunny days
And cold wet ones too.
I’m from girls track and girls shot-put,
Running shoes and 4k’s.
From speed work out Mondays to the short runs on Fridays
The sweaty weight room days.
Under my name was a check mark
1600m. and 800m.
A hot windy day my throat dried
To the tank I ran, my mouth longed for water.
I am from those moments
I walked before I ran
A distance runner from the girls sahs track team.