Wow, it's been too long since I last posted! I feel like I've been neglecting my duties here. September seems to have gone by in a breeze, and October is well on its way!A lot has happened since I last posted, but there is one recent development in particular that I would like to talk about today: I joined cross country! Yes, it is the middle of the season, but I ran a half-marathon 3 weeks ago--a life-changing experience that I just wasn't ready to let go of yet. I decided I needed something else to keep me motivated to continue running every day. When I found out the women's team was just one short of having a full team, I thought, well, why not?? So I talked to the coach, Gary Histand, and he kindly consented to having a new member join mid-season. Within a few days, I was practicing with the team.I should make one thing clear, though: before running the half-marathon, I had never run long-distance before. Up until then, running was a chore--something I did because it was good for me and not because I enjoyed it--and I always had trouble getting into a routine and sticking with it. The last time I was in an organized sport was middle school track, and even then I just did the sprints--no long distance.That being said...cross country is a new challenge in itself. While I am in good shape from running the half-marathon, I wasn't aiming for speed when I did it--I just wanted to finish. But now that I'm running with the team, I'm having to learn to pick up the pace. We usually run at least 5 miles each day, which doesn't sound like that much after running 13.1 miles, but it's a lot harder now that I'm trying to make good time.One thing I have found, though, in the short time I have been on the cross country team is that it is almost worth joining just to get a chance to hang out with such a fun group of people. Though they have already had half a season to bond with each other, they have been so welcoming to me as a new member, and I am very grateful for this. Today I competed in my first meet EVER, and as much as I'd like to say I pulled a Forrest Gump and beat everyone, that wasn't the case. I got last. Yup, dead last. By a fairly substantial margin. But you know what? I never once felt bad about it. My team was cheering me on the whole way, telling me how good I was doing without once making me feel guilty about not doing better. So, as difficult as it was, I kept going and finished that race, dead last, with a smile on my face.Despite getting last place, I still felt like I had won the race.What other sport can you say that about?
Bethel College is a four-year, private, primarily residential, liberal arts college. Students may participate in campus spiritual life, fine arts activities, sports and more than 50 clubs and organizations. Bethel’s academic buildings, including its historic Administration Building, the Krehbiel Science Center and the James A. Will Family Academic Center, are clustered around the Green, an open grassy area where students gather. The college year consists of fall and spring semesters, a January interterm and a summer term.