Introducing Anna Martin, Warwick (Senior Journal Entry #1)

Name: Anna Martin

School: Warwick HS

What is your favorite subject?

My favorite subject is English; but I like math, as well.

What is your favorite class?

I took honors composition last semester; and, even though it was really challenging, I loved it because I learned so much and the teacher was amazing.

If you didn’t run, what would you do instead?

I’m not an artsy person, but I’ve always been interested in the arts. If I didn’t run, I would love to dance or sing, but I probably wouldn’t be very good at either.

What else do you do when you aren’t studying or running?

I don’t have that many hobbies, but I love to write and often do so in my free time. Other than that, I just like to spend time with my friends, hike, and watch netflix. I also work at an ice cream parlour called Isabella’s during the spring and summer.

What are your future plans?

I’m planning to attend and run at college. I’m not sure what I want to major in yet, but I’ve been looking into Journalism, English, and Business.

When and how did you get into running? How have you gotten to where you are today?

I think my parents had plans for my siblings and I to become runners since we were born. They had successful high school and college running careers, and in my dad’s case, a coaching career. Although my parents encouraged my siblings and I to try many different sports, we all decided that running was the superior sport. All of us ended up in cross country and track, and we’ve stuck with it since middle school. Since then, I’ve been blessed with some incredible experiences, none of which would have been possible without the people who have helped me along the way. I’ve had some amazing coaches who have pushed me to work harder and be more confident in myself. I have the best teammates in the world who push me to be better for them. I have parents who have always reminded me to stay grounded in my success, and gracious in my defeat. And most importantly, I have a God who gave me a love of running, without which I would not have been able to get through all the tough workouts and races.

After COVID canceled your spring season, what was your training mentality?

It was a disappointing end to my junior year, but after gaining some perspective, I think it was for the best. Throughout the entire indoor season, I was putting way too much pressure on the outcome of my races, which led to poor racing. When the outdoor season started, I didn’t feel as mentally prepared as I should have felt, and I wasn’t doing well in workouts. After we learned that the season was over, I took a very long, much needed break. I was able to clear my head and fully prepare myself mentally for my last year as a high school athlete. I’ve started running again, and plan to approach my senior season with a slow, consistent build-up in mileage.

How do you plan to approach your senior season?

I’m putting a lot of my focus on the team and recruiting younger runners this summer. Our middle school team was great last season and we could be a very strong varsity program in 2020. I’m ready to face the upcoming year with a renewed source of energy and excitement!