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I felt like bear trapped inside a cage at the zoo A group of girlshuddled around me staring None of the other captains were able toattend practice that day so I had to lead it all by myself I knew theywere waiting for me to instruct them but my mind was drawing a blank I kept thinking to myself say something Theyre waiting butwhenever I tried to speak nothing came out I just wanted them to goaway so I could retreat back into myself I finally calmed my nervesenough to muttered out run 4 miles reciting the whole core routinewas too much to bear that day Ive never been one for public speakingbut Ive also never been shy I was not myself that day I dont know ifit was all of the pressures I had placed on myself to be a greatcaptain or if it was the fact that I was failing that made be so quietthat dayThe one day I had to lead practice by myself I had become so quiet thatI could barely do it Since I wasnt one of the top runners I didntthink any of the girls would listen to me Earlier that year I made alist of all the qualities that a respectable captain must have Thefirst thing on that list varsity My life became running After thefirst workout of summer running I was beyond disappointed I wasntable to keep up with the top runners even though I trained all winterAfter that workout I was defeated Instead of enjoying summer running Idreaded it I only attended half of the practices and when I did comeI isolated myself Towards the end of June all of the captains and our coach had ameeting He listed off his expectations for the season none of whichincluded being top varsity and asked us to think of our favoritecaptain Once I had one in mind I had to think of what made them sogreat My
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