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On your marks said the official and I started to get myselfsituated into the blocks I was hesitant I had never utilized theblocks before and now I had no choice Get set I put myself intostarting position in lane one I then noticed that a bush on the insideof the track was obstructing my view of the first hurdle I wasconfused It seemed as if every little imperfection was irritating memy mouth feeling dry my shoes not having the same tightness I wasdisoriented and my focal point to attain my goal of placing in the topsix was fading Bang the gun went off I stuttered to the firsthurdle and immediately knew my race was ancient history Nevertheless Iran as hard as I possibly could and fought all the way to the end Yet Ifinished last All I could think was that my race was over before itbegan I was devastated After the race knowing what my goal was my mother instantly knew howdisconcerted I was She reminded me of how hard I had worked to getwhere I was Just achieving acceptance to attend The New Balance Trackand Field Nationals is such an outstanding accomplishment no matterhow poorly you do I had reached every goal I had set in the longhurdles except today Nonetheless it took my mother teammates andcoaches to tell me what I had achieved for me to realize it Befuddled by feelings of comfort and resentment running through my mindI went for a run to clear my head I started to understand what I wasbeing told Although I did not acquire my goal that day I had achievedother difficult goals previously I learned hard work and dedication arecritical when it comes to success and that failure is not permanentMotivation comes from within a quote from my coach which gets methrough tough times on and off the track Going to Nationals taught me that as long as I absolutely give 100percent in something I
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