Hi Youth Runners.....I started track this week which has been going great. Here's what I have to say:
Don't be afraid to try other events:
I myself am a distance runner. I do the 3000m and the 1500m. In junior high, I was afraid to run the 800m even though people told me I would be good at it. I was afraid of sprinting and and trying something new. I was afraid of failure. In high school, my coaches were ambitious and made me try the 800. The first time I ran it, I won the race. I had found a new event. Then I tried the 400m. Both the 800 and 400 are difficult. You have to run them basically sprinting which is a great mental and physical pusher.
Don't be afraid to try new events. Who knows they might be the event that you were made to do. Or they might be the worst event ever. You never know unless you try. Also, don't be afraid to tell your coaches that you want to try something new. I recently tried high jump. I love it. It's so different than anything I have ever done. If you have a good coach, they will support you trying a new event. The same thing applies in life - try new things! It could be food, a new vacation spot, a new job, you never know. If the people that are in your life really love you, they will support you as much as possible. If you do track and you see an event that interests you, try it! The worst thing that could happen is you hate it! But don't be afraid of failure. Life is too short to be afraid.