Meet Yasmine Diara High School Blogger for Youth Runner. Yasmine shares her experience competing in the hurdles today and gives advice on what to do when you fall.
In the nature of my sport, falling is basically inevitable. YOU WILL FALL OVER HURDLES
you just will and it's a fact of life. Whether it's during practice, drills, a race or whatever the
important thing is to GET BACK UP.
(take this figuratively or literally, it applies to both)
During your race, you gain a lot of speed and momentum, and if you're trained, you won't be
expecting to fall because you feel so prepared. Falling comes as a shock and the next thing
you know you're already lying on the red rubber and you don't even have time to register
what just happened.
At this point you can either:
1. Instinctively get up and keep running or
2. Lie there like a little baby and get pity from everyone
HOPEFULLY you chose choice #1
Once you're up you'll literally feel like your muscles are unresponsive and you'll be sluggish
and you'll wanna quit
This happened to me my freshman year. I had been put in the fastest varsity heat and for
some reason I just felt so much pressure. This was the first meet that I competed at without
my team, it had just been another teammate and I since we were trying to compete with
higher level athletes to challenge ourselves. Anyways I came out of the blocks super fast, I
was just so pumped. And then for some reason when i was approaching the first hurdle my
strides were longer than usual. The next thing I remember was being down on the ground
and the rubber was so close to my face. I felt no pain. I don't even remember thinking about
getting up, I just instinctively remember doing it. I remember almost crying because it was
so hard to get my legs to move since they felt so heavy (and I also hate losing). But when I
was coming off the curve i could hear my teammate’s voice telling me to finish so I did.
When i got to the finish line I was D E A D tired, and I realized that my elbows and knees
were all scratched up and bloody, but I hadn't felt anything from all that pumping adrenaline.
But when I stepped off the track I realized a couple of things:
1. I didn't want pity. What's the point? It didn't even hurt that bad. I also just don't like people
feeling sorry for me.
2. I ran a pretty decent time, even after falling which meant that I was running around the
pace of a 50 (which was fast for me at the time) and I had also beaten some girls even
though I fell.
3. I learned a really valuable lesson. The hardest thing wasn't getting up, it was to keep
going even after I got up. The challenge truly was within the journey all the way to the finish
line, especially since I fell at the very beginning of my race. I think every hurdler needs to
fall for at one point in their season to get the experience. In order to be a good hurdler I
believe that you just to need to fall and embrace it. The hurdler isn't going to hurt you. YOU
own the track, slay the track, make it YOUR track.