Well I’m old, so this will be long.
I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. In 7th grade gym class, I finished 2nd place in the mile (lost to a soccer player, who ran in the low 6s). My gym teacher suggested I should hop in the junior high race (2 mile) at the next home meet for the high school cross-country team. I resisted. Again in 8th grade, she suggested I run in the junior high race. Again, I resisted. Read more »