RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College local Caroline Diorio of Cary, North Carolina, will contribute a student-athlete blog this year chronicling her experience as a freshman cross country runner. Diorio began running in the seventh grade and competed with the Wake Christian Academy harriers throughout high school.
This entry marks the second volume of cross country Avenging Angel Stories. Enjoy!
As I'm typing this, it has been a little over a week since I had my first cross country practice with the Meredith Angels. But even though we haven't even had our first meet yet, we've still managed to pack quite a bit of activity into these past few days. Just this past weekend we had our annual retreat in Blowing Rock, which involved a nine mile run up a mountain, a four mile hike to a waterfall, and a vicious, man-eating chipmunk (lovingly christened Terry by the team).
Even though I've only known most of the girls on my team for a few days, I feel as if I've known them for years. Running together has been an amazing bonding experience. There's nothing quite like the feeling of finishing up an intense run, looking around at your teammates, and thinking, we did this. We all just pushed ourselves to the limit together, and, hey, we're going to do it again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day after that.
I'm excited beyond belief about running this season, but I also find it to be very calming. Running has always been an anchor for me. This year I'm beginning a new chapter in my life and experiencing a great deal of change, juggling homework, classes, and a job, all on a commuter's schedule. But through it all I still get to do the sport I've loved since I was twelve years old, with an amazing, talented group of girls, and that gives me the peace and confidence I know I'll need to tackle these next few months.