As a track athlete (just like a cross country athlete…or any other athlete), it is so, so important to manage your time. Since track is the season I am in right now, that’s what I will be referencing to as I share with you what being a part of athletics will entail. Firstly, you will have practice Mon.-Fri. As a distance runner, we tend to have practice at 6:00 a.m. nearly everyday. The coach and distance runners discuss everyone’s’ schedule and decide when is a time that works out for practice. Workouts are usually 1 to 2 times a week. On workout days, practice is at 6:00 a.m. for everyone-sprinters, throwers, long-jumpers, etc. Therefore, getting to bed early enough so you can wake up to your alarm/not feel exhausted is very important! Not procrastinating is one way to make sure that happens.
As you can see, managing your time throughout the week is necessary, but the weekends are especially important for time-management due to meets. If you are a track athlete in high school or even middle school, then you know that meets are an all-day event. This means, you really need to take advantage of your free time the days before meets and the Sunday after a meet (meets are usually on Sat. but can fall on a Fri.). I do not recommend holding off all your assignments for Sunday as this can be very overwhelming from experience. If you are the type of person who can block out distractions and work in any atmosphere, then I highly suggest bringing some of your work with you since there will be a good amount of down time when riding the bus. All and all, the point I am trying to get across is being an athlete is a big commitment that requires you to know how to prioritize. But trust me, being an athlete is such a great experience in so many ways, so it’s well worth it!