Eat, Sleep, Run

Running for life doesn’t always have to be associated with erratic occurrences. For some, it could just be for leisure pursuits or following someone’s footsteps. Meanwhile, for the track team’s Zantos Vazquez, it’s neither of these things. He was simply inspired and went for it. Along with his energy and focus, he doesn’t fail at being energetic for their practices and actively participating in their competitions.

Vazquez, a sophomore, was inspired to do track because of his Dad.

“He would always tell my brothers and I these stories about when he was in high school,” says Vazquez. “He told us how he ran and never gave up.”

And so, during his freshman year, he decided to join Cross Country. The outcome of being in the team had surprised Vazquez, in a good way. The experience had an impact on Zantos and he ended up joining Track for the next season that year.

“Running helped me to stay fit while having fun,” said Vazquez. “Each day for practice has a name, miserable Monday, terrible Tuesday, way out Wednesday, and time trail Thursday.”

Zantos described his practice experiences as “enjoyable” and had many advantages but also had some drawbacks. Less homework time was one of them, as well as not being able to hang out with his friends like the other students.

“We enjoy having [Zantos] in the team” said Track coach Mr. Norman. “He has great stamina and speed.”

Although Vazquez is having a great time in track and continues to excel in it, he does not see it as his future career. Running is just a high school career for him and a phase.

“If I would choose running as a career, I don’t think that I would be considered good,” remarked Vazquez. “There are faster people than me who have more potential so I probably wouldn’t make it but right now, I’m just enjoying most of it.”

On the other hand, he wants to take on the role of being a doctor in the future instead. Vazquez noted that he wants to help other people when the time comes. However, as of now, his main objective is running.

“Ever since I started running, I feel as if I can be 100% me,” Vasquez said. “I just let my problems go while I run and leave it behind. It’s a great feeling.”

Chelsea Caringal Reporter for the Silver Script

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