The reason I’m writing about the marathon is because of this 9-year old girl. This fourth grade girl, though I didn’t see her race is becoming something of a little legend at the school. All the kids from the first grade to the sixth know who she is. Even those who don’t know her personally, know that her speed is legendary at the school. Okay, I won’t say legendary but, there’s no doubt she’s fast. In her grade, whether it’s sprints or a longer race like the 1.5 kilometers, none of the boys in her class can touch her. I think that’s so cool. I remember in the fourth grade, the boys were always faster, but this girl shatters that stigma.
Get this, she ran the 1.5 kilometers in under 6 minutes and 20 seconds. Granted you have to account for downhill momentum and all, but that’s awesome for a nine year old, heck that’s pretty amazing for an adult. That’s totally intriguing to me. I’m no track coach or anything, but considering her muscles haven’t even really developed yet, some scout may need to keep an eye on her. Is this girl a super kid in the making?
See you next time,
P.S.-This makes me remember the article I did called 10,000 hours. Let’s pose a related question: Is athletic talent a skill that you’re born with or is something that you achieve through hard work? I’m not sure of the young lady’s training regimen outside of school, but she really seems to love running, and she’s definitely faster than the average kid. But at nine years old, it’s hard to make the hard work argument.