Cross Country: Galvin found a way past the pain to first-place glory
Halfway through the race, Aiko Galvin said she did something she had never done before during a run – talk to herself out loud for encouragement.
It was the start of the second of two laps in the Far East 5-kilometer individual race on Nov. 4 at Misawa Air Base, Japan. And in the most important race of the season, part of her wanted to quit.
“I said out loud that nobody cares that I’m dying; just go run,” the Yokota sophomore said. “The first lap, I felt really strong, but the second lap, I had no one with me. It was up to me to stay motivated. I kept hearing excuses in my head and I had to throw them out.”
To Galvin, who went on to win the Division II and overall titles in that race – her first victory of the year – running cross country is “98 percent mental. The best runners know how to get over any sort of hindrance. They say, ‘OK, I’m going now.’ That’s what I did.”
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