Why I started doing track and field

Hi everyone! It’s Wednesday again so that means it’s time for another blog post! This week I’ll tell you why I started doing track and field and how that’s been working out for me. Around July last year I had my first training with the sprint group at Eindhoven Atletiek.

The reason why I decided to do this was because I wasn’t sure wether I wanted to continue playing tennis or not. I’ve been playing tennis since I was 5 years old and I absolutely loved doing it. It was just a part of me and I felt like everyone around me associated me with tennis. When I hit a certain point, I couldn’t improve anymore and my level even seemed to be going down. It was really frustrating and everything just seemed a little pointless. Why practice if you don’t get any better anyway and why play matches if the results are only going down.

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So as you can imagine, I thought about quitting a lot. The year before I started track and field I was strongly considering giving up. Even tried to quit for a couple of weeks but then decided to give it another shot. After that, I tried quitting quite a few more times but I never managed to go through with it. It was a part of my identity. I still wasn’t happy playing tennis though and after a while I started thinking about different options. Other sports that I could do as a replacement. I’d been interested in sprinting for a couple of years. Mainly because of my high school P.E. teacher who was also a sprint coach. I just never seriously considered it, because you know, I was already playing tennis.

Then at one point I decided to just go for it. I signed up for track and field. So far I really enjoy doing it and it’s fulfilling to notice improvement. That’s something I hadn’t felt with tennis for a long time. It didn’t really go as expected though. I figured that if I really liked track and field, I would drop tennis and fully go for sprinting. However, the fact that I got a new outlet really took some of the pressure away from tennis. I started to like tennis more and found motivation again. I’m not saying that tennis feels the same as it did 5 years ago but it’s definitely better.

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I’ll  just have to wait and see how things work out for me. Right now I like the combination and I’ll just continue things as they are. What’ll happen next, I’m not sure. I do know that I’d also like to start participating in sprint races. I wanted to wait and practice a little before signing up but I do want to give it a go some time this year. Well, that was basically it! I know that this was a lot of text so thanks for making it ’till the end haha!

xxjoan

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