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My name is Francis Mukoma. For my senior project, I decided to run a half marathon. I settled on running a half marathon because I wanted to challenge myself, but to also do something that I could possibly continue doing for the rest of my life. It was also an opportunity for me to get back in shape while building towards a goal. My goals were to progressively improve my time in training while increasing my mileage steadily to the full half marathon length of 13.1 miles.
I chose to research the validity of runner's high for my paper because I was curious about the body's reactions to the stress that running, specifically long distance running, puts on the body. I wanted to learn more about the runner's high concept because I had heard many people talk about it, but I have never experienced it. I learned that currently, researchers have not fully understood what causes runner's high. A decade ago, they thought that endorphins are responsible runner's high but that theory has since been revoked because endorphin molecules are too large to break through the blood-brain barrier. The general consensus now is that anandamide is the main chemical responsible for the euphoric feeling runners experience during runs.
My products for my senior project were memorabilia from when I ran the Run the Reagan half marathon in Snellville, Georgia. The first item was the race bib number which proves that I ran the half marathon. The other objects were the medal I received for completing the half marathon and the t-shirt that I received for being a participant in the event. They relate to research paper because in my research paper, I examined the validity of runner's high especially on long distance runners and on my half marathon, I ran a long distance hoping to gain first hand experience on the subject. I encountered a few obstacles while preparing to run the half marathon when I injured my back and was therefore forced to postpone my intended half marathon race date as well as any training, but I was successful because I eventually healed and after more training, I was able to get back to my pre- injury fitness level and run the half marathon successfully.
There are many careers related to running. The most obvious career would be professional running, but there are more than just that. One could choose sports research, sports medicine, business, sports management, and many more career paths because running has many different diverse aspects to it. This project taught me a lot about commitment and perseverance, and I will definitely continue using these skills. Although I loved my experience through the project, I do not wish to pursue a career in a running related field, but I can integrate running into my lifestyle as a way to promote my health and keep myself active. I can also take the skills that I have learned from running and incorporate the m into my daily routine to make myself more productive.
Overall, I enjoyed all the steps of my senior project because they helped me learn more things about myself while increasing my passion for running. Thank you for taking the time to judge my senior project. I appreciate your efforts.