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My name is Quinton Pribbenow and I am a senior at Etowah High School. My current goal is to study college in business. For my senior project, I wanted to do something that was completely new and challenging for me. I chose to run a half marathon for my senior project. I have grown up playing soccer but I have never done distance running so it was a new and exciting challenge for me.
For my research paper, I studied the health benefits that come from frequent running. Distance running contained a plethora of health benefits which was not very surprising. The main benefit was that it is an exceptional workout which I learned firsthand. Other benefits included things such an increase in overall muscle tone and a boost in cardiovascular health. Running also increases one’s mental health. It boosts their confidence and overall feeling of well-being. There are some risk factors as well that can come from all this running. The body can only handle so much before wear and tear starts to set in. Things such as shin splits, inflammation, and knee pain can result from running without proper rest and recovery.
Due to my choice for senior project, I did not have much room for creativity with my product. My product consists of the shirt, medal, and bib I got from the half marathon I ran. All just symbolize my completion of the race. During my training, I did not face too many obstacles. One obstacle was my own physical conditioning. I had to get myself in proper shape to be able to run the thirteen miles. My greatest success was completing the race, Crossing the finish line was so satisfying and gave me a great feeling of accomplishment.
One career that relates to this would be a physical therapist. Through my training and learning how to properly rest and recover my body, I could help others do the same. Half of running is the recovery since it can take such a toll on the body. This career does seem interesting but I do not see myself pursuing it later in life. I have different goals and interests that I plan to pursue through my higher education.
Overall, senior project was a great learning experience. It helped me set a challenge for myself and follow it through until the end. It also helped me to survey options for a career later in life and see if they would be a good fit for me. Thank you for your time and I look forward to presenting my full project to you.