Track and field is one of the unique sports in that it falls under the category of sport, but there really is no game involved. Most other sports mask exercise in a fun game, but the majority of track and field just takes the things that you do in other sports, such as running and throwing, and focuses on them to an insane degree. When you were in gym class as a kid, it was probably good news when the teacher said that you were going to play a game, like soccer, flag football, or dodgeball, but they were always met with groans when they told us that we had to run the mile. This was no game. It was a punishment. Again, sprints were involved in every sport I played. We ran suicides during practices. We ran 40-yard dashes in football. But track and field say, “You know that part that you reluctantly get through so that you can do all the fun things? What if it was just that?” Without the help of private track and field tutors, you might just treat it like a lesser sport.
The thing that people forget in track and field is that field is just as much a part of it as track. When I stopped playing football because I realized that I was terrible at it and would never make the varsity team, I quit athletics entirely. Meanwhile, my friend kept pushing me to join him in track and field. He quit football too because he hated running (ironically), but loved track and field because he went right to varsity. That was because he decided to join the shot put team, which had nobody else on it. I was promised a varsity letter if I joined the team, but he told me that the coach makes them run a mile at the beginning of every practice and I was out as soon as I heard that. That said, shot put, javelin, and discus are some of the events that are overlooked by many athletes, allowing us terribles to step in and succeed in something (as long as people do not find out about this loophole). Unfortunately, it will likely not have much effect on your popularity, as attractive people are smart enough to realize that this is a loophole.
All of this said, to be good at track and field, you need to be just as great of an athlete as any other. The specialized, focused training takes the same discipline as training for a sport where you are required to show a broader range of skills. That is why great track stars who try to become great football players often struggle with the transition. The same is true of the reverse, as combine heroes in football are often not great track and field athletes. A recent case, Marquise Goodwin, has shown how difficult the transition can be. A freak athlete, Goodwin was a long jump star as well as a star football player at the University of Texas. His 40 yard dash time of 4.27 was one of the top three ever in the history of the NFL Scouting Combine. He was also an NCAA champion in long jump twice. He attempted to do long jump and football, but it might have cost him his chance at being great in either one. He had a career-best jump at the 2012 Olympic trials that would have been good enough for gold at the actual event, but he failed to match it in the Olympic event. He tried for the Olympics again in 2016 but did not even qualify to represent Team USA. He has been a solid, in unmemorable, football player and went to the Olympics, but might have cost himself glory in either sport by spreading himself thin.
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