Challenge Accepted

Diane Hernandez prepares to run a half marathon.

A photo of runners in a half marathon

Cpl. Jo Jones

A photo of runners in a half marathon

After no longer playing basketball, senior Diane Hernandez has found something else to keep herself active. She will be running the Vintage Park half marathon on April 14, 2019. The marathon is 13.1 miles long, Although there is no special prize at the end, Hernandez wanted to prove her parents wrong and that is her reward. In order to prepare for the marathon, she joined a cross fit class that she attends at 5 am every morning before school as well as after school. 

“My training schedule changes every week so I can improve my endurance.” Hernandez said.

She decided to run the marathon in early January and has been training ever since. By the time April comes, she will be more than ready to run the marathon.

“My parents told me to get back in shape and I said okay I’ll run a half marathon.” Hernandez said. “They didn’t think I could do it but with my training I will be able to do it.”

This has inspired her to not only run the half marathon but to do more.

“I am also training to run the triathlon that will be later on in the year.” Hernandez said.

She has always been determined to finish what she put her mind to. She challenges herself to be better and her competitive spirit helps her accomplish her goals.

“As Rocky says, ‘let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit it’s about how hard you can get hit and move forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done” Hernandez said.