After a successful track season in which her relay team finished seventh at the state meet, St. Charles East runner Corrin Adams has stepped up her game on and off the course. In addition to training throughout the summer, the incoming senior is helping first-year coach Mike Backer lead the team.
“Corrin has attended all of our summer camp sessions and has led our summer training runs,” Backer said. “[She’s] been an excellent role model for new runners to our program. I could not ask for a student athlete with a better attitude, commitment and overall leadership.”
Name: Corrin Adams
Age/year in school (incoming): 17/Senior
Hometown: St. Charles
Sport: Cross Country
How long have you run cross country? I began as a sophomore.
What do you love most about cross country?
Racing and competing to the best of my ability. I’ve found that cross country, especially, is mostly about competing against yourself and trying to beat your own time.
What are your goals for the upcoming season? How will you achieve them?
Individually being the best runner I can be [until I have] absolutely nothing left. As a senior, it is my last chance to achieve this and I want to make sure I leave with no regrets. Also, I want our team to make it down to Peoria for the IHSA state meet in November. I know that only hard work and dedication will [help us] achieve either of these goals.
How do you motivate yourself to train during the summer?
Challenging 6:30 a.m. practices remind me that the work I put in during the summer shapes the kind of base that I have going into the season. I know that the outcome of my season depends on that foundation.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My parents. They have taught me the value of hard work and persistence. In running or anything else, I know that I can always count on them for their support.
If you didn’t run cross country, what would you be doing?
One of my favorite things to do is visit different places so I would love to spend more time traveling. I would also try to find a way to donate more of my time to the community.
What’s the best part about summer in St. Charles?
St. Charles is very family-oriented and just an overall friendly place to live. There is always something to do.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Sanya Richards-Ross [Olympic track athlete]. Her accomplishments in the 2012 Games included achieving her first independent gold medal. But what makes her such an inspiration is the road she took to achieve those goals and the outlook she has on her achievements. In every interview, she comes off as very humble and personable, qualities that become hard to maintain especially after reaching success at that level.
How do you beat the heat during workouts?
Your body is the best at communicating what it is feeling. Listening to what my body is telling me is the key. Mainly during workouts, this involves making sure I am hydrated enough and have the proper nutrition to keep it fueled.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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