Running on discipline

The Baltimore Sun

Kara Brosmer was looking for a school activity to get involved in when she entered Mount Hebron as a freshman. Despite never running before or playing many sports while growing up, she turned to cross country. Now, she is a senior leader for the Vikings. Brosmer said the discipline and dedication required for cross country have helped her in other areas, particularly in the classroom, where she maintains a B average.

Along with cross country, Brosmer has been on the varsity outdoor track and field team the past two seasons, specializing in the two-mile event. She also is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which has weekly Bible studies at the school. And she is a youth leader at Grace Community Church.

Brosmer is undecided on a college choice, but Salisbury University is at the top of the list. She plans to study elementary education. She also enjoys swimming and reading.

How did you get involved in running?

I wanted to get involved in school somehow, and I never played soccer or any other sports, so I figured cross country would be a good way to get started. I never ran before then, so I was a little surprised I stuck with it for so long.

What has been the biggest challenge with cross country?

Probably just the commitment and time you have to put into it. It's a big challenge, but it's a lot of fun. I love being with the team, being with the girls. We all try to push each other and also like to hang out together.

As one of three seniors on an otherwise young team, how have you provided leadership?

I learned leadership from watching all the seniors when I was younger. And now that I am a senior, it's more apparent that I am a leader on the team. I know I have to hold myself accountable, make sure everybody is OK and just ask them how they are doing. You have to really stay on top of that.

What did you learn about yourself through running?

Just knowing you can really do it if you put your mind to it. Running is a lot mental, and it's amazing how far you can push yourself when you're strong and tell yourself you can do it. When you're running and think you can't go any farther, as long as you talk yourself through it, you can overpower what your body is telling your mind, and you can do it.

When you're having a tough day running, how do you pull through?

I talk to myself. As long as I'm saying and thinking positive things instead of negative things, I'm fine. When I say negative things, I perform poorly and I see it with the results when I'm done. I just try to tell myself: "I'm strong, and I can do it." That really helps.

What are your college plans?

I'm looking at Salisbury University. That's one of my top choices right now because my parents went there. I thought about running, but I might do club running because I'm not sure I want to commit myself to the full-time sport. I like the campus a lot. I like the fact that it's 2 1/2 hours away. I don't want to be too much farther than that, but I also don't want to be 30 minutes up the road where I can come home easily. I just really liked the atmosphere on campus, and I'd love being near the beach.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

I've gotten a lot of really good advice, so that's a tough one. I'd say probably not to give up on yourself no matter what, because no matter what you go through you can always go farther.

Do you think the country is ready for a woman president?

I don't know - I'm not opposed to it. I'll be 18 in March and I plan to vote, but I haven't given any thought to it yet. I know it's coming next fall.

When is the last time you couldn't stop laughing?

My mom and I were carving a pumpkin [before Halloween] and that was kind of funny because we both couldn't get it right. There was a bunch of chunks of pumpkin stuck inside, so it was pretty funny. It looked good though when it was done.

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