I love soccer

My friend A and I were talking this last weekend about activities that feel “natural” to us. Like an activity that feels so natural to you that you don’t really have to think about what you are doing. You kind of just go. That is how soccer feels to me. As soon as I can feel my cleats digging into the grass as I sprint towards the soccer ball, I am home. Isn’t that a relaxing feeling? I am so in the game that I am not concentrating on what I look like, what I have been worrying about lately, or even how much I suck at breathing when I am running. I am just going. For my friend A, it is horseback riding. What is it for you? Did you guys do anything amazing this weekend?

Thanks to Cobalt for taking pictures of my soccer game yesterday! Look at this awesome shot he got of me trying to score a goal!

Soccer and Breathing

So I play midfield in soccer. It’s basically a position where you are always running. Midfielders are responsible for being extra defenders when the ball in in our half of the field and also being extra forwards while we’re trying to score a goal. A basic rule for how to play this position is to follow the ball – if it’s up by our goal, you should be by our goal, if it’s down by their goal, that’s where you should be. As you can probably guess, there is a lot of sprinting involved because the ball changes position rather quickly and, like I just said, you go with the ball.

I like sprinting though so it’s okay. I love the feeling of my cleats digging into the grass as I fly down the field. I love the feeling of all my limbs and muscles pushing myself as fast as possible towards the ball. In fact, I love it so much and I am so concentrated on trying to get to the ball that I forget to breathe. So it’s kind of awkward since I kind of need to sprint to get to the ball but I also kind of need to breathe to be able to sprint. Typically, this means that after a few sprints up and down the field, I am winded and I need to go sit out. At yesterday’s game, I tried reminding myself to breathe as I was lunging toward the ball but I wouldn’t remember to breathe until I was already halfway through my sprint. So my question for you guys is how do I learn to breathe better? I breathe fine when I am just normally running but there is something about throwing my body into a full out sprint that makes me forget to breathe… Thoughts?

Picture: I have played soccer since I was old enough to play soccer – so more or less since I was 4 years old. This is a picture of me playing soccer in high school. I am a typical teenager in this picture in that I was embarrassed/annoyed about my mom taking pictures of me. >_<