If you’ve ever been involved in a competition you will understand the mental state that can come over you, both before and during the contest itself.
Madeline Adams was preparing for the ACC Women’s Cross Country Championship, she did not even dream that this competition would completely change her life. Confident as she’d ever been, she hardly even thought about the idea that anything bad might occur during the race. Instead, her hair was pulled up, her shoes were tied, and she had her mind set on getting gold the moment she set foot on the track.
In her thoughts she was ready to run, but her body was not ready for such a challenging test. Unfortunately, for all her mental strength, Madeline didn’t realise her body was about to fail her …
Madeline ran with all her strength and successfully beat the distance, but as she approached the finish line her body simply switched off. In agony, she fell to the ground and stood only a few dozen meters before the finish
She later described what happened next: “I was running the race of my life. I was doing incredibly well. I was coming up that hill (to the finish line), I started to feel really fatigued.”
“All of a sudden, I get this wave that comes over me and my legs just truly gave out from underneath me. I had no control. I really don’t remember falling, I remember being on the ground and being like, ‘why am I on the ground? Get up.’”
Madeline couldn’t go any further. She tried to regain her footing after she collapsed but to no avail. Many competitors ran past her streaming towards the finish line.
However, one of the girls left many viewers speechless. Teenager Evie Tate from Clemson stopped at Madeline to put her on her feet, but carrying Madeline’s dead weight alone proved an almost impossible task.
At that moment a second runner Rachel Pease from Louisville came to aid to Madeline, who assisted Evie with.
Together, the pair attempted to carry Madeline over the finish line together, and though she was forced to abandon the race in favour of being treated for exhaustion by medical staff, it’s something Madeline will never forget.
She said: “The great part that comes out of this is there are two amazing girls that helped me, who are completely selfless and just amazing people with amazing character.”
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