My name is Trent Clayton and I like to run! I like to run because it feels exhilarating, I love feeling the wind in my face, and the best part is pushing myself to do something I wasn’t sure I could do.
One of the best parts about running as a sport is that you don’t need to lug around a bunch of equipment to train. What you do need is: a good pair of running shoes, some workout clothes, and a water bottle. When I run, I wear my Allard Toeoff brace.
Running is a good sport for a lot of people who have had a stroke because you’re competing against yourself to get a personal best. A personal best means beating your record and doing better than you’ve ever done. It feels amazing to get a personal best, especially at a big meet like the National Junior Disability Championships. I’ve competed at the National Junior Disability Championships for the last 5 years, and it’s always an awesome experience.
If you’re reading this and you are not sure if you or your child should try running, I would encourage you to give it a try. You never know, you may end up going to the Paralympics some day!