Now I am 17 years old, and I am graduating high school this June. For the past few months I have been rethinking whether or not I should run in college. One side of me tells me to keep running competitively, and another side tells me to move on to bigger and better things. If I do not run in college, I feel like I would regret later in life. Lots of older guys on here say they regret not running in college and I do not want to live with that sort of regret. However, I really want to get the full college experience and I sort of feel like I have been missing out in high school (I went to my first high school dance this past fall, went on my first date ever about a month ago, been doing things that make me happy that do not involve running )
I am also majoring in Mechanical engineering at a Big 10 school, so I am not sure if I can keep up with xc, track, and academics. I have also thought about joining a frat, but I can not join one if I am competing in a sport (against NCAA rules), here are my personal bests for reference:
800 1:59 (Junior Year)
1600 4:28 (Junior Year)
3200 9:54 (Junior Year)
5K XC: 16:11 (Senior Year)
The said Big 10 school that I am attending was one of the last places at the Big 10 XC Championships.
Any of the older guys on here (post college) that did not run competitively after high school want to fill me with some advice and/or their experiences it would be much appreciated. Any other help is welcome.