“I made up my mind that running is what I want to excel at.”
—Alfredo Lebron, MCHS graduate, about deciding to focus on running
Alfredo Lebron has had success running since he started doing it.
Now, he will look to continue that success at the next level.
Lebron, a 2012 graduate of Moffat County High School, committed in the spring to run for Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan.
That was while he was still running track at MCHS. Now, Lebron is leaving for GCCC.
After finishing his track season, Lebron took a month off from running, one of the longest breaks he’s had since high school.
“I wanted to enjoy a little more of my summer and I was working at that time,” Lebron said. “I would be tired after work, so I just ended up taking a longer break.”
Since that month, though, it has been nothing but business. Lebron said he started off running four times a week, for about 40 minutes per run.
Now, he has worked his way up to five hour-long runs per week for the past month and is feeling better prepared for the college season.
“I’d say I’m in good shape,” he said. “I wanted to be prepared. I don’t want to be far behind (former teammate) Chris Zirkle.”
Zirkle graduated the year before Lebron from Hayden High School and ran for MCHS. He will be a sophomore on the GCCC cross-country team.
In addition to running, Lebron has introduced weight lifting into his training for the first time.
“I’ve been getting into the gym and lifting,” he said. “I’ve never really lifted and ran before. Hopefully I’ll notice a difference.”
Lebron has been going on longer runs this summer than while training for high school because men’s college cross-country races are eight kilometers, as opposed to the five run in high school. He feels ready for the change in distance, but is more worried about the change in climate.
“The big difference I think when I get down there will be the heat,” he said. “It’s been 100 there every time I’ve looked. I try and run during the hottest point of the day here now. The first time I got out in that heat I kind of died, I wasn’t ready for it.”
Lebron thinks he will be able to adjust to the college training once he has been immersed in it. He is more dedicated to running now, after dealing with some immaturity earlier in his career.
“My first year of high school I got injured biking,” Lebron said. “I shouldn’t have been biking during the season, but I didn’t really know it was one or the other. I’ve made up my mind running is what I want to excel at. When it comes down to the season, whether it’s cross or track, I’ve stopped doing that kind of stuff.”
Lebron is excited about taking on the next chapter of his life. He is looking forward to running with Zirkle again, but also to working with his new coach, Dan Delgado, who he has been in contact with all summer.
“He and I already have a pretty good relationship,” Lebron said. “We already bust jokes over the phone. I can’t wait to get up there and run for him. He’s a good coach from what I see.”
Lebron left for Garden City Wednesday and his training with the program started today. Leaving for college can be daunting, but Lebron thinks he is ready.
“I’m not nervous, I’m more excited than anything right now,” he said. “I won’t be able to just grab food whenever I get hungry, I’ve been thinking about that. Being on my own, though, I don’t think I’ll mind it.
“Yeah, I’m ready for it.”