High School Runner Shovels Track After Blizzard, Proves There's No Excuse For Slacking

High School Runner Proves Winter Is No Excuse For Being Lazy

The harsh, snowy weather makes most of us want to curl up under a blanket and hibernate until spring. But not high school track star Kate Murphy -- who shoveled the entire track at her high school after last week's Juno blizzard.

Kate posted a photo of her impressive feat on Twitter, and a Reddit user shared it on the Get Motivated subreddit thread:

Kate, who is a sophomore, runs cross-country and track at Virginia's Lake Braddock Secondary School. Due to the snow day last Tuesday, Kate's coach canceled practice and gave the athletes the option of swimming or running on the treadmill during their own time.

But Kate's not one to take it easy. She decided to shovel the track and run her regular routine. The feat took an hour and half (and gave Kate one very sore back the next day). Some of her teammates joined her to shovel a second lane and ran through a regular practice. Thanks to Kate's work, many of her teammates were also able to practice on the clean track the following day.

Kate's commitment and determination during practice brings her success on race days -- she recently placed 24th at Nike Cross Nationals, making her the third fastest sophomore in the race.

Kate says, "What keeps me going during hard workouts is knowing I'm getting stronger and the more uncomfortable it feels, the more I'm pushing myself and becoming a better runner."

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Wilma Rudolph, Sprinter, 1956 & 1960 Olympic Games

In the 1960s, Rudolph was considered "the fastest woman in the world" -- a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that she spent most of her childhood in leg braces. Rudolph suffered from polio as a child, and was fitted for leg braces after she lost the use of her left leg at age six. After years of treatment and determination, the braces came off -- and her sporting career began.

During the 1960 Summer Olympics, Rudolph won three gold medals in track and field.

"I don't know why I run so fast," she told ESPN during her heyday. "I just run."

Nadia Comăneci, Gymnast, 1976 & 1980 Olympic Games

The Romanian gymnast won three gold medals at the 1976 Games. She was the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event for her routine on the uneven bars.

"You have to have a lot of passion for what you do," she told CNN in 2012. "To be able to work hard and to have a lot of motivation because you're going to go to places that you're never going to believe."

Alice Coachman, High Jumper, 1948 Olympic Games

Coachman, a high jumper who grew up in the segregated South, was the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in 1948.

Coachman's father didn't approve of her initial training -- which involved practicing on a homemade high jump.

"He said, 'sit on the porch and act like a lady,'" Coachman told NBC in a 2012 interview. "But I didn't do that."

Fanny Blankers-Koen, Sprinter And Hurdler, 1948 Olympic Games

The Dutch athletics star won four gold medals in 1948. At the time, she was a 30-year-old mother of two, and was criticized for competing in the Games.

“I got very many bad letters, people writing that I must stay home with my children and that I should not be allowed to run on a track with -- how do you say it? -- short trousers,” Blankers-Koen told The New York Times in 1982. “One newspaperman wrote that I was too old to run, that I should stay at home and take care of my children. When I got to London, I pointed my finger at him and I said: ‘I show you.’”

Fanny Durack, Swimmer, 1912 Olympic Games

Durack (left), an Australian swimmer, won gold in the 100m freestyle at the 1912 Olympics.

Between 1910 and 1918 Durack was considered the world's greatest female swimmer of all distances between sprints and the mile marathon.

Helen Wills, Tennis Player, 1924 Olympic Games

Wills, an American tennis player, took home gold medals in women's doubles and singles at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Wills was largely considered "the first American-born woman to achieve international celebrity as an athlete."

Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Speed Skater And Cyclist, 1972 & 1984 Olympic Games

Carpenter, the first woman to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, competed as a skater in the 1972 Games and won the gold medal in the cycling road race at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

"For me, it was everything, because I wanted to win the Olympics so badly," Carpenter-Phinney said of her win in a post-race interview. "That was the crowning glory of a long career, and it gave me the chance to retire on top."

Micheline Ostermeyer, Shot Putter And Discus-Thrower, 1948 Olympic Games
The French athlete and concert pianist competed in the 1948 Olympics, where she won gold medals in shot put and discus throw, and a bronze medal in the high jump. Ostermeyer had only picked up a discus for the first time a few weeks before winning the gold medal.
Mary Lou Retton, Gymnast, 1984 Olympic Games

Retton, an American, was the first female gymnast not from Eastern Europe to win a gold medal in the Gymnastic Individual All-around competition. She won five medals total in the 1984 Games.

As a child, not realizing that competitive gymnastics even existed, Retton's ambition was to become "the finest cheerleader in the world."

"She always knew what she wanted to do," coach Bela Karolyi said in the documentary "Bud Greenspan Remembers: The 1984 L.A. Olympics." "She always had very set goals. And she was following her goals."

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