Secrets and Lies

Casey is a teenager with an amazing will to succeed. She is an incredible runner and is determined to enter a marathon. However it is not that easy. Her world is upturned as her friend's life begins to break down and only Casey can help, Casey is madly in love with a man she thinks will never want her and a sad turn of events results in a huge blow. But Casey is still determined to follow her dream...


23. 29th August 2013


I loved running. Running stops you from thinking about things. It stops you from thinking about Hope, the teacher, Ethan and Amaya, Exams and even training. You can just lose yourself for hours in music whilst your body moves to the beat of it. Today I was running, but I was pacing myself more than I ever had before. Cody was teaching me that in order to finish a marathon one of the important things I needed to work on was pace. So that’s what I have been doing. Usually when I am caught in the spell of the music I tend to go faster than I should to move with the beat of the song and tire myself too quickly. So now I have to listen to steady songs which Cody has chosen. Some of them aren’t that bad, but some are awful. But he’s the boss.

According to him I am coming on in leaps and bounds with my training and I can see the improvement too. Also I seem to have no fat at all and I swear that I’m starting to get a two pack. Scary. My legs and arms are strong and fairly muscular, but the thing is I don’t really want to turn into one of those people. Most of the long distance runners I see are thin and light weight, for example Mo Farah, but I guess you also need muscles to push you on. I’m not running the 1,500m race it’s a 42km run. I haven’t eaten a piece of cake in weeks, only tiny portions of fat when I’m extremely lucky. My whole diet is mainly carbohydrates, but of course I do have everything else in their too. Training is very hard work. I’ve also had two injuries so far. Once when I fell over roller-skating (yes we did this as part of the training) which resulted in me cutting my mended arm open, and another where I knocked a tooth out and had to be rushed to hospital. That was horrible. And still I was allowed to carry on.

I sat on my bed revising for my Geography exam (for after the summer holidays) which meant I spent a long time studying Natural Hazards. But something kept distracting me. Not Hope, not the person I loved, not Ethan but Amaya. She wouldn’t reply to any of my texts or answer any of my calls, and every time I went round her house she ‘wasn’t in’. What had I done wrong? I didn’t understand. When I tried going to the chip-shop in which she worked it, a greasy man told me he had sacked her for crying too much and that she kept burning all the chips.

So she was upset about the break-up? Ethan had been trying to get over it; going out to parties, taking up a new hobby (cricket) and revising again and again for his exams. It seemed that he would probably get an A* in most of his subjects simply because he was working so hard. What he wanted even more than passing his Physical Education exam (he wanted to be a P.E teacher to disabled children) though was to get Amaya back. He was trying to be strong but I could see him breaking inside. When Nico suggested meeting other people, he just shrugged his shoulders and dismissed the idea. In a way, I knew how he felt.

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