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Never Stop Running

Breanne Les­nar, 18, of Freeland, is a Central Michigan University athlete. She is a cross-country runner, and a long distance runner on the track and field team. Lesnar is a freshman at CMU. She has her time occupied by running, being an honors student and also keeping track of what her body is doing due to her Type 1 diabetes.

“It can be difficult to have diabetes as a runner, because it can have a major impact on performance.” Lesnar said. “It has forced me to be proactive in controlling my diabetes, so it’s not all bad.”

Lesnar has to manage a busy schedule while keeping her grades up and making time for practice and, of course, some time for fun.

“Being a student athlete brings a whole new element to the college experience.” Lesnar said. “It’s definitely a juggling act, but it’s also a special privilege that gives me a lot to be thankful for.”

Lesnar wakes up early every week day morning to go to practice with her teammates. She spends the rest of her day going to classes, doing homework, doing projects with her honors group and watching what she eats to keep her diabetes in check.

“It definitely stresses me out seven days a week as I try to cram everything into my schedule.” Lesnar said. “The thing that keeps me going is passion. I could drop the honors program or running at any time, but they are things that I love. Life without them would be missing something.”

 

Breanne Lesnar, 18, of Freeland, lifts a weight behind her head as an exercise during Central Michigan University's cross-country practice on Oct. 3 in CMU's Indoor Athletic Complex. "Being a student athlete brings a whole new element to the college experience. It's definitely a juggling act, but it's also a special privilege that gives me a lot to be thankful for." Lesnar said.

Breanne Lesnar, 18, of Freeland, checks the time while talking to teammate Raenne Lohner, of Grand Rapids, during cross-country practice on Sept. 26 in the weight room of Central Michigan University's Indoor Athletic Complex.

Breanne Lesnar, 18, of Freeland, takes a reading of her sugar levels through a drop of blood after pricking her left index finger on Oct. 4 in the bathroom of her Larzelere Hall dorm room. "It can be difficult to have diabetes as a runner, because it can have a major impact on performance. It has forced me to be proactive in controlling my diabetes. So it's not all bad." Lesnar said.

Breanne Lesnar, 18, of Freeland, studies on Oct. 4 in the study room in the terrace of Larzelere Hall on Central Michigan University's campus. "It definitely stresses me out seven days a week as I try to cram everything into my schedule." Lesnar said.

Breanne Lesnar, 18, of Freeland, laughs with her roommates Charly Loper, 18, of Cadillac, and Ashley MacDonald, 18, of Ludington as they do their dishes on Sept. 29 in the bathroom of their Larzelere Hall dorm room. The girls put on music and got some cleaning done in their spare time. "We really needed to do our dishes, so we had a dish washing party." Lesnar said.

Breanne Lesnar, 18, of Freeland, runs on the turf football field with teammate Jacquee Overbeek, of Hamilton, on Sept. 26 in the Indoor Athletic Complex on Central Michigan University's campus. "The thing that keeps me going is passion. I could drop the honors program or running at any time, but they are things that I love. Life without them would be missing something." Lesnar said.

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