“My endurance went really up. I wasn’t so easily tired. From the summer to now, I’ve gained 21 pounds.”
With this newfound strength and endurance, Rose said he’s set a goal of running a marathon, the most likely one being the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Nov. 17. Now “hooked,” as he put it it, on long-distance running, he said he typically runs six days a week in practice or for fun.
Rose said he can already regularly run 13 miles, or half the distance of a marathon.
“I just have to find a good course and try to find where I can get some water,” Rose said. He added that unlike in a 5K, running the 26.2 miles of a marathon requires you to rehydrate and refuel throughout the race.
Rose has so taken to cross country that he’d like to continue running in college. He said he hopes to join the cross country team at East Central University, where he’d like to attend and study law enforcement and criminal justice.
“Noah is a good kid,” coach Susanne Carney said. “Works hard, stays clean. Love him like a son.”
Rose said after graduating he’d like to become a police officer, then an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency. As kid, he said, he’d wanted to join the military, but a hiatal hernia in his stomach made him ineligible for military service.
“I’ve kind of seen (drugs) destroy a lot of my friends, and I don’t want to see it happen to anybody,” Rose said when asked why he wanted to join the DEA.
Though he can’t join the military, Rose still tries to mimic the lifestyle when he can. Rose started participating in airsoft, a military simulation activity that replaces military weapons with spring- or gas-powered replicas that shoot plastic pellets, six years ago, first traveling to competitions in Tulsa and then Coal Creek.