The last you all heard from me was so many months ago! (6 to be exact). And I know you are all probably wondering, WHERE HAVE I BEEN??? What I’m up to, how my goals are coming and most importantly, if I’m still competing. Well, finally after the long silent drought, I am here to fill you all in on what’s been going on with me, an update on my plans for the blog and most importantly whether I’ll be competing this year or not.
Because it has been so long I wanted to make this blog a little more personal and vlog it (Yes, me awkwardly talking to a camera haha)! But I thought it would also be cool to write as well. So you can continue reading if you’d like or check out my vlog below 🙂
Continue reading Where I’ve Been!?!?!
Sorry it’s taken me so long to give you all an update but a few weeks ago, I competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. It was an amazing experience and even though I did not make the Olympic team, I was happy that I made it as far as I did. If you read my other post a month before the Trials, I was unsure about how I would perform because my season had taken a turn for the worst. Fortunately, I was able to make it all the way to the semi-finals finishing 13th overall. Coming into the trials I was ranked 20something so coming out in a better position was awesome! And the best part of the whole experience??? Winning the first round and being interviewed on NBC in front of a World Wide Audience!!!!
The Prelims Continue reading My Olympic Trials Experience
31 “He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
I don’t know if anyone has noticed but I have been hash tagging mustard seed for years particularly when it comes to track. I feel like I’ve always been an underdog and my faith in God has had me do unbelievable things especially in the track world. When I was a child, my father always told me all I needed was the faith of a mustard seed. He even showed me one once. My father is deeply religious and instilled many things in me that I cherish now in adulthood. And this mustard seed faith is just one of many that I have always kept close. Continue reading Mustard Seed – Keeping Faith
I’m so excited to announce that I officially have qualified for the Olympic Trials this July! This past weekend I ran in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA at the Occidental Invitational. I won the race and ran 56.45 a qualifying mark for the Olympic Trials!
I was very nervous going into this race. The competition was stiff and I wasn’t sure how I would run. I had a decent opener the week before but I struggled to find my rhythm. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I stepped on the line. All I could think was I had to go for it and get out! I had been praying for a breakthrough and I could feel that my spirit was at peace… I knew God was with me. When the gun went off and I took my first steps out of the blocks, I knew it was going to be a good race! My rhythm was on and I could feel myself moving fast! As I approached the second curve, I had a mishap and struggled over hurdle 7 and hit it a little but I was able to regain my composure and come off the curve strong, fighting the girl on my inside the whole way. At hurdle 9, I had another setback because I stutter stepped into it. Coming off of hurdle 9 I knew I had to pick it up if I was going to win. I came off of hurdle 10, dug deep and pushed as hard as I could to the finish line and was able to run the girl in the lead down! Continue reading Olympic Trial Standard, World List, Family & Support
I know it’s been a while and many of you have been wondering where I have been. I had a few hiccups and decided to pull back on my blog and social media but I’m back! In today’s post I just wanted to update everyone and let you all know how my first race went! Also, I have a special announcement!
Hiccups On the Journey
One day about a month ago, I suffered from a chronic back spasms that left me almost immobile and barely able to walk or move. I suffered with mobility for about a week and was unable to practice. After a week I was able to gradually start doing more things with little to no pain and after two weeks I was hurdling again. Because of this hiccup, I was unable to compete in the first two meets that I scheduled and pushed my season opener back to this past weekend, April 30th. I didn’t want to jinx it so I went underground for a while.
Season Opener Continue reading Hiccups, Season Opener, Special Announcement
I hope everyone is doing well. As the outdoor season approaches I wanted to give you all an update on how my training is going and give a few tips and advice. And let you all know that my blog is currently going through some changes! It is now Hurdlingthroughlife.com and I will be posting multiple times per week. Some posts will be updates on me and track, others will be informational about hurdles and track, there will be workout tips and health tips post, advice posts and Q&A post (so send me questions!!!) and of course Feature Fridays will continue!
I also wanted to let you guys know that I am working on a Spoken Word Poetry Chapbook that I will be having per-sale for very soon!!! I am currently looking for an illustrator and working on the book cover so it is almost complete! The proceeds will go to my Road to Rio journey! If you want to check out one of the poems that will be in the book click here! Continue reading Staying Prayed Up
If you follow me or are a friend of mine on social media you already know that I moved down to Phoenix, AZ. The reason why is because I have decided to train this year and put my bid in for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
I found a training group in Arizona called Altis. Continue reading Putting a Bid in for Rio
I haven’t written on my blog in over a year. That’s crazy! It seems like life was moving so fast and the next thing I know it was a year later lol So what has this past year brought me. Let’s start with traveling. I’ve literally been on a World tour this year. I’ve been amazingly blessed and was able to travel to Singapore, Japan and Brazil because of my study abroad programs. And my mother and I went to Italy and France. I went all around the world in 4 months and it was … AMAZING. In case you are wondering, my favorite place was…… Tokyo! It’s like New York on steroids but with a Vegas flare. Now I know you guys are wondering, I was I running track with all that traveling. I wasn’t. I ran into some difficulties with track. At the end of last season I was facing an intense pain in my achilles tendon and severe cramping in my calves. I finished the season (barely), and I didn’t do too well at Nationals. I didn’t even make the simi’s. I was disappointed but also relieved because I could start focusing on my recover. Unfortunately, the injury lingered into this season. By January, I made the decision not to compete this year in order to fully recover so I can be 100 percent healthy next year. Continue reading World Travels, Track and Graduation
I know it’s been a while since I updated you guys. Sometimes life gets in the way but I promise I’ll start doing better, over a month is unacceptable. Lol. Anyways, I’ll give you guys a quick recap of the past month.
I just finished my second year of my M.B.A. 😀 Only one more year to go! It’s crazy how time flies! Two years ago, I was miserable at a dead end job and now I’m happy, pursuing my dreams, and over half way done with a Masters! I am truly blessed. 😀 I love my program, it’s so flexible that I was able to take all the classes I needed and end this semester 8 weeks early! While I enjoy learning, I must say I am glad to be done for the school year so I can focus on track 😀 Continue reading Track Meets, World Lists, Beaches and Books
As the summer begins to come to a close I am more than excited about the fall! After I got back from Kazan (which was one of the most AMAZING experiences of my life) I kind of hit a winter season. While great things were happening nothing was starting yet. Everything was for the future. So, now that my winter season is almost over and Spring (beginning to work in the garden, plant seeds and watch everything grow, A time of new beginnings) is approaching I am beyond excited. I must say that everything in my life is falling into place! 😀 I have a little bit of money, I have a strong relationship with God, I love all of my jobs (my morning job office job is actually going to put in for me to get a raise this fall), I am going to be coaching at a high school called School Without Walls, School is starting and I have very interesting classes, and finally training for track will begin shortly (and with a full training season who knows how it will go this year!). God is working and I am seeing the seeds for his manifestations! I can’t believe a year ago I was miserable and now I can’t think of a single area of my life that isn’t blessed and wonderful. Everything is on the up and up! I am no fool. I know what goes up must come down but until that time, I am enjoying my blessings and shining in his Glory!