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Putting a Bid in for Rio

Hi All,

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.

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I found a training group in Arizona called Altis. Continue reading Putting a Bid in for Rio

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World Travels, Track and Graduation

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. 11139366_10204024515274188_1043735639905385200_n 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

Track Meets, World Lists, Beaches and Books

Hello All!!

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

Snowed In

One of my close friends went to Cabo for MLK weekend/ a late birthday gift and I’ve been stuck looking at pictures of her at the beach on Instagram and Facebook while I’m looking at the snow. :/ Not only did it snow here, ruining my plans as far as workouts, but it also snowed most of the time I was in Michigan. 😦 So basically for the last month, I’ve been looking at snow and I AM SOOOO SICK OF IT!! I need to get away, go to the beach, feel the sun on my skin and the warm air going through my hair! I’m sooo over this winter, SOOOO OVER IT!! Lol. I’ve already decided that I’m moving to Cali when I’m done with my degree (God willing) Lol. I just can’t take it. If I never see snow again, I’ll be fine with that. I wanted to escape this weekend but with the short notice and the high price of tickets and hotels it looks like I’ll be stuck here… with the snow. :/

I’m going to make you a Believer

This has been a crazy year for me. Today is my 25th birthday, it is hard to believe how much my life has changed within a year. Last year at this time, I was working at Allstate, what I would consider a dead end job because I knew I did not want a career in the insurance industry. I felt as if my life was at a standstill and although I was having fun (traveling, partying, chilling) I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t happy about where I lived, I often felt trapped in Atlanta because there isn’t a nearby city that I could escape to. I hated my job, we always had impossible deadlines, tasks, and goals, while the benefits were great and I liked the people, it just wasn’t for me. If anybody, knows me they know if I’m not happy with something I will change it. So I did! I took a chance. I took a GMAT class, and although my plans were to apply for Spring or Fall 2013, I found out that the University of Maryland was still accepting applications only a few weeks before class started. I stepped out on faith and I took the GMAT wayyyy before I had planned to, I was not as prepared as I wanted to be but I took it anyway. I bombed it. I would tell you my score but I’m embarrassed. Regardless of my score, after I got myself together lol I applied anyway. Through the grace of God I was accepted into the M.B.A. program one week before classes started. I packed up my life (anything that didn’t fit in the car didn’t come) and drove up to DC to start a new life (again)! A great friend of mine allowed me to rent out a room in their grandparents house with other friends.

One night in November after much prayer, I was moved to start training for Track once more. I contacted the coach at UMD and he asked me to come out. Although, he never (still to this day) agreed to train me, I just kept coming back. I started training December 1st. I trained in rain, snow, shine, cold, warm, hot, often twice a day. I began to study, and I mean study, my race, the hurdles, touchdowns, technique, myself, my coach, different race patterns, film, anything and everything that could help me understand my race, my coach, and myself. I can honestly say I’ve never worked so hard in my life. A constant feeling of being behind pushed me to work harder. It was only through God’s strength that I was able to train so hard and attend school. At this very moment, I still don’t know how I got up and I did it, everyday.

In February, my family lost one of our youngest babies. Deeply hurt, I took a week or so off and my faith was tested. I stopped praying, I stopped everything. When things like this happen it’s hard to lean on God, it’s hard to understand. I still don’t have any clear understanding but I’ve come to realize this is not our home. Everyone has their time and whether it be 1 month, 3 years, 20 years or 90 years, we all must meet our maker one day. We must enjoy the time we have because death is going to happen one way or another, it’s the only thing in life that is absolutely certain. My baby nephew is missed deeply but I will always remember the time I spent with him.

As a distraction, I began to work even harder on the track but my faith had become weak. In March, I hurt my back and I was out of commission for only a week but that injury made me realize I could not do this alone and I began to pray once more and read my bible. As my faith began to build up again, I had a breakthrough. I opened up at Florida Relays in April with 56.95, almost a personal best! The only thing that I can say to explain it is God! Coming off of the curb onto the straight away with only 120 meters left I was in almost last place but somehow my wheels started to turn and I finished with a tie for 3rd place and a World Ranking of 8.

As May quickly, approached, I was very sick. I have no idea what I had but I was sick for 3 weeks in May and because I started so late I fell out of shape quickly. I competed in a Meet in New York chasing a time but ended up running the worst I had ran all season and in hindsight I realized going into the meet somewhere along the way, I began not to include God in my plans. “I” wanted to run in the meet, “I” wanted to run a personal best, and “I” didn’t PRAY about it, I didn’t ASK God for help, I didn’t include him at all until I was about to get on the line and I said a quick prayer. As a result, I ran awful and quickly realized that I needed to include God in everything I do!

I was sick for three weeks in May and I was finally able to do some quality training starting May 27th although I was still sick that week too. I realized I had fallen out of shape. Since I didn’t have a strong base it didn’t take much for me to lose my fitness. I remember after practice on the 27th or 28th my coach said “You’ve gotta get back in shape! You’ve worked so hard this year to get back. You can’t just throw it all away now!” It was those words that got me motivated to get back to where I was. I began doing two a days again, along with my personal training job, and my morning job. The next two weeks, I busted my butt to get back before Nationals. My days were long but I knew it would be worth it! I had to relearn my step pattern and rhythm, I had to regain my speed, and endurance. I essentially had to start from scratch. I begin studying my race again and relearning myself. Things that were easy for me from the beginning were suddenly very difficult. I came up with workouts to get back quickly, from overspeed to bounding, I was determined to get back. With God on my side, I knew I could do it!

It wasn’t until June 8th, I got my speed back. And not until June 10th (the week before Nationals), I regained my rhythm. And it wasn’t until June 18th, merely days before Nationals, that I felt fully like my old self again but stronger. God’s grace had come through just in time and I felt ready!

While at Nationals, I stayed with my sister in faith, one of the people who kept me grounded in my faith and motivated in track and also helped me study. We were fortunate and blessed enough to stay with someone who we had just met but was just as faithful as us. Everyone in the room flourished in the competition.

My first race wasn’t good because I ended up running basically the whole race on my left leg. Through God’s grace I still managed to get an automatic qualifying spot to the next round. The second race, I attacked the first hurdle correctly and was on my proper lead leg. I pushed through the race to get the last spot into the finals! The third race, was great, I ran the race the way I needed to I just didn’t kick but I know I’m on the right track. After this crazy year, my only true goal was to be in the final and I achieved that! I still have somethings I need to iron out on in my race but I have a lot figured out.

As for the future, I was truly blessed to be selected (1 of 10 women) to represent the USA and compete in Kazan, Russia for the World University Games. I’m beyond excited and beyond blessed. God has really shined his light on me. If you would’ve told exactly a year ago where I would be today, I may have laughed in your face or thought you were completely crazy! But here I am! So, if you don’t like something in your life, change it! Pray about it, ask God for guidance. When you walk on God’s path, things fall into place. I’m a firm believer that if something is extremely difficult and things aren’t coming together, you probably aren’t suppose to be doing it but when things are falling into place and a way is being made out of no way, it’s probably what you need to be doing.

As I look back over the last year of my life I am very humbled and feeling truly blessed. I’m excited for what is to come. I’m on a journey of growth and development. I feel as if I am in a transition period and I’m slowly becoming the woman I have always aspired to be, I am a daughter, sister, friend, M.B.A. Candidate, U.S.A. World University Team Member, and most importantly one of God’s faithful servants. I’m going to make you a believer ….. in God’s Glory.

All Things Through God!

I am very honored and proud to announce that I have been selected to represent my country in a few weeks for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia! This is a great honor and I am truly happy and grateful that I have been blessed with this opportunity! Glory to God, without him I am nothing. #2013 #imgoingtomakeyouabeliever #blessed #USA #David #John14:12 #mustardseed

I’m going to make a post about my experience at USA Nationals and how it feels to be selected to represent the USA! I’ll also include my struggles this year and other things I’ve learned. 😀 It will most likely be up in the next few days!!

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Photo: Started from the bottom now I'm here! Still got some climbing to do but all in God's time! A great competition! #USANationals #glorytoGod #2013 #letsgo #imamakeyouabeliever #blessed #mustardseed #david