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My Olympic Trials Experience

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Hey Everybody!

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!!!!

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The Prelims Continue reading My Olympic Trials Experience

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Mustard Seed – Keeping Faith

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Matthew 13:31-32

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.”

Matthew 17:15-20

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.”

Hey Everyone,

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

Olympic Trial Standard, World List, Family & Support

Hi Everyone!

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!

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The Race

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

Hiccups, Season Opener, Special Announcement

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Hi All,

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.

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Season Opener Continue reading Hiccups, Season Opener, Special Announcement

Staying Prayed Up

Hey All,

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

Resting When Sick

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Hi All,

I hope you all having starting this week on a great foot! I was under the weather all last week and felt it would be a great opportunity to share my experience. Also, check out my tribute to Black History Month post a spoken word called Roots!

Workout Update

As I stated previously, I was sick all last week. I’m unsure what I caught but it was terrible, probably the worst sickness I’ve ever had. I have always been taught to train through being sick and that’s exactly what I planned on doing. I attempted to practice twice last week both to no avail. The first attempt, I realized when I got there I wasn’t going to be able to do it so I talked to my assistant coach and went home. The next day, I was feeling fairly better and started the warm up but was too ill to finish it. I talked with my coach and we decided to try his approach. Which is taking it easy when you’re sick because your body is already in deficient so it best to let it recover. It was a really hard pill for me to swallow because my workouts had been going so well and sitting out boring. So, for two days I stayed home, rested and tried to get better. Friday I was able to warm up and Saturday I did a light workout and today (Monday) I am back in the game! Continue reading Resting When Sick

First Race Jitters: Race Strategy

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great 2016! It’s crazy how time flies and I know I haven’t done an update in a long time! Sorry about that but I hope you are all enjoying the Feature Fridays, featuring some of the amazing athletes at Altis! From here on out I will be doing updates once every two weeks. I am also considering doing weekly or bi-weekly workout tips and advice post separately. Comment on this post or my Facebook to let me know if that is something you all would be interested in!

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Workout Update:

Training is going very well! I did have a minor setback during the month of November (I know so long ago!). I ended up hurting my right knee. We believe it was from a weight room technique that my body did not respond well to and over time the muscles in my knee became weak. The upside to this injury was that it reintroduced me to mediation and I learned different ways to mediate and how different vibrations can affect the human body. It also put me back in a position where I really had to have faith and depend on God. Just another one of his magnificent testimonies in my life! Continue reading First Race Jitters: Race Strategy

Feature Friday: Yours Truly, Landria Buckley

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“Inspiring young athletes, letting them know just because you’re from a small town and/or attend a small school it doesn’t mean you can’t do big things! Follow your dreams!!”

Landria Buckley is an American 400 hurdler and Howard University (undergrad) and University of Maryland (M.B.A.) Alumnae. She was born in Michigan and most of her life lived in a small town called Romulus, right outside of Detroit. She has 5 siblings (4 of which she was raised with) and comes from a very loving family. Her mother, Priscilla Estep, has been a major support system throughout her entire life, believing in her whole heartily on whatever venture she found herself on. And her father, Landress Buckley, has always pushed her athletically, giving her the drive, will to win, and competitiveness of a champion. Her personal honors and awards include 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifier, 2013 USA National Finalist, USA 2013 World University Finalist, 1 x NCAA All- American, 4 x NCAA All- Region, 6 x MEAC Champion, 6 x Howard University MVP.

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“My high school coach told my mom, that it was as if I was meant to run hurdles.”
What’s your story? 

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Being More Than An Athlete

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! This week I wanted to talk about what I do outside of track and encourage everyone to be more than an Athlete. Whether you are a high school athlete or working a full time job, it is always beneficial to do more than the requirement!

Doing More

As many of you know, I am definitely more than an athlete, I have obtained my Masters in Business Administration (MBA), volunteered, traveled the world, done public speaking and much more. While I was in college, not only was I a scholarship athlete but I was on 3 executive boards for student organizations, interned, and volunteered. While I believe in being well rounded and not putting all your eggs in one basket, I will admit it does have some drawbacks. Sometimes being overloaded with different things can cause a loss of focus or the feeling of being overwhelmed. The key is finding a balance and knowing how much one can handle.

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Continue reading Being More Than An Athlete