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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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Making The Team – The Journey to Rio De Janeiro

So I have been getting a lot of questions on how professional athletes make the Olympic Team. So I decided to do a blog dedicated to what it will take for me to make the 2016 Olympic Team! I will go over the Olympic entry standards, the U.S. Olympic Trials, and what I have to do to make the team. Don’t worry, I still have advice for young athletes and workout tips. 🙂

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Focusing on Consistency

Hey All!

I hope you are all having a wonderful and blessed Sunday!

Workout Update
Now let’s jump right in! This week was a great week on the track! We finished up our first cycle so it was a recovery week. We even had Saturday off! Yes, typically we practice Monday – Saturday. Anyways, this week I was focused on being consistent especially during our long running workouts. While I, of course, want to be consistent with everything, I put an emphasis on my longer workouts this week. I am accustomed to running myself into shape and by that I mean running (almost) as hard as I can every rep until I run out of gas. The consequence of that is I do well on some reps and end up jogging random reps or the last few; making me very inconsistent. My new coach however does not believe in “slugging around the track”. He pulled me to the side last week and said if I couldn’t handle the reps he would put me with the group that does shorter reps with less recovery. Continue reading Focusing on Consistency

Weight Room Update, Advice, and Tips

Hey All,

I’m going to format my post so that I give you an update on practice, advice to young athletes, and tips for the average person. I have each section in bold.

Practice Update

I just finished my second week of practice. The first week was what they call an “introduction” week and even though it was supposed to be mild, everyone in the group would agree it was anything but mild. Everyone was sore!!! Especially me, because as you know I haven’t trained since last year. This week was even more intense with timed runs that equaled about 300 – 600 meters on the track. This was a great opportunity to see what kind of shape I am actually in and how far I have to go. To my surprise, I am not too far off. 🙂 But I still have a ways to go. Continue reading Weight Room Update, Advice, and Tips

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

Foot Bruises and 600’s

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to give you guys an update on what’s been going on in my life the past few weeks. As you may know from a previous post, I decided to get new furniture for my apartment. In the previous post, I had pictures of want I thought I wanted to get and of course just like a female I changed my mind lol I ended up getting a bedroom set and new bedding that is gorgeous! I also bought a couch. And picked up a coffee table, t.v. stand, dining table, and bookcase from ikea. I am very pleased with the result 🙂 Once I have everything in order, I’ll post pictures. I still have to get paintings, window dressings, another small bookcase, and other things but I love the way my apartment is looking now. Before it had a college feel to it but now it is grown and sexy lol

Anywho, while I was trying to assemble all of my ikea purchases, I was moving the door to my bookcase out of the way and somehow ended up dropping it on my foot! Ouch! I bruised it pretty bad 😦 I took about a week off from training because I was in pain whenever I put a lot of pressure on it.

Yesterday was my first day back at practice and I decided to practice with the team (most of the time I practice by myself because of my busy schedule). Because of my foot my coach and I decided to have me go longer. 800 breakdown 600/200 split. I ran the first 600 feeling really good and really pushing the last 200. I was well ahead of the girls I was running with and felt like maybe I was running too fast but since I only had one I just went with it. When I ran the 200, I really went for it and gave it everything I had left! I felt really great at the end and thought I had completed a solid workout. To my dismay, I was then informed that we had another rep! :O I had killed my legs on the first rep!!! Needless to say the second 600 was a very ugly sight :/ My legs were completely dead and I was wayyyy behind the pack. Fortunately, I pulled it together for the second 200 and finished only a second slower than the first.

So, the lesson for the day was “Always know your workout, so you can plan accordingly” lol I won’t be making that mistake again lol I hope all is well with you guys! Stay tuned for my updates and stay blessed 😀

How Much Money do Track and Field Athletes Actually Make? *Reblog*

Interesting post from Track and field athletes association by Jack Wickens! I think it is pretty accurate. As an athlete, I know that most track and field athletes have to have other sources of income. It is amazing the passion that most of the people have for the sport. You have to be passionate to make so little but still work so hard! Link and blog post below!

http://trackandfieldathletesassociation.org/site/how-much-money-do-track-and-field-athletes-actually-make/

How Much Money do Track and Field Athletes Actually Make?

July 25, 2013  By Leave a Comment

Open up your local newspaper or do a web search and you can easily view the income levels of top professional athletes in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, tennis, golf, etc. Try to find similar data for track & field athletes and you’ll pretty much come up empty.

There are many things that cause this lack of public transparency about professional track & field athlete earnings – not the least of which is that the primary source of this income (shoe company sponsors) is negotiated privately with each individual athlete/agent, and the contracts often contain performance trigger points and bonus clauses that add unpredictability to the contract value. Also, sources that are visible, like prize money, are generally too small to generate much public attention.

This “secrecy” may be an inevitable element of our athlete’s “independent contractor” status but in some ways it has not helped advance the sport, has not helped attract young athletes, and has not helped the negotiating leverage of our athletes.

The athlete survey that was conducted at last month’s National Championship meet revealed that the study that the USATF Foundation released a couple years ago is still accurate. The survey confirmed the overall steep pyramid of income opportunities, with over 50% of top ten ranked athletes earning less than $15,000 from the sport, as well as the wide variations between elite athletes in different events. Below is the re-release of the results of the earlier study (the full report is available HERE), along with graphs drawn from the recent survey data.

USA PROFESSIONAL TRACK & FIELD

INCOME STUDY

  • Typical Agent fees are 15%; $’s shown are pre-tax
  • Dollar amounts below reflect total of sponsorship contracts and bonuses, prize money, grants, and stipends. No estimated value is included for part-time job income, career support, health insurance or injury support services, training center services, or tuition grants.

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What it Takes

A week or so ago, I met a college triple jumper and somehow ended up asking her if she wanted to compete professionally. Her response was, “It’s not my dream but I wouldn’t mind.” Upon further reflection, I believe when I first came out of college that was me. It wasn’t my dream to run professionally, I don’t think I really knew what I wanted to do (I’m not sure if I even know what I really want to do now lol). When I first came out of college it just seemed like the right move. It was more of a curiosity than a dream. I believed I could run a lot faster. I thought that by going to a small school and doing well (becoming All-American, making Nationals 3/4 years, going to the Olympic Trials) that if I’d been able to go to a larger school with more resources, I would have done even better and I wanted to know how fast I could go under the “right training” but “a dream” probably not even close. Through that journey, I met some amazing people, traveled, and learned a lot about myself and others.

You are probably wondering, well is it a dream now???? A dream?

Well according to Webster, a dream (in the context I am talking) is defined as;

Something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time

4. a:  a strongly desired goal or purpose <a dream of becoming president>

b:  something that fully satisfies a wish :ideal <a meal that was a gourmet’s dream>

I don’t think this defines how I look at it now. It is more of a relentless mission. Something I feel I have been assigned to do and must fight tireless to achieve. There is an objective, a plan, a strategy… it is no longer a strong desire because a desire is longing for or hoping or wanting… No, this is not desire it is will, diligence, sacrifice, action. A dream is something that isn’t going to happen, “A dream come true” is a surprise. This will be fought for with sweat, lactic acid, tears, prayer, weight room, workouts, drills, it will be no surprise, it will be deserved. This is not a game, it’s a war, against opponents but more importantly myself. As Muhammad Ali said,

“Champions are not made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

All of this to say, the young girl made me think about how far I’ve come, where I’m headed and what it takes.