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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 ūüôā 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 ūüė¶ 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 ūüėÄ

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.