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Where I’ve Been!?!?!

Hey All,

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 ūüôā

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Mustard Seed – Keeping Faith

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Matthew 13:31-32

31 “He told them another parable:¬†‚ÄúThe 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.‚ÄĚ

Matthew 17:15-20

15¬†‚ÄúLord, have mercy on my son,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHe 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.‚Ä̬†17¬†‚ÄúYou unbelieving and perverse generation,‚Ä̬†Jesus replied,¬†‚Äúhow long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.‚Ä̬†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, ‚ÄúWhy couldn‚Äôt we drive it out?‚Ä̬†20¬†He replied,¬†‚ÄúBecause 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, ‚ÄėMove from here to there,‚Äô and it will move.¬†Nothing will be impossible for you.‚ÄĚ

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‚Ķ 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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Feature Friday: Madelaine (Maddie) Buttinger

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Madelaine (Maddie) Buttinger is a Heptathlete and the current Canadian National Champion in the heptathlon. She was born in Waterloo, Ontario and is a Notre Dame Alumna. Her honors and awards include:

IAAF Capital Cup, World Combined Events Challenge Series (Ottawa, ON), Bronze Medalist, 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, ON), Athletics Ontario Year End Awards, Ontario Heptathlete of the Year, Canadian National Championsips (Moncton, NB), Bronze Medalist- Heptathlon, Francophonie Games (Nice, France), Silver Medalist- Heptathlon, Athletics Ontario Year End Awards, Ontario Heptathlete of the Year, NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships (Boise, Idaho), Bronze Medalist- Pentathlon, First-Team All-American. Continue reading Feature Friday: Madelaine (Maddie) Buttinger

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

Feature Friday: Jahvid Best

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Jahvid Best is a former American football running back of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of California, setting several school records, including most all-purpose yards in a single season and most rushing yards in a single game. Jahvid also led the Pac-10 in total rushing yards in 2008. He is now a professional track and field athlete specializing in the 100m and 200m events. He was a standout track athlete in high school for both events, ranked as one of the best high school athletes in the country, respectfully.

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Feature Friday: Dominique “Domo” Booker

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Dominique “Domo” Booker was born February 10th, 1992 to Martin and Stefani Booker. Both of her parents were stellar track and¬†field athletes in high school, college and even on the professional level. She has four brothers, all of which have participated in track and field or are still participating. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She now trains at Altis in hopes of perfecting her craft and becoming a stand out track athlete.

 

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Feature Friday: Jarvis Harris

 

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Jarvis Harris is an American 400-meter hurdler originating from the small town of Ama, LA (just outside New Orleans, LA). Having graduated from Harvard University in May of 2015 with a degree in Bioengineering, he is now residing in Phoenix, AZ training at ALTIS as he dedicates himself to prepare for the US Olympic Trials. While at school, he was a three-time Ivy League Champion, a four-time NCAA Regional Qualifier, and Captain of Harvard University Men’s Track & Field team.

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Feature Friday: Tori Polk

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Tori Polk a native of Waco, TX and a graduate of Texas Tech University with degrees in both Accounting and General Business, is an American Professional World Class Track and Field athlete specializing in the Long Jump. Tori is also the creator and founder of Polk Apparel, an apparel company that specializes in elite, individual and group uniforms. Her Awards and Honors include:

  • Represented the United States of America in the 2011, 2013, 2014 World¬†Championships
  • 2014 Long Jump World Championship Finalist (5th), Sopot, Poland
  • 2014 Long Jump USA National Champion, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2013 Long Jump World Championship Finalist (8th), Moscow, Russia
  • 2013 Long Jump USA National Silver Medalist, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2011 Long Jump World Championship Qualifier, Deagu, Korea
  • 2011 Long Jump Pan American Games Finalist (7th), Guadalajara, Mexico

 

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