Waiting on a breakthrough 

break·through  When most people talk about having a breakthrough it’s such a positive thing; a great achievement. But we must realize that the verge of a breakthrough can feel quite the opposite. Right before a big breakthrough, it’s more like standing in front of a big brick wall, feeling like you’ve reached the end and […]

Running Into the Light

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s how I started to feel about my running this month. For the first time in about six months I logged a couple of runs at a sub-8-minute pace, on Cinco de Mayo I ran 5 miles, and my hamstring was able to handle a **PAIN […]

Surrendering the Struggles

This week marks one month post-op from my hamstring surgery. Although the last four weeks have brought many positive break-through’s in my recovery, I can’t help but admit that some days haven’t been so easy. As much as I’d like to post the typical, uber-positive blog about how great things are coming along (which they are!) with gnarly […]

Running Blind

Have you ever tried closing your eyes in the middle of a run? You try, for just a moment, to zone out the pain and forget what you are doing. I’ve caught myself doing this before, especially in longer races. What’s amazing is that even if you close your eyes for a few seconds, your […]

When Your Legs Don’t Work Like They Used To Before

Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite artists. Lately I’ve been obsessed with his song, “Thinking Out Loud.” I love this song for the adorable love song that it is, but every time I hear it I can’t help but think about how it relates to my running, or lack thereof. “When your legs don’t work like they used […]

How to Define Your Core…it’s not what you think!

 Core has always been one of those buzz-words that gets everyone’s attention. After all, everyone has a core, but most of us wish ours were more defined. People are willing to try all kinds of things such as crunches and planks, sit up machines, compression, dieting, running, Cross Fit or P90X. Well what if I told […]

Journey Through the Desert

People are always asking how I’m doing, specifically how running is going. Most of the time my answer is, “okay,” because that’s the easiest way to quickly end what could turn into a long, slightly depressing story. Other days, I don’t mind telling the truth about what it really feels like dealing with years of chronic […]

The truth about confidence

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are. -Muhammad Ali We’ve all been told how important it is to have confidence, yet few of us really understand how to obtain and hold onto it. Perhaps the lack of confidence we all face at one point or another is […]

New Year, New Perspective

   To me, this quote sums up what every New Year’s resolution should be about–becoming a better version of yourself. You’ve probably heard the motto, “New Year, New You!” For a lot of people, New Years resolutions involve major life changes, starting over and trying to becoming a whole new person. Instead of focusing on small changes […]

Cheaters Never Win

This week, the world of track and field was hit with some heavy news when the IAAF decided to provisionally ban Russia from international track competition because of state-sponsored doping allegations. As a professional track athlete, it’s saddening to hear the reports of widespread cheating (particularly blood doping) in our sport. In addition to Russia, many other athletes […]

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