A lot of young runners have come to me asking the question, “How do I know if I’m doing enough?” As an athlete, I’ve often asked myself that question. In fact, the first time I began asking myself this question was the same time I began taking running seriously some ten-or-so years ago. Am I getting enough sleep? Hydrating enough? […]
It’s been a long road here and there’s a long road ahead. Two and a half years ago I started having pain near my hamstring. I trained through it, did therapy for it, rested it, and raced through it…needles, injections, lasers…nothing seemed to offer lasting relief. I somehow managed to run all of my PRs in those […]
It started out easy, til I rounded the first turn. As I crested the hill I could see him, just ahead in the distance a white male, approximately 30 years old, sporting shorts and a t-shirt. Shorts. Immediately when I saw that I knew I was in for it. Here I was on an […]
Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words? Not because you were in awe, or in shock, but because you’ve been waiting so long and patiently for something? You’ve spent so much time asking “why?”, or “when will I get answers?” and finally realize you just need to stop worrying, regretting, looking back and just let yourself be […]
It seems like lately I’ve had to overcome trial after trial and just can’t seem to catch a break. It started with a pain in the butt (literally in my upper hamstring) that wouldn’t go away with any treatment. Then I finally realized another group of muscles was causing the pain and I’d been treating the wrong injury […]
Since the beginning of my running career I’ve been blessed to be a part of several amazing teams. From middle school, to high school, college and beyond, I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for the teammates and coaches who’ve gotten me this far. Along that note, I’m excited to announce my latest team, the new Pikes Peak Elite Track Club!
We’re a group of elite runners training in Colorado Springs, all coached by 1996 Olympian and former Air Force Academy coach, Juli Benson. Although we race many different distances from 800m-Marathon, we all come together and work our butts off towards ONE goal; the 2016 Olympics!!
I hope you’ll follow our journey and support our dreams! You can find us on Twitter & Instagram: @pikespeakelite or check out our Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/pikespeakelitetc
I recently had to take a bit of time off running, hence the reason I won’t be racing until outdoors, and as anyone who’s ever been injured can tell you, taking a break is no easy thing for most runners. Asking a runner to take a break can be like asking them to give up their soul, […]
It’s a New Year, 2015, the year that YOU are going to do it, and do it BIG! You’re never gonna miss a day of running, stretching, eating your veggies or getting 8-10 hours of sleep…You’re going to run your first 5k, qualify for the State Meet, break 3- hours in the Marathon, become All-American […]
There’s no greater feeling than running a hard workout or race but feeling as if you’re flying; your feet hardly doing any work at all. This week in my training, I found myself back on the track for my quickest workout so far this fall, and it was wonderful having that kind of feeling back in my legs. […]
It’s Halloween and you know what that means, costumes, carving pumpkins and of course C-A-N-D-Y! As an elite runner, I’ve gotten many questions and comments on the subject of the sweet-tooth. “You eat candy?” someone asked me recently, alluding the fact a “serious runner” wouldn’t do such a thing. I stared back at them as […]