HOKA Athlete Retreat

This weekend I travelled just up the road to Boulder, Colorado for the first Hoka One One Elite Athlete Summit. For three days I had the pleasure of getting to know some of the greatest ultra marathoners, trail runners, milers, triathletes, brand ambassadors and entrepreneurs who all had one thing in common: a great love […]

Lesson 1: Patience is a Virtue

They say patience is a virtue, and I’ve found this to be true in many aspects of life, particularly my training. It’s that time of year when the best of the best track athletes are all finally getting a break, or just coming off of theirs and into the base phase of training. Surprisingly, this low-key time of the year can actually be a very difficult phase, one that takes a lot of patience.

When any athlete comes off a break, the enthusiasm towards training suddenly spikes to an all-time high, (well, at least after you get past those first few awkward runs where you wonder if your limbs are actually moving correctly!) You know the feeling–you rush back into training like it’s an episode of “The Biggest Loser,” becoming obsessed with the idea that “more must be better.” But the truth is, more isn’t always better, but more patience can be.

Since I ran my last race of the season at USA’s in June it’s been a long, slow road back as I had to recover from an injury. When I first started training again I was so enthusiastic I jumped in the pool to cross-train like a fish who’d been outta water (and trust me, I don’t really love swimming). I hit the trails with my GPS watch on, swearing to myself I wouldn’t just waste time jogging but get in a decent pace. Low and behold, a week later I realized I had pushed too hard and already had to back off because I re-aggravated my injury. The next six weeks that followed continued in a similar cycle of ups and downs until finally I realized I just had to get in the basics, not compare my progress to season’s past, and rely on faith and patience. A small step forward is greater that fives steps forward followed by ten steps backwards.

Hello HOKA!

Today I’m excited to announce I’ve signed with shoe company, HOKA One-One. For the last 9 months I’ve been training in these bad boys and I couldn’t be happier to start working with such an awesome, supportive company! Check them out at hokaoneone.com! #Timetofly!

 

 

Colorado Calling

It was over ten years ago when my family and I took our first trip out West. Three days into the drive I remember looking out the window and seeing something strange in the distance. An enormous black cloud seemed to be rising out of the plains. The closer we drove the taller this ominous […]

Distractions

I’ve been meaning to write a blog for awhile now, but quite honestly I’ve been a bit distracted. I am the worst when it comes to distractions, whether its Twitter, Facebook, clicking on junk email or just zoning out like Walter Mitty. Distractions can sometimes be a good thing for a runner, especially when you […]

To Fly or to Float

Summer is finally here, and after a brutal winter all I want to do is be outside soaking up the sun. I love summer, such a wonderful time for relaxing, refreshing and reflecting. Growing up, one of my favorite summer pastimes was floating around on an inner tube in the pool in our backyard. Those […]

The Altitude Attitude

Two weeks ago I travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the USA Indoor Track Championships. I was thrilled to compete since a month or two ago this meet was not even on my schedule. Indoor track, after all, is usually just a tune-up for the outdoor season. Not only that, but Albuquerque’s altitude is a […]

Confidence is Key

Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Napoleon Bonaparte said the word “impossible” wasn’t in his dictionary. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Inspiring words, aren’t they? But how many people really think they can do anything? I’m going to take […]

Is Slow the New Fast?

Which is better, being fast or slow? The answer is obvious, right? Even the little kids on the AT&T commercials will tell you, “FAST!” Why?…  …they have a point, being fast has many benefits, especially when it comes to running races. As a professional runner, I train hard every day to get faster but even when I’m […]

Sunny San Antonio

This past month I haven’t spend more than a week in one city or state until now. After a busy, but blessed Christmas break, I’ve finally enjoyed a week of relaxation and warm weather in San Antonio, Texas where I am spending a month to train with several of my teammates. At first our trip […]

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