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 […]

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 Stay Positive in Negative Situations

For roughly the last three years I’ve been battling my chronic injury, and people always ask me how I’ve managed to stay so positive. In all honesty, I can’t say I’ve always had the best attitude, but I will say that dealing with this for such a long time has certainly given me a new perspective […]

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 […]

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 […]

We’re All Waiting…

Recently my greatest struggle has been about waiting, particularly waiting to get back to full-blown training, pain-free, and finally competing again! Coming back from surgery hasn’t been easy, but I know taking a smart approach to my return-to-running will be worth it, so meanwhile I must remind myself to be patient. I consider myself a patient person […]

Am I Doing Enough?

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? […]

Braces

Yesterday was another post-op milestone; I got to ditch my leg brace! Over the years I’ve had my fair share of braces, and none of them were particularly enjoyable. I was born with a hip problem in fact, which required a leg brace when I was young. The doctors said if I didn’t wear the brace my […]

Word of God Speak

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 […]