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CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon - Debut Recap

Just about 9 months ago, and about 4 days after the trials, I sat in my room at the Yosemite lodge replaying the race over and over in my head. I closed my eyes and all I could see was Figueroa St. and the endless stretch of road ahead. I could still feel the burning in my legs, the tightness in my chest and the pain in my heart. The worst part of all was the constant visions of me stopping. As I sat on the bed of our room staring off into space I turned to my boyfriend and whispered the words “Am I going to be okay?”

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Hall of Fame, Bird Camp, Race. My weekend and how it all ended.

What started as a week marked with stress and a slight mental breakdown ended in a profound way. I had planned to embark on a crazy expedition of driving from Raleigh to Blowing Rock, then back to Apex, then back to Blowing Rock, Blowing Rock to Charlotte, and then flying out to Boston and eventually back to Raleigh, all in 5 days, potentially during a hurricane, and all before a race. This is how it ended...

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A Day for the History Books

In 2014 I lost someone very special to me but through his presence watching over me I have gained even more. Even though he wasn’t physically present when I turned my running career around, his influence and life showed me what it means to do what you love and pursue it with every ounce of your being. He coached because he loved it. He helped his players because it meant something to him. He didn’t do it for the fame or fortune but because it was his gift to the world and his passion. I like to think that everyone has a special purpose in life and the goal is to find that purpose and live it out. My grandfather did that. And while he was a humble man, he would have loved to be present on this day. A day that will forever be a special day for my family. 

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The Sir Walter Miler

And the crowd fell silent. The women’s field toed the line. In seconds the stacked women’s field would go after the coveted 4:30 mile barrier achieved by only about 66 women in history. Fans were in position, tracing the inside of the track and lining lane 3. You could hear a pin drop but the buzz of adrenaline was floating in the air. The gun went off and following moments seemed surreal.  

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Optimizing Performance

Rewind to about May/June of last year. I had goals of getting back on the track and running fast after a good fall. I had goals of running some competitive races through the summer and ending on a high point at the Sir Walter Miler. But my goals came crashing down as several races went sour as my legs seemingly hit a wall. After mulling over the cause of the tiredness I had been feeling I finally made the decision to invest in InsideTracker. Man, did it pay off.  

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Southen Bird Camp Reflection

The very first Regional Bird Camp was even better than expected. Upliiting and rewarding, I will forever treasure my experiences with these 18 women. I shared my story but the stories these women shared with me were the inspiring ones. I have been running competitively for about 10 years but I am constantly learning. The moments I shared with these ladies taught me more about myself and left me eager to compete. This is my recap. 

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Oiselle Haute Volee

After a year of disappointment and a drive to succeed fueled by my Oiselle NC teammates, I finally hit my stride. I ran without expectations and harnessed the support of my teammates. I stepped up and enjoyed myself through the process. After learning to love the sport again I finally made it. Here's to the next chapter of my life, the Haute Volée.

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Monumental Weekend

I can’t believe how long it has been since I ran the Indianapolis Monumental Half-Marathon and qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon but I can say I’m still sometimes shocked by it. When I turned the corner coming into the final straight away I could see the time and could not believe what I had done. I was so overjoyed I felt like I could run another! Luckily I remembered how those last 3 miles had started to feel and just stood there in the finish shoot just taking it all in. This is my story of qualifying for the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials.

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Good News: Im turning 42!

So over the course of the last month or so God has granted me 4 exciting, scary, amazing & life altering things that I am finally ready and have the time to share. First, I purchased my first car, and got a loan for it completely on my own. Second, I accepted a new job at Stewart Engineering working with Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation. Third, I officially became part of the Oiselle Running Team out of Seattle Washington, a goal I have been pursuing over the course of the last year. Then fourth... I bought a house... yes a house and hence why instead of turning 24 in two weeks I am turning 42. It's crazy to see all of these things happening at once but I believe God has his ways.

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My Past, Present & Future

My last race of my collegiate career was one I try not to think about too hard. That devastating last race came 2 days after a 13th place finish (top 12 qualify for nationals) in the 10k at regionals, an event I had qualified for nationals for in the previous 2 seasons. I carried the feeling of defeat I felt after my 10k into my 5k and as I stood on the start line I felt the world falling in on my shoulders. I had already lost that race before it started.

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