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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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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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Olympic Marathon Trials

My experience at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials was less than ideal but it's something that will stick with me forever. The hardest and most devastating experiences in life are the ones that teach you the most about yourself. They help shape you and make you grow. As I sat on the sidelines of the course replaying each moment over in my head my dad reminded of my career thus far. My career has been marked by tough times that I have had to overcome. Each time I am humbled but I am better for it. Each time I have come back better and I don't see that changing. Read on for my Olympic Trials Story.

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New Season New Goals

Each season is a new season. What happened in the past is in the past and while I can learn from past experiences I cannot rest on them. Each season has the potential to build on the previous but only if I do my part. All that being said, I focus on goal setting to focus my attention on what lies before me. Moving on from a lack luster spring the fall awaits me. New season, new goals!

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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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Here's to 2015 - This is the year I Run Confidently

Last fall was a big step for me in my post-collegiate career but last fall was last fall and its now 2015. I can't rest on previous accomplishments and I cant expect for this season to come easy. I like to feel like each season I am starting from scratch working my way back up from nothing with no expectations just goals. So now after a long holiday season of family and lots and lots of eating..I am now regaining my focus and getting my butt back in the gym. To take it a step further I purchased myself one of Lauren Fleshman's Believe Training Journals to push myself a bit further. If there is one thing I have learned from my tough year last year its goal setting and planning! So what's up for this spring?

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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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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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