HEP 3 of 3… the never endeing 200 meter run

Next I went off to the Olympic development center for another heptathlon in San Diego. This was such a great thing because Ethan, Milika, Eugene, and JT, all friends from the sports ministry were there supporting and competing. JT is such an awesome jumps coach and friend and was there for the whole meet!

The first couple of events were rocky I ran 14.07 in hurdles, cleared a higher bar in high jump 1.64, but threw way lower in shot than in Texas( 11.89 meters).

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Next was the 200, after running the fastest time of my life with the best block start ever we cross the finish line and wait for our times only to have them tell us that we had to re-run the race. They had put us on the wrong marks for the 200 and we had 35 minuets to recover. Upset at first I got over it and chilled around until it was time to run. Mentally I tried to tell myself that I could do this so when the gun went off I took off as fast as I could… only to see the rest of the comp passing me way faster than they had before in the other race. I sat and waited for the time  26.02 way slower than what I needed. I instantly started to think why the heck this had to happen at this meet, upset and in tears I called my coach and wanted to quit. He told me to wake up in the morning and see how I feel and to keep going. After balling to JT, Jake, and the meet director about what had happened ( on my birthday I might add) I went back to the hotel and got ready for the next day.

Day two came around and I had made some promises to people that tried to cheer me up that I had to keep.  I got out on the Long jump run way and did what I knew I could do at practice. I prayed before I left my room and told God that I was just going to go out and do what I can do for him and hope that it is good enough. I told JT 5.80 in long jump, 145 feet in jav and 2:25 in the 800 will give me a score of 5500 points ( 100 points off the trials B standard).

With those marks in mind I came down the runway  and jumped 5.76 a season and PB mark. Then I wen to Jav and threw 40.41 meters just shy of my PB and what I wanted to throw. With the last event at hand I went out thinking what Jake tells me every time… suck it up and RUN. I knew that I had to come through at 69 seconds or lower to run 2:25. The gun went off and I went off, coming through the first lap at exactly 69 seconds! The only part that sucked was that the tuck in behind someone strategy that Jake had taught me when running in head wind would not happen I was the middle of the race. There was one girl ahead of me by about 7 meters and the rest of the field behind me. Facing a fierce wind on the back stretch I passed the line at 2:28.

I had the worst first day and wanted to quit, but because of the people around me I kept going and ended up getting a PB of 5363.

I would not chance ANY thing about what has happened to me over the past month of competing. Gods timing is amazing to see and each day I run I see that. I am blessed to have friends that I can count on who are also athletes that despite the amount of time they have been in the sport, need a little prayer and support from others around them. THAT is what being called to do what you love is about ;-).

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HEP 2 of 3 … Who will be Texas Greatest Athlete!

So after the hep  in Ottawa, I decided to do one a week later at Texas Greatest Athletes! I can honestly say at this point I have already done more heps this season than any other. I got a chance to travel with Jake again and Matt another USA dec. I meet some great people here as well! The first day of the hep was AWESOME I had a personal best ( PB)  in 100mh 13.95, average high jump 1.61, a PB in shot put  12.44 ( just under 41 feet), and a PB in the 200 25.4, totaling a first day PB score and setting me on the right path for the trials mark.

I think I was supposed to be at this meet for more than a reason of competing… but to see what the value of friendship and belief can do for someone close to you.

The whole time things were not really going according to plan with Jake, who also was trying to get the standard for Olympic trials that he had not preformed yet and had been battling injuries later on in season 10 months after hip surgery. Event after event he fell short for what he thought was his dream and score slipping away from him. You see being a multi is hard. You have to mental stay focused when you doing well and even more when you are doing bad. If any multi has ever told you that when they do bad they have never had the feeling of quitting is lying to you lol. BUT this is why you have God to lean on and friends that support you. After a trusty little pep talk and advice from me, friends around him, coaches and family he decided to go out and MAKE IT HAPPEN and get his trials qualifying score.

 The second day of the hep I woke up fired and ready to go!  Long jump is one of my most favorite events and I knew that I had been doing well at practice and all I had to do was go out and show up and everything should have been ok….

Well it SHOULD have been ok but for whatever reason I could not find the board ( line that you can’t pass on the runway or it is a fouled jump) to save my life!!!! You only get three attempts and the first jump I was wayyyyy behind the board, the second jump I was on the wrong foot, and after praying to God and asking him to just let me get a mark in I jumped 5.23 meters way less than I had done in a very long time. After I cried for a bit and then I tried to recover for the next 2 events javelin and the 800.

Javelin is just one of those events that I kind of just run and PRAY that it goes well lol. I don’t know why this event scares me so much I have an Olympic jav coach lol.  I came down the run way and punched the jav out of my hand as it soared the furthest I have ever thrown right out of the foul sector…. Disappointed and determined I went down the run way and tried again but #failed with a mediocre performance of only 35 meters. At this point I just wanted to PB in the 800.

After getting kicked around by Jake to go out and make it happen and run my tail off or i would have to pay for dinner lol,  the support of my coaches and Bryan Clay texting me to finish strong, I went out and ran a PB  of 2:27.02  and was even paced by a fellow competitor and new friend Bridget! Though I was still short of the 2:25 that I wanted I was still happy!

Still upset after scoring an overall PB by 30 points 5256 I was still kind of sad because I was still 200 points off the Olympic trials standard but I had been crawling my way up the 2012 list. Then Kev asked me if I wanted to do another HEP! Yes my 3rd one in three weeks and OF COURSE I said yes!

Happy about another chance I chilled around the track for Jake and the other decs to watch them kill it on the track. Everyone did well and I enjoyed Pole Vault most of all! Jake had the most confidence out there and it was a great experience because it made me see that even elite athletes that have been doing this for a long time struggle but put that aside to make a performance happen when needed.  That is what being a multi is… it’s not one event that changes it, it’s how you respond to all of them.

Jav and the 1500M run later… JAKE’s going to trials in Oregon with BRYAN!

Part 1 of 3 Heps in 3 weeks…

SO It has been a while since I have updated  my blog!

It is now the end of season and it has been a great one! I got a chance to go to Ottawa Canada and compete with awesome girls at  the PanAmerican meet. USA had the coolest group of people!  Once again I got a chance to compete with @JakeArnold ( that’s Jake! dead center of the picture lol)! Totally got me out of my close to fouling out funk in shot put and still managed to make me run yet another .28 second PR in the 800 lol. The overall performance was not what I wanted to score or the necessary standard for trials but I learned that there is so much in the tank I just need to learn how to let it come out. consistency is key when being a multi athlete. Image