Back on The Horse | 2018 Season Outlook

When you fall off the horse you either get back on or stay off. There are plenty of times within one's running journey that we fall off the horse. It's a natural thing to have failures or downfalls in a sport or in life, but it's all about how you handle the situtaion and learn from it to be able to move forward. 

Last season wasn’t a season I was proud of, but things happen and injury happens and you live to fight another day. The plan in the start of my 2017 season wasn’t to step on the line at USA Championships with a achilles injury but I did and it didn’t end the way I would have liked. In that sistuation I learned so much not only about myself but also what my life meant with and without running.   

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All my life, well, for the last 14 years my life, has revolved around running. The decisions I make fall back on if it fits with racing and training. Life is put on hold because running is a priority and I “can always” have a life after running. I may sound crazy, but I’m just crazy passionate about being good, and passionately pursuing what I have set out to accomplish. But as I sat on the sideline for 3 to 4 weeks without running I slowly started to realize that I can’t always strip myself of opportunities because of running. “That job will pop up again.” “I’ll be able to travel later in life.” “I’m fine with what everything is like now.” All these phrases were constant thoughts the last 5 years or so, until this last summer.

My 2018 season is all about one thing, opportunities. Either that be in running, or life I’m filling the paths that come without second guessing every minute detail. I’m training my butt off to race the 1500m more seriously and taking chances at life. Will I still run the 800m, yes! Without a doubt the 800 witless still be raced and it is still my baby, but it’s time for a change. The 1500 has always been something I’ve wanted to be better in and there’s no better time to take a chance and race it this coming season with no expectations. 

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Aside from an event change this year brings a uniform change. I’m so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had the last 2 years to run for Oiselle. There has been so many relationships I’ve made to last me a lifetime. The company is an outstanding platform for women in a whole and I couldn’t imagine my life without them in it. Yes I will no longer be running in the fierce and beautiful Oiselle Kit but I know I will always have nothing but support and love from them. The 2018 season brings me back full circle, as I will be competing in the SRA kit. In 2012 they took a chance on a wide-eyed post collegiate and have supported me ever since. I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career with them by my side. 

So what is there to expect in 2018? Lots of racing, lots of craziness captured via blog and video, and a new found appreciation for life.