Category: Up and Over
As far behind as I was at the start of this season and after having to play as much catch up as I have, I feel like I’m been doing pretty well so far this year.
I don’t know exactly where I am. I know I’m not in great race shape, but this year, I might have to race myself into shape.
During this eight months I was sidelined, I wasn’t even allowed to trot or jog. Because I hadn’t done any kind of running motion in so long, when I first started running this year, I couldn’t even run smooth.
I had to ease my way into it. I couldn’t do my mileage runs. Stuff that I can normally do and have no problem with, I had to do little-by-little and inch-by-inch. My leg wasn’t strong enough, and my knee hadn’t been pounded … Read More »
I’ve made some great progress with the recovery of my knee recently, and I’m excited about what that means for this season.
Just getting back on the track in the last month has been really good for me, and done a lot for my mental space. Track is not my entire life, but it’s a big part of me, and something that I love to do. So getting back out there made me happy.
It also really helped me see a clearer picture of what I can do and what I’m made of. I’ve been through so much through my whole career—and everybody has, I’m not the only one. We’re not exempt from anything. But what I’ve overcome has proven to me that I’m the type of person who will never fold under pressure or adversity. Somehow, I always climb my way … Read More »
I’m so happy the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl!
I’m excited for the game, but I’m also a little nervous because I want it so bad for the Seahawks and for Seattle. I always get nervous like that watching somebody else compete in a sport. When I’m on the line, getting ready to run, I don’t feel like that. I always feel well-prepared and ready. But it’s different when you’re a spectator.
BEATING SAN FRANCISCO
Being at the NFC Championship game was really crazy.
My friend LaTanya’s husband plays for the 49ers, and she told me that she was going to sit in a box with another one of her friends whose husband plays for Seattle. Allyson Felix is a 49ers fan, so she and I ended up getting tickets at the last minute. We met LaTanya for breakfast at the team hotel, … Read More »
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge Seattle Seahawks fan. I’m really excited about the season they’re having, and their chance to go to the Super Bowl. They play in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday, and I’m lucky enough to be able to go to the game!
I didn’t even know that much about football until I got to USC. But while I was there, I didn’t really have a choice. During that time, Trojans Football was the thing. The football team made us the it school. Everybody there watched the football team. That was the sport that everybody went crazy over.
When I first got there, people would ask, “Are you going to the game?” I was like, “Oh, no, I’ll probably just do homework. And they’d say, “Homework? This is college. In college you go to the … Read More »
I’m about four months out from my surgery now, and I have to admit I’m getting kind tired of doing the same thing over and over in rehab. I feel like I’m close to being able to run, but it’s one of those things where you feel like you’re so close, yet so far. I just want to be able to train.
The rehab has gone on for so many months, and I never imagined having to wait this long. I’ve never gone for like five months without running. At this point, everyone is getting ready for the season, so I feel like everyone around me is training, and it’s hard not to get anxious.
Because we’re doing a lot of the same things daily, I feel every day in training is kind of like Groundhog Day. I’m a person who likes … Read More »
I went out to St. Louis last week to visit Dr. Richard Lehman, the surgeon who operated on my knee and came away with some great news about my progress.
He said everything is going great, that I’m moving right along and gave me the go ahead to bump up my workouts in therapy, which was really exciting. I’m that much closer to being back on the track.
This was a big hurdle for me to clear. Throughout the whole process, I’ve had a lot of things going on and it just seemed like it was taking forever. I’d heard that it could take six months to heal and that scared me because I felt like the whole point of having surgery was to speed up the healing process.
I was also a little nervous going into the appointment because the inside part … Read More »
It’s been almost two months since I had surgery, and so far, the recovery is going pretty well. I still have a little ways to go, but I hope that this next six weeks will be that jump up to that next level, closer to getting me back on the track.
It took a while for me just to be able to walk. I couldn’t walk for the first two weeks and was on crutches for the next three weeks, then moved to a cane, and gradually, worked my way back to walking on my own. I’ve been doing it on my own for the last couple of weeks, but I’m still trying to get the strength back in my legs and still building that up day by day. I also still have some scar tissue in the area where they did … Read More »
This entry originally ran on the sports page of the Seattle Times.
Over the past year, I’ve seen a lot of people commenting that everyone in track and field is on drugs. With the recent doping charges in our sport, I want it to be known that are still a lot of hard working people out there – people who go through things like what I’m going through right now just to get back out on the track, and be able to race and do what they love.
I’m a clean athlete, and my life has completely changed from last year to this year. Last year, I was ranked fourth in the world and running all over the globe, having a pretty good season except for not making the Olympic team. This year, I ran in three meets and had … Read More »
Like a lot of female athletes, I grew up watching Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She was and remains an icon to me.
Now I am also lucky enough to call her a friend and mentor.
When I was younger, I read Jackie’s book, and I remember her coming to Seattle for a clinic about asthma, a condition she has prospered through. I remember all of us being at the Garfield Community Center, and running around following Jackie’s every move, listening to what she was saying. That was a big deal. THE Jackie Joyner-Kersee was in our town.
After seeing her that initial time when I was a kid, I saw her as my career went on — at appearances and things like that — but never really got the chance to talk with her. It wasn’t until after I started training with Bobby that … Read More »
Growing up in Seattle, I was surrounded by great athletes. But there are a few that have stuck out above the rest this spring.
I’ve known both Nate Robinson of the Bulls and Jamal Crawford of the Clippers a long time and I’ve enjoyed watching both of them in the NBA playoffs. I’ve watched pretty much all of Nate’s games and all of Jamal’s games. I’m a real fan of the sport and used to play myself for years. I’m a fan of athleticism and I just think it’s incredible watching people that you’ve seen grow up pursue their dreams.
Nate and I started running track together when we were like eight years old. From then on, every summer we ran track together all the way up until we went to high school and we went to the same high school as … Read More »