Tag: Bobby Kersee
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 »
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 »
I’ve been back on the track for about a month now, and it feels like I never left. We started training in early December, and after a few weeks, I feel like I’m right where I need to be, and I’m building a great base.
I’m honestly doing a little better than I thought I was going to do. The first two weeks of training are just so grueling you almost feel like you’ve never run track before, after sitting for the offseason and trying to get back into the groove of it. It’s hard to get back into that routine of going hard, and tiring your body out every day. But after a week or two, you fall right back into place. That doesn’t mean the workouts get any easier, though.
I’ve made a few changes in my training going into … Read More »
I’m coming off one of the most successful track seasons of my career. Pushing aside what happened at Trials, it was a pretty good year for me.
When I missed out on the Olympics, I never would have imagined the rest of my season going as well as it did. In those first few days after Trials, I was questioning whether I would ever be successful at this. It was in that next race I ran in Paris on July 6th that things clicked and it was different. I ran a season’s best that day, a 12.59. It was my best time since 2007.
It wasn’t the fastest time, but at that moment, given where I had been emotionally those few days before, I was so appreciative of it. Even though I didn’t win that race, it was probably my best meet … Read More »
Shawn and I have been spending some time watching the Olympics, but it’s tough. He didn’t really realize how disappointing it was going to be until the opening ceremonies came on. He started feeling a little down watching that.
I didn’t watch the opening ceremonies at all, I just saw people tweeting about it. But if it’s something that upsets you, you have to just turn it off and that’s what we did. I got over it though and caught up on some stuff last week.
Since track and field started, I’ve been watching a lot more. I don’t think I could stay away if I tried. I don’t want to be a sore loser. But I think I speak for everybody who isn’t there when I say you can’t help but have a bit of bitterness to you. We were all … Read More »
Ginnie Crawford is one step away from qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
GC took second in her heat during the semi-finals of the 100-meter hurdles to qualify automatically to compete in the 100mH final later tonight in TrackTown. Her time of 12.78 in the semi-final was six best among 21 ladies competing in three heats.
Dawn Harper, who trains with Ginnie under coach Bobby Kersee posted the fastest semi-final time at 12.65. GC’s fastest time of the year is just one-hundreth off that lead time, a 12.66 which she ran twice during a tour of the Caribbean last month.
Among others competing for a spot in the Olympics during tonight’s final will be another of Ginnie’s training partners Michelle Perry, Lolo Jones, and Kellie Wells, the 2011 U.S. Outdoor Champion in the event. Only the Top 3 ladies across the line … Read More »
I’m getting ready for the U.S. Olympic Trials here in a few days. It’s an exciting time.
Whenever I run an individual race, all I’m thinking about is that race, and what I’m trying to work on at that time. When I’m in a race, I’m in that moment. I’m ready to go, and I know that I have to make this race a good one and execute properly to come out with a good time. My mindset is to live in the moment and take that moment in, but once it’s gone, I’m ready to get back to work on fixing things or racing again.
My long-term goal is to compete in the Olympics and win gold there, but that’s still too far ahead to think about before each race. It does help me when I’m training and doing day-to-day workouts, … Read More »