Social Media Outlook

Social Media Outlook This past week I was told by someone close to me that I should watch what I say on my social media outlets. It drove me to really rethink the idea of reputations. Back in college I took a class that was based on learning media theory and how companies applied it to marketing and PR. My final project was on Nike, one of the best companies at handling PR problems when it comes to their athletes.

As all of my lessons came back to my mind I asked myself if I was really giving off the “wrong” image to the public. Was I showing that I could be professional but with flaws? Then I talked to my best friend and she did what only best friends can do. She made me realize that I need to be myself. Yes, I’m a professional and want to be viewed as someone who takes my craft, my passions, and business seriously, but hey guess what? I’m also me.

I’ve always been one to express myself, either joking or serious. If companies look at me differently without getting to know who I am, what I truly want in my career and that I’m a total goof ball at times, then maybe that company isn’t for me. I’m all about not changing who you are to fit in, and any company that chooses to work with me can be rest assured that they are getting the truest, most authentic version of me.


Right Foot Forward & Chasing Standards

At the end of my 2013 season I vowed that I wouldn’t get caught up in the game of chasing standard times again. This I thought would come easy, as I floated back into the idea of just having fun and running. The 2014 season didn’t start with indoor like last last year, there was no pressure of trying to make it to a national meet and I was just trying to get healthy. For me it’s hard to accept when I am not hitting goals that I hit the year prior, but this time around I was more frustrated with the fact that I was still dealing with a nagging foot injury.

Stress fracture? While that’s what we thought it was back in early Fall. I was in a boot and didn’t start running again until December. After x-rays and not finding anything, we took it as an okay and I started slowly getting back into the grove. When it came to get ready to board a plane to Washington for my 1st indoor meet, I had to cancel my flight. Then again cancel another flight at the start of February.

I was frustrated, emotionally ripped to pieces and just went to a podiatrist to get another look at my foot. My right foot has two bone spurs, my left has one. We went into overdrive to find ways to reduce pain and get through my workouts. I felt like I was back in college dealing with pains that just wouldn’t go away. So we picked training up again, but I had already missed a ton of base and March races were around the corner. What better way to see where you are then to jump in a race. Stanford came and 2:08.08 didn’t look good on paper but it sure did sound good to me after not getting any amount of real training in.

The rest of the season became race after race, and a ton of 2:07s. I was frustrated because my foot speed seemed to be there with the workouts I was doing, but I was lacking the fitness I needed to run “the standard”. That’s where I needed to pull back, say forget what the standard is, forget what others are running and just run. A week of a Sunday race, two hard workouts and picking up a race that same Saturday led to a 2:05.26. That’s it, that’s all I had, and honestly I should have just been happy.

USA’s came and of course I didn’t believe I would make it. With a 2:04.00 standard and a ton of women running faster that were already guaranteed in gave me no faith. After giving up, I still checked to see who had finally declared and by my name it said accepted. WHAT!! I didn’t know what to do but try to gather myself up, pick up my mentally and emotionally broken body and get in my last couple of workouts. Nothing to lose, just go run, I thought to myself. That first day of  prelims I was for once not nervous and it felt different. Words from my coach reassured me that things were in my control and I was fine. I stepped on the track ready to give it my all, run to the best of what I had and to execute to the best of what my fitness was that day. 2:05.51 posted on the screen, I knew I wasn’t going to make the Semi-finals with that and I was okay with it. I made it to nationals and I was just blessed to have the opportunity to be back on the stage.

This summer what’s in the plan? Train, be happy, and chase “my standards”. You can only beat who you were the year prior and that’s my main focus again. No more back thought of what others are doing, what others are running and what I need to do to get to them. I’m going back to the basics, training for a fall cross – country season and becoming prepared to rock a long consistent stretch of great training.  I will be writing a lot more this summer to keep you updated. Next post will be a sneak peek into my “Project Get Strong”.

Be blessed and enjoy your summer to the fullest. Make the best of you and don’t worry about what others are doing. You are your biggest competitor.

Importance of a Support System

I cant explain sometimes how much I love the support that I get from people. Some I feel give me support even when I feel like I don’t even deserve it.

This past year and a half has been a roller coaster of emotions, physical set backs and mental blocks, but for some reason I have a group of people in my corner that care about my dreams and goals when I can’t find the strength to. Now my family has supported me from day one and without them there’s many things I wouldn’t have got to experience. I thank them everyday for the help they give and the support they show. The people who are apart of my inner circle, some of them from high school and some from this past year and a half, are the ones that still amaze me everyday.

When trying to make running your full time job you can’t do it alone. There are so many people behind the scenes helping you along your journey. I wanted to write this to thank all those who have reached out, went out of their way, and spent hours on end to help me achieve my goals. As my support team they only care about me running well and pursing my dreams.

This past weekend I was supposed to compete at the UW Invitational in Seattle. Unfortunately I’ve had some problems come up with an old injury. Me and my coach decided to cut my indoor season and just get healthy. With this whole situation, I’ve been frustrated, upset and just trying to deal with things they best way I can. Words from my support team have helped me look at the positive, find the right ways to deal with things and also plan for an outstanding outdoor season.

The importance of having these people in my life at this moment is crucial. Each person has taught me something in their own way, or made me believe that anything is possible. Having people in your corner that see potential in you, and see your passion for something can’t be bought. The drive I get to keep going, to never give up, to focus on the main goal, not only comes from me. It comes from every person who has plugged into me and those who are still there for me now.

I always say that it’s not fair to share names of those who help, because each and every person who has ever helped me along my journey has been vital. These people I am naming now are my inner circle, my continued support system and they deserve credit for helping and pushing me every step of the way. So I want to thank the Monk Family, the Pence Family, the Nathan-Funk Family, the Navasca Family, the Costales Family, Latoya James, Adam Smith, Neil Williams, Fleet Feet Sports of Vacaville, my Sponsor Sacramento Running Association (SRA), and ALL of my Family members.

Creative Freedom

I’ve always struggled with expressing my whole self to people. I guess you can say I just didn’t want to be judged or pitied. The hardest thing for me these last couple of years has been finding how much of myself do I give when it comes to being social but also private. Having a media and production degree makes it easy to understand media and why certain things are portrayed the ways they are. But for me I’ve never thought about putting myself out there via social media, video or blog like others have, until now.

I’m happy to say that I’ve come to terms with a lot that has happened to me in my past and how it’s made me grow as a person. I have a lot to give and want others to see me for me, and not for the person I’ve portrayed myself as. This year I’ve vowed that I’m going to take the leap and start recording my life. I’m happy that I have the creative freedom to take this leap and make the most of it. I know that it’s not going to be easy, that some days I’m not going to want the camera in my face, and some days are going to be hard for me to get my emotions out. However, this is going to help me let a lot off my chest, show others that lows don’t last forever, and it’s perfectly normal not to be normal.

I understand that a lot of celebrities, and athletes are viewed as role models. A role model is something I’ve never looked at myself as until one of my athletes pointed it out to me this past fall. Role model or not I want people to look at me and see that anything is possible no matter where you come from or where you’ve been. I’m excited for you all to join me on this journey this year. I will be capturing my moments of my first track meet this coming weekend. If you have not subscribed to my YouTube make sure you do to keep up to date when I post a new video. Have a great week and remember to be as creative and spontaneous as you can this year. Step out your comfort zone and explore yourself in a deeper way!