On September 4th 2016, I made the tough decision to leave Wichita, Kansas for Greenville, South Carolina. I had spent five years in Wichita as an athlete and Graduate assistant so leaving what had essentially become my home for the last five years was no easy decision. On the other hand, I had a lot of important people that believed in me and wanted me to chase my dreams in becoming the best possible athlete I could be. Therefore, making the move to Greenville and joining Furman Elite was definitively the right move for me. I did notice straight away that I was going to be spoiled in Greenville compared to Wichita due to some great weather. There is literally no wind in Greenville and 25mph winds is the norm in Wichita!
The first few weeks in Furman Elite was made up of a lot of firsts. I learned that the community of Greenville was very invested in running which is probably helped by some awesome Furman University cross country programs, the swamp rabbit trails that run for miles into downtown, and some Elite track clubs in the area. DEXA scans, blood tests, hurdle mobility, plyometrics, pool routine, long runs at DuPont State Forest, and training at altitude were some of many new things we had to get use to. The team and I also got to help out at both of Furman Universities home cross country meets which was a great and fun way to meet both the men and women’s teams.
Now that 2017 is here, I am excited to finally race consistently. I opened up my season on January 21st with a 4.01.86 mile which is the fastest I have ever opened up. Who knows, maybe Coach Gary will stop saying I’ve the biggest thighs on the running circuit now! On a serious note though, I would definitely contribute my best opener ever to having incredible training partners at Furman Elite and training for a month in Flagstaff, Arizona. I am currently training through this week before pacing the men’s 3k at the JDL Fast Track meet on February 4th, and then I will race a 3k in Boston were I hope to achieve the standard for the European Indoor Championships. Exciting times are ahead for sure.
** I just want to say a huge thank you to all the support we receive from Asics, boosters, Performance Therapy, and Mike Shride. Without you guys, none of us would be able to do what we do and love.