Oct. 13, 2009
This week our main focus was the Furman Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina. Fortunately, our trip ran much smoother than our precious trip to Minnesota. After doing a run through of the course, we attended a dinner at Furman University's campus. The featured speaker was Joanna Hayes, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100-meter hurdles. She "kept it real" by being honest with us and sharing her story. I believe that we all can learn from other people's experiences and realize that we all have trials to overcome. It is our attitude towards those trials that determines the finish line.
Upon our arrival to the race the next morning, we were a little puzzled about where to park. Luckily, our bus driver grabbed his bike from underneath the bus and scouted out the best place to park. Being back in my home state was exciting and rejuvenating. It was nice to see the familiar faces of my family, friends, high school teammates and coaches. As the race approached, I began to get a little nervous, but I remembered that there was no way I could run a race with a boot on my foot. Unfortunately, I found out earlier in the week that I have a stress fracture and will be out for a short period of time.
I am not used to being a fan, but watching my teammates race gave me a new apperception of their work ethic. As I watched the race, I was happy to see that UAB had a good pack up front which resulted in a second-place finish. When I returned to the tarp after cheering for my high school teammates, I learned of some upsetting news. Our team would not be receiving a race t-shirt because we were not a South Carolina team. I began to wonder where the southern hospitality had gone, but luckily we had lunch at my house to look forward to!
Furman was our last regular-season meet before conference. I fully believe we are ready to perform well at the conference meet in three weeks. The team has continued to push through barriers that have arisen, which only makes us stronger and closer as a team. I am looking forward to seeing the things that we will accomplish in the near future. As always, it is a great day to be a Blazer!