Nov. 4, 2009
The past two years as a "track girl" here at UAB, the thought of cross country sent a chill through my body. It was foreign to me! I was afraid of the pain, the distance, the sweat, the early mornings and even the mud! But the moment I realized I wanted to be a champion, it came to me that those exact characteristics listed are what creates champions! At that point I knew cross was my missing ingredient...so I dove in head first!!!
When I first met Coach Bee (Boldon) over the summer, we discussed our goals and plans for this season, but cross country was not in those plans. For a while we struggled with finding out if I would be one of his girls, or if I would continue to practice with Coach Thomas' sprint group. But they soon came to the decision to have me become one of Coach Bee's girls. From there Coach and I bonded, and before I knew it I was practicing with the UAB women's cross country team!
At first, I was not happy about the situation, especially the 6 a.m. workouts. As time passed though, I became immune to the early mornings and beating the sunrise. Weeks started to go by and I started to feel like a real cross country girl! I was running really well and hammering some of the intense workouts. I started to reach within myself and realize that, "Hey, I can do this!" Before I knew it, Coach Bee was asking me to compete at 2009 Conference USA Championships.
In all honesty, I was a little skeptical about it. I had never competed at that level for a 5K before! But I made up my mind that I had been working hard for a long time, so why not take a shot? Next thing I knew, I was at the starting line at Bear Branch Park in my hometown of Houston, Texas. I was nervous because my family and friends were there, and not only that, but my team and coaches were depending on me to step it up. So I did exactly that. I competed hard for 20 whole minutes and 15 seconds, placing 49th overall. I was impressed. We worked together as a team and did the best we could. Although things could have went better, we all can say that we learned from our mistakes and will move on.