Seemingly Neverendless

Seemingly Neverendless

I figured the title was more than appropriate for the past four months of my life. The seemingly neverendless setbacks were at times more than I could bare by myself.. This blog is much needed, especially for the time since I have last posted. Dating by in January, things were swimmingly. My boot just came off, my cast was removed and things were heading in the correct direction. Then, things began to topple. To keep a possibly super long story relatively short, there were a lot of injuries. Foot tendon problem, tendonitis in posterior tibial tendon, achilles tendonitis, hamstring strain, calf strain, achilles tendonitis, soleus issure and now possible nerve problems. To skip over all of that garbage, which I don't feel like blogging about, I'll speak on the present and future. Throughout these ups and downs, I have had a lot of motivation. Big East was this weekend and we had some solid performances. Seeing those and seeing individuals who I beat in cross country thriving in success makes me just that much more motivated. I know what I am capable when healthy, but there has never been a chance for me to do these things in track. Broken feet and nagging injures have sidelined me every track season. As I tell people, I did get the tattoo with an "XC" on the side of my leg, not an oval track. Cross country is something I am really looking forward to. Even though that is easily my favorite time of the year, I am currently looking forward to running an hour a day. After that accomplishment, I plan on getting to 4 doubles a week. By then, I should be stroking out 100+ mile weeks. If that does occur as planned (which unfortuantely, nothing has gone to plan the past four months), I will get down to 125lbs. This upcoming cross season is going to be absolutely incredible. The team has such a great opportunity for success and tip top success at that. Podium is certainly in reach and to me, there is no limit. Pat has already been AA. Tits has been AA. With that being said, Weeks and I have beaten both of them before. There are four guys who should be AA. With a plethora of people who can fit into that 5-7 spots, we can be so good. I am really looking forward to summer training, seeing individuals develop and getting back into the swing of things. Cross country is going to be so much fun. Aside from the obvious excitement towards summer training and cross season, friendships seem to be guiding me back into running. I have been avoiding certain people that I think may drag me down and then meeting new people. This combination, along with connecting to good friends, is allowing me to live a happier life. Ultimately, this happy life (as silly as that may sound) is guiding me back into things. Unfortantely, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is now over until the fall, but we are going to continue putting God first in our lives. One tidbit that I really picked up on and am trying to instill into my life is "JOY". This is not the simplistic idea of happiness, but rather living by this can give you happiness. JOY stands for Jesus, Others, Yourself. You put Jesus first in your life, otheres second and finally yourself third. By doing this, I think I can get a better grasp on my surroundings and truly appreciate things more. I feel blessed to be where I am and I know that God has put this path before me. If I were to turn around or give up, I can only be ashamed as I would be a quitter. No matter how rocky a path, always continue foward. We are going to be doing huge things this upcoming cross country season - it is going to be an absolute pleasure taking part in it. That's all for now!

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Bowerman Awards Photo Gallery

Johanna Gretschel 2017 Bowerman Award finalists

Last night, the USTFCCCA named Raevyn Rogers of the University of Oregon and Christian Coleman of the University of Tennessee as the 2017 Bowerman Award Winners. Rogers, the NCAA record holder for 800m, is the third women's winner from Oregon, and Coleman, the NCAA 60m and 100m record holder, is the first-ever winner for the Volunteers. Check out the photo gallery from the evening in Phoenix, Arizona below; watch interviews and highlights from the event here.

Christian Coleman Wins The 2017 Bowerman Award

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Tennessee’s Christian Coleman has been named The Bowerman award winner for the 2017 NCAA season.

Raevyn Rogers Wins The 2017 Bowerman Award

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Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers has been named The Bowerman award winner for the 2017 NCAA season.

NXN Champ Katelyn Tuohy To Attempt H.S. 5K Record LIVE on FloTrack

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Nike Cross National champion Katelyn Tuohy has just one more 5K on her schedule, and that one will be the fastest of them all. On Saturday, January 20, LIVE ON FLOTRACK, she will toe the line at the VA Showcase in a special section of the 5K with the sole purpose of taking down Brie Oakley's 15:55 national record. 

Ruby Stauber To Transfer From LSU To Oregon

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After a standout freshman season with LSU, Ruby Stauber will take her talents to the Pacific Northwest to compete for the University of Oregon. A since-deleted tweet from the Wayzata High School girls cross country account first made the announcement, and FloTrack later confirmed it with Stauber.

'Just Wait,' Fred Kerley Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Raevyn Rogers Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Christian Coleman Could Win The Bowerman Award

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

Who's No. 1? FloTrack Tackles The Katelyn Tuohy vs Claudia Lane Debate

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If you've paid the slightest modicum of attention to high school girls cross country this season, you know the names Katelyn Tuohy and Claudia Lane. 

2017 Bowerman Blind Resume Test

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The Bowerman Award Ceremony will be LIVE on FloTrack this Friday, December 15, at 9 PM ET.