Recognizing Women of Color on the Track
This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 2019 NCAA Track and Field meet in Austin, TX, thanks to my daughter who qualified in the 800 meter run. The best of the best, division 1 athletes, competed for a NCAA title. The men competed on days 1 and day 3, while the women competed on days 2 and 4.
On Saturday night, the meet couldn’t be anymore perfect. The heat from earlier in the day slowly cooled down and the competition heated up. As a former collegiate runner, it was really nice to be in the stands and not on the field. While waiting for the 800 meters to start, I was watching the triple jumpers. I was amazed at their strength, focus and drive. These young ladies were confident and jumping their hearts out! Let me tell you, the strength of a woman is an amazing thing to watch.
It wasn’t until the final few jumps and the women’s 100 meter dash that I started to focus on the spectrum of black women participating in every event. It sent chills, good chills, up and down my spine. So many different hairstyles, complexions, heights, shapes and everything in between, we were there…breaking records and making track and field history! Yes, I had a #blackgirlmagic spiritual moment and it was amazing! I was so proud.
I honestly can not think of any other sport that creates that kind of emotion in me. Yes, there is Serena Williams, Dominique Dawes and Ginger Howard and so many others, but there is something about having an arena filled with black, smart, athletic and dominating young women. Track and field embodies all of that.
I love being a woman and I am extremely proud to be a black woman, a black mother. There are definitely frustrations that come along with it but you learn, “teach”, re-adjust and move on.
My daughter? She made it to the finals and came in second overall. She got her NCAA trophy and represented women and women of color, along with her competitors extremely well. I couldn’t ask for a better day! If you are a woman of color in sports or any profession, I applaud you and I will be in the stands cheering for you. There’s a lot to be done, so keep moving forward, ladies!
“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Malcolm X 1962
I started my 4 mile Fridays a few months ago while training for my last couple of duathlons. Something I needed to do to stay motivated and get out of bed (really to get out of bed). I started posting my runs every Friday on my Instagram story for my own personal accountability. The more I posted the more people supported my craziness! So, now I feel like I have to get my 4 mile Fridays in…YASSS!
Check out 10 more reasons why I love my 4 mile Fridays
1. Gets me out of bed.
2. Makes me feel like I have accomplished something other than the “norm”.
3. Fights off all the negative thoughts that swim in my head.
4. Controls my anxiety.
5. Puts steps on my watch so I can brag about it at work with co-workers I compete with (I usually win-HA!).
6. Brings incredible happiness & excitement to my soul for the entire day.
7. Reminds me of how blessed I am to get up on any given day and get those miles in and I’m STILL able to walk (not necessarily straight but I’m walking)!
8. Reminds me of how strong I am.
9. Shows my girls that daily physical activity is a MUST.
10. Gets me excited for an incredibly long HOT shower after my run (the best on a cold Friday morning)! ❤️
I am one of the lucky ones. I have a little time off before the New Year. I have to admit, I am enjoying my time off. During the first couple of days, I forgot I didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to workout. It was nice to sleep in, casually get up, head to the gym and/or run a few miles before starting my day. I immediately decided not to beat myself up if I didn’t follow a specific training plan. I have plenty of time to train in 2019. Right now, it’s all about eating a lot, maintaining a good-healthy weight and just being happy.
The first weekend before Christmas, I wanted to run 8 miles. After 5 miles, I was bored out of my mind (screaming this out loud as I type)! Yes, the “running addict” herself_the f i t n e s s freak goddess_was bored with running AND working out! Instead of beating myself up about it, I celebrated that I finished 5 miles, headed home, ate several pancakes, hung out with my girls and enjoyed the rest of my day. That run pretty much set the tone for the rest of my holiday break and it couldn’t have been any sweeter.
I have a half marathon coming up in about 10 days and I am mentally ready for it because I know I can complete it. Will there be any SeeNicRun record breaking time that day? Uh-no, I think not but what a great way to start the year off with a nice and easy 1/2 marathon! Uh-huh.
My goal for 2019? “BUILD”. I want to build a solid foundation for myself with my own talent, strength and ability_professionally and personally. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in the next few years and 2019 is going to get me there. What word describes how you see 2019? What are your goals? Share your thoughts and let’s kick 2019 in the “BOOTAH”!
What a surprise tonight! I was named the “Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018” by Koz Events and San Diego Triathlon Series. I am in shock and honored.
If you know me, you know I had a rough couple of years_personally. At the beginning of this year I decided I needed a good distraction, so I committed myself to train for AT LEAST 3 duathlons and couple of running events. I surrounded myself with other multi-sport athletes ended up doing 7 duathlons, 3 5K runs and 2 half marathons this year!
Yep, I desperately needed strength and positivity in my life and I got it. As each month flew by this year, I was getting stronger mentally and physically. I was not going to be stopped.
I want to thank all my parents, daughters and close friends for their support and motivation to keep going this year. Thank you KOZ events and the San Diego Tri Series from the bottom of my heart and "sole" for pushing this old-girl forward and making 2018 a fantastic year! So grateful.
TOMORROW is GLOBAL SPORTS BRA DAY and it's still CHILLY in San Diego! SDIT is also happening and I am a part of a TRI-RELAY team with TEAM HERevolution. Of course, I am going to be the runner in this mix and I have to say, I am nervous! Running 6 miles isn't the problem but running a good time is what I am worried about. So, I will be doing some praying, meditating and some positive thinking for tomorrow's race. What do you do when you get nervous before a race? What's funny about me being nervous, I haven't been this nervous in years...BUT...I am ready! So, bring it on SDIT relay teams! LOL!
Happy Thankful Thursday! 👋🏾
I am a proud ambassador for @momentumjewelry and this motivational wrap is dedicated and will be going to my oldest daughter! So get ready, here goes the proud mama stuff.
My girl runs for the University of Pennsylvania and is a walking brain! She’s a hard worker and can fight her way through anything.
Before she left San Diego in 2016 she was named the top female athlete and most decorated high school runner of all time in San Diego. Now she is becoming at top Ivy League runner! 😆
She has worked hard for everything and can clearly see where she is going.
One thing that we do before and after every one of her races; we discuss strategy and mindset. She still calls me today before and after every meet. If there is ONE thing I tell her before every race...”Don’t worry”, focus, run hard, have fun and learn from the experience! . . . win or no win.
If you have a young athlete in your home and “THEY” WANT to be an athlete encourage them everyday to put in the work, envision being the best and have fun! It’s not about the win, it’s about finishing, learning and feeding their soul. My girl LOVES running and learning. I am so proud to step back and witness her greatness (win or no win). She’s amazing!...I’m NOT gonna 😭 😉...I'm not crying!
PUT THE WORK IN. Listen to the coaches, learn why you are training the way you are and work hard.
LEARN. There are no mistakes in life. What happens is what happens. No one can turn back time so learn from what YOU think is a "mistake". Write it down. Practice not to do it again. MOVE ON.
HAVE FUN. The training is the hard part, the competition will be the fun part. Testing your skills, focusing on what you want and pushing through the negatives to get to the positives. This is what you worked hard for.
FEED YOUR SOUL. Sometimes you see other athletes work so hard but never get over the hump. They only do so much to get by. It's the athletes that are hungry for the win, they are hungry to feed their soul because their sport is everything. Those are the ones who succeed, whether they win or not, they are happy with who they are and how their hard work paid off.
There are times when life is challenging. I don't know which way is right or wrong. I get caught up in the moment and let my emotions take over...but when I run...when I run, things seem to fall into place mentally and everything begins to make sense.
I have been running since I was 14 or 15 years old. At first, it was for the love of track and field. I got a taste of competition, winning and glorification that I had never really had before. It wasn't until I was about 19 years old and I broke up with my first real boyfriend that running took on a whole new meaning.
The day of the breakup I was so confused, frustrated and angry I just headed out the front door, barefooted. I ran all the way to my high school track, which was right across the street and I just ran until I could not run any more! It wasn't the smartest thing I had ever done. I developed blisters to prove that but that day, running relieved me of so much pain. I was able to move on and "get over it"!
Now that I am older, running is a necessity. Like everyone else, life loves to challenge me at work, with relationships and, of course motherhood. When I don't run, it's hard to put things into perspective.
Not everyone enjoys running and I get it. There are days that I can do without it myself but for me, it's instant therapy. I can quietly think and put the pieces of my life's puzzle back in order.
Find your way of running. It could be a bike ride, a long walk or even gardening. Find something that will put things in perspective for you and stop making decisions based off of your emotions.
I am not perfect in any way. I have made a lot of mistakes but now that I am running again...consistently...I am re-teaching myself how to be myself and keep things in running perspective.
Muhammad Ali. One of the greatest athletes and activists of all time. 💥
About a month ago a good/dear friend of mine expressed to me that I have to be my own advocate. She was coaching me for a project that I desperately wanted. Even though I knew she was prepping me for this project, those words melted into my brain and I started to apply those words to my entire life. Immediately things started to change and the world around me looked a lot different.
I imagine the same holds true for Ali. He knew what he wanted, he definitely knew who he was and he had to have the COURAGE to be his on ADVOCATE. Ali paved the way for so many of us, so..
- Know what you want. ✅
- Know who you are. ✅
- Have the courage to be your own advocate.✅
- Live YOUR best life! ✅✅✅
I have these massive veins
in my hands and neck. When I am in tip top shape, they pop up along the front of my arms and legs as well. I get my crazy veins from my mother. Her hands are veiny too. I use to hate them because when I was younger_high school / college the kids would make fun of me.
Now when I look at my veins, I LOVE THEM! I appreciate my veins. They remind me of all that good blood flowing & pumping through my body!
Think of an area on your body that you don't particularly get excited about BUT if you really think about it, it could be a sign of strength. Maybe you have massive calves or broad shoulders, a wide back or a big butt. Yep, I said it! Something may look off to you but someone else, they are looking at you like your BOSS!
My Granny is BOSS! She is no longer with us but I remember her being top heavy with legs that were KIND OF skinny compared to the rest of her body and guess what, they were veiny! I NEVER heard her complain about her body or what she looked like. She would make little jokes here or there but she was very happy being Mattie! My Granny was a big ball of energy and her presence was BOLD! I would look at her and see amazement, strength and joy. She was ALWAYS happy, laughing and EVERYBODY knew her! Men LOVED HER!
My point is...today, there is so much pressure on women to look our best or look like someone we are not. From the way we dress to how we comb our hair to what we were or don't wear. The pressure is on. Many go under the knife to find perfection (and there's nothing wrong with that_I could use a boob job! LOL!), I just hope we are truly happy with who we are inside before we start changing what we think is wrong on the outside. Body shaming is real at every age and stage of our lives. Girls are falling victim and older women are being shamed FOR simply AGING! It's gotta stop and it starts with you and me.
Beating yourself up over your body image will make you crazy OR at least the people around you. Making fun of other women is down right mean and cruel. For me, I have a very small chest, skinny legs, knobby knees, lots of gray hair coming in (thank GOD for hair color) and big feet!!! I think my butt is shrinking too...but THAT'S WHAT I GOT AND THAT'S WHAT I WORK WITH! YEP. If I want to change something about my outward appearance, my motto, I better be happy on the inside first.
Remember, it doesn't matter what you look like, what color your skin, what kind of hairstyle you sport, as long as YOU are happy with yourself, it doesn't matter what others say. Make sure you are taking good care of yourself, living a healthy lifestyle and really practicing self care.If you can do those three things, you are on the right track...in fact you are PERFECT!