Hi guys! Just wanted to stop by and drop a few words for you all since I have been getting a lot of inquiries about my presence at the Games.
As you know from my post at the beginning of the year, it’s been tough the past few years. Mentally and physically. Between injuries and just overall stress about those injuries, my enthusiasm about the sport dwindled a bit. But I kept pushing, even after having my child, and I was definitely where I wanted to be to make my comeback; to happiness in the sport, and to the the top of the podium. However, as the season progressed, I found myself wanting to be around my child more than I wanted to travel and be away from him. I have always said that when I had a child, I wanted to give him/her everything that I never had. I wanted to be there night and day if possible, and for every holiday/major milestone in their lives. So after having to sacrifice my first Mother’s Day, his dad’s birthday AND first Father’s Day, I just could not bring myself to miss Prince’s first birthday… which fell of the day of the first round of the 200 at the Olympic trials.
It was a tough decision to make, but I am a veteran in the sport and I know what it takes to make an Olympic team. I knew that I was not in that form yet, and it didn’t make much sense to go out there and come away with just a season’s best or a good track meet. I was blessed to compete in the 2008 & 2012 Olympic trials, and from those experiences, I know that you go to the Olympic trials to make the team, not come away with just a season’s best or a good meet. So again, I made the decision to stay back with my family so that we could celebrate with our son, with all of his relatives. I have since then made the decision to be a full-time mother and student.
Your support over the years have been tremendous. Through the ups and the downs, I have seen nothing but love from you guys. To actually see people asking for my presence at the games and saying they wish I was there means so much. It’s rare to have true support in this sport, so I never pass up the opportunity to show the ones who have always been there, that I am forever grateful for your love. It means a lot. There were times I focused more on the hate I received, that mostly came from people I grew up with in the sport; rather than the overflow of love I continually receive from people like you.
From the Jr. Olympics & State championships to World Youths/Jrs, Texas, Sr. World and the Olympic Games, I have enjoyed the ride and I have seen places I never could have dreamed of. All in the name of running.
From my coaches to my support system who never wavered, I want to say thank you! I don’t feel as though I have nearly said it enough. I believe I’ve spent so much time focusing on all of the negatives that I neglected the fact that I have always have everything & everyone that I need.
With that being said, I will still be around this great sport, but just in the stands now! There are other goals that I would like to accomplish and this seems like the best time to do those things, to make sure my son has that future I have always envisioned for him.
I am in the midst of working with kids (and adults alike) who want to train for their sport or just want to do elite training sessions with me. So if you are in the Texas area, don’t hesitate to inquire! I’ve always wanted to give back and share what I have learned and experienced with those who would either like to compete/coach on this level someday, or those who simply want to train with a professional athlete!
Again, thank you so much for your support of more than 10 years! I will never go a day without feeling blessed and being happy to have had a career and experiences that I did not know I would see!