Life Changes

After being told by several people to consider blogging, I’ve finally decided to start. What really encouraged me to go through with it was my visit back to Notre Dame this past weekend. Everyone was asking me what I’d been up to the past few month, and it was pretty repetitive having to update people on why I had such a lackluster summer track season. I’ll save that story for my next blog post.

To start, I want to fill everyone in on my current situation. At the beginning of August, I made the decision to move to Guelph, Ontario and join the Speed River track club. I considered a few different training groups in Canada and the US, but in the end, Guelph was the most logical choice. I have great training partners here, it’s only 90 minutes from my parents house, and I had already developed a positive relationship with coach Dave Scott-Thomas. On top of that, the group has a strong connection with New Balance, and the city of Guelph has a growing running community with an awesome trail system.

I had such an amazing five years at Notre Dame, and loved how close the team was there. We’d spend hours together at the dining hall, in the locker room, and hanging out in the dorms. I knew that wherever I ended up this year, I’d have to find a group that’s similar to what I’ve become accustomed to. What set Guelph apart from any other group is the way that the collegiates and post-collegiates all work out together. Being around the University guys a couple times a week has really helped with the transition to post-collegiate life. Working out with them has also been incredibly humbling and inspirational, and I get to see first hand why this team has won so many CIS titles in a row.

I’m living with Reid Coolsaet and Taylor Milne. Both are Olympians in the marathon and the 1500/steeplechase respectively. I won’t lie- I feel so unaccomplished living with these guys. They’ve each participated at every level of the sport, and it’s been a big learning experience living here. They’ve made me realize how little I know about the sport, and it’s inspiring seeing their work ethic on a daily basis.

Currently, I’m still trying to get healthy and get back to consistent training. We had a few meets penciled into the calendar for the fall, but the main priority is to get all the injury issues behind me first. 2015’s a big year in track & field, and I’ve got lofty goals set for myself. It seems like so long since my last good race, and it’s hard for me to envision the next one when it still hurts to put one foot in front of the other. Nonetheless, I’ve gotta try and be positive and trust the system and plan that my new coach has for me.

I’ll finish my first blog post with a quote from one of my favorite comedies. I watched it the other day and found this part applicable to my last few months. :

“Anyway, he uh… he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, ’cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn’t learn a thing.”- Steve Carrell, Little Miss Sunshine.


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