Running 800 meters at LSU this Friday

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My first race of 2016 happening this Friday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.



Also, blog about Winter training coming soon.




Full Circle

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The preview!

Tomorrow is our meet at Mississippi  College.
Choctaw trails is the place where it all started for me.
In seventh grade I ran my first meet at Choctaw trails for Bens Ford Christian school.
Although I hated the time that I spent there, I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to get started on on the sport I pursued through high school and college.
I was 13 in 2005 when I started my first race.
I was wearing a white t-shirt under my singlet and I’m pretty sure I had on a pair of Vans (and so did half the team).
I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
The gun went off and the whole field sprinted down the hill and into the woods.
Soon after, I began to slow down.
I was so far behind that the guy on the golf cart that was following the last person was somehow in front of me.
I caught up to another teammate that was also struggling.
We turned off at the wrong spot and ran off the course.
Coincidentally, the wrong turn led us to the last 300 meters of the finish line where our coach was standing.
He let us know that we were disqualified but it wasn’t a big deal because we weren’t going to finish it anyway.
A year later I returned to the same course and finished around 25 minutes.
Not very fast, but I finished.
Fast forward to 2015.
I’m a 22 year-old 5th year college athlete.
I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been and I’m ready to run an 8k almost as fast as I ran a 5k as an eighth grader.
Tomorrow is just another mid-season race for most teams.
For me, this race is a statement to my persistence and hard work over the last ten years.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and good luck to my teammates.
We have a fast crew and we are all different athletes compared to our early season races.
No matter what, tomorrow will be an great accomplishment.

Better late than never!

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“Started from the bottom, now the whole team here.”


IMG_1884Tech XC gets a late start to the season every year but this year we are catching up quick.
We can see real progress every week as we work towards our next race.

For now, two meets down, three (maybe four) to go.

We traveled to Denton, Texas for our season opener and the following week we ran our home course at the Tech Farm.
Both races were 4 miles.
North Texas – 22:25
Mook 4 – 22:11 (on hills one week later)
Although I am a bit disgruntled with these times, they are not too bad.
Based on the mileage I ran this summer and the work I have been putting in, I hope to run a faster pace for a longer distance as the season progresses.
Our next meet is an 8k at Mississippi College’s Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Mississippi.
Meanwhile, school and training rule the days.
It’s my last year at Tech so I plan to enjoy it while I can.
Although I am only taking 8 hours this quarter, I’m working for the Tech Talk (the University newspaper) so I have to strategically plan out my week.
Despite a busy schedule, I still have fun living the life of a college student in the “XC house.” Americans may be the minority in the house now but an American flag still flies in the front.
If there isn’t smack talking going on, Anthony is trying to sabotage my diet.
This is a short post but I plan to post pre-race on Thursday and post race on Friday or Saturday!
Stay tuned!

Updates coming soon!

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Louisiana Tech XC always gets a late start to the season because of the quarter system. 

We start in early September and don’t begin training as a team until the week before school.

Standby for more!


Meet at North Texas this weekend. 

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“5 alive this week”

-Coach Stanley

Season opener for Latech XC this weekend.
Four mile race at North Texas. 

I’m excited about the team we have this year. We have a lot of dedicated guys that are ready to drop some great times. 


Weeks 14-16: “A New Era”

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“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep, 

And miles to go before I sleep.”

-“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

Coach started sending me workouts a few weeks ago so that puts an end to summer training. 
I’m officially back in Ruston for the season and my first workout with the team is sometime this week. 

I met with Coach yesterday and we had a great talk about “A New Era” for Louisiana Tech Cross Country. 
Just to end on a good note, I want to post my last week of running (week 16).
Week 16 (August 24-30):
Monday- 12 miles AM, 4 miles PM
Tuesday-12 miles AM
Wednesday-10 miles AM, 10 miles PM
Thursday- 11 miles AM (workout), 5 miles PM
Friday- 18 miles
Saturday- 4 miles
Sunday- 6 miles AM, 8 miles PM
100 miles total
That’s right guys, 100 miles. 

Ended summer training with a positive attitude and a lot of confidence. 

My last few weeks at home were great. I managed to balance living well and training hard. 

I did a lot of things that weren’t helpful to my training but the psychological and emotional benefits were more important. 
It was a strange feeling to think about this being my last summer of training for Cross-Country. 

Although I plan to run hard for many years after, running for a team has been a huge part of my life for almost a decade. 

That being said, everything has an end. 

By the time this is over it will be time for me to move on to other things in life. 

This post was short but I’ve been getting things straight with school and moving back in to the XC house. 
More updates and stories to come!