American Middle-Distance Runner
Feeling confident is my “superstition” and I make sure to find that confidence through braids before taking on any big challenge in life.
I was not one of those kids who grew up saying "I want to be an Olympic athlete." I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up and didn't spend much time stressing out about it. I loved to dance, (tap, jazz, ballet, pointe) but had no interest in competition. Trying out for parts in musicals was out of the question; the fear of rejection was too great. Eventually I started playing soccer, but mainly for the team aspect, we were not competitive at all. It wasn't until freshman year of high school that I eventually succumbed to running as a sport. I did cross country in the fall to get in shape for soccer, but I was too afraid of soccer tryouts in the spring and track was no cut, so I just chose track. Even then, I wished I could just practice and not have to ever actually race. My dad was my coach in high school and although he saw potential in me to be a good runner, he never put pressure on me to perform. When I panicked, he was calm. When I beat myself up over a bad workout, he put everything in perspective. It wasn't until later that I realized how important a good high school coach is! He got me hooked on running without burning me out.
I never dreamed of running in college. By my senior year of high school I was missing 20-30 days of school a semester to travel the country and the world as a model for Wilhelmina Models. I planned to graduate and move to New York to pursue a career as a model. I was having a lot of fun going to new places, meeting new people, and playing dress up in someone else's clothes. It wasn't until the winter of my senior year that I had to call my modeling agency and let them know I had decided to travel a different path. Coach Harvey at Florida State stole my heart and I wanted to accept a full ride scholarship to run for her and be a Seminole. To this day I am sure this was the best decision I have made in my life.
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