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Results... full report will come tomorrow

It's 10:30pm here and I'm in bed and exhausted... but the results from today's track meet are:

100m - 17.76 and I finished in second place. It was a very exciting race. Three of us all finished 2 hundreths of a second away from each other... so first place was 17.74 Ilana Duff from Canada, I was second with 17.76 and Francesca from Italy was 17.78.

400m - 1:00.21 and I finished in second place behind my teammate Jessie who ran a 57.35

200m - 31.27 and I finished in first place.

More to come tomorrow!

Willkommen!

Willkommen in der Switzerland! I arrived safe and sound to Switzerland, even after a 4 hour delay at Bloomington airport. Currently, I am unpacked and relaxing in my room with my teammate. We had gorgeous weather when we first arrived...and then the rain came. It looks like it's going to be a wet time here. I will try my best to keep my site posted, but just in case, the event website can be found here.

Stay tuned!

Correction: Dixie Games

3 new PRs! I ran a 17.39 in the 100m so I beat my time from a couple weeks ago by a hundredth of a second. So the official results are:
100m: 17.39
200m: 31.12
400m: 58.21

Full results can be found here.

Dixie Games, Warm Springs, GA

2 new PRs!!!!! I am excited to let you know that I ran a 31.12 in the 200m and finished 1st in all my races. I ran a 58.21 in the 400m and I'm not sure yet on my 100m time, I think it was 17.89 ish. Great meet, it was hot and humid. Now I am gearing up for the loooong drive back to IL tomorrow and then headed to Switzerland on Wednesday for two track meets.

More to follow later...

Bloomsday 12K, Spokane, WA

Bloomsday! What a great event! I totally love going to this race, the entire city is so enthusiastic about the event and people come from all over. One of the other neat things about this race is that to get your race day t-shirt you have to earn it, ie. you have to finish. It's one of the trademarks of this race. Good news: I got my t-shirt!

The race:

Desert Challenge Games (cont.)

Well I don't have much more to report about the Desert Challenge Games other than that I was very pleased with my performance. I felt I went into the race in the right place mentally and things came together exactly as I had hoped. I was stoked that my two PRs came after a full day of sitting outside in the 96 degree weather. I was well hydrated and it sure paid off. I'm looking forward to trials in June in a matter of weeks now.

Desert Challenge

I am not sure how many "die-hard" blog readers I have yet... but for those of you who just cannot wait for the full report... Desert Challenge was a spectacular meet for me. It was H-O-T, but even in that AZ heat, I managed to come away with two PR's (personal records) and very respectable times for all my other events too. I was very pleased with my performance. Our races were combined, meaning I ran with people in my division (T53) and people in the division above mine (T54). I finished second in all of my races, first in my classification. My times were...

Power of Thinking

It is amazing to me how much the power of thought can influence your actions. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing. It is something, as an athlete, that we all KNOW exists, but it is another thing to experience it. Let me share a story...

Blood, Sweat & Tears

That title seemed appropriate for my most recent trip to Georgia. It all started off with a track meet, Champions Meet. It was the first track meet of the season, I was coming off of a strong week of training and was really looking forward to the meet. Things did not go quite as I had hoped, my times were off and I had hoped to fare better. But, I've got other track meets to get some good times at. Challenging meets always help to keep you in check and to remember that you still have work to do. I was happy with my 200m time, it was 32.55.

Spring Break Training

I spent spring break here in Champaign training with my teammates. It was so nice to finally be able to train outside again. Everything seemed to be in place last week, my arms felt good & training was excellent. I always love those training days when everything just seems to be working. It's a hard feeling to describe, but as an athlete you know it when it happens. Everything just sort of clicks.

Training and such

It's been awhile since I posted, so here's my latest update. Things have been a bit frustrating the past couple of weeks as far as my arms/injury is concerned. Things had been going well for a while, but I seem to be having some setbacks again. It really is a vicious cycle.... I get the treatment I need, I see results, I'm good for about 3 weeks and then I find myself back at square one. As you can imagine, this is frustrating. Thankfully, I have some outstanding ATCs and the ART doc that I see in town who have been great at helping to manage the situation.

Gasparilla Race!

Hello! I am writing to you from Tampa, FL. I am pleased to let you know that the race went really well. I was off on my targeted time by a bit, but since it is the first race of the season and our first time on the road in a while I am happy with the results. I finished 4th for the women. Diane Roy took first, Shirley Reilley took second and my teammate Jess Galli took third. There was over 40 wheelchair racers here, which is an excellent turn out given this is the revival of this race, it hadn't been in existence for over ten years.

Tampa here I come!!!

Hello everybody -

And Paralympian of the Year goes to.... Jessica Galli!

My apartment finally got water back! Yay for that. I am thankful to my friends Amanda and Ed who let me stay with them during that fiasco. It was so nice to get to spend some time with them. They are in the process of adopting their daughter and usually between their schedules and mine we rarely get to spend time together, so this was certainly nice to get caught up and share stories and laughs.

Training @ the Olympic Training Center

I have neglected to make a posting in a while so I thought I would update you all on what I have been up to. It has been an interesting past few months dealing with the injury that caused me to pull out of the Chicago Marathon. I have seen what seems like every doctor under the sun, there was a time when I was averaging 4 doctors appointments per week. I ended up flying down to Atlanta, GA to see a specialist at the Shepherd Center. The good news is that we think we know what is going on and I'm finally making progress on getting better.

Chicago Marathon

Today was the Chicago Marathon. I chose not to compete today. As some of you know, I have been dealing with an injury since getting back from Brazil. Because of this, my training lately has been modified and therefore it did not seem wise to tackle my first marathon. But, there is always next year! I still went up to cheer on my teammates and it was a fabulous weekend. Thanks to everybody who has been supporting me! Results for my team can be found: www.chicagomarathon.com

FINALLY...PAH!!

I’m not really a “blogger”, but some important things have happened today which I felt the need to reflect on, and decided to share. As of today, Chief Illiniwek will no longer perform at athletic events on the Urbana-Champaign campus after this season’s last men’s home basketball game in Assembly Hall on February 21. This is huge news. As a member of this University community, I felt the need to express my thoughts.