Sunday, April 5, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Every athlete has an inner voice. This voice speaks to them when they are in pain, when they are at the point of exhaustion, but can see that finish line in eyes view. This inner voice, hopefully, is filled with pride. This voice appears demanding in yourself excellence, and tries to push away from failure at all costs. Failure is a driving force for any athlete. No athlete wants to have the feeling of failure, but it is bound to occur at some point in their career. Don't let it break you, use it to push your body harder then it went before. Use this feeling to strive you to never let it happen again. I have failed, and it put me down for awhile, placing my self esteem very low. It left me terrified to fail again. I have learned to make it do the opposite affect on me now. If I have a bad race or workout, I have to use that to get me fired up, and run my next race smarter,and faster. With this fear I know now how to let it give me an urge to go and push away any thoughts of giving up when I hit that barrier of pain.
The inner voice knows the difference between training and exercise. Only a select few have the heart and desire to train unconditionaly, pushing past their barriers each time they set out on that field, track or court. I have learned to listen to this inner voice, and let it push me to my limits, gaining character and courage, letting me never feel like I have failed myself again. Each day I lace up my running shoes and I think of how lucky I am to have this ability, to have my health. I look forward to dress myself with pride once again, as I will spike up and support my team mates. Knowing that I am representing the name on the front of my shirt, Lancer, not a name on the back.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Day two started brought us ahead in the standings, as we captured 11 medals over both teams. Some incredable performances by many, but some that really stood out where made by second year Lancer, Noelle Montcalm. After capturing the 300m silver medal, just a few minutes later she grabbed the silver medal also, for the 60 m hurdles with the time of 8.57. Another amazing performance was done by Raeleen Hunter, going into the 1000 meters ranked #10 in Canada, she came through the finish line #2 in Canada, with the amazing time of 2.50.04.
For men's side, Jamie Adjetey-Nelson continued his strike as he captured the silver in both Long jump and high jump. Jump coach Brett Lumely was proud, as five Windsor men took the top stops in teh long jump competition. Ben Warnock snatched gold with the jump of 7.19, followed by Jamie and Brayan Patten taking the silver and bronze medals both with jumps of 7.14m. Teamates Derek Watkins and Anthony Dandie took the forth and fifth positions. Derek Watkins also captured the Gold medal in the high jump competition that same day.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I crave a runner's symphony: the whispered breeze a quick sprint brings, the gravel or leaves crunching beneath my feet, the mild air brushing up against my face. I define lines as as my distance markers: lane lines, start lines, finish lines, the lines of roads and side walks, the line of the horizon ahead. I confront these unforgiving hills with force, and I embrace that inevitable exhaustion that proceeds. And before I outrun either time or opponent I remember that sometimes running smart supersedes running hard. I make my own path: the path to my limits, to my goals, to my line. A path to one more hill, one more mile, one second faster. When I reach the end of my path, I know that I gave my all today; pushing to my limits which will make me a stronger, faster, quicker runner. This pain builds character, and this character is what will get me through the race.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
1 pound lean ground turkey or beef (at least 90 percent lean)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted green olives (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Combine the turkey or beef, olives, parsley, cumin, and pepper in a mixing bowl and mix until well incorporated. Shape into 4 burgers.
Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat over a medium-high heat or prepare an outdoor grill. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
Serving suggestion: Serve on whole-wheat buns, garnished with slices of tomato and lettuce, with ketchup and mustard on the side.
Calories 145; Total Fat 4 g; (Sat Fat 0 g, Mono Fat 1.5 g, Poly Fat 0.5 g) ; Protein 28 g; Carb 1.5 g; Fiber 0 g; Cholesterol 45 mg; Sodium 305 mg
Excellent source of: Protein, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K, Manganese, Selenium, Zinc
Good source of: Fiber, Iron
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Then came the Boot, I'm sure many of you saw me hobbling around campus on this space boot contraption. Though it looked as if I transforming into the next girl version of Optimus Prime, it was a lot easier to get around. This took some stress off me and I was then able to start doing pool workouts everyday. Slowly, I mean verry slowly, I was able to transfer to the bike, then to the elyptical, and finally, where I am today, two tempo workouts on the track a week, and milleage on the elyptical, bike and occasional runs outside. Though its not exactly perfect, I am finally at the stage where I see hope in racing this summer.
To get through the first bit of emotinal struggling, which I feel takes the biggest tole on an injured athlete, I turned to people I love to make me feel happy. Without them realizing, I reached to them simply just for laughter and fun, which took my mind off of the injury. At this time, I knew I could do nothing more for my ankle, but let it rest. To get me through endless, boring as hell, workouts in the pool, I kept the thoughts of what it would feel like to begin running again, and what it would feel like to get back into it without any fitness at all. This inspired me to stay dedicated to those workouts because that was the only thing close to running I had, and I knew that that was the only thing I had to make me a better athlete. What pulls any athlete through times like these is their love for the sport. The fact that I know I want to be stronger and faster, kept me going . Knowing I was not ready to put down my spikes quite yet, I was not willing to give up on my goals and dreams as an athlete. To compete as a Windsor Lancer once again, will make my university career feel complete. When I stand up on that start line, I not only want to win for myself, but for my team, for my fellow Lancers. There is a feeling of pride being part of such a close knit team.Iif one day you feel like you can not give your best for yourself, you feel the need to for your team. Being a Windsor Lancer once again, and wearing my blue and gold while crossing that finish line, is one of the biggest inspirations for me. I want to do this with all I have, no regrets. That's why I'll keep running.
Some songs that push me through workouts:
- Rage Against the Machine-Renegades of Funk
- " " " " -Calling in the name of
- Alexisonfire-Boiled Frogs
- Matthew Good Band-Push Till it Hurts
- Arcade Fire-Wake Up
- Kanye West-Stronger
- Fort Minor-Remeber the Name
- OutKast-Bombs over Baghdad
Saturday, February 21, 2009
One of my favourite meals is chicken stirfry. It is really easy to make, and is quit tastey...well in my opinion. I do not eat a lot of red meat so for protein I enjoy turkey, fish, and chicken meals of all sorts. They are all very lean meats that are very good for you, and supply you with the protein that is much needed in your diet each day. Your body makes protien from 10 different building blocks called amino acid. However, nine of these are made from food such as chicken, fish or beef etc. Foods from aminals of course provide complete protein, however, for any vegetarians out there, there are many substitutes that supply you with you daily dosage of protien as well. http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/teennutrition.htm This website supplies vegetarians with information about getting teh right prtien intake form other sources such as beans and other good tips on being a healthy vegetarian.
Here is a easy Chicken stirfry recipe for you all to try!
2 teaspoons peanut oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into strips
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup minced green onions
Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the carrots and celery and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 5 more minutes.
In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into the orange juice. Mix in the soy sauce, honey and ginger. Add this sauce to the wok and cook over medium heat until thickened. Top with the cashews and green onions.
Chicken Honey Nut Stir Fry
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7.9g
Total Carbs: 13g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2g
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Ingredients: 2 1/4cups of water
1 cup of regular oats
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of brown sugar or honey
1/2 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
milk to preference
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
Friday, January 16, 2009
Last October I broke my ankle and this took from me something a love very much. This love is to RUN. Running for me is fulfilling; to feel that good pain, to push myself further then the previuos run and to reach a goal I create for myself and yes to feel that "runners high". Without this huge part of my life I felt an emptiness which did cause for sadness. To fill this hole, I found other activities that could keep me occupied and fit. I began to pool run. I know it sounds silly, but it is the next best thing to running on the ground...and yes it is just as tiring, maybe more. I struggled to stay motivated and I am still struggling, but when you love something this much, you will commit to it no matter what.
I realize that things could be much worse for myself, and getting injured made me appreciate my sport fully. I have a healthy family and freinds and this means much more then a silly broken foot that I had created to be so devastating at first. I am semi healed now and am taking the training process in strides. My first run back felt exilerating, and I had a huge smile on my face the whole time a am sure.