It's been quite a long time since I posted on my blog, I feel like I've been neglecting it but I usually only update when I feel the urge. So obviously, I got the blog ITCH :)
Quick rundown of what's been going on with me..
I am in the middle of fall/winter training down here in Clemson, South Carolina. This is my first offseason that I am training with Lawrence Johnson (my coach) since the 2008 season so I am anxious and excited to see what I have to do and what comes of it when the season begins.
As of right now I will be running a couple meets during the indoor season mostly to get a gauge on how my training is going and also to give the world (and my competition) a little taste of what they have to look forward to for this 2013 outdoor season. After failing to make the 2012 Olympic team in either hurdle event this past year it really put things into perspective of how my training must go this year for me to be successful and make the World Championship team in Moscow, Russia! Though I didn't make the Oly team I ended my 2012 season on a very high note in the 100 hurdles so I'm blessed for that.
In more recent and very sad news one of my girlfriends was recently killed about 3 days ago. I understand that everyone has to die one day and that people die everyday but I have been fortunate enough to not have many people I know pass away so it definitely was a huge blow. The way that I found out about it probably made it even worse. To give a little background when I was in college and a year or so after I was in a relationship with a football player who got drafter to the KC Chiefs. Because he played there and I would go to visit him frequently I began to become acquainted with a few of the girlfriends, wives, baby mother's, etc. of other players on the team since we'd be at the games together.
So, while I was out there I got to know my girl Kas. Now if I sit here and say we're the best of friends I'd be lying because our main connection was through our men's professions but either way when you meet women who have a similar lifestyle to you and you both have to deal with the same things I think that it gives you an unspoken bond. Either way, a couple days ago I got a call from my sister saying that she wanted to make sure I was OK and make sure B (my ex-boyfriend) was alright too because she had seen something on the news about a 25 year old football player in KC that had killed his girlfriend and then went up to the facility and committed suicide. While I obviously wasn't in Kansas my sister and brother wanted to make sure that I wasn't and also that it wasn't B. Immediately I hit up my girls from KC to make sure everyone was OK and that's when I got the news that it was Kas and I automatically started crying. It really put things into perspective that you really never know what's going on in someone's head or household. I had just seen Kas about 2.5 weeks earlier in Dallas when I went to a birthday celebration for one of my other girlfriends. It was almost surreal because that CAN'T happen to someone I know, not someone who JUST had a beautiful baby and from what I knew to understand had a happy and healthy household. It was just a sad story and even worse that their child has to grow up without either of her parents living.
So, that is the end of my depressing chapter of this post. I will be heading to her funeral this weekend which I feel is necessary but I am also dreading it because I think it will really hit me that she really is gone when I see her and her family under these grave circumstances. All that I can do now is pray for the baby and be around for support to anyone who may need it.
Well, that's about all I have for today. I tweeted RIP Kas in one of my tweets a couple days ago and a lot of people wondered who I was talking about, now question answered.
Until next time!
Peace and Blessings,
Friday, May 11, 2012
I'm finally back from my 7 day trip down to the Caribbean (Saint Maarten and Grand Cayman). You would think that traveling to two tropical islands such as those that I wouldn't ever want to come home BUT after a while living out of a suitcase and sleeping in hotel beds starts to wear you down! I had such a great time both places but traveling to and from the islands wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be. First things first, I almost missed my first flight out of Charlotte because instead of going straight to the airport Kristi and I (Kristi Castlin, one of my training partners) decided that a quick trip to the mall was in order before we jet set out the country. Long story short, "someone" *cough cough* took EXTRA long in the mall so we had to RUSH to get to the airport, park, go through SECURITY and then run to our gate. Now, I'm the type of person that openly laughs at people who I see running through the airport so that day I KNOW we were the object of ridicule. I had to RUN to get to the gate and no, I'm not talking about a slow trot or jog, I'm talking about a full out sprint through Charlotte airport while our names were being called over the airport intercom saying, "Paging Harrison and Castlin, the gate is about to close". LOL!! I'm laughing just thinking about it! BUT we made the flight!
Then, on our leg from Miami to Saint Maarten, there was a huge storm over SM so after a couple scary attempts to try and land in the midst of the storm, our pilots decided that it was safer to detour to San Juan, Puerto Rico and try to wait it out. I guess the weather over there stayed really bad b/c we ended up having to spend the night in PR and leave early in the morning the next day! AND to top it off, my bag didn't make our flight from Miami soo I was stranded in only my travel gear! BUT I AIN'T COMPLAINING! lol
Of course I was down there for "business" but that didn't stop me from enjoying myself and taking in some of the sights that each place had to offer. At both places our hotel was on the beach so I HAD to sit out and put my feet in the clear water for a little while! In Saint Maarten after I was done competing we had a whole extra day there so we went to this festival called "fish day" that they had on the French side of the island. It was sooo fun! They had music, vendors, dancing and lots and lots of food! Here's a pic of the stage where they had a "whine ya body" contest and the HUGE fish dinner that I had!!!
I had a lot of fun in Saint Maarten but I think that my time in Grand Cayman was my favorite out of the two. I competed at the Cayman Invitational and it was the first time this meet had ever been held so it felt good to be a part of the inaugural event! The hotel, the beach, the people, the weather and everything was LOVELY! In addition the atmosphere at the track meet was exciting with all the people cheering (mainly for Jamaica BUT it's all good lol).
Ok, this is getting long haha. Let me wrap it up with how I did on the TRACK. Whoop whoop! I ran 12.9 for 6th place in the 100 hurdles in Saint Maarten and I ran 56.8 in the 400 hurdles for 3rd place at the Cayman Invitational. There were some really great ladies in both of my races and although I obviously didn't get the results that I would have hoped for, I was really happy to be back on the track and able to finish the races healthily after hurting my quad/hip flexor a couple weeks ago! I'm a fierce competitor and I don't take losing very well, no matter what's the reason! :) Now that I got that first 400 hurdle race under my belt it's back to intense training for the next couple weeks here in SC before I jet back out of the States over to Europe to run a couple races there (Ostrava, Hengelo and then Rome)! It can get tough traveling so much but I LOVE what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything!!
Thanks for checking me out y'all! I'll be back soon but in the mean time, keep up with ya girl on my website QueenHarrison.com, my FB page, or @goQueengo on twitter.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
"It's alright to crawl before you walk, it's alright to walk before you run. But if you wanna get what you never got, gotta do something that you never done!"
Even though this is only my second entry I've been SO excited to get back to writing sooo let's go! So if you follow me on twitter (@goqueengo) you saw me tweet a couple days about a song that I really felt touched and motivated me and well…I'm STILL hooked! As I write I'm actually listening to the song right now. It's a new single by the gospel duo Mary Mary entitled "Go Get It"! Though it's gospel, I wouldn't consider myself very religious probably not "religious" at all. I was raised in the Nation of Gods and Earths by my parents from birth but living in America you can't help but be influenced by Christian thoughts and values sooo I'd think of myself as someone on their PATH to righteousness, taking a little from this and that. But that's neither here nor there, the song talks about a person that is emerging from a trouble past that's getting stronger, finally at the brink of greatness and is now being assured that it's THEIR TIME to be blessed. Whew! Talk about an eye opener!! I was riding in the car the first time I heard it and I only caught the end of it but I automatically felt the need to rush home and search it online to hear the whole thing. I think the upbeat tempo and the constant repetition of the phrase "Go get your blessing" and "It's your time" that made the song sink in so much. Like every human being, I've had my ups and downs and struggles both in my personal life and athletic career but i always ALWAYS saw the light at the end of the tunnel (even if i had someone ELSE show me the light). I had a so-so season last year and battled with a foot injury that kept me from running the 100 hurdles all year, but I feel like this year will be redemption. I feel very confident in my training, my mindset, and my progress so hearing the Mary Mary song was like that last confirmation saying 'YOU GOT THIS GIRL!!!'
OK now to some TRACK stuff!! First things first, I had another track meet this past weekend down in Tuscon, Arizona. It was called the Jim Click Shootout Invitational and it had the coolest concept. I'm post collegiate so the rules didn't apply to me but they did a conference vs conference competition where the teams from the same conference combined their points from each event and in the end a CONFERENCE instead of a school was the "winner". Maybe I'm a little lame but I thought that it was really cool especially when they held a banquet before and after the meet for the student athletes and coaches, something very similar to what they do when you go to the NCAA meet! Anyways, I ran the 100m hurdles and the open 400m dash, placing 3rd in the hurdles (12.7) and 1st in the 400 (53.1). Despite my mishap in the hurdles where I clipped hurdles 9 and 10 and didn't run through the line, I was actually very impressed with my season opener and my 2nd open 400 in years! Each track meet I'm getting my "racing legs" back and learning how to implement the small things that I'm learning in practice so THIS weekend won't be any different. I'm running 100hurdles, 400, shuttle hurdle relay, and a 4x4 down at the Florida relays in Gainesville, FLA. I am in LOVE with the state of Florida so I'm pretty excited to come down to the heat and turn the heat up on the track also! I'm not big on talking about it, I'm more of a "be about it" type of person sooo… it's go time! 77 days and counting until the first day of the 2012 Olympic Trials. I will be successful, I WILL go get my BLESSING!
Until next time!..
Wanna hear Mary Mary's 'Go Get It'? Check the song out here!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
At the beginning of the season in October I decided I was going to start blogging. It would consist of my different thoughts and opinions as a reference to my mindset and training during an Olympic year. Two months ago I decided I was going to really buckle down and start the aforementioned blog but only sporadically as I thought of something "blog-worthy". Today, March 22, I look at the blank entries on my website and realize that maybe I need to put myself on some type of schedule in order to effectively get it done. So, TODAY is the day.
I like to think of myself as somewhat of a private person. You know the mysterious hazel eyed hurdler named Queen whose story no one knows, BUT come to find out once you delve into the life of an elite athlete all your mystery is gone and is replaced by tagged Facebook photos and articles telling your life story. Be that as it may I'm definitely not complaining, people's interest in my life is actually flattering so who better to tell about me, than ME? :)
Before I start I'd like to give a disclaimer that the thoughts and opinions voiced in my writings are my own and reflect myself and myself alone. In addition I will be blogging in my own voice which means sometimes i may not have correct grammar I may misspell a few words or just sound outright crazy! but I think that if I went back and tediously edited my words that it wouldn't feel as ….authentic.
Right now I am on a chartered bus with the Clemson University track and field team riding to a track meet in Orlando, Florida at UCF. It is the 2nd day of a two day trek down to the sunny state and surprisingly it hasn't been as bad as you would imagine a 12+ hour bus trip to be. I am down here to open up my outdoor season with an open 400 and a leg on the 4x400m relay. The excitement of "testing the waters" overpowers any nervousness or soreness still lingering from previous hard workouts and training. And there definitely IS soreness. In the past 2.5 months not only have I switched coaches, programs, and states I've also picked up a rigorous weight training program that is doing everything but etching my name on a headstone. But I FREAKIN LOVE it! I have my share of aches and pains, gripes and groans but overall i have that feeling you get when you finally return home after you spent a long time away. See, my current coach, Lawrence Johnson, is actually my former coach and the man who recruited the then 5'5, 147lb long and triple jumper out of Hermitage High School in Richmond, VA. Following my sophomore year and entrance onto the 2008 Olympic track team, Clemson U offered LJ a position as head coach and director of track and field to which he accepted. I would be lying to say that his sudden abandonment didn't put a bad taste in my mouth for years but now I'm over it and back where I belong.
I can't promise that I'm going to blog every day, every other day or even every week but what I can promise is that I'll give it to you 100% each and every time and make it as entertaining as possible in the process. Well that's all I'll write for now just to get my feet wet but before I end I want to leave it with a question. What kind of things do you all like to read or want to know about ME? Of course there's always track and I can always go into intricate details about some of my workouts but besides that stuff let me know what you want to read and I'll try my best to let you guys in on THE SECRET LIFE OF QUEEN HARRISON. ;)