I was recalling a dream to a friend a while back and as I sat there trying to remember it, I said to him, “I had a dream… but I forgot it”. He replied in a sarcastic tone, “now what if Martin Luther King had said that??”… It made me giggle.
Last night I had the opportunity to compete in the “Run For The Dream” all-comers meet in Hanford, CA. They have an open division and I was itching to give-it-a-go in a meet setting again. My coach and I decided I would come in at 3.35 (11 feet), which is funny because I only cleared 3.30 at my first meet, but with the way practice had been going it seemed to be a good decision. First attempt I ran down the runway, straight onto the mat without taking a jump; in jumping terms I “ran through”. Running through stinks because you basically waste an attempt. You don’t even get a try at clearing the bar. So when I missed my next attempt, it really put the pressure on. But again, I was NOT going to no-height. It wasn’t pretty, but I got off the ground and made it over on my third attempt.
Now I was in the game.
Bar goes up to 3.50 (11′ 6″) and I soared over it. Bar goes up again, 3.65 (12 feet) and it was a good attempt, I just hit the bar on my way up. So we moved the standards back to 70 (more on this to be explained in a later post) and I cleared it on my second attempt. The bar is now at 3.80 and on my first attempt I blew through the pole… it was too small! But that was the biggest pole I have to jump on. However, earlier in the day Fresno City College loaned me a couple of 14 foot poles to use. I had never jumped on them and my coach was not at the meet to give me pointers on where to hold and what to place the standards at, but there was no choice, my pole was too small and I decided to make the move up. I missed my second attempt at 3.80 because I ran to hard down the runway and was too close to the pit at take off. BUT, I took off, I didn’t run through and I didn’t hesitate… and I was STOKED cause I had never been on that pole before. My third and final attempt was a miss as well, though it was a decent attempt on the bigger pole. To be honest I don’t know which I am more excited about, clearing 3.65 or having some new poles to play with next week in practice!
This is the first of a few meets I will get to be a part of this summer. I am just so blessed to have this opportunity in my life, and I know that without the hours invested into me by my coach, my family, and my friends I wouldn’t be able to do this. So thank you again to the people in my life who support me in every way! I love you all!
Psalm 139 1-4 “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.”
me and the poles on our way to the meet 🙂
Here’s a link to a video of my 11’6″ clearance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGducCFdpAM