Photo: Nick Isabella – @nickisabella.photography
I admire Shannon as an incredible athlete, but more importantly as a wonderful person. Her ‘down to earth’ nature, loyal and very kind persona have made her a great teammate, training partner, teacher, and friend to many, throughout her career.
On the track, Shannon shows grit, determination, resilience and pride. Her passion for the sport oozes out of her performances and she regularly lands herself in super competitive USA 800m championship finals, slicing down her PR and winning races.
Shannon’s journey in the sport isn’t as obvious as it may seem from her results. She has overcome numerous adversities, whether they’re injury, circumstance, funding cuts or extremely heavy workloads. Most recently, she won the Saint Louis Festival of Miles, Elite 800m. The reality is that Shannon barely ran the three weeks prior, but as a home town favorite, could not turn down the opportunity to compete in her last year racing the event.
Through these highs and lows, she has always found her way to the start line because her love for the sport is a constant in her life. Through confusion, classwork and chaos, her gut feeling of intuition has encouraged her to get back out there, to keep going on her dream, a dream that she feels so grateful to pursue. Thank you Shannon, for sharing your wisdom and inspiration!
Another amazing blog post by Olympian Nicole Sifuentes, she blogs about her race at the Furman Elite 1500m and why it held a special place in her heart!
per·son·al best | per·son·al record
-the best time or score ever achieved by an athlete in a particular event.
A time, a PR, A PB. That’s how many of us determine whether we are happy with our race or whether we have progressed. It’s silly really as there are so many ways we can grow and better ourselves as athletes. Considering physical attributes, we could have more strength, speed or aerobic capacity. Mentally, we could be wiser, have less anxiety or be more motivated and dedicated. We could tactically run a much better race, but in the nature of the sport we want to run faster than we ever have before and we want it recorded officially with lots of people watching and cheering. This is what we expect from ourselves every season, sometimes every race.
Photo: Dustin Johnson Photography
Canadian Olympian and Saucony athlete, Nicole Sifuentes wrote a very valuable blog this indoor season about being satisfied with your performance. The natural instinct to never settle and feeling of discontent is common as we strive for those ultimate goals in our running careers. The mindset of ‘never being good enough’ can also leave you hard on yourself, dissatisfied and generally pretty negative.
Racing high off confidence and positive momentum has been known to fuel some amazing races. So as we roll into the depth of the outdoor season, remember to celebrate the mini victories along the way, each one a stepping stone to bigger goals. Give yourself credit for the major and the minor accomplishments throughout life. Whether you choose to credit yourself, your team or a higher force, you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be and on the right path to bigger things.
Tessa Webb is a 15 year-old runner who can teach us all a thing or two about listening to your body. She’s from New Zealand and is wise beyond her years, destined for a great future both on and off the track with a smart head on her shoulders and supportive environment surrounding her.
Tessa submitted this amazing blog post sharing her experience through her running development. We are so grateful to have such a positive and valuable perspective up on Belle Lap and are thrilled to be able to learn from runners of all ages, experience levels, from all over the World.
Up on Belle Lap we have a really valuable blog post from University of Colorado Graduate and savvy ROLL recovery social media chic, Jenny DeSouchet. Jenny discusses the options for runners after college and speaks up about the balance between training and your career. Find out what she has experienced throughout the whole post college process.
A great personal blog post from Team Run Eugene Athlete Megan Patrignelli. Megan talks about her personal experience as a student- athlete on one of the top distance teams in the nation and covers the transitions through college, the changes that can happen from a positive mindset and how running can be impacted by happiness and self worth. An important read by a recent graduate that is having an accomplished post collegiate transition.