The Homestretch

My blog has always been based on reflections of my personal journey as a professional athlete and Christian. This career has unique challenges and tends to bring out the extremes of emotions more often than most jobs (I think!). Through the ups and downs I’ve spent time considering those emotions and depending on God to help me make sense of them, and He has taught me so much. Blogging has been a way for me to preserve those lessons for myself while sharing them with others. It’s so easy to forget God’s faithfulness in the midst of new challenges, so in those moments I can return to my essays to remember and be encouraged by all the times the Lord has been there for me. 

This year (like every year) has been full of challenges and reflection, but unlike every other year it will be the last year I navigate these unique trials of professional athletics. Honestly, I’ve had a lot of questions so I don’t anticipate this is a surprising decision, but it is nonetheless a significant one for me. I haven’t written anything for my blog in a long time because with nothing ushering me off the track except my own sense of readiness, I wanted to be really sure… and now I am. 2018 will be my last year as a professional athlete. 

photo by J Honeycutt at the 2018 Sir Walter Miler

photo by J Honeycutt at the 2018 Sir Walter Miler

Although I still have at least 1 race on my fall schedule, all the big meets are done and the end feels very near. I’m on the homestretch of my career. In the months to come I hope to share some of the new things God will teach me as a former athlete. For now, I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the people who prayed for me, cheered me on and loved me. Your support and encouragement means more than you will ever understand.

Head over to to read a bit more about my career and how I knew it was ending. 

Lord you have assigned me my portion and my cup, you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, surely I have a delightful inheritance.
— Psalm 16:5-6
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