hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
life is a broken-winged bird
that cannot fly.
This is an excerpt from a poem called Dreams by Langston Hughes.
I first heard it from a speaker that came to my high school to talk about Martin Luther King Jr. He used the poem throughout his speech in telling us how important it is to pursue what you believe in. Anyway, he kept repeated “hold fast to dreams” over and over throughout the speech and for some reason it really affected me. And this was in high school, when I was still tough and didn’t ever cry, not even at cute puppy commercials (this is a common occurrence now).
“Hold Fast” slowly became somewhat of a mantra for me. It was something I could repeat in my head during tough workouts and races. It was something that I could tell myself at anytime.
During college, I suffered a number of injuries that kept me from running for anything between a couple weeks and a whole year at a time. I needed a reason to believe that I could achieve my potential in running. At the time, being a successful runner, going to NCAA’s, becoming an All-American… those things were my current “dreams”. So I cross trained through injuries. I didn’t give up. And I always came back to running with a fury. I gave it everything.
Now, I’m graduated and a couple years removed from competitive running. I’ve taken breaks in order to become healthy to run again. But recently, my priorities have changed. With them, so have my “dreams”. Now, health isn’t something that’s defined by a lack of injuries. Health is something I pursue in fitness, food, mental health, and in pursuing a meaningful career. It’s a holistic view of health, rather than a narrow one. In competitive running, health often gets sacrificed for the sake of being the best runner. Health is now the priority, rather than being fast.
About Hold Fast Health the blog:
How did this whole thing get started? During my senior year of college, a friend and I (from the Cross Country team) knew we wanted to somehow share our injury experiences and help other runners avoid going through what we had faced in collegiate running. Since then, I’ve been writing and blogging about injuries and running; trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it.
My last blog, PT Runner Girl, was my attempt to share my injury experiences and experiences with running and as a newly certified personal trainer to help other runners stay injury-free. I got so much feed back (and still do) from runners experiences similar things.
Sharing those experiences is still important to me. But when I’m totally honest with myself, I don’t want to just talk about running anymore. My life has taken a turn beyond just talking about running. With my new priorities and career direction and growing into a real human (I’m 23 years old… which is both really young and old at the same time because I have to be a real adult now but I still get confused in trying to make my own dentist appointments).
So the main content you’ll find here is
Recipes: I suffered from serious stomach pain/bloating/gut issues for a long time. I finally figured out (mostly) what foods I can/cannot tolerate… and my recipes will follow those guidelines too. My recipes are gluten free, dairy free and sometimes egg free. I love creating recipes that are high protein, made with real whole foods and are simple/easy enough that anyone can do them.
Running: Running posts will be my experiences with injuries, bone health, mental health surrounding running, and interviews/features with other runners. Although I am not currently training, running will always be a big part of my life and who I am. I still have the goal of helping other runners by sharing my experiences and resources.
- Training- I am a certified personal trainer and have a new love for strength training. I’ll share what I know!
Life: This is everything else. As in, figuring out life after college, life as a non-athlete, a woman… and everything else.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to contact me with questions.