A young man Lucas Muniz a fine boy becoming an outstanding Man!
His dream inspires and encourages. Love Always - Coach J
So it's been 3 months since I made my last post and so much has happened.
Actually, so much has happened these past two years I don't even know where to
begin. I set goals for myself, worked at them, failed countless times, dealt
with setbacks/ injury's, but finally in the end triumphed and achieved what I
had set out to accomplish. I am thrilled to say that I made it and that I am on
It is still a surreal feeling and I'm still on cloud nine. I
remember receiving my first articles of gear after our first workout day. When I
got back I showered, got dressed, and put on that grey T-Shirt that said
Mississippi State Track and Field. I looked at myself in the mirror and I lost
it. It was a very emotional moment for me. I remember time after time having
dreams about that same moment and when it finally happened it was surreal. Its
been almost 2 months since the first day of official practice, and I still can't
believe its happened. The feeling of accomplishment in living out a dream of
yours never gets old.
Training has been going the best it ever has. I was
averaging between 60-65 miles the past 5 or 6 weeks and have seen huge
improvements already. We had an 8 mile progressive tempo on sunday morning and I
ran it in 44:28 averaging 5:33 pace. A year ago I would have never thought I
could run this fast. Let alone in a workout. This has been possible because
regardless of how well I am doing there is whole team of people ahead of me that
believe in me and push every step of the way. I think there is a strong
mentality on this team that no matter how well you do, you should always search
for ways to improve what you did and to never be satisfied. One of my teammates
told me about how every member on the team represents a flame. Each and everyone
of us should be fired up on our own and have a passion to compete and improve
oneself, but when we get together we all feed off of each others flame and
become a raging wildfire that can't be stopped. On and off the track we are one
unit, and share one heart beat.
Theres a saying that goes "For the strength
of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack" and I believe
the XC team here represents that perfectly.
These guys are the toughest and
by far the most talented athletes I have been surrounded by. They all have the
same passion and love for the sport that I have and to be able to call them my
teammates and friends is truly an honor.
I have high hopes for what my
future on the team holds. It's going to require me to work harder than I ever
have before, but this is just the beginning.
I noticed that my story has
reached people in 10 different nations. For those of you who are still chasing a
dream of yours I hope my story inspires you even more. I want to represent the
idea of possibility and handwork. Go after what it is you want, and don't look
back. You are going to face hardships when you chase your dream, but you can not
Ultimately though, I was not able to do this on my own. My lord
and savior Jesus Christ was with me every step of the way and he gave me the
strength to keep pursuing my dream. If you put your faith in the lord, dedicate
what it is you do to him, and truly put the decision in his hands you will
receive his blessings. It might not be how you wanted to receive them, but he
knows whats best for you. I told him that I would stop running if he made it
clear to me that that was what he wanted, but until I received an answer I would
be working as if it was in his plan. And I am very happy to say that it was and
"Our greatest glory consist not in never falling, but
in rising every time we fall."
"Success isn't how
far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started."
-PS I will be doing an update on the workouts we do every two
weeks. I will make my first post late this week