Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Hello fans!
I am new to this whole blogging thing, but it is something I must do to keep all of you informed of what I am doing.  I usually don't do too great of a job keeping family in the loop of upcoming races, or just in general how life is going, so if I don't contact you directly, this may be the next place to look!  
Well, I've just finished Year One as a professional runner with Team USA Minnesota, as well as Year One as the Volunteer Assistant Coach with the University of Minnesota Men's Cross Country and Track & Field program.  As a coach, we had a very nice year, once again qualifying for Nationals in cross country, and the track team defended its last two Big Ten Indoor titles with another win, but lost a very close heartbreaker to host Iowa at the Outdoor Championships.  As an athlete, I had a very nice year, especially given that I was hampered with injuries from June, 2010 until mid-February, 2011.  I ran personal bests in four out of my five races, so I am confident that with health and great training, I can be one of America's best!
Now for the real meaning of this post: I am truly blessed!  Since the time I first starting running as a chunky little freshman in high school, I have been provided great support from my family, coaches, and my teammates.  I received that same support when I went off to college to run at the University of Minnesota.  In a sport that I truly love, I cannot ask for more support than I currently have.  I still receive great support from my family and my girlfriend, Melissa, as they all believe the sky is the limit for me; Team USA Minnesota and our sponsors (PTOSI Physical Therapy, LynLake Chiropractic, Lifetime Fitness, and Twin Cities in Motion to name a few) have allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming one of America's top distance runners.  I have a great coach in Dennis Barker who has done a tremendous job with all his athletes, and I look forward to running at the same level as Katie McGregor and Antonio Vega someday.  I have great teammates who are all supportive of each other, and I always look forward to seeing them at workouts.
I am truly blessed to have a great support system around me to allow me to follow my dreams!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Chris,

    Enjoyed reading your first blog entry. I'm excited for the potential of keeping better tabs on you and your running. Looking forward to many more blog updates. Take care!


    Aunt Rocky