We won the 2017 USATF Masters Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque! This is my fifth national title and I'm thrilled. I say "we," because it takes a village to do these things. From a husband who supports me financially and emotionally, to my kids who are patient about mom's workouts (and join in when I need more motivation), my friends who pick up and drive my kids when needed, my extended family who cheer me on and listen to my worries and complaints, to my Neurosport Functional Training team: coach Evan and Dr. Paul, my masseuse Katherine and all the PT's, and Atlanta Track Club Elite who provided a space for practice -- this win is a combination of hard work, talent and support. Thanks everyone. I am officially excited about 2017! Stay tuned for the win particulars!
I am headed to the 2017 USA Track and Field Masters National Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the end of this week. I'm trying not to be nervous. Indoor nationals is a very exciting meet. There are "stars of the track," former Olympians, World Record holders and other famous competitors. My job is to put my head down and do my best. I'll be thrilled if I earn another national championship title. As they say, it's an honor to even be in such company. And, though I won the national title in both 2015 and 2016, I am much newer on the circuit than many other participants. I'm still learning and this meet will be a great classroom. You can follow my progress on Instagram @juliajumping and might catch some of the meet on USATF.TV. Wish me luck!
Excuse me while I get a bit giddy. Dick Fosbury, yes, THAT Dick Fosbury just "liked" this photo I posted on Instagram. This is like Bill Gates liking a computer geek's post. It's like Beyonce liking your YouTube performance. Back in 1974, when I was in 9th grade and my track coach suggested I try high jump, she said, "You can do Western Roll, or the Fosbury Flop." I didn't know either, but as a former gymnast, I thought flipping over backwards would be fun. The dye was cast and a flopper I am. It was a fairly new style then, since Fosbury had just begun flopping in 1968. But it worked for me. After a 35-year break from high jumping, to be back is SO fun. To be noticed by Dick Fosbury -- epic!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.