"Because I like doing things that people won't try, or are afraid to do." -- Me
I heard myself say this at dinner with some friends the other night, when they asked, why are you pushing through this injury you have and continuing to train? Maybe it's in my blood? I'm not sure where this pioneer mentality comes from, but it might be the ancestors that walked behind the wagon as they settled new territory in the New World, or the Irish blood of those who came in the 1880's looking for a new beginning. Either way, I'm really not that special. Many a masters track and field athlete has pushed through pain and injury and come out the other side healed and competitive. I'm not quite there yet, but as long as I can train with a smile on my face, I'll keep going!
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.