I had a blast at the USATF 2018 Masters National Outdoor Championships in Spokane, Washington. Not only was it an opportunity to catch up with track friends, but I did my second only, and first outdoor, pentathlon. In addition, I was able to squeak in a silver medal in the W55 high jump. With a less than perfect jump ankle, I was happy to medal. But, the big kick for me, was winning bronze in my first ever hurdle race. Talk about jumping into the deep end of the pool! In my heat, the great masters track athlete, Joy Upshaw, broke the American record. I was five second behind her -- a world of difference. All in all, I'm glad I went and happy to have performed well. Now to rest and rehab my ankle injury and find new ways to keep up my fitness up that don't pound on the peroneal tendon!
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.