Oh, gosh! I really thought it had been only a few weeks since my last post, but here I am two months later! How did that happen? My constant juggling of parent, coach, athlete and photographer explains a lot. As the school year comes to a close, I am hitting precious milestone with my kids. And, ahead lies my 2017 masters track season.
.I added a new event to my competitive list. I am trying long jump! Again, just as when I started with high jump three years ago, I am self-taught and making it up as I go. I was able to meet the All-American standard in my second meet. This success bears out my philosophy of life...just keep moving until you figure out the right way to do it!
Yesterday, I jumped at the Dekalb Senior Games. A well run, fun meet, it was a good opportunity to practice before the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama in a few weeks. Thought I don't look super happy in my warm up, my shot put and long jump marks were good. It was a great day!
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.