Before settling into writing an essay I forgot to pass in last week (oops), I decided it was time to update a bit.
The semester is starting to wind down and I can’t believe how quickly it has passed. I thought it was the spring semesters that seemed to fly by, but fall is certainly proving that wrong. I already feel quite at home with my new life as a UMass Minuteman (woman? gender confusion). Thinking about the semester so far, one overwhelming feeling of achievement has stayed with me the entire time: I feel like an athlete again.
The first couple of weeks of training were difficult. I was extremely sore. Practices were everyday, and even at 6:45am a couple times a week, and I’ve never done so many lunges in my life. Those first two weeks my quads and butt were so sore I wished that toilet seats were higher. The biggest hurdle I’ve had to overcome (get it? it’s a track and field reference) in my training is running. Injuries have prevented me from doing a lot of running workouts and my tarsal tunnel syndrome in my left foot is always on my mind. I haven’t actually done a running workout since my freshman year (the first one. the real one). I’m happy to say my foot has given me no problems at all! I’m the strongest I’ve ever been in my life and loving every minute of it. I look forward to going to practice everyday and actually feel weird on days off. I feel the need to do SOMETHING! It’s a great feeling. I don’t feel as useless or inhibited. I’m not sure whether my foot is actually doing better or I’ve just gotten over the fear of something happening and being out of the season completely. Either way, I’m extremely happy in my training and can’t wait to see what happens this season.
I love our team–especially our squad of female vaulters and it feels amazing to not be the only female vaulter for once! I guess I love the guys too. Within the team I have been somewhat appropriately named “Mama Silvar” thanks to Mr. Stephen (Stevie) Volk. The freshmen certainly like to joke about my age and I guess I am always looking out for them. It feels amazing to be a part of such a great family and working hard at what I love.
Classes are going okay. Coach Jackson likes to remind me, “Junior year is tough” and I smirk and add: “again.” This is sort of my junior year all over again and I’m excited to say that I only have 6 more required classes to graduate….WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?! The rest of my time here I just need to take classes to fill with UMass Amherst credits instead of Lowell and take enough classes each semester to remain eligible for track. I registered for classes in my first semester of my first senior year on Friday–which is hilarious to tell people. Sorry guys, you’re stuck with me for another year after this.