Tuesday, December 04, 2012
A Tribute To A Gritty and Determined Young Woman
Our granddaughter, Talli, ran Cross Country for Azusa Pacific University this past Fall. Their season culminated on November 10 taking first place at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship Meet in Cedarville, Ohio.
Talli (center in above photo) came in third on her winning team and 20th overall in a time of 19 minutes flat. But that only tells you part of the story.
She ran the entire race in pain, thinking she had shin splints. "It seemed go get a little better as I ran," she said gamely while home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Well, she's been in the APU trainer's office quite a bit since then, and finally, after recent MRIs, it was determined that she has a STRESS FRACTURE in both of her legs! Such fractures are extremely hard to diagnose and often take a long time to do so.
So not only did she run one of the best races in her life, but she was 20th in the country with two stress fractures -- to me a virtually impossible accomplishment. To say that we are proud of this young lady would be the understatement of the century.
The photo above, taken a few days ago with some friends on a hill above the APU campus, shows Talli (far right) wearing a boot on one of her legs. That was before she learned yesterday that she had factures in both legs. We're now wondering if she's going to have to wear a boot on both legs!
As an aside, sorry it's been so long in posting. I've simply been busy with other pressures. I'll try to do better in the days ahead, but this story was too important to overlook.