Why do you do it? Are you training to compete? Aren't you too old for that? Those are some of the questions I'll hear from those who's been in the sport and have hung the spikes up to those who simply look from the outside in about this 'hurdle obsession' I have...and personally, I never thought once about the 'why' I do it, because I simply never stopped and I still can do it and do it pretty well at the age of 44.
|NC State University|
|Elite hurdler and NC State Coach|
That grimace on my face was extra, I was trying
to destroy the student behind me, All-American
110 hurdler Jason Perry, NC State
|Duke Twilight, month before 38th Birthday|
|Celebrating 44th birthday by running 60 meter hurdles|
|Oakridge High School, Orlando FL|
I like to credit and thank Coach K, Westridge Junior High for being relentless in his chase to have me added to his roster of athletes and the seed he planted in me as a hurdler/ coach. I admired him for his ability as a coach and an athlete. He was the coach that actually could do what he asked his athletes to do. And I can remember those days of student racing the teacher and yes, he won but eventually this student progressed and not only beat him but through his example became the same kind of coach who had a passion for it as an athlete and a coach.
Before I hop, skip and jump passed my high school and college years to the present, I like to thank Coach John Hemmer, Oakridge High School for ingraining 'hard work' is the absolute key to success, and NC State coaches during my time as a college runner, Coach Rusty, Curtis Frye for introducing me to the bent lead leg, Ron Foreman for putting me through some insanely workouts who by the way is still NC State School record holder at 400 intermediate hurdles, hence the INSANE workouts for a 110 hurdler. Laughing as I type! And I can't leave out Trevor Graham, who I feel is one of the best coaches in the business, in spite of all the negativity overshadowing his gifted eyes and mind as a coach. They all play a major role in the coach, the athlete, the man I've become who simply love staying fit doing my favorite track time activity.. Hurdling 42s!!!
|Ups 6 @ 39 inches and Downs 4 @ 42 inches, hurdle set up for workout in video|
My heath is great, my body feels great, I hadn't mistreated it with putting 'I want to be the world's fastest human' illegal substances in my body so I'm feeling good about my aging the right way well into my 40 something years on this planet we call earth. **Disclaimer** my statement about illegal substances isn't a shot at any one person or persons. I simply think that because I haven't done any out of the ordinary things to enhance performance other than, put in work off and on the track, eat fairly decent, and simply never stopped so I don't know what I'm suppose to be feeling <~ I say that because those my age or younger make me feel like I'm the odd one for not knowing what the heck they are talking about.. the I'm old, I'm falling apart stuff. ~laughing~ Yes, I'm aging.. but I'm aging nicely and giving a new meaning to what someone my age should look like and/ or can still do.
Because I can, and I still do it well... Oh yeah, I like the benefits.. Healthy body, mind and spirit!