People have a "bucket list" of things they want to do or accomplish by the time they die, well I can cross off making the cover of Track and Field News on my bucket list of things I want to accomplish before I retire.
I'm sure people might be wondering how in the world did it take me four days before I wrote a blog post on it, but trust, it would have only taken me four minutes, the only problem was trying to find a big enough picture of the cover. I only could save the tiny thumbnail picture from their website, so I stole this picture off of track and field news' twitter page.
My mom called me when I was in Cracker Barrel after practice ordering myself some dinner to go, that's how I found out. She asked me how come I didn't tell her the big news, I had no clue what she was referring to, but then she told me. I played it cool because I was in public and didn't want to cause I scene, but I rushed to my house to hop online and see.
I usually never pass go or collect $200 before I hop my stank behind in the shower, but that could wait this time. When I got to the website and scrolled to the bottom to see the magazine, I got super crunk, I started hollering and running around my house. I don't remember the last time I was that crunk, I mean I was on level 100! I don't think anybody in the history of Track and Field News has been more excited to be on the cover than me. I'm not even sure why it was something I deemed important.
Small things like that brings me a lot of joy. I think I brought up being on the cover of the magazine to everybody that works at Track and Field News. I thought it would be hard to make the cover because you don't see hurdlers on the cover ever. Only distance runners and Bolt really. The G.O.A.T. Allen Johnson only made it one time and that was in 2006, think of all the accomplishments he had prior to making it.
I really appreciate it in all honesty. Jon Hendershott has been a great guy and really has been giving me some pub since 2006 in the mag. He's one guy I really enjoy interviewing with. I said that I am going to buy 1000 copies of the magazine to wall paper a room in my house with, but I haven't even seen it yet, but you better believe I've been blowing up my local bookstores and Track Shack waiting for it to come it!