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OscarSports.com 1 Year Anniversary!

It was on June 10, 2014 when Oscar Sports had its first article published. The World Cup was approaching and I was desperately looking for a job. I saw that blogging was becoming a pretty big deal everywhere I looked and that the World Cup in Brazil was probably a good time to get my first words in. One year ago today, a dream became a reality in both English and Spanish.

OscarSports.com was created not only to inform but also to challenge the regular media outlets that in countries like Mexico talk about soccer the whole time. They only give 10% of their time or less to other athletes in other disciplines. As someone that has lived through that, it was my way of saying, there is a lot of ground to cover and it’s not just all about soccer.

The Beginnings

Since that day, I can probably count with one or two hands the amount of posts related to soccer, while the other 60 or so have been about everything but soccer. From the Mexico City Marathon to the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix, I’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible for one writer that still has other things to do. It is nice to see that people read what comes out in this site and that there hasn’t been more than three days in a full year where there is traffic in this website. So far, there have been 72 posts in this website and that number will exponentially grow next year.

Take into consideration that I don’t get paid for this, just yet. This project was born after fighting against many other media companies that felt I wasn’t ready for them. I’ve always believed I am ready for wherever life takes me, and this website is going with me. I wouldn’t like doing something without a purpose. This is my way to say I’m here, hope you are interested.

I’m not opposed to the idea of taking OscarSports to a FIFA World Cup. I would just focus on everything that goes around it, and not in the actual games. The amount of planning, logistics and expenses that derive from such type of events is beyond anyone’s imagination, which takes me to my next point.

The Idea

If you read the My View tab in this website, its says that this website is all about giving you a different perspective from what you hear and see in the news. If you are tired of listening to commentators talk about how awful a team played, here you will most likely learn about the background leading up to a game, tournament, race, etc…

I’m looking to create a space for people to understand the importance of other sports. How big athletes not only go by the names of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. We also have Dez Bryant (it was a catch), Roger Federer, Lewis Hamilton, Lebron James, Jordan Spieth, and the list goes on and on. Heroes don’t always chase a soccer ball. The swing bats, put on tennis shoes, hit a golf ball, drive a very fast car. Some of them have a very humble background and no matter how good they get, their salaries barely ever match their greatness.

I look at athletes like you and me, that may not ever make it big, but that want to enjoy what they do. In a marathon only 3% of the runners are widely known, the others are there to prove no one but themselves that they can do it. Amateur events keep growing in size and that is something you may start seeing more and more of in the future here at OscarSports.

The Future

As I said, this was not only a year to test the waters. With over 4,000 viewers in the first 365 days, I am more convinced than when I started about how big this can turn out to be. I will increase my presence in national and international events. With your help, this will keep growing. Some plans even include live broadcasts from events. Short and long stories in video format about every event that OscarSports gets to be at. Formula 1 in Mexico City, I’m going for you. There will be more people that will collaborate with the content. All I ask for you is to keep coming back, so I can keep this dream alive for as long as possible.

Some of the projects

The Spieth Factor

Chances are you already know Jordan Spieth won The Masters at Augusta this past weekend. Not many people knew him ahead of this weekend but with his appearance at the David Letterman show, shortly after his feat, he is now the most popular golfer. Spieth, 21, is not new to success. Was not new to being in the final group on Sunday in one of golfs’ most prestigious tournaments. In his debut at one of golf’s biggest stages he finished in second.

Spieth, 21, is not new to success. Was not new to being in the final group on Sunday in one of golfs’ most prestigious tournaments. In his debut at Augusta he finished second after having the lead for almost three days and half of the last day. Many thought that would be the only chance the youngster got at wearing the Green Jacket. I personally hoped they were wrong.

Spieth was as cool as the other side of the pillow this weekend. He definitely matured over the year and showed his was no fluke at last year’s masters. He showed his talent against the best golfers in the world breaking records day by day. He knew nothing mattered the first three days if he did not end up winning on Sunday.

Spieth grabbed the lead on Day 1 and never gave it back.
Spieth grabbed the lead on Day 1 and never gave it back.

He managed to keep everyone at a safe distance behind him. He did not break down whenever he shot a bogey or even worst a double bogey on 17 on Saturday. He regrouped and saved the round with a par on 18 that same day. By then, he already had a scorecard of 16 strokes under par. That was a record already, but the question was if he would have a break down like in 2014 or finish the job this time.

The first nine holes showed he was not as strong as on the previous days, but he was able to make birdies after every almost every mistake. Spieth finished the front nine holes just one under par. A birdie on 10 gave him enough confidence to control the game moving forward.

A few wide shots from the tee here and there opened the door for Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose to plan on catching up with the Dallas native. The young man showed he wanted it really bad this time and got the job done even with a bogey on 18. With a scorecard of -18 when at one point it read -19. The best score ever at Augusta.

Spieth was able to bounce back from every mistake he made.
Spieth was able to bounce back from every mistake he made.

His game might not be solid right now, but just think of how good he can get whenever he gets more experience. He will be able to control the pressure and he is sure to rise to the occasion. He stayed calm throughout the whole weekend. Very methodical in his approach to every stroke, especially when putting from any distance.

Jordan delivered a game worthy of his talent. His achievement at Augusta now has him ranked second place in the world. He follows the steps of Rory McIlroy that failed to impress over the weekend. He is just as hungry for more just like Tiger Woods at the beginning of his career.

Spieth dropped out from the University of Texas to pursue his dream as a pro golfer. Sometimes that is a risky decision, for Spieth it seems to be the right one, otherwise golf history would not have been written the way it was this past few days at Augusta National.

He now joins a very select club of golfers who have won the Masters
He now joins a very select club of golfers who have won the Masters

The man now wears that green jacket everywhere he goes, his name joins the elite ranks of the game and at his young age, the sky is the limit for this Texan. He wants more, and if he continues to play like he did from April 9-12 he will reach higher heights tournament by tournament. The future of American golf may have found its man, and his name is Jordan Spieth.

On Pace for Greatness

Once again my goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon and I believe it can be done, but it is only up to me making it happen.

Today I am 40 days away from my seventh marathon and what I would consider my fourth realistic shot at running under the qualifying standard. The ones that don’t count are my marathon debut in Monterrey, running a marathon with the flu in Houston and coming out of a torn groin and hamstring injury when I recently ran the California International Marathon not even two months ago.

My fourth attempt at making it to the starting line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts will be in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico at the “Maratón Internacional LALA.” I’ve learned a thing or two about preparing to this kind of races on my previous marathons, but nothing can really prepare you for one, you just have to live in that moment. 40 days away, here are some of the things I’ve been working on.

Between the C.I.M. and the LALA Marathon I have less than 100 days in between. That means almost no time off after the first one. I usually take two-three weeks off, but this time I cut it down to 10 days. I was sort of dissapointed on my performance at Sacramento, I felt I played it too safe and could have done a better job. At the same time I wanted to take advantage of my conditioning to get in track for the next one. I looked at the possible options based on my criteria and found LALA to be the best bet.

This marathon is one of the most popular 26.2 mile races in Mexico. Most winners run it under 2:10:00 and many others punch their ticket to Boston in that same course. It is flat and in a time of the year where heat is still not a factor. I may have not fully recovered from the injury that slowed me down on the way to Sacramento, but the drive to make great things happen is there.

For Sacramento, 90% of my training runs were in altitude, for Torreón 95% of my training has been done at sea-level. This has allowed me to do faster runs without getting completely exhausted. Working on building up endurance in Mexico City was a challenge by itself. The same energy required to run a 5K in altitude is almost the same as a 12K where I am now.

Now I am more confident on my pace and my endurance that I was heading into Sacramento. Most of my runs are between 4:30 and 4:45/km, just a few under that pace. With this I am trying to work on my turnover agility while not putting to much pressure on the injury I am trying to come out of. At the same I am not burning myself out before the race, something I have done in the past a few times. Adding gym workouts has also made me stronger this time around.

With 40 days to go and six marathons under my belt I somewhat know what to do from here on out. I just have to try and stay calm, the 20+ mile runs are coming up. Just a couple of time trials between now and March 1st, but it’s mostly endurance I have to focus on. If I don’t have it where it needs to be, being fast will barely get me past the 13 mile mark.

Finishing a 26.2 mile race is something I have experienced, but doing it under 3 hours and four minutes is something I haven’t. It is a long race and it is a long time out there. I am preparing to show up at the starting line with my best physical and mental game. Because once the legs give up, the mind takes over for good or for bad.

The next 39 days might fly by, but it is day 40 that counts. I want to be there knowing I have a shot at a dream that has been denied to me for the past six times. If I get to “fly” on day 40 this guy has a real shot of making that dream come true. I believe I am on pace for greatness, that means, Boston, I’m going for you!

Neuer Count Him Out

The never-ending battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continues early this year as they hope to hoist the “Ballon d’Or” award for a fifth or second time respectively. But what are the chances for Manuel Neuer to shock predictions?

Out of the three candidates, the 27-year-old goalkeeper is the only one with a World Cup win in his resume. Neuer also won the Bundesliga and the German Cup with “Bayern Munich”.

Voted in Germany as player of the year in 2014, he allowed 40 goals in 62 games. The only thing he didn’t accomplish was winning the Champions League after falling 0-5 in the aggregate against Real Madrid.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named him the world’s best goalkeeper. Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea and Keylor Navas with Real Madrid came in second and third.

In an interview with FIFA.com, former Real Madrid star Michel Salgado mentioned that Neuer has earned his nomination by his results.

“It’s tough for a keeper to win the award, but that doesn’t mean to say that he hasn’t had a great year,” Salgado said.

Ronaldo had an almost perfect 2014. He found the back of the net 61 times throughout the year. With Real Madrid he won almost everything. (Copa del Rey, Super Cup and Champions League). A poor performance at the World Cup could hurt his aspirations to retain the award.

Lionel Messi had his fair share of success in 2014. He broke the record for most goals in La Liga (253) and Champions League (72) within the same week. At the World Cup in Brazil most people remember him losing the final against Germany. Meanwhile, being the ”Most Valuable Player“ of that same tournament shouldn’t hurt.

The world will know the answer to this always-intriguing election on today in Zurich, Switzerland.

Remember the Feeling

Once again it took guts, once again it took pain, but once again I reached for glory. It definitely never gets easier, you just start to believe in yourself a bit more every time you do it. I am now a six time marathoner and even though it was my slowest one, I can end the year having done something I had forgotten about in 2013, cross a marathon finish line.

When I ran my first 26.2 mile race back in 2009 I had no idea what I was gettig myself into. Exactly five years later I am fully aware of what it takes to do something like this. Different to the past five experiences, due to my long hours at work and school I had stayed away from running for a long time (on my standards). Running two-three times a week was a miracle and going over five miles was not that easy. With that being said, I had a lot to work on when I got back to running back in July aiming to run a marathon by the end of the year and dreaming of a Boston Qualifier performance.

I don’t choose race for their prestige, I come up with the decisions based on the weather, the altitude, the size of the field, if there are pacers and the type of course, hoping it is as least boring as possible. The California International Marathon met most of my requirements but what made it shine among other options was that is was considered one of the top B.Q. races in the country.

Little did I know about Sacramento except for it being the capital of California. When I watched the video of the course I saw rolling hills and a flat end. It would be my first point-to-point marathon so that would make it interesting. I tried to keep some element of surprise alive by the time I got there so I kept my research on the place once the decision was done to a bare minimum.

Training started well but it had an abrupt pause at the beginning of October when I tore my left hamstring and groin at the same time. That really put into question if I would be able to participate in what I considered my last big goal of 2014. Fortunately I was able to push through and declare myself ready but I did have to give up on my idea of going for Boston.

Once race weekend approached and I arrived to Sacramento I was happy I was there but really nervous of how my body would react to a big race after a very irregular training. I was not nervous about finishing, I was nervous about how I was going to finish. I liked the scenery, so I tried to feed off that and I also liked it that it felt like a small marathon. Going to San Francisco for a short visit two days before the race trying to make the most of my trip to the heart of California.

Race day came and for me it started at 4:20 am. At that moment I woke up, changed into my running gear and my extra layers to stay warm and headed out the door towards the bus stop that would take me to Folsom, where the race would start. I tried to sleep during the 30 minute ride but ended up just daydreaming about what was ahead. Once we got there you could feel the beginning of the end. This journey started even before I signed up, it began the same day training did.

The race started just a few seconds after it was scheduled but the distance ahead stayed the same. The first mile went by quickly and that was good news, the worst thing is to have the first mile feel like three or more. I clocked the first 13 miles within five seconds of each other. I was feeling good and enjoying the rolling hills. My injury did not bug me for the first third of the race. Once I reached the middle miles I was extremely confident I would finish and that I had a chance to run my fourth fastest time. I just had to keep pushing.

I believe it was around mile 18 when it sank in that I was running in a fast marathon. I had not seen many people walk or cramp as I had seen past the halfway mark in other races. It was just a matter of about an hour to get done. I passed mile 20 and halfway through I thought it would be a good idea to walk and recharge energy for the last five. Huge mistake!

It was impossible to regain a solid pace for the rest of the race, it took me forever to run again and when I did I cramped twice in the same leg. I now think I should have kept running even though I was already over the 8:00/mile mark. That would have saved me at least ten minutes and probably a sub 3:40 finish. 3:52 was my finish time. A race I was proud just like any other marathon to finish but upset I did not try my very best. I was glad my injury did not come into play as bad as I thought it would.

Just like any other race there are many lessons learned from this one that will help me for the next one. I now remember what it feels to run a marathon, to get to the halfway mark feeling good and to get to the wall still with some energy. Yes, the next one will be much harder. My halfway split needs to be ten minutes faster and my marathon time almost an hour faster. For now, enjoy the accomplishment, let my legs rest and get ready because in 81 days I will do it all over again. Maratón LALA 2015, you are next!

Marca Maratónica

Paso de todo en el último fin de semana en cuanto a deportes se refiere. Cambios en la dirigencia de la selección de basquetbol de México, Miguel Layún anotó cuatro goles en el partido del América contra Santos, México gana el Mexican Challenge de Tiro con Arco y como olvidar el final de la carrera del capitán Derek Jeter. Pero en lo personal es el nuevo récord mundial en el maratón el mejor de todos.

El maratón de Berlín es uno de los seis grandes del atletismo mundial. A la par de Boston, Chicago, Nueva York, Londres y Tokio hay algo que sólo ofrece la capital alemana. A finales de septiembre se ha vuelto una costumbre que los mejores maratonistas del mundo se reúnan en Berlín y este año no fue la excepción. Desde el 27 de septiembre del 2008 cuando el etíope Haile Gebrselassie detuvo el cronómetro en 2:03:59, 27 segundos mejor que su marca del año anterior desapareció el mito de que el ser humano no podría bajar de 2:04:00 en la carrera de 42.195 kilómetros. Ese mismo año (2011) en Boston ya se había corrido un maratón más rápido pero el 2:03:02 del ya fallecido Geoffrey Mutai no contó por la altimetría del recorrido y ser un trazado de punto a punto. Pasaron tres años para que en el mismo Berlín con tiempo de 2:03:38 Patrick Makau de Kenya tuviera el honor de ser un plusmarquista. A Wilson Kipsang con 2:03:23 si le valió su tiempo en Berlín para arrebatarle la marca a su compatriota Makau. Ya este pasado domingo fue Dennis Kimetto quien escribió su nombre con letras doradas en la historia del maratón al vencer a todos los que en la historia de la distancia han completado un maratón para terminar con 2:02:57.

Kimetto a sus 30 años admira mucho a Gebrasaille y entrena con Mutai así que no es un desconocido a poner su nombre junto a los grandes. Su debut en el medio maratón se dió en Nairobi y lo ganó con tiempo de 1:01:30. Poco después en las calles de la ciudad que le sienta mejor (Berlín) terminó la distancia en 59:14. Seguido por un segundo lugar en el maratón de la misma localidad en el 2012. Su victoria de consolidación en la élite del atletismo se dió en el maratón de Chicago con un tiempo de 2:03:45, poco después de haber ganado el maratón de Tokio.

Su primera lesión en cuatro años como atleta profesional lo alejó de competir en el maratón de Boston. Sin embargo no tardó en sanar la herida (en el chamorro) y pudo prepararse para su cita con la historia en las calles de donde el mundo del atletismo lo puede considerar el hijo predilecto. Regresó a Berlín y en su mente no solo estaba ganar la prueba, sino imponer un nuevo récord mundial. Con 15 grados centígrados el día de la carrera y poco viento las condiciones eran idóneas para lograr la hazaña. Desde el pistolazo de salida comenzó la magia.

Sus primeros 10 kilómetros pasaron en 29:24 y las cosas apenas se iban calentando. Llegó con un contingente grande a la marca del medio maratón 1:01:45 y era considerado como lento. A los 25 kilómetros se quedaron atrás atletas de talla como Geoffrey Kamworor y Tsegaye Kebede y cinco kilómetros después se desprendieron de los conejos para que dos kenianos y un etiope se pelearan el título del evento. Cuando parecía que iban a aflojar el paso ocurrió todo lo contrario y empezaron a promediar 2:47 por kilómetro. A cuatro kilómetros del final Kimetto apretó el paso para ya no voltear y quitarse la espina del segundo lugar años atrás. Llegando a la Puerta de Brandenburgo sólo quedaban 400 metros (los cuales promedió a 69.93) y sólo quedaba la expectativa de conocer por cuanto se iba a llevar el récord mundial.

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Acabó la prueba y Kimetto terminó con otro mito más al ser el primer ser humano en romper las dos horas y tres minutos. Su tiempo de 2:02:57 comprobó que muy probablemente en un futuro no muy lejano podamos ver a alguien y tal vez al mismo Kimetto romper la marca de las dos horas. Lo complicado del caso es bajar el ritmo promedio que de por si ya es vertiginoso. El keniano sabe poco inglés para conceder entrevistas, pero con que sus piernas hablen al hombre le alcanza.

Tan solo saldrá de Berlín con $64,000 (dls) por ganar el maratón, $38,068 por bajar de 2:04:00 y para rematar sumenle $63,447.00 por tener la mejor marca del mundo mundial.

Video del cierre de Kimetto

Running Out of RE2PECT

It was the bottom of the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when Kelly Johnson hit the ball hard to deep center field and pushed the Orioles past his old team, the New York Yankees for a 3-2 final score.

No only that meant that the game would not go into extra-innings, it pretty much meant the team from Bronx, New York is out of contention for a post-season ticket. The New York Yankees have to win almost every single game out of the 15 remaining in the regular season to get a miracle as they are now 5 games behind the Orioles in the East Division of the American League. Apparently we are looking at a post-season without Yankees, Red Sox and Texas Rangers.

It also means we may only be 15 games away from saying goodbye to one of the best baseball players of all times. Derek Jeter has taken the spotlight of this season on what he is calling it his “farewell” season. Everywhere the captain of the NYY goes, there will be some kind of ceremony in his honor. The 40-year old shortstop has spent 19 years as a professional baseball player and he has always belonged to the same team.

Jeter has played in over 2,700 games adding up 3,450 hits (259 home runs) with a batting average of .309 throughout his whole career. Jeter was destined to become one of the game’s greatest from a very young age as he was awarded “High School Player of the Year” in 1992 and was drafted by the Bronx team immediately before even thinking on going to college. Just two years later the skinny right-handed player was named “Minor League Player of the Year”. On May 29, 1995 Derek Jeter would make his professional debut against the Seattle Mariners. In 1996 he was awarded “Rookie of the Year”.

Success kept coming towards Jeter that continued to amaze everyone that saw him play either at the ballpark or on television. Consecutive World Series titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000 just added gold letters to his legacy not only to his name but the whole game of baseball. It was in the 2000 World Series when he accomplished his biggest personal title, he was then named “Most Valuable Player” of the Fall Classic and also the All-Star Game.

In 2009, almost 15 years after his debut another record was added to his curriculum, with his 2,722nd hit surpassing Lou Gehrig’s record as the ball player with the most hits wearing a Yankees uniform. Today he is the active-player with the most hits and occupies the sixth spot on the Major League Baseball  All-Time hit list. He also hold the Yankees records for games played, stolen bases, at-bats and singles.

Also in 2009, MLB commissioner Bud Selig described the number two as Major League Baseball’s foremost champion and ambassador. You embody all the best of Major League Baseball. … You have represented the sport magnificently throughout your Hall of Fame career. On and off the field, you are a man of great integrity, and you have my admiration.”

Jeter won 5 World Series Championships with the Yankees
Jeter won 5 World Series Championships with the Yankees (fasthorseinc.com)

Selig said it best, Jeter has really sparked an interest in baseball not only in the United States but also around the world. His undeniable talent has always been backed up by unmatchable statistics across the plate. Even though his numbers may not be as hot in his last seasons, there is not much more Jeter can give to the sport of baseball, he has done enough already.

I could spend all day and write a whole book about everything that Jeter has accomplished with the exception of a University Degree, the man has done it all. He is sure to find a shortcut to MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York whenever his career is over. Yesterday Johnson could have set that date for september 28 at Fenway Park against “Big Papi”and the Boston Red Sox, the NYY most fierce rival.

Post-season might be a more fitting finish for Jeter’s career, but even though it may all soon be over, his legacy to the Yankees and to the game will last forever.

6 Years Later…Thank You U.S.A.

Running a marathon in a city (Chicago) that means a lot made it that much more special.
Running a marathon in a city (Chicago) that means a lot made it that much more special.

It was August 5, 2008 when I left behind what I knew, who I knew and anything that seemed familiar to me. I had made the decision I never thought I would make when I was a little kid. Even a year before that day I was dreaming of moving in a different direction.  That day I crossed the border, heading into Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Out of all 50 states in the United States I seemed to have chosen the least popular one, everyone around me wished me luck in Ohio, or Idaho while I was headed somewhere else. I do like to step away from my comfort zone. This time I had no idea if I would turn back.

Six years later I do look back at that day. Even though I am back in Mexico I learned a lot about others but mainly about myself from August 5, 2008 to August 5, 2014. I made the decision based on athletics, but it changed my life. I went in blindfolded, I came out with a different perspective about pretty much everything. Except, mexican food remains as the best one to exist.

People ask me, what was it like to live in another country? I divide my six years into several parts. The first part was great because I was excited to discover a new place, a new culture. I believe there were about 5 mexicans at the college I attended my first two years. Thanks to Iowa Western Community College I got the opportunity to live abroad (once again).

I was excited to be away from home, but it didn’t take long for the excitement to vanish as I was being tested like never before. Running for a college in the U.S. is no joke no matter how good you are, in my case, how good you think you are. From day one I knew I was in for a huge challenge. The days went by and the results on the track were not pleasing my coach, at races I was not even close to delivering what was expected from me. Nerves and pressure were getting the best out of me.

I was pushing my body to an unknown limit, but my mind was not willing to go down the same path, too bad it had to. About two months into this adventure I finally had a good race. It took away lots of pressure, and then came Chicago, where with a better race I proved to myself and others that I had made it over the hump. Not to say things were easy from that point on but I regained confidence and never looked back.

That is why Chicago is such an important city for me, it really marked a before and after on my whole adventure. I kept working hard and my times continued to drop. On my second year I made it to the Half-Marathon Nationals. I didn’t win or wasn’t even close but I enjoyed it so much because of everything it meant and how hard it had been to make it there.

Running got me into the United States, but education kept me there. After two years at Iowa, where I made a lot of friends in a place where mexicans are a rare species, and winters can hardly get any colder I moved down to the Republic of Texas. Now Denton, Texas was my home. I kept running but on my own time, and I really started to study.

It took me a while to get used to everything, Texas has a mind of its own. Remember that I said that in Iowa there were around 5 mexicans in the whole college, here that number was probably the same but  per classroom. After a whole year of adaptation I finally got things rolling and focused on journalism like never before. I always knew that if I didn’t make it in life as a runner, I would love to travel the world to talk about sports.

In Iowa I had also studied the same thing but things got really serious at the Mayborn School of Journalism. There was no way I could have combined varsity track and journalism. I had a hard time digesting things at the beginning but with practice came great things. I started doing stories about pretty much anything I could think of. The best one yet is when I had the chance to fly on a WW2 airplane for free while recording the whole experience.

As I was studying to become a great reporter, I was also preparing myself to run marathons, (ran 4 while I was in Texas) and missed Boston by 75 seconds one time, I was the leader of the Running Club, I usually had one or two jobs to pay for my own expenses and tried to have some kind of social life. It wasn’t easy but it was possible. By this point I was barely going back home to see the family.

Coming into my final semester I had been looking for internships all over the place. I applied to almost every place possible. I went home for Christmas without a thing but the day I came back Telemundo called me for an interview, I obviously went and got the internship.

So on the final stretch of my college life I had even one more responsibility which meant that twice a day I had to drive an hour to and from Telemundo plus working on the local newscasts plus a sports show. It was a non-stop race to the finish. I survived and before May 10 (graduation day) I already had two real-world jobs waiting for me.

I did celebrate the accomplishment of graduating taking into consideration how hard it had been to get there. But there was not that much time to celebrate as the monday after graduation I was already working on my first assignment for “Al Día”, a local hispanic newspaper.

Just when I thought I had seen it and experienced it all I was in for yet another wake up call. I had never worked in a newspaper before, but I was hired for my writing skills. I had never edited a whole tv show before (at Telemundo), but I was hired because they liked how I did things during my internship. I was again under a lot of stress and pressure, I was again close to quitting and packing, but that did not happen. I do not do that, I wasn’t going to that time.

It took me close to two months to get things turned around. I had hit rock-bottom, there was only going up from there. I was now being sent out to cover the Cowboys, the Rangers, NASCAR and many other sporting events around the area. I started receiving less criticism and more compliments towards my work. I had pretty much started all over again.

The year went by, running was put on hold for a while due to work but I was doing what I liked. I was now ok with dealing with pressure, and was able to deliver 99% of the time. I started looking for a Work Visa Sponsorship but that never came, so I prepared my trip back home for good.

May 20, 2014 was the day I took off, but hopefully I get a chance to go back. Not necessarily to Dallas or Iowa, where I made great memories but anywhere to a country that pushed me to my limits over and over again. A place where I discovered how hard life can be when you’re on your own but also how good it feels to get back up.

Like Rocky says; “It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward.”

That is so true. I had great moments but I also fought huge battles against myself to make things work.

I learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of, something I’m quite sure wouldn’t have happened if I stayed at home and watched life go by. I lived some of the best experiences a guy at 25 could have wanted. My job as a reporter was just getting started in the DFW area, but I had the experiences of a veteran.

I hope I made an impact on the life of others just like many others did on mine. Thanks to running I got in, thanks to journalism I stayed, but thanks to perseverance I was able to hold on. Today I am collaborating on a project that gives more athletes the chance to experience what I experienced. (CMASAthletes.com)

Right now I am fighting another one to find a job. It’s taking me time but if I was able to overcome I did in just the past six years, I know I will find one. In the end, all I can say is…. “Thank You USA.”

This is just the start of a really big dream.
This is just the start of a really big dream.