Oregon Track Club Elite (OTC) star Bridget Franek has announced on her personal blog that she is tacking a leave of absence from the sport effective immediately.
Franek is a middle distance runner and is particularly skilled in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, an event she qualified for and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She finished 14th overall in the Olympic final.
The 25-year-old graduated from Penn State in 2010 and has been involved in professional track with OTC elite ever since.
Here is Franek’s Blog Post
[gn_quote style=”1″]Immediately after Nationals I was gung-ho to go to Europe and chase a P.R.
Since then, plans have changed.
I’ve decided to hang up the spikes temporarily and take an extended break from the sport.
I am headed back to Oregon for the summer. My soul, my spirit, and my passion need to be recharged.
I am scared, I am nervous, but I am also excited. I did not achieve my running goals this year but I have decided to take this as a new opportunity, a wake up call. I never wanted my personal identity to be defined solely by who I am on the track but in my dedication and intense focus throughout the past 8 years, I realize I have been blocking out a huge portion of myself and life. Its time for me to be reminded again of who I am outside the oval. I love running and competing and I am not ready for this phase of my life to be over, I just want to learn how to incorporate and express my true self through it better. That is my new summer mission.[/gn_quote]