“For as long as I can remember, life has been measured in seconds. The fewer, the better.”
Most people equate success with having more, but Sanya’s quest was always for less. She started running track as a little girl in Jamaica and began competing when she was only seven. At 31 she’s had a career’s worth of conditioning to run a 400-meter race in 50 seconds, hopefully 49, or even better, 48.
When she started training with her coach, Clyde Hart, they divided her race into four phases: push, pace, position, poise, and with the inherent prayer. For years Sanya worked to hone every phase in practice so that when it came time to race, her body would respond as her mind instinctively transitioned from one phase to the next. As she got older and embraced a life that measures more than just a number on the time clock, she has realized the genius of this strategy for not just racing the 400 meters, but for living her best life.
Sanya shares triumphant as well as heartbreaking stories as she reveals her journey to becoming a world-class runner. From her childhood in Jamaica to Athens, Beijing and London Olympics, readers will find themselves inspired by the unique insights she’s gained through her victories and losses, including her devastating injury during the 2016 Olympic Trials forcing career retirement just weeks before Rio. Sanya demonstrates how even this devastating loss brought her closer to the ultimate goal of becoming all God created her to be.
”Sometimes you think you are chasing a gold medal, but that’s not what you are chasing. You’re racing to become the best version of yourself.”
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About the Author
Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican-American track and field athlete who competes internationally for the United States. She is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters and the winner of multiple Olympic gold medals. Off the track, Sanya is an entrepreneur, TV personality, public speaker, and humanitarian. She designs and executes sports clinics across the United States to educate, empower, and teach youth with tools and strategies to excel both on and off the track. Sanya is married to two-time Super Bowl champion Aaron Ross and they live in Austin, TX.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The 4 P's: Push, Pace, Position, Poise 17
PUSH: Chase Your Dream
1 Champion Girl: Realizing Your Talent 27
2 A Star Is Born: Manifesting Your Talent 37
3 Soldier Status: Finding Your Voice 57
4 Competition of One- Getting Out of Your Own Way 71
PACE: Create Your Rhythm
5 Tunnel Vision: Eyeing the Finish 85
6 Fallen Star: Staying Disciplined 97
7 Sprint Queen: Getting Back to Basics 107
8 Winner's Glow: Going with Life's Flow 115
POSITION: Go with Courage
9 Meeting Grace: Knowing You're Always Loved 127
10 Team SRR: Leading from Behind 145
11 Glam & Gold: Leaping on Faith 161
POISE: Commit to the Finish
12 Lean In: Trusting the Plan 171
13 Exchange Zone: Accepting Change 179
14 Victory Lap: Taking a Bow 189
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What does an athlete know about grace? In the book CHASING GRACE -What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life by Sonya Richards Ross answers this question. The concepts are presented in four key words: Push, Pace, Position and Poise but it is all about determination. In this book, CHASING GRACE the author shares with the reader the journey she took in achieving her goals. This path included such disappointments as discovering someone she admired was not such a shining star. How do you handle discovering someone you thought was perfect wasn’t really? This book is a quick and easy read and contains real life details about the ups and downs of being an athlete from a Christian perspective. There is nothing really dramatic found within the pages but there is a very real story being told- success is not always pretty. The lessons the author learned as an athlete have been successfully transferred to life in general from a Christian perspective. This is not your average motivational book which is refreshing in this day of motivational speakers. With practical tips presented in a digestible format this book is a good read and I recommend reading it. — written by Marsha L F Randolph Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”