Clipped Wings
by Tianna Bartoletta on August 19th, 2017
I am.If this were jeopardy, and “I am” was the answer then the question would be this: “Who is Team USA’s best leadoff leg in recent history?”Answer: I am.I’m not trying to be cocky or arrogant it’s not actually my style. But like Liam Neeson a la “Taken” I do possess a particular set of skills…Those skills include my ability to use geometry, physics, adrenaline, and pure savagery to destroy the s...  Read More
by Tianna Bartoletta on July 31st, 2017
I've shown you more of myself in the last two months than I ever have. I've bared my makeup-less face and competed with my heart on my sleeve for better or worse. I've opened my notebook and started to write again, I reminded you while reminding myself that I have a voice-a rich one with many timbres. And most importantly I've been honest.   Read More
It Takes Money...
by Tianna Bartoletta on July 13th, 2017
We have ALL heard this line. And we all know it’s true too. Since the unveiling of my e-book, “Why You’re Not a Track Star” my inboxes across all my social media platforms and email addresses have been filling up with young eager athletes asking me what it takes.

I want to say the usual things…

an unwavering belief in yourself…

an impressive unparalleled work ethic…



I’m not

...  Read More
99 Problems...
by Tianna Bartoletta on July 8th, 2017
I keep trying to avoid this subject. Like I used to avoid talking politics at the dinner table. But it’s popping up over and over again and my inquisitive nature won’t allow me to ignore it any longer. 

It’s the question of the future of track and field in America.

Why is it that a sport in which every single person has claimed to have participated commands so little in terms of visibility, marketab

...  Read More
Just Us.
by Tianna Bartoletta on June 20th, 2017
I’ve been to Oslo several times but I’ve never seen it like this. 

I arrived in Oslo from Amsterdam late Tuesday Night, well after my bedtime- and well into the beginning of my delirious exhaustion stage. In fact, I was so tired that I couldn’t even remain standing to wait for my bag in baggage claim. I stood with my back against the wall and slowly slid down it into a seated position. Who knew i

...  Read More
Paying it Forward
by Tianna Bartoletta on June 16th, 2017
In the spirit of full disclosure, I let “global running day” come and go. The only acknowledgement I could muster was a retweet of someone else saying, “happy global running day.”  So let me tell you how I really feel about running—more specifically how I feel about track and field.

But before that…some context.

I was a three-sport athlete for years: volleyball, basketball, track. But some time duri

...  Read More
Mirror, Mirror...
by Tianna Bartoletta on June 11th, 2017
Fairy tales often are life lessons sprinkled in glitter. So in Snow White when you see a gorgeous queen going to a mirror to ask it who "the fairest of them all" is-- the takeaway is that people need validation.

Even the beautiful ones.

But what does it mean to be validated? One of the primary definitions of validation is this: the act of checking or proving the validity of something.

The Queen, befo

...  Read More
Note To Self...
by Tianna Bartoletta on May 31st, 2017

You don't know me. At least not yet. If I passed you on the street something about me would seem familiar and give you pause but you’ll keep walking because you won’t quite be able to put your finger on what it is.

...  Read More