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That Last Minute Decision

HOW MIND OVER MATTER WORKS…

Well, the craziness continues and if you’ve been following me, it’s no secret that I am enjoying the craziness. The latest challenge, the Temecula Half Marathon. The struggle is real! LOL! I just started my endurance training 2 weeks ago! #craziness

A month ago, I was up to 7 or 8 miles and I was in duathlon shape but not really “half marathon” shape. I knew the Temecula Half was coming up and I was an entry winner from a previous run. All I had to do was sign up, but October 21st arrived sooner than expected. Dang it!

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Well, two weeks ago, a good friend of mine convinced me to join her for her Sunday morning 10 miler training runs. TEN! She didn’t have to twist my arm because I was ready for the challenge and MAN I felt it. 2 weekends in a row.

I finally signed up for the Temecula half last Thursday and started praying and thinking_A LOT.

I wanted to finish the race in 1 hour and 40 “something’ minutes. I refused to completely stop. If I stopped running I better be walking at a fast pace. I knew I would be good for AT LEAST 10 miles. Well, 11 miles into it, I was AOK! Miles 12 and 13? Those two miles were another story but I ran/walk the last hill and sprinted to the finish because a couple of women decided to race me to the finish. UGH! I got’em. LOL!

SANDY FEET EVENTS did a great job with this half marathon. In the past, the route has been very hilly and we ran on an uneven dirt road. This year, the route was pretty straight forward. The road was paved and the only challenge was an 800 feet elevation between mile 3 and 7. No complaints AT ALL. I think “real races” should be challenging and this one delivered. The wine and beer garden was amazing but they needed more taco trucks! So, great job TEMECULA HALF and to the crazy, hardworking ladies of SANDY FEET EVENTS_”thank you” for a great time.

 
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What I want to share with you…how MIND over MATTER really does work and this is how it worked for me.

  1. Stop doubting yourself. If you put the work in, have a grasp of what’s going on and you love what you do_leave doubt at the door.

  2. Visualize. For three days I visualized myself running each mile. I knew how I would feel and I could see myself running a particular pace, even if I had to walk, I knew how that would look and applied it to my Sunday’s race.

  3. Be realistic. At one point in my half marathon running life, I could pace at a 7:30-7:35 minute mile. I KNEW I was not prepared for that, so I figured if I could pace at an 8:30 mile, I would be good. 8:19 was my average pace.

  4. Stay strong mentally, physically and spiritually. I kept a positive mind, took care of my body and stayed positive. The day before the race, someone shared their negative/doubtful thoughts towards my race goal. It took me by surprise but I didn’t let it bother me. Right then and there, I knew I was ready for this race and would be successful.

  5. Learn from your experience. Each race I participate in, I learn more and more about who I am. No matter where I am in life. This race taught me, “mind over matter” is powerful and I need to start applying this theory to my real life. It’s happening and my life will be awesome and I am excited for the future!

The End of a Season

I can not believe the San Diego Triathlon/Duathlon season is over. I actually finished over six sprint duathlon events this year. My goal was to complete one event each month and I did it!

If you are following my blog post, the last race of the series was the Mission Bay Triathlon/Duathlon event which was the first triathlon event in San Diego. There were so many awesome competitors out there, old and new. Everyone brought amazing energy to the course.

Remember, when one season ends, another season begins.

Here are 5 things I learned during this amazing Duathlon Season

I CAN DO IT. I always knew I could do a duathlon but I wasn’t sure how competitive my body would allow me to be. In the past, I competed in just one or two duathlons a year, NOT SIX! It was challenging but the training kept me on my toes and wanting more.

I AM STRONGER THAN I THOUGHT. Near the end of the season, I became much stronger. I altered my workouts to assimilate brick workouts. I didn’t have a lot of time to really train like I wanted to so I altered my workout program. It’s not always good to train yourself but I know what muscles needed to be stressed for competition and, let me tell you, I stressed the hell out them!

IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE WIN (kind of). It was nice to win an event or two but if I didn’t, I was AOK with it. Why? I felt like I finished something I started and I learned A LOT about myself at each race. Remember, live, make mistakes, learn and do better next time.

COMPETING IS BETTER THAN A “QUICK FIX” DRUG. While pushing through this competitive season I was also working through a difficult divorce, anxiety and depression. Let me tell you, doctors are quick to prescribe antidepressants and other drugs to numb the pain. Um, no thank you! Did you know that exercise is one of the best ways to fight anxiety and depression? You don’t have to run a marathon just start moving and stress the body. Get your BUTT MOV’N!

SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE FILLS UP YOUR SPIRIT. When you surround yourself with other supporting athletes, your spirit is filled with a lot of goodness and positivity. You train together, share goals and encourage each other to KEEP GOING and I have to tell you, when you have people who genuinely like to see you succeed, you can not fail.

All-in-all, I had an amazing FULL duathlon season here in San Diego and I can not WAIT until next year! To all the runners, duathletes, triathletes and training partners…have a great rest of the year and thank you for being in my life.

 
 

SOLANA BEACH TRI | DU EVENT

My duathlon racing continues. I had a another great weekend hanging with some amazing athletes. Solana Beach Triathlon/Duathlon is by far my favorite event of all time and I've run A LOT of races. The athletes are amazing, the spectators are super supportive and Solana Beach is beautiful. The ONLY thing I didn't like was the humidity but you can't fight with Mother Nature, so you push through it!

The first mile run felt pretty good. I had no problem getting out and making my mark. The first transition was quick, I didn't mess around and shaved 6 seconds off my transition time. The bike is usually my handicap but I refused to let the bike get the best of me. I pedaled and pushed all 9 miles. I have to say, when you train on a bike, you get comfortable on a bike, and you ride better on a bike...GENIUS...WHO KNEW?! Guess what, I shaved 8 minutes off my bike time! Second transition went well AND THEN THERE WAS THE 5K RUN. AHHHH!

OH MY GOODNESSSSSS! This time it wasn't my legs, I mean, they felt like jello but I was able to handle that...it was my darn breathing. With the thick air and being an asthmatic, it was a little difficult. I literally stopped, got my mind right, got over myself, put one foot in front of the other and pushed through it. 

So, I am VERY happy with my results. I received 4th overall and won my age division. No complaints when your competitors are 10-20 years younger than you. Happy Running!

Raising Female Student-Athletes

First of all, raising a kid is a challenge. From being an infant to the terrible 2s AND 3s (!), elementary school to hormonal teenagers! Yep, parenting is a challenge but SO WORTH IT. B U T when you add in athletics and extra curricular activities, life gets really busy really FAST! My girls started their athletic careers in ballet and tap classes once a week (oh, the good old days), now it's soccer, soccer and SOCCER and lots of running and track strategies to discuss.

Remember when you were a kid and you could try out for your favorite sport at the local high school? Everything was right there, with very little travel unless you won the conference title. Now, there is a club for every sport imaginable and clubs require dedication, time and money. 

For me, raising young female student-athletes was a requirement. If they wanted to do theatre or music, no problem, but in the meantime I wanted a sport to keep them physically challenged. 

All American 800m/Ivy-League Champion | Regional Soccer Champion/National Runner-up Surf Soccer

All American 800m/Ivy-League Champion | Regional Soccer Champion/National Runner-up Surf Soccer

Even though there's a 1 in 3600 chance of becoming a "professional" female athlete (in basketball alone), the benefits of being a female athlete are awesome.

BELOW I HAVE LISTED 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN RAISING FEMALE ATHLETES:

  1. Find a sport that your daughter loves to participate in. When your female athlete loves her sport, she will perform better, learn new techniques faster and will constantly search for ways to improve.
  2. Be supportive. This is always a hard one for parents (even myself at times). Whether your girl wins or loses, she has to know you still support her. As a parent, we will do anything to protect our girls but when they under-perform, parents can display disappointment quickly. Let it go and love them anyway.
  3. Wins are AWESOME, loses are learning opportunities. My girls LOVE to win and HATE to lose. That's normal. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, I have them write down what went right and what can they do different next time. It holds them accountable and helps shape what they want out of the sport.
  4. Allow rest, recovery and "girl-hood". When your girl finally gets a break, LET HER TAKE IT or in my case, MAKE HER TAKE IT. Between school, sports, peer-pressure and parents...it takes a toll on our girls. When they get a day off, let them sleep in, hang out with their girlfriends and do things they love to do. This will prevent burn-out, injuries and melt downs.
  5. Stick to the plan, schedule and goals. This goes back to being supportive. This is also where a lot of sacrifice happens with both parents and the student-athlete. Your student-athlete should have a clear plan, schedule and goal they want to reach. It's up to the parents and the student-athlete to stick to all three and if something doesn't benefit them, then do not allow "whatever it is" in their life. 

Remember, being a student-athlete is hard but extremely beneficial. Student-athletes learn time management, a solid work ethics, team work, physical endurance and responsibility. These are all great aspects they will carry with them in their future, real-life settings. 

GLOBAL SPORTS BRA DAY...JUNE 24TH

 
 

TOMORROW is GLOBAL SPORTS BRA DAY and it's still CHILLY in San Diego! SDIT is also happening and I am a part of a TRI-RELAY team with TEAM HERevolution. Of course, I am going to be the runner in this mix and I have to say, I am nervous! Running 6 miles isn't the problem but running a good time is what I am worried about. So, I will be doing some praying, meditating and some positive thinking for tomorrow's race. What do you do when you get nervous before a race? What's funny about me being nervous, I haven't been this nervous in years...BUT...I am ready! So, bring it on SDIT relay teams! LOL!

Find Your Spark

 
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Happy Thankful Thursday! 👋🏾

I am a proud ambassador for @momentumjewelry and this motivational wrap is dedicated and will be going to my oldest daughter! So get ready, here goes the proud mama stuff. 

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My girl runs for the University of Pennsylvania and is a walking brain! She’s a hard worker and can fight her way through anything. 

Before she left San Diego in 2016 she was named the top female athlete and most decorated high school runner of all time in San Diego. Now she is becoming at top Ivy League runner! 😆

She has worked hard for everything and can clearly see where she is going. 

One thing that we do before and after every one of her races; we discuss strategy and mindset. She still calls me today before and after every meet. If there is ONE thing I tell her before every race...”Don’t worry”, focus, run hard, have fun and learn from the experience! . . . win or no win

If you have a young athlete in your home and “THEY” WANT to be an athlete encourage them everyday to put in the work, envision being the best and have fun! It’s not about the win, it’s about finishing, learning and feeding their soul. My girl LOVES running and learning. I am so proud to step back and witness her greatness (win or no win). She’s amazing!...I’m NOT gonna 😭 😉...I'm not crying! 

  • PUT THE WORK IN. Listen to the coaches, learn why you are training the way you are and work hard.

  • LEARN. There are no mistakes in life. What happens is what happens. No one can turn back time so learn from what YOU think is a "mistake". Write it down. Practice not to do it again. MOVE ON.

  • HAVE FUN. The training is the hard part, the competition will be the fun part. Testing your skills, focusing on what you want and pushing through the negatives to get to the positives. This is what you worked hard for.

  • FEED YOUR SOUL. Sometimes you see other athletes work so hard but never get over the hump. They only do so much to get by. It's the athletes that are hungry for the win, they are hungry to feed their soul because their sport is everything. Those are the ones who succeed, whether they win or not, they are happy with who they are and how their hard work paid off.

#findyourspark 

On a MISSION

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Ok, so you know how you decide you are going to do something, you get started and three days into it, you really think "I am really doing something here!"? That's where I'm at right now. I am so excited to start this new strength training program. I am only doing basic stuff but MAN, I didn't realize how weak I was until I started to throw some real weight around. It's been a minute!

This past week, I have been consistently running, biking (eh?) and strength training. The duathlon season starts next month and I want to be ready.

So, for the next 2 weeks, I will be working on the following...

  • strength
  • endurance 
  • core
  • flexibility

I have completed 4 weeks of functional training with light weights. Now I am in the strength training phase for the few weeks before I graduate to power training. 

When adding strength training to your workout, make sure you stretch, take days off from weight training, eat the right foods and drink plenty of water. Building muscle can be fun but you have to take care of yourself along the way. Meet with a nutritionist who can help you with the right foods to eat before and after a workout. In the upcoming weeks, I will share with you what works for me and as a trainer, suggest meals and snacks to eat as well!

Whether you are a brand new athlete or a seasoned runner, let's keep each other motivated to keep pushing forward!

Resistance Band Workout

When I travel, I always grab my favorite resistance band and throw it in my suitcase. Resistance bands are light, easy to pack and very effective. I don't always have the time to hit the gym in a new or unfamiliar city. So, I have my little bands just in case. Here are 3 exercises that will work the entire body if done right. 

TAKE NOTE

  • Watch my posture
  • Do 3 sets of each exercise for 45 seconds - 1 minute each
  • 1 minute rest w/water break between each exercise
  • Pace your workout with a nice pace and
  • Do NOT rush through the workout

EXERCISES

  • Squats with overhead press (legs, shoulders and triceps)
  • Bicep curls with side steps (strengthens IT band, biceps, gluteus minimus)
  • Leg extensions with overhead press (legs, shoulders, triceps and abdominals)

GOOD LUCK and EMAIL ME if you have any questions!

VEINS, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

 

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I have these massive veins

in my hands and neck. When I am in tip top shape, they pop up along the front of my arms and legs as well. I get my crazy veins from my mother. Her hands are veiny too. I use to hate them because when I was younger_high school / college the kids would make fun of me. 

Now when I look at my veins, I LOVE THEM! I appreciate my veins. They remind me of all that good blood flowing & pumping through my body!

Think of an area on your body that you don't particularly get excited about BUT if you really think about it, it could be a sign of strength. Maybe you have massive calves or broad shoulders, a wide back or a big butt. Yep, I said it! Something may look off to you but someone else, they are looking at you like your BOSS!

My Granny is BOSS! She is no longer with us but I remember her being top heavy with legs that were KIND OF skinny compared to the rest of her body and guess what, they were veinyI NEVER heard her complain about her body or what she looked like. She would make little jokes here or there but she was very happy being Mattie! My Granny was a big ball of energy and her presence was BOLD! I would look at her and see amazement, strength and joy. She was ALWAYS happy, laughing and EVERYBODY knew her! Men LOVED HER! 

My point is...today, there is so much pressure on women to look our best or look like someone we are not. From the way we dress to how we comb our hair to what we were or don't wear. The pressure is on.  Many go under the knife to find perfection (and there's nothing wrong with that_I could use a boob job! LOL!), I just hope we are truly happy with who we are inside before we start changing what we think is wrong on the outside.  Body shaming is real at every age and stage of our lives. Girls are falling victim and older women are being shamed FOR simply AGING! It's gotta stop and it starts with you and me.

Beating yourself up over your body image will make you crazy OR at least the people around you. Making fun of other women is down right mean and cruel. For me, I have a very small chest, skinny legs, knobby knees, lots of gray hair coming in (thank GOD for hair color) and big feet!!! I think my butt is shrinking too...but THAT'S WHAT I GOT AND THAT'S WHAT I WORK WITH! YEP. If I want to change something about my outward appearance, my motto, I better be happy on the inside first

Remember, it doesn't matter what you look like, what color your skin, what kind of hairstyle you sport, as long as YOU are happy with yourself, it doesn't matter what others say. Make sure you are taking good care of yourself, living a healthy lifestyle and really practicing self care.If you can do those three things, you are on the right track...in fact you are PERFECT!  

Goodbye 2017!

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Good bye 2017 and

Thank you

This picture really shows the epitome of 2017 for me. I am smiling, but I am not at a 100%. I am waving and I really DO want this year to end. I am smiling but the weight of the world from unnecessary circumstances has changed my life

Yet, all in all, I would not change one day about this year. Even though I can't believe I just typed that last sentence, I wouldn't! Through the anger, tears and frustration, I have had some fantastic days throughout this year. I have met some amazing people and I am motivated to do so much more with my life!

The challenges I faced this past year has shown me the one thing I have always known...I am a one tough cookie. One thing I was taught to believe in the past 22 years of my life, I was not smarter than your average bear on my own. Well, I am not only smarter than the average bear, I can make amazing things happen for myself in the most positive way. All I have to do is stay focused and believe in God's power. 

I am not only looking forward to 2018, I am looking forward to tomorrow! I am excited for the things that are coming my way...good and not so good. I feel like 2016 and 2017 taught me a lot about myself and now it's time to take those lessons and put them to the test. 

For SeeNicRun aka "Nicol", I will continue to share new ideas and challenges when it comes to running, fitness and the community around me. Yet, it will no longer be the "matter of fact" way I have always done in the past. I want to help others make real, significant changes in their life. That's always been my goal but through different avenues and visions that feel organic and real.

For the people who have decided not to be part of #teamNicol this past year, I say good-bye to you as well and truly wish you the best of luck. There will always be players, haters and "the game". The only game I am focused on is my own_on God's court with my team of family and friends.

Thank you 2017 for everything...even that last little nugget of surprise from your ring leader this past week_thank you! I may be beaten down by a lingering cough and seasonal virus but it's only temporary. I always come back ready to build more muscle, run more miles and bike tougher terrains. I am R E A D Y. 

Welcome 2018!