Posts filed under Motivation

END OF SEASON

2ND OVERALL FEMALE | FINISHERS MEDAL

2ND OVERALL FEMALE | FINISHERS MEDAL

2019 HEREV TEAM

2019 HEREV TEAM

IT’S OVER for NOW!

What a great duathlon season! 🏃🏾‍♀️🚴🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️

I completed two full seasons without missing one race AND I am so proud of myself. I plan on doing it again next year! 2020 looks like it is going to be a big year for me with big goals and changes. My daughter heads off to school and my oldest starts her life as a UPenn graduate. Um, things are going to be a bit different.

Back to the subject at hand, to all the amazing ladies who competed along side of me...thank you for keeping me motivated and on my toes! It has been so much fun going back and forth on the course, being passed, passing and watching each other make the podium. Who said age, size or background matters? I didn’t!

My last race of the season could have been a bit better, but coulda-shoulda-woulda, right? I still had a solid race. I still made the podium. So, I will not start complaining now but I wouldn’t be an old-school runner if I didn’t complain about an injury or two, right?

God willing, there is always next year with good fortune and new opportunities. With that said, I am ready to turn up the volume to get to my awesomeness and I WILL get there!

As always, keep moving, keep going and never give up…for anyone or anything! #beyou

TIME FOR A FEW HALF MARATHONS NOW! Where they at?

ROCK the BAY was ROCKY

…but the ladies ROCKED!

2019 TEAM HEREV

2019 TEAM HEREV

With one more race to go, I completed the famous but infamous Rock the Bay Duathlon. Infamous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride and famous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride! You read correctly. Having blogged that, when you’re done, you find a whole new set of chest hairs to be proud of!

Rock the Bay Triathlon/Duathlon is one of the more challenging events in the KOZ tri-series. When it comes to the bike ride, you have to navigate around the slower riders, dodge the super fast riders, look out for all the pot holes and maneuver around very the sharp turns with tons of people taking the same turns. Last year was my first year participating in this event. It was an EYE OPENER to say the least. I was shocked at how hard it was because, like I said, you have to pay attention to eVErYThiNg around you BUT Rock the Bay made me a better bike rider for sure!

This year did not disappoint with the drama. No, not the event itself but for me and my teammates! One of my girls fell transitioning from the water to the bike. We were literally crossing paths. While she was in the midst of her race, I was running to the starting line. From the corner of my eye, I saw a woman go down and immediately turned to help but when I realized it was a teammate, I freaked out and hung around until I saw she was OK. Her feet flew from under her (the ground was so slippery) and her head met the concrete with a nice bounce to it. Don’t worry, she’s good! She’s TOUGH. MY GOODNESS! She freaked the sugar-poops out of me.

Once I finished the first mile run, I headed out on the bike. Coming around the first curve, a guy twice my size went down! I just missed him by a few inches and got around him. Sorry, guy! Once I completed the first loop, on to the second one. I was kind of struggling and couldn’t understand why until a rode over a bump and heard some metal. I looked down and noticed my back tire was flat as a pancake! SERIOUSLY? Seriously. I didn’t know what to do. Well, yes I did. I had to keep going because I didn’t have a spare and I don’t do tires. Ah,no.

As I was coming back to finish the 3 mile run, I saw another teammate heading in my direction. I put my hand up to give her a high five and she throws both of her hands up, full of black grease yelling “technical difficulties”! Apparently, her bike chain decided to play tricks on her after hitting a bump in the road. Her bike chain dropped and unlike me…Miss Prissy over here…SHE got off the bike and fixed it, got back on the bike, caught up with her competition and made the PODIUM! Yasssss!

Hey, sugar-poop happens and you just have to make the best of it. The one great thing I learned this weekend, I have truly surrounded myself around some AMAZING women. We are BOSSES, baby! We love competition. We love to finish what we started. My teammates, my girlfriends…ALL OF THEM…ROCK!

I have to dedicate this blog post to all the women out there who ROCK! The one great thing about being a woman with just a little tenacity? Women will make things happen no matter what the circumstances. Rock the Bay was RoCkY but the women at this event truly ROCKED!

RESULTS for SEENICRUN: 5th overall human | 2nd overall female | 1st age division | 45 seconds slower than last year…thanks Mr. Flat Tire!

CVC DUATHLON and DUATHLON!

So, the entire event became a duathlon. According to the county of Chula Vista, the bacteria levels in the water were too high for the competitors to swim in, so the swim became a run and all the triathletes had an awesome training day!

For me? LET ME TELL YOUUU...I was NOT in the mood to race. I know, I know, there should be no room for whining or complaining but on this day? NOPE. I was NOT feeling this event AT ALL! I was in a cRaPpY mood for 4 glorious DAYS prior and on race day!

Look, I was just not in the mood to race. I did not want to be around people. I did not want to do a n y t h i n g BUT I did the darn thang and boy, am I happy I did! I had points to collect and I was not going to let my bad attitude stop me.

So, here is the breakdown.

RUN_1 mile. The start was an individual start for all the competitors. I placed myself near the front so I could get out as fast as I could. I completed the first mile in 6 mins 34 seconds.

BIKE_12 miles. I have to say, it was a better ride than last year. The roads were in much better condition, so the ride was a lot smoother.

RUN_5K. The last 3 miles were pretty awesome! Why? I kept a really good running pace, a 7:15min/mile to be exact and the weather was perfect, overcast with no heat. I came in 4th place overall female, second in my age division. I knocked 4 minutes off my time from last year. So, ALL OF THAT made me happy!

Later that evening, I was fine. I was in a better mood and quickly started to focus on my next race in September. I took 2 days off to rest and got right back into training by Wednesday. This week, I am looking forward to my interval training. I am just happy I can still do what I do when I want to do it. I hope your having a great summer!

KOZ EVENTS | SD TRI SERIES | HEADSWEATS

New Shoes = New "Thangs"

New shoes for a new week doing new thAngs!

Earlier this week I posted a pic of my old running shoes and how I was not ready to give them up. Well, that was silly because I finally slid into my new pair and I quickly forgot about the old ones! The new ones were just as comfortable, if not more and I was really excited about my next run! My new kicks also inspired me to do 3 new things outside of my comfort zone. It was mentally challenging but I did it! I surprised myself and the fear of it all just disappeared. If I can do it, anyone can!

Just like my old kicks, my old ways were easy and familiar, tricking me to believe everything was AOK but when I switched things up...WOW, I felt so much better!

Look, you have to eventually take off those old shoes and put on the new ones. That’s how you learn, move forward and make amazing things happen in your life. So, this week challenge yourself and try something new! No matter the outcome, you will learn something new about yourself and what you can do!

I am wearing the Hoka One One - Women’s Clifton 6

Celebrating Women of Color in Sports

Recognizing Women of Color on the Track

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 2019 NCAA Track and Field meet in Austin, TX, thanks to my daughter who qualified in the 800 meter run. The best of the best, division 1 athletes, competed for a NCAA title. The men competed on days 1 and day 3, while the women competed on days 2 and 4.

On Saturday night, the meet couldn’t be anymore perfect. The heat from earlier in the day slowly cooled down and the competition heated up. As a former collegiate runner, it was really nice to be in the stands and not on the field. While waiting for the 800 meters to start, I was watching the triple jumpers. I was amazed at their strength, focus and drive. These young ladies were confident and jumping their hearts out! Let me tell you, the strength of a woman is an amazing thing to watch.

It wasn’t until the final few jumps and the women’s 100 meter dash that I started to focus on the spectrum of black women participating in every event. It sent chills, good chills, up and down my spine. So many different hairstyles, complexions, heights, shapes and everything in between, we were there…breaking records and making track and field history! Yes, I had a #blackgirlmagic spiritual moment and it was amazing! I was so proud.

I honestly can not think of any other sport that creates that kind of emotion in me. Yes, there is Serena Williams, Dominique Dawes and Ginger Howard and so many others, but there is something about having an arena filled with black, smart, athletic and dominating young women. Track and field embodies all of that.

I love being a woman and I am extremely proud to be a black woman, a black mother. There are definitely frustrations that come along with it but you learn, “teach”, re-adjust and move on.

My daughter? She made it to the finals and came in second overall. She got her NCAA trophy and represented women and women of color, along with her competitors extremely well. I couldn’t ask for a better day! If you are a woman of color in sports or any profession, I applaud you and I will be in the stands cheering for you. There’s a lot to be done, so keep moving forward, ladies!

Serena Williams | Dominique Dawes and Ginger Howard | NCAA Track and Field

The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Malcolm X 1962