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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

Race #1 is almost here!

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It’s 12:24am and I can not sleep but I can blog. My mind is moving a mile a minute and that tends to happen when I take a day off from training. I have my first event coming up in less than 6 days and the only thing I am nervous about is the bike (surprise…surprise) . For some reason, when I get on my road bike, I feel like I am standing on the edge of a cliff! My left foot locks into the clips too soon and I nearly tip over every time. But, practice makes perfect, so as the days get warmer, I will get more practice.

The running portion, I am prepared for. Again, surprise…surprise. I feel like I have put in enough miles and did pretty well in the last 5K I participated in. So, let’s see what happens. Now, all I have to do is stay hydrated, eat right and make sure my next few workouts are somewhat chill. Somewhat. LOL!

In order to perform well, you have to train smart, you have to workout in phases. The first phase is stabilization. The second phase is strength and the third phase is power. Depending on what sport you are in, it will vary and having a professional fitness trainer will definitely help.

Right now, I am in phase two. I will be moving into phase three in about 2 weeks and I am excited to see what these old bones can do.

Check out my March/April workout schedule (I’m a 5:30AM Club Member):

  • Monday - Recovery Workout 10 minute run | Full body resistance training | 10 min run | stretch

  • Tuesday - 3 mile run | core

  • Wednesday - 30 min HIIT Bike workout w/hills-run | full-body strength training

  • Thursday - 2.5 mile run w/speed

  • Friday - 4 Mile Friday

  • Saturday - 1.5 hour Bike w/hills

  • Sunday - Long run (6-10 miles)

Ok, I am finally getting sleepy and my computer power is getting low. Good night!…maybe….

KOZ Events | SD Tri Series | SD Tri Club

MANTRA RUNNING

Two years ago, I was having a really hard time getting back into “running shape”. My body felt like a square brick and I was falling A LOT! At first, I thought aging had finally caught up to me or maybe I wasn’t eating the right foods, non-the-less, I didn’t have the mojo to move properly. I tried everything but nothing seemed to help. I finally went to the doctor and my therapist to find out, “What the heck, man?!?”.

Later, I learned I was suffering mentally and physically from post traumatic stress disorder. Yep, PTSD. At first, I thought my therapist was pulling my leg but after chewing a few layers from that onion, she was spot on. See, a year prior, I physically fell apart because my life was falling apart. My body literally could not take the stress and it completely broke down. I couldn’t eat, sleep or workout. It was pretty rough.

My therapist told me I needed to change my way of thinking and focus in order to move forward. I started with meditation and cognitive therapy (taking negative thoughts/ideas and replacing them with positive ones). Both were helpful but not enough to get back into running. Helloooo! I’m a runner here! I gotta movvve.

Again, I tried everything from yoga to plain old walking and I have to say, I was bored OUT OF MY MIND! I had to find a way to start running again so I did a little more research on my own. Through my attempts with meditation, I learned about mantras, the idea of taking a a statement or slogan and repeating it over and over again. I found it fascinating that just a few repeated words could actually reprogram the way you think of yourself.

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It wasn’t until I saw an interview with 50 cent, the rapper, discussing mantras. 50 cent was given his own, special mantra from Deepak Chopra and it changed his life. Changed his life? Really? 50 cent? OK, I have to try this. I don’t know why the idea of 50 cent chanting a mantra intrigued me but it did and I figured, why not give it a shot.

I was not going to sit in a room alone and OHMMM my way through a yoga class, so I decided to try chanting my own mantra while running. I picked three words that described my future-self, locked it into my memory bank and headed out for a run. I started to chant the following phrase, “I am powerful, strong and blessed”. At first, I found it funny because I felt ridiculous running and chanting at the same time, but I kept going. Once I hit a rhythm, I started to focus on the words, my pace and my breathing. Next thing I know, the run is over and I successfully completed 3 miles. My mind was clear. I actually felt powerful, strong and blessed. I finished my run without falling or feeling exhausted. I used this method over a period of a month and it literally turned my training around.

I am not the first person to discover mantra running. Running is a very mental sport and many elite runners use mantras to get through some of their toughest races. For me, mantra running has evolved in the few years. At first, I was simply trying to change my focus but now, I use mantras when competing or when heading out for a tough, long run. Mantras are powerful and extremely effective. It’s a true testament on how your mind, body and spirit work together.

If you would like to learn more about mantras, shoot me an email. Let’s find out what words would work for you and try them on your next run. Good luck and happy running!

10 Reasons Why I Love My 4 Mile Fridays

I started my 4 mile Fridays a few months ago while training for my last couple of duathlons. Something I needed to do to stay motivated and get out of bed (really to get out of bed). I started posting my runs every Friday on my Instagram story for my own personal accountability. The more I posted the more people supported my craziness! So, now I feel like I have to get my 4 mile Fridays in…YASSS!

Check out 10 more reasons why I love my 4 mile Fridays

1. Gets me out of bed. 
2. Makes me feel like I have accomplished something other than the “norm”. 
3. Fights off all the negative thoughts that swim in my head. 
4. Controls my anxiety. 
5. Puts steps on my watch so I can brag about it at work with co-workers I compete with (I usually win-HA!). 
6. Brings incredible happiness & excitement to my soul for the entire day.
7. Reminds me of how blessed I am to get up on any given day and get those miles in and I’m STILL able to walk (not necessarily straight but I’m walking)!
8. Reminds me of how strong I am. 
9. Shows my girls that daily physical activity is a MUST. 
10. Gets me excited for an incredibly long HOT shower after my run (the best on a cold Friday morning)! ❤️

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Posted on February 8, 2019 and filed under Girl Power, Goals, Motivation.

IT'S COLD but you GOTTA KEEP IT MOV'N!

Photo credits ACE Fitness

Photo credits ACE Fitness

It’s that time of the year and it’s CoLD outside. In the morning, the bed feels so warm, it’s hard to get up and get out. Well, training must go on and I love using Mel Robbins FIVE SECOND rule to push myself out of bed. What do you do?

Now, I know I am in San Diego and not in the middle of a winter vortex but I am VERY familiar with chilly winter mornings and biting-cold nights. I am a Missouri girl born and raised. So, I am very familiar with sprinting from the house to the car trying to avoid the cold. It never really worked.

This MIGHT motivate you to keep going. Last week, it rained every day in San Diego and it was cold. I got up every morning, grabbed my gear and headed out for my morning run or gym workout…IN THE RAIN. I had a half marathon coming up, I was not going to let the rain slow me down. It was amazing!

5 things to Beat the Cold and Keep it Moving_No Excuses

  1. PREP THE GEAR near the BED. In short of wearing your gear to bed, I prep my gear near the bed. I make sure all my gear is ready to go so I can get up, do a quick change and be ready to hit the front door before I really wake up and change my mind.

  2. COVER UP TRIGGER BODY PARTS. Did you know if you do not cover your head in cold weather, you could lose up to 50% of your body heat according to Harvard Health? A cold head can also trigger blood vessel constriction under certain weather conditions. For me, my ears, neck, hands and feet HaTE the cold weather. Cold body parts make for an uncomfortable workout, so COVER UP. Plus, you don’t want to get sick.

  3. YOUR GOALS SHOULD BE VISIBLE. If you want to lose weight, get stronger, compete stronger or run faster, skipping training days will not get you there. Make sure the goals you set for yourself are visible before you go to bed and when you wake up. So, when the alarm goes off and you are laying there thinking “WHYYYY?”, your goals will remind you.

  4. TRAIN WITH A PARTNER. If you are not training with someone already or using a personal trainer, find one. The best thing about training with someone, you hold each other accountable. If you’re a good human being, you will not leave them waiting for you in the cold and yes, I typed “if you’re a good human being”. Can you tell i’ve been left before? LOL!

  5. BE GOOD TO YOURSELF. When you actually push yourself through the cold, it’s only going to benefit you and it’s going to feel gooood! You will feel like a BADA$$ after fighting the cold air, finishing a great workout and prepping for the next big thing of the day!

Did you know that training in the cold builds character and strength? Training your body through uncomfortable conditions makes you stronger mentally and physically. You will be better prepared when training or competing under perfect conditions.

Be happy and stay fit!

Mel Robbins 5 Second Rule | Harvard Health

Entering the New Year with a Quiet Bang

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I just completed my first event/half marathon for the year. It was nice, easy and surprisingly strong. Go figure…weight-lifting makes you stronger! During the off-season, I did a lot of weight training, eating and very little running. I took a few days off and when I was ready, I started running again. I didn’t put in a whole lot of miles but enough to keep me moving.

During the Christmas break, I did a handful of workouts with my soccer-playing daughter. She did a lot of strength and power training. My oldest girl, the track-star, worked her butt off and motivated me to do something every day. She woke up ready to run and lift and sprint and GO and and and GO! So, to have that energy in the house definitely helped.

I did SandyFeet’s Resolution Run - Half Marathon. At first, I was thinking about dropping down to the 10K because I didn’t run a ton of mileage before the event. It amazes me that I still get nervous but my daughter encouraged me to run the half marathon anyway. “MOM, just run the half. You’re in shape and at the end of the day, you will finish it., fast or slow.” EYEROLL, she was right. I ran a 7:45-8:00 min/mile pace. I felt strong throughout the entire race and the only time I stopped was at mile 4 cause a Gurl had to GOOOOOO!

The course was nice and flat. There was not a lot of 1/2 marathon participants and the weather was perfect. I was happy with my results. I got 3rd in my age division and 12th overall female. It’s a great start to an awesome year of running, cycling and possibly swimming! Yep, swimming. I am facing my fears this year!

So, Race #1I checked off! Next month_Valentine’s 10K run in Coronado! Hope to see you there.

SANDY FEET EVENTS | FOLLOW ME ON THE GRAM | KOZ EVENTS-Valentine’s 1K, 5K, 10K run

A GREAT YEAR full of GREAT STUFF

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I am not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I can’t keep them. I have these great ideas and then they fizzle after the first couple of weeks of the new year. Having typed that, 2018 showed me something new. It showed me that staying focused, staying on top of what’s important and being a little proactive will make for a great year full of great stuff! In 2018, goals were made along the way. Professionally, personally and athletically…mainly to handle my anxiety but it turns out, my goals handled my life!

This year, I decided to really think about who I want to be, where I want to go and how in the heck am I going to do it? I didn’t want to just write down and study a list a year, I wanted a realistic plan. I found a pretty cool tool on LinkedIn from the pages of Tony Robbins called Goal Mapping. You may have heard of it. You not only write down your goals_you answer two major questions, WHY is this goal important to you and WHAT STEPS do you need to take to get there?

This is a great tool to be alone with. Try and fill it out when you are alone, there are no outside influences and really try to make your dreams become reality. Goal Mapping is also an awesome tool for athletes, a sales office, a small business owner, even an active mom/wife who’s busy within her community. Goal Mapping puts things into perspective and sets you up for success.

Each year, my daughter and I have a “goal mapping” conversation, at least twice a year. She looks at accomplishments and mishaps in the past year, I tell her to write them down. Then we go through the “should-of, could-of, would-of” conversation to get all the gunk out of her system. Then I ask her, “What do you want? What do you want to accomplish? and How bad do you want it?”. I tell her to WRITE IT DOWN. Then, we come up with a plan on how she’s going to get there. It’s very effective. Again, student, parent, working-joe…you can use this tool!

For me, 2019 is the year of BUILDing. Each month, I want to build something new. Whether it’s organic, financial, relationships…SOMETHING. I don’t care, as long as I am builder great things in my life, that’s the theme for 2019 for me!

What is your word of he year? STRENGTH? FIGHT? WORK? GUIDE? FAITH? HOPE?…Before starting my Goal Map, I wrote the word BUILD at the top of the page. I have a new life right now. I am on my own, I am not looking back and I am excited! What’s going on with you? Write it down? Why is it important to meet that goal? Write it down…etc etc.

Even though I’ve been running for years, it’s like starting a brand new race. I am not familiar with the course, the people or the area the event is being held in but I’m ready. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time. My heart is beating fast, the gun goes off and I am out there with hundreds of thousands of people who are also trying to make it to the finish line. You know what? We will all get there in our own unique way and when we do, it will be fantastic!

So, if you are looking to start something new, start writing it down, ask yourself why and what are you going to do to get closer to your 2019 goals!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tony Robbins | Goal Mapping

Holiday Break | Off Season Training | Goal Setting

I am one of the lucky ones. I have a little time off before the New Year. I have to admit, I am enjoying my time off. During the first couple of days, I forgot I didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to workout. It was nice to sleep in, casually get up, head to the gym and/or run a few miles before starting my day. I immediately decided not to beat myself up if I didn’t follow a specific training plan. I have plenty of time to train in 2019. Right now, it’s all about eating a lot, maintaining a good-healthy weight and just being happy.

The first weekend before Christmas, I wanted to run 8 miles. After 5 miles, I was bored out of my mind (screaming this out loud as I type)! Yes, the “running addict” herself_the f i t n e s s freak goddess_was bored with running AND working out! Instead of beating myself up about it, I celebrated that I finished 5 miles, headed home, ate several pancakes, hung out with my girls and enjoyed the rest of my day. That run pretty much set the tone for the rest of my holiday break and it couldn’t have been any sweeter.

I have a half marathon coming up in about 10 days and I am mentally ready for it because I know I can complete it. Will there be any SeeNicRun record breaking time that day? Uh-no, I think not but what a great way to start the year off with a nice and easy 1/2 marathon! Uh-huh.

My goal for 2019? “BUILD”. I want to build a solid foundation for myself with my own talent, strength and ability_professionally and personally. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in the next few years and 2019 is going to get me there. What word describes how you see 2019? What are your goals? Share your thoughts and let’s kick 2019 in the “BOOTAH”!

Run and Wine

“Wining” + Running makes for a perfect day!

I have to say I am having a great “end of the year, birthday month”! I was recently invited to pretty cool birthday party hosted by my new friend Carrie from KOZ Events. The party was a day of wine tasting and running. Yes, it’s possible and yes, it was perfect.

I had NO IDEA Ramona had wineries! We ran from Carrie’s place to Kohill Winery, Principe Di Tricase Winery and later to the Cactus Star Home (links listed below).

Even though there were three stops, the “running” tour took most of the day. Each stop was approximately a mile away. Carrie had it all set up. You could run, bike or shuttle to each spot. One person set up the cheese, sweets and crackers at each stop, each person had a wrist band for wine tasting ($1 each spot) and the running route marked and easy to follow.

If you are looking for something cool to do with your running buddies, the Ramona Wineries is it. The area is pretty secluded and if you’re lucky, the weather is perfect. I mean, it’s San Diego, what more could you ask for?


CHECK OUT 4 REASONS to do a RUN AND WINE Event

  1. Learn how wine is created and what to look for in a good wine. The owner’s of each winery love talking about wine, what they are working on and how they created each bottle they sell. Best way to learn and be inspired.

  2. Drink wine with friends. For me, hanging with friends and reminiscing about the season is fantastic. Yes, I am a running nerd. So, hanging with like-minded athletes and sharing next year’s goals is so much fun!

  3. Team building. Another plus about this wine tour, there were a few of us who train together AND we are on the same competitive team. The only time we see each other is on race day. It was nice to sit and have a glass of wine with “the ladies” my team and bond!

  4. End of season celebration. For the serious runners and those serious about running, I am pretty sure your running season is all planned out, right? Why not plan a “end of the season” party/event with a “Running Wine Tour”? It’s all of the above + a celebration you survived another running season.

    FOR MORE INFO ON RAMONA WINERIES, CLICK ON THIS LINKS BELOW!

Kohill Winery | Principe Di Tricase Winery | Cactus Star Home |The Best 10 Wine Tours near Ramona, CA 92065 | SAN DIEGO WINE TOURS AT RAMONA RANCH WINERY | KOZ Events 2019

What now? OFF SEASON Training

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For me and many other multi-sport athletes, the 2018 duathlon/triathlon season is over, so now what? It’s time for plan B. Did you know the “off-season” is just as important as the season itself? Burn-out and getting the post-race blues are real, so I have listed 5 things that will keep you motivated and excited for the upcoming season.

Here are 5 things you can do during the “OFF-SEASON”

  1. REST. No, wait…S L E E P! If you are serious about your sport then you are serious about your training. As soon as the season ends C H I L L for a bit. If you can stand it, rest for one full week, maybe two. Give your body time to rest, recover and recharge. Sleep is perfect for that. Add a couple of hours a night if you can and let your body like you again.

  2. REFUEL with REAL FOOD. I know when I am in training and preparing for an event, I am watching EVERYTHING I put in my little body. So, when I take a break, I eat what I want, pretty much, when I want. Unless you are under strict orders from your doctor, allow yourself to let go and EAT!

  3. CROSS TRAIN. I know some of you just CAN NOT sit down and chill. I get it! So, cross train. Hit the gym, take up another sport that is not too hard on your body. I have a girlfriend who runs 5Ks each month until tri season starts again. Another takes up yoga and strength training. Me? I follow a strength and flexibility program to help prep me for next season.

  4. WRITE DOWN NEXT SEASONS GOALS. This is a great way to stay motivated and provide a clear path for your upcoming season. Write down the things you want to improve (time, technique and/or overall performance). I believe when you actually write down your goals there is a real connection of what you want and how you’re going to get it. So, start writing and start doing!

  5. STRETCH and “YOGI IT OUT”. Yoga and pilates are a great way to stretch out tight muscles, realign your body and mentally relax. In season, I can bet money many of my fellow-athletes do not stretch enough. How do I know? They are the ones who are always injured or limping. Yoga/stretching increases flexibility, improves athletic performance and prevent injuries.

Take your OFF SEASON seriously. Get the rest your body wants, train smart and enjoy life. Trust me, your body will thank you for it. ~Nicol is NASM and PES Certified