What a surprise tonight! I was named the “Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018” by Koz Events and San Diego Triathlon Series. I am in shock and honored.
If you know me, you know I had a rough couple of years_personally. At the beginning of this year I decided I needed a good distraction, so I committed myself to train for AT LEAST 3 duathlons and couple of running events. I surrounded myself with other multi-sport athletes ended up doing 7 duathlons, 3 5K runs and 2 half marathons this year!
Yep, I desperately needed strength and positivity in my life and I got it. As each month flew by this year, I was getting stronger mentally and physically. I was not going to be stopped.
I want to thank all my parents, daughters and close friends for their support and motivation to keep going this year. Thank you KOZ events and the San Diego Tri Series from the bottom of my heart and "sole" for pushing this old-girl forward and making 2018 a fantastic year! So grateful.
If you are looking for your next challenging run why not try a few trail runs? Trail running is a great way to increase leg strength and build endurance. Every trail is different because of the hills, rocky terrain and unbalanced trails.
SEASICK SPORTS has an awesome series of trail runs right here in the San Diego area. If you are new to trail running start with one of their 5K trail runs and work your way up to a half marathon. What makes each run unique is that each run has it’s own challenges. Don’t worry, the race crew does a great job of directing the runners and helping everyone have a successful event.
Check out the upcoming races below. For more information, click on the photos and sign up with raceroster.com OR come out to registration, sign up and say “HI” to me and the volunteer crew! We would love to see you out there.
SEPTEMBER 19TH. Welcome to San Diego's only trail race through beautiful Gonzales Canyon Open Space and Torrey Highlands Community Park.
Participants at the 4th annual Carmel Valley trail race, regards of distance, will experience one of the hillier courses you will find without heading to the mountains. Elevation gains are only between 300'-700" depending on the course, ans some of the hils you may encounter are short, but steep. raceroster.com
DECEMBER 9TH. Welcome to the 4th Annual Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k at beautiful Lake Hodges in Escondido, Ca.
Join us for San Diego's fastest growing trail race. Take in the picturesque views of one of San Diego's most beautiful lakes, as all courses will feature dirt service roads or single track trails, with elevation gains between 100'-500'. When hills are present they are short but steep. raceroster.com
MARCH 9TH. Welcome to the 4th Annual Coast to Crest 10K and 5K trail race in Del Mar, Ca.
This very flat, very fast trail is considered a SPRINT COURSE by most, and if you are a runner looking for a new PR, then look no further. Both the 10K and 5K courses feature spectacular views of the lagoon, and a DOWN HILL finish. The trail is beautifully groomed and 100% dirt trail. raceroster.com
NOVEMBER 24TH. Welcome to The 2nd Annual Black Mountain Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K (new distance)! The most technical race on the ERS" Sunshine Series schedule.
Join us and burn off all that Thanksgiving food, as we race up to Black Mountain Peak in the beautiful Rancho Penesquitos area of San Diego County.
The race location has moved over to Black Mountain Park, to give the event a more relaxed and spacious feel, but don't worry runners... you are still going to hit the top of Black Mountain.
The courses are both 100% double wide trail, with a small mix of single track. Half Marathon elevation gains will be around 2100'. raceroster.com
FEBRUARY 16TH. Welcome to the 2nd Annual San Pasqual Valley Half Marathon and 10K, this race is as scenic as it gets in San Diego County. Regardless of which distance you choose, runners will be treated to epic views as they race along the vineyards and orange groves of San Pasqual Valley.
The 10K is considered to be a relatively flat course, while the Half Marathon will summit the mountain, not once but TWICE, in this out and back course. There is a chance this race will make you hate running, but fall in love at the same time. The views are definitely worth the effort, and are second to none once you reach the top.
Wine at the finish line!! That's right... You read that correctly! We have partnered up with Old Survey Vineyards, to do a FREE wine tasting at the finish line. Each runner over the age of 21, will receive a custom branded wine glass at the finish line. raceroster.com
DUATHLON. The Chula Vista Challenge duathlon was the MOST “challenging” event_for me this year. It was hot, humid and just freak’n CHALLENGING!
I wasn’t familiar with the course but my first running mile? No problem. The start of the bike? My first turn on the course, I fell. The next mile? A bus comes out of no where (even with cops and volunteers directing traffic) and nearly hits me a few other cyclists.
Next, my second run. It was so HOTTT and sticky I had to stop and walk a couple of times (this part is also true but also a bit dramatic on my part). I had no idea what place I was in until “the girl” (my main competition) past me with about 40 meters to go!
I was shocked but I had nothing left in the tank and sometimes it 🐝 that way!
You know what? It’s OK. My competition deserved to win. She didn't give up and I learned something that day...STOP FALLING, STOPPING and train harder for the next race! LOL!
Also, I don’t claim to be the best but I do claim to have the best time. One thing I know for sure, just like in life, you will fall, crash, people will pass you and sometimes you will even stop. You will win and lose some but what’s important is that you do not give up.
Love yourself, surround yourself with good people and stay strong & focused. As long as you are doing what’s right, do not apologize for who you are and what you want out of your life. Just like a race, put one foot in front of the other, learn from each step and start building your best “self”, your best life one step, pedal or stroke at a time.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
Run Bike and Run again...
The Carlsbad Duathlon has come and gone. As always, I had a great time and I am so happy to finish with no injuries or regrets. I am already training for my next event in July.
Check out my lists of what I loved, my "not so much" list and training tips for those considering a multiple sport. Oh and next time, someone gotta let a gurl know...I tried out a new headband that covered my entire head and let me tell you, it did NOT help my overall aesthetics this go-round. Hey, I gotta look CUTE! LOL! Thank the Lord for my team gear.
- The course was fast.
- The duathlon contained a small group of people, both men and women.
- I loved that I ran stronger, after the bike, in this event than I did my last event.
- I placed 4th overall female.
- The weather was perfect.
- I love being around other runners, swimmers and cyclist. It was great to see my friends out there competing and cheering each other on!
NOT SO MUCH
- Not a completely flat course
- Transition to bike was good but the start of the bike, not good. It was up hill.
- I need to be faster on the bike. I need more bike training.
- The duathlon course was not easy to understand.
- I was not happy that the three ladies in front of me were in MY age category! LOL!
If you want to be good at this event, it's important to be strong. Strength training 2-3 times a week is A MUST.
Brick training is necessary to prepare your body from transitioning from the BIKE to your RUNNING FEET.
Track workouts are beneficial in improving your speed and maintaining your race pace.
NATIONAL RUNNING DAY is TODAY...JUNE 6th Athleta-UTC! Join me for an evening fun run AND raffles AND possibly a few giveaways! You have to join us to find out. Click on the above PIC for map and details.
This morning I received a surprise in the mail from the San Diego Hot Chocolate 5K/15K running event. One thing I remember after I finished running, when you crossed the finish line of the 5K, there were no medals! I was shocked and a little heart broken. I watched several of the other runners cross the line after me and NOPE, no medals. So, I hung out for a while, took a few selfies with my daughter and headed out for breakfast.
Well, this morning I GOT MY MEDAL! I have to say, it couldn't have come at a better time. Just when I thought the universe was not paying attention, a little chocolate enters my life and puts a smile on my face.
This is one event I will not forget and NOT because of my first prize medal (I love typing that) but because I was able to run a 5K after I ran a 5K the day before! I also remember, the weather being a bit cold and the route was hillier than expected. My daughter was there to cheer me on and after we enjoyed the music, the people and hot chocolate after the run.
Next time, I will stay just a bit longer to see my results. But I have to tell you, HANGRY always beats WAITING for a medal in my book! LOL! I'll work on it!
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.
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.