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Running Through it All: Change, Loss & Grief

As the last few days of 2018 come to a close, many will reminisce of memories made while pondering resolutions and goals for the year ahead. As 2018 comes to close for me, I reminisce with a heavy heart the journey I have been on the past seven years.

In February 2011, our little family unit decided to uproot from Los Angeles, trek across the country and call South Georgia/North Florida home. This trek meant leaving behind many relatives in a large Hispanic extended family on the maternal side and a smaller family on my paternal side– including my father, grandparents, and uncle. At that time, my girls were 2 years old and 5 months old. The decision to move was not made in haste and it would take us years to get our feet firmly planted on the East Coast. Late in 2011, my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer and learned it had spread to one of his lungs. Up until his diagnosis he had played tennis, visited the gym regularly, and ate a healthy Mediterranean style diet. Once diagnosed, he had surgery to remove part of his lung and then began chemotherapy. The chemo and cancer took its toll and he passed in May 2012 (He was 81 years old). Continue reading

O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon Recap 2018

I made the decision to run the Charleston Marathon just six weeks before the race. I have never signed up and decided to run a marathon on this short of timeframe. I had gotten sick just before the St. Jude Marathon in December and wanted some redemption. Maybe that is just the excuse I will stick with. The Charleston Marathon raises money for Engaging Creative Minds (ECM), a non-profit that helps students.

I love and hate January marathons. I always think they are a great idea and the training will help me stay focused through the holidays and keep me away from all the sweets. Never seems to be the case. I tend to be diligent about getting my long runs in but skip the short weekday runs and eat all the tasty treats anyway. Which means I start January off dreading the first marathon of the year.

After running the St. Jude marathon in early December, I did the Spartan Beast in central Florida the following weekend. I was doing none of the following as I counted down the days to Charleston: diligently stretching, taking care of my body, and getting enough rest. On top of traveling 21 days in December, I also had to be mom, work my day job, meet deadlines for my PhD class, and deal with persistent plantar fasciitis in my right foot which has led to tightening in my right hip and IT band pain in my left knee due to compensating… Anyhow…. none of that was going to stop me.

Friday – Travel Day

Woke up Friday morning to rain in Tallahassee. So, had to pack the car in the rain, and drive seven fun hours in the rain. Of course I made horrible gas station food choices all day and did not focus on hydrating. Luckily, the rain came the day before race day. We made it to the Expo about 5:00pm. The Charleston Marathon usually boasts about 5,000 runners every year and this year those numbers were broken down: 800 5k racers, 3,000 half marathoners, and 1,000 marathoners. Though a small race by marathon standards, the Expo was amazing. O2 Fitness printed all the names of the registrants on a fabric wall, which was placed at the entrance of the Expo. My girls had a blast finding my name. The Expo included over 20 vendors, including free apples, a booth for kids to make custom race signs, a picture zone, free coffee, local shoe stores, official race merchandise, local artists, and more food. I would consider this a smaller race by marathon standards, and their Expo was awesome and made it feel like a much bigger race. Continue reading

“Love the Pain, Inc.” — What is that?

On a recent trip home, aka the somewhat quarterly Tallahassee to Los Angeles trip, my girls and I were asked what our “Love the Pain” trucker hats were about, which we are always very ready to talk about. For my six and eight year old, their response is simply, “it is swim-bike-run, that’s what we do.” For me, it’s that and so much more. It’s about my Angelino roots that connects my skate/surf/snow roots to my East Coast running and triathlon life. Needless to say, I am stoked to give a little shoutout to this small and super awesome company!

In their own words, Love The Pain is not just a brand, its a lifestyle.  For those who give it their all in exchange for a few seconds of extreme satisfaction.
Love The Pain is committed to endurance sports and its amazing athletes.  Our Products are designed and crafted in Los Angeles, CA.” 

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Love the Pain also offers team slots on Team Mojo as well as an ambassador program. I am stoked to give a shoutout to some awesome Team Mojo Athletes and ambassadors! Check them out on Instagram (and.. hint, hint…. some will hook you up with a discount code so you can grab some of your own #LTPEndurance gear)!

  1. Robin @simplerobin
  2. Mike @kingofthelake
  3. Alisha @starlithvn
  4. Rick  @royer6
  5. Kieran @iron_kieran

Baby Jogger XC Summit Double Giveaway (CLOSED)

Congrats to the winner, Carrie Bruce Smith, on winning the Baby Jogger XC Summit Double Stroller!

Congrats to Brittany Blocker on winning a complimentary entry to the Marzuq  Shriners 5k on May 13th! 

Update 4/9/2017: I was honored to be able to pass my stroller on to another family. After reading through the comments I was touched by so many moms and friends and family members of moms. I wish I could provide strollers to each of you!

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Complete Nutrition Tallahassee and Marzuq Shriners 5k. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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The time has come to part with my Baby Jogger stroller. My girls are now six and eight years old and have been running their own races the past couple of years. I held on to our jogging stroller and kept it in storage because it meant so much to me. There were many journeys, miles, several 5ks and 10ks raced with this awesome stroller.

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