November – April Madrid

Age/Profession
33/Child Care Director

How long have you participated in the sport? How did you get started?
I started my first running program (5k training) in April 2011.

For several years I had been dealing with chronic bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, and a worsening asthma condition. My doctor referred me to a specialist and in Feb. 2011 I had a sinus surgery.

Every time I was at my Dr’s office with another infection he would tell me that even when I wasn’t feeling well I should be doing something active. Once I was fully recovered I decided it was time to do something to get myself active again.
My husband David had been talking about starting running program w/ someone he met at some community event named Becky McMorries 🙂 so we started our first training program together.

What is your favorite race?
Cowtown 1/2 Marathon 2012.

It was was my first 1/2 marathon. I’ve always had a can do attitude and if I set my mind to something I just did it, but this was the first race that I really questioned myself as to if I could really do it. The race was two days short of 1 year from my sinus surgery, the timing of it caused me to be reflective of how far I had come.

Running Shoe Brand?
Reebok Realflex

Favorite Long Run/Race Nutrition?
Gu Tri Berry

Favorite Post-Race Food?
Chocolate milk/ice cream. Favorite post race meal is a big ol’ juicy cheese burger!

Favorite Piece of Training Equipment/Gear?
My ipod – either the app on my phone or little ipod. I have a good playlist of songs that helps me keep my momentum up on rides and long runs.

Advice for other athletes?
–A good support system has been my biggest motivator. Friends and family to support and encourage you along your training can make all the difference.

–Never in my life have I been in better shape. It took making a conscious decision to do something for myself, which in turn meant doing something for my family. I had to overcome the notion that making the time for running in our busy schedule was a selfish act. Because running has made me healthier it has also made me a better mother and a better wife. Sometimes it takes some creative planning, but make time. My dad’s response to my “I didn’t have time” was this…”We are all given the same 24 hours everyday it’s up to you what you do with it” As a kid I hated to hear him say that, but now I have come to appreciate it 🙂

–So, in the words of my new favorite magnet…Don’t think; just go!

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