Ever since I was young, I loved running. My parents talk about how anytime we were around baseball fields, I would sprint to the baseball diamond and do laps. It’s funny, because my oldest son does the same thing. He loves to run all the time and I have no doubt that my youngest will be running after his brother very soon.
Our very first triathlon, Texas State Sprint Triathlon in 2014.
It wasn’t until college, that I did my first 5K race and after that, decided to pursue longer distance running. My first marathon was the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in 2012. It was so painful yet an unforgettable and amazing experience. A couple years later, I convinced my husband to start racing triathlons. Thankfully, he recommended we begin with a sprint distance and work our way up to a full Ironman. In 2016, we completed Ironman Texas.
San Francisco – Nike Women’s Marathon in 2012. Mike and I got to do it together since we joined Team in Training and fundraised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Running was and still is one of my stress relievers; riding a bike and swimming have grown on me, the more I have done triathlons. My favorite time to run or ride, is in the morning watching the sun rise. It’s quiet, peaceful and you get to hear nature waking up. Some people ask how running is so easy for me. I wouldn’t say running is easy, because I continually want to improve. Improving requires hard work and digging deep, but running is something I truly enjoy, so most days I look forward the hard work. Over the years of running and triathlon racing, I have learned some corks about myself. For Fun Fact Friday, I thought I would share some of my favorites and some of my not so favorite aspects of racing.
Favorite Race Fuel – SIS gels, Clif salted watermelon bloks, Tailwind Endurance, Honeystinger chews, Base salt
Favorite Moments During a Race/Training
- Seeing Michael, my kids, family and friends on the course
- Hearing my name announced when I crossed the finish line for my first Ironman
- Growing and learning about myself on long training days
- All finish lines are a great feeling
- Racing/suffering with other teammates
- Running and racing with Emma (in her younger days)
- Finishing the swim in a triathlon
- Being faster than Mike in transition – I used to be faster than him on the run but defiantly not anymore.
Least Favorite Moments During a Race
- Trying to eat breakfast the morning of the race – it always takes me forever to stomach any food race morning, but I eventually get it down.
- Waiting to start
- When I realized I’ve chaffed and still have a long way to go till the finish
- Having to pass by the finish line and head out again
- Ironman Chattanooga
- Vineman 70.3
- TriWaco (I was pregnant, super sick the day before from being pregnant, taking it easy during the race and missed placing by 5 seconds – it was memorable for sure)
- Kerrville Half in 2019 – I won my age group after having Everitt in February
- Nike Womens Marathon
- Octoberfest triathlon
- Tour de Gruene Time Trial with Mike (in the pouring rain)
- Tour de Gruene for fun with Mike and my Dad
- Climbing to the top of the rope in Spartan Races
Here are a few of my favorites from the races and training mentioned above:
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog today and it provides a little more about myself and racing experiences. Feel free to comment with your favorite or least favorite aspects of racing. I would love to hear about them!