Getting to the finish line

I hope I’m sending the right message. I hope people don’t think that one day, out of the blue, I just woke up and said to myself “I’m going to run a marathon today!” And did it. Because that’s simply not the way it happened.

I trained. I trained hard for what I’ve done this last year. I went first to Dr. Monoharan to check my heart. I went to Dr. Alison Garza to do a full check up on anything else that could be an issue. I joined Team in Training (a no-fail couch to marathon training program for beginners). I further went under the guidance of German Madrazo – owner of Valley Running Company, an experienced triathlete and Ironman. I had personal training with Hector Gandara – who is training for his own Olympic chance! I surrounded myself with positive influences of an all female run club – a.k.a. Run Walk or Crawl. And started with baby steps alternating a slow jog and brisk walk from light pole to light pole. It took me almost a month of that before I was able to run a continuous mile… And still stopped for a break!

Last weekend, a man died at a local 10k as he crossed the finish line. Two women almost had the same fate as they collapsed at another local 5k just a few cities away.

My point?

If you’re inspired to do what I’ve been doing – for what ever reason YOU may have, make sure you do it the right way. Train, practice and accelerate in baby steps under the guidance of those who do this all the time and do it well! Get yourself checked out by a team of doctors that run. And listen to your body.

2 Responses to “Getting to the finish line”

  1. Thank you for posting this! Incredibly, many ppl are looking for fast results and this proves it neither comes easy nor fast. Proper planning is essential to progress without leading to injury. You will continue to improve and have long term success 🙂 you rock!


    • Thanks Spish. Gotta say the same about cycling, too! AND the gut-wrenching outta my mind triathlon journey!!! All you boys at Wally’s and Coach Sandy have been such tremendous help! I’m guilty myself of wanting over night success… but truth be told… it just ain’t so. Lots of hard work, training, guidance, dedication and experience makes all the difference. Don’t know what I’d do without y’all!!! 🙂


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