Goal: Qualify for the Boston Marathon (3:23)Place: 1st WOMEN to cross the finish line
I was able to achieve my goal thanks to Guido (my husband), who has always believed in me, my grandma, who has always looked after me and my parents, who have always supported me.
It all started when we decided to start a NEW YEAR (2018) full of energy and happiness, doing what we love most… RUNNING.
SHARING THIS PASSION WITH THE LOVE OF MY LIFE IS THE BEST.
Three weeks before the event, I signed up for the race, bought flight tickets and booked an Airbnb @ The Woodlands… I was going to be back to where I have found my passion for running long distances.
At that time we were training for Tokyo Marathon, 2018. So, I decided to do a Marathon simulation of 3 x 4 miles @ 7.7 miles per hour with 2.5 degrees in incline, at the end I was dying hahaha, but I knew I was ready for the race.
Not everything went as I have planned, two days after the marathon simulation I got a cold, really bad one. I had to stay in bed for almost 3 days and if you know Ana, that is the worst thing that can ever happen to me (I can not stand still), but with only two weeks and a half left for the race I needed some rest to get back on track.
Two weeks before the race my parents came to visit for Christmas, we had a wonderful time and visited many places in Colorado like: Golden (Coors factory), Denver, Vail, Breckenridge, Georgetown, WinterPark. It was great to share special moments with them, even though I was not able to stick 100% to my healthy diet, “you know what I mean”. Their visit filled me with energy and light, getting my mind ready to believe that I was going to achieve my goal of beating my marathon PR of 3:29.
The week prior the marathon I decided to increase my Carb & Protein intakes –and to decrease SUGAR intakes for 5 days, which was a very essential part (65%) of my incredible performance @ the race.
I want to share with you my Texas Marathon Diet:
Carbs: Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Potatoes, Lentils & Pasta.
Protein: Tofu, Tuna, Eggs & Fish.
Fruits: Banana, Apple, Kiwi, Blueberries, Cranberries.
Veggies: Spinach, Tomatoes, Brocoli, Lettuce, Squash, Avocado.
Healthy Fats: Sesame seeds, Almond butter, Ginger, Green tea, Chia.
***I drank almost 3 lts of water a day.
The day before the race we went to pick up my bib and did a course recognition.
My intakes that day were:
Breakfast: Oats + banana + blueberries + cinnamon
Snack: almonds + cranberries
Lunch: Broccoli + green peppers + tomatoes + mushrooms
Snack: Nuts + Gatorade
Dinner: Pasta + tomatoes + spinach + Pinole
01/01/2018 Happy new year!!
The day of the race had finally come. We woke up around 5:00am, it was freezing (29° F), I hadn´t ran in such cold weather, not even in Golden, Colorado (where we live). I was so nervous and excited at the same time.
For breakfast I had Oatmeal+ Pinole. In only a few moments I started to feel the boost from the Pinole rushing through my veins…
We got to the start line just in time. It was so f&/$; cold. Everyone was huddled by the start, trying to keep warm.
We sang the national anthem and then the race started. I can’t remember the first 5K of the race, it was to cold to concentrate. I began to enjoy it around 10K, which was the first loop.
I was wearing four layers on top and one on the bottom, wearing as little as possible on the legs and trusting to long-sleeve tops, gloves and hat.
“Normally, the optimum is when the temperature is 98.6 degrees”, says Robert Girandola, a TA of kinesiology at University of Southern California. “When the temperature goes down, the oxygen Exchange is much more difficult.
Muscle function itself may be also impeded. “Cooler muscle has less endurance”so it reduces our running economy.
It was too cold to feel completely fluid and comfortable, I still remember that I could hardly breathe, but I did not stop for a second, I was focused on my goal: qualifying for Boston Marathon.
There it was… Mile 26!! One of the best feelings I have ever had, only 200 yds away from the finish line.
I was the FIRST woman crossing the finish line and SECOND place overall, I couldn’t believe it. I started crying with a bunch of mixed feelings.
I just had achieved my first goal of the year, another great year with lots of great things to come.
Guido was my motivation to keep going.
The satisfaction you feel after all the commitment, sacrifices and painstaking. It is so rewarding.
History of 20th annual Metal Saw Texas Marathon:Rick Worley was the reason for starting the Texas Marathon in 2000. He was working on setting a Guinness World Record for the most marathons on consecutive weekends when he ran 200 in 159 consecutive weeks. There was not a marathon being held during the Christmas weekend in 1999, which would have broken Rick’s streak. We organized the Free Kingwood Marathon and held it on 12/26/99. Rick went to Ohio to run a series of marathons between Christmas and New Year’s. He needed a marathon on New Year’s Day and could only find a very difficult ultra marathon. We offered to organize another marathon six days after the Free Kingwood Marathon using the same course, with a new name, “Jammin’ in January” and held it on New Year’s Day. The race has been held on New Year’s Day every year since then. Rick completed the Texas Marathon four times and participated in it every year until 2006 when he injured his ankle. He completed 299 marathons including at least four in every state and also at least one on six continents. Rick Worley was tragically killed in a traffic accident on 7/25/10. We send our love to Rick’s family. We will miss Rick, his laugh and his love of friends, family and marathoning. . -paula&steve.
Location: Greentree Park, Kingwood, TX
A pizza picnic lunch is provided after the race with fresh pizza being delivered every hour starting at 10 AM. Also, snacks, fruit, cookies, chips, and soft drinks are available while you cheer on the other runners as they finish.
Plus: Boston Marathon Qualifier Race.
5 Lessons learned from running Texas Marathon:
1. Listen to yourself- You are the expert of your body.
2. Work daily in your goals and you will achieve them.
3. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
4. Believe you can and you will be half way there. Our mind is more powerful than our body.
5. Training does not end the day of the race, in order to recover in the best way, we must take care of the body: takeing care of it and eating healthy.
Today I´m talking with Maricarmen Farias she is a Triathlete and specializes in sports nutrition & holistic health. Today she is going to share with us her experience about nutrition and exercise.
Welcome, Maricarmen! Thanks for being with us.
Tell us about yourself:
I have always believed that each one of us have something special within ourselves & it is our responsibility to share the gifts we were given to empower and inspire those around us.
Since I was young, I knew deep inside, that there was more to life, that happiness, abundance & success were a personal choice. I had no idea how the journey would look like for me, but I was determined to find a way.
Even though I have always been energetic, I was never good at sports & had no knowledge about nutrition, so getting started on my fitness journey was not something that came natural to me.
I went through many struggles and failures which at the moment seemed impossible to overcome, but I am now grateful for every experience, since it provided me with the tools I needed to become who I am today.
After struggling with an eating disorder for over 6 years & getting to the point where I thought there was no way out, I was able to find the strength within myself to fight for my life & my health.
Health, fitness and self-care saved my life & now I PASSIONATE about helping others who are struggling or simply want to maintain overall health.
I’ve now been coaching people through their personal wellness journeys & I can wholeheartedly say that I love what I do. Helping people achieve their health goals, working from the inside out. Focus intuitive eating, giving people tools to get to know their bodies & provide them with personalized nutrition that fits their needs..
I am free-spirited, I live for adventure & travel. I believe in women empowering women to live & lead our best, healthiest, most empowered lives imaginable.
I support body positivity, self-love + care as our divine responsibility, tapping into our personal power to BE the change. My passion is helping others create a life they don’t need a vacation from.
My triathlon journey started in 2008 as I watched my fiancée finish his first triathlon. My first question was “What is a triathlon?”, followed by “Who would pay to suffer?”.
As I cheered I couldn’t help but notice the excitement on those crossing the finish line. The sense of accomplishment, the tears of joy, I WAS INSPIRED.
It didn’t matter how old, fit, experienced you were, ANYONE could do it!!!!
Since that day I was hooked! Triathlons allowed me to achieve things I never thought possible, to find that level of discomfort that makes you stronger, to work on developing a strong mindset and allowed me to meet some incredible friends.
Years later I decided to join the University triathlon team at UT Austin. During those years, I had the opportunity to attend 2 national competitions in Arizona & Alabama.
Team Sirius. Community is extremely important to me so I decided to surround myself with outstanding people. My main goal is to become the best athlete I can be by pushing myself to achieve things I never believed possible. Our team moto is ” It’s not about the swim, bike & run but on who you become.” For me triathlon is a vehicle to get to know myself, overcome fears, develop discipline and better myself.
Fearless triathletes, is a group where I motivate my community to become the best version of themselves.
– Colorado Rockies Spartan Sprint
August 27, 2017 CO, USA
-XTERRA Marathon of Trail races
October 09, 2016 CO, USA
-Rock and Roll Denver Marathon and Half Marathon
October 19, 2014 CO, USA
-USAT/SMW Collegiate Regional Qualifier
March 24, 2013 TX, USA
-USAT Collegiate National Championship 2012
April 21, 2012 AL, USA
– SMW Collegiate Regional Qualifer Triathlon
March 31, 2012 TX, USA
– Capital of Texas Triathlon 2011
May 30, 2011 TX, USA
– Couples Triathlon 2009
July 12, 2009 TX, USA
-Wurst Tri Ever 2012
September 08, 2012 TX, USA
I describe myself as:
+ happy person
+ looking for improvements
+ find joy in everything I do
How do you structure your days?
Wake up and set an intention for the day afterwards I take a shower of cold water (masochistic) in the meantime I do some power moves, the reason I like to do so, is because it helps me to act without thinking so much. Making decisions without letting the fear take control.
Drink my coffee, spend time with my husband, exercise and go on with my list of duties.
What tools do you find indispensable for accomplishing your workout?
Attitude: Always setting objectives, finding something to be grateful for and committing to giving my BEST every session.
Nutrition, so that my body and mind are in tune. Providing my body with proper fueling allows me to perform better and recover faster.
What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
Resting and having a structured project plan is key to success.
UNDERSTAND THAT MORE DOESN´T MEAN BETTER, EVERY WORK OUT HAS A PURPOSE. Stride for progress, not perfection and set realistic expectations.
Who do you admire most? What inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
Who: Siri Lindley. She inspires me to be the best can be in every area of my life. Her passion, enthusiasm and kindness are contagious. She always comes to practice with a BIG smile, ready to give her best and helps you push to achieve what you never though was possible.
What: Understanding that every time you finish a workout that is a win. Becoming the best you can be and giving the best that you can do.
What is still your biggest challenge? Getting to know my body
What are your favorite books or movies?
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
The compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Daring Greatly by Rene Bram
Awaken the giant within by Tony RobbinsHow do you want to be remembered?
MARICARMEN, who inspires others who do not give up. Someone who fights for what she wants.
JOY= MARICARMEN, Always laughing How do you balance work and family demands?
It’s part of my routine, preparing dinners, activities together like skiing, riding a bike, walking our dog and so much more.
If a kid walked up to asking for your advice and you only add few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
Believe in your ability to figure things out.
Thanks so much!!
She is a super power woman!! Love the fact that we share this fitness and nutrition passion
Here is a link to her page , if you would like to get in contact with Maricarmen,
Mientras que éstas son algunas de las lecciones que he aprendido en mis cuatro años de runner, creo que cualquier persona que está esforzándose para alcanzar un estilo de vida saludable puede relacionarse con estas.
Sin duda perderemos peso comiendo menos y haciendo más ejercicio pero si en algún punto regresamos a comer como antes solíamos hacerlo y dejamos de hacer ejercicio, que es lo que generalmente nos pasa, tendremos un rebote. Así, no es como se supone que debemos vivir. Lo que debemos es aprender a comer y darle a nuestro cuerpo lo que necesita dependiendo de nuestros objetivos, necesidades, edad, trabajo, ejercicio, etc…
Es muy importante SABER distinguir la diferencia entre calorías (#) y nutrición (los beneficios que nos brinda cada alimento) si aprendemos a comer sanamente, consumiendo alimentos sanos como lo es Jus, jugos mixtos y shots que te ayudarán a mantenerte saludable, nuestro metabolismo mejorara, estaremos más sanos, contentos, activos y no necesitaremos ponerle mucha atención a las calorías.
2.Identificar nuestras prioridades
“One thing at a time: success is about doing the right thing is not about doing everything right”
El poder definir qué es lo que necesitamos hacer primero nos ayudará a enfocarnos en nuestras prioridades y trabajar en una sola cosa. Esto nos llevará a un efecto dominó (getting things done) porque son las pequeñas piezas que nos irán llevando a cumplir nuestras metas y objetivos para poder tener un estilo de vida saludable, haciendo las cosas más simples en el momento oportuno y eliminando cosas que nos tan importantes y solo nos consumen parte de nuestro valioso tiempo que podríamos estar invirtiendo en cosas más saludables como lo son: hacer ejercicio, comer en casa (saludable), estar con nuestros seres queridos, planificar nuestros días, definir nuestras metas, etc…
Nuestras relaciones son la base más importante en nuestra vida y en nuestra salud, la decisión más importante que tomamos en esta vida es elegir a la persona con la que vamos a pasar el resto de nuestras vidas, porque cada decisión que tomemos abarcara/afectara a ese individuo (tu pareja) y viceversa.
Tu familia, tus amigos, tus compañeros de trabajo, tus conocidos, gente con la compartes parte de tu día también influyen en tu salud y tus decisiones por lo que entre más sanas y menos negatividad traigan a tu vida, mejor. Debemos aprender a identificar quien suma y nos hace crecer a lo largo de nuestra vida ya que son un componente vital de nuestra salud y bienestar. Hay pruebas de que las relaciones fuertes y sanas contribuyen a una vida larga, saludable y feliz porque satisfacen una de nuestras necesidades básicas: el AMOR.
4.Estilo de vida saludable.
Un estilo de vida saludable NO sólo es hacer ejercicio y comer sano, sino también tiene incluye nuestra salud mental, emocional (forma de ver la vida), tener pensamientos positivos, dormir bien, saber llevar nuestras finanzas, tener relaciones sanas, tener nuestros objetivos, metas y valores claros. Encontrando el BALANCE.
5.El descanso y el sueño afectan todo lo demás.
Dormir y descansar lo suficiente (8hrs diarias) ayuda a mejorar nuestra salud, nuestro rendimiento físico, calidad de vida y puede aumentar nuestros niveles de energía para funcionar en nuestros niveles óptimos por eso es importante establecer horarios a los que acostarse y levantarse.
6.Cultura de Triunfo
Por lo general, estamos posponiendo nuestras cosas (prioridades), cediendo nuestro poder y dando excusas, culpando factores externos en lugar de tomar el control y la responsabilidad ¿te suena familiar?
Si nos quedamos esperando que alguien más lo haga por nosotros, puede que nos quedemos esperando para toda la vida. Tenemos que cambiar el chip y nuestra mentalidad, tomando las riendas y el control de nuestra vida en este mismo instante, sabemos que el tiempo que tenemos es limitado, el reloj está marcando cada segundo, ahorita es el momento para disfrutar y sacar el máximo provecho de nuestras vidas. El ser humano es poderoso, somos seres que dejamos huella en este mundo, lo que hagamos o dejemos de hacer no solo nos afectara sino también a nuestro prójimo.
Believe you can and you will be half way there!!!
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Ana Carolina Treviño MBA, Running, Fitness blogger, Health & Beachbody Coach