|Who's Who in CRC
October Spotlight Coach:
Mileage Builders group
How do you stay motivated?
Great question! To be honest, it's hard to answer when I have been dealing with really low motivation lately. However, beyond my current situation and going years back, I can confirm that my primary motivation is the commitment that I make once I have a race planned. The race,itself, is not the motivation,. It'll always be there-the inevitable. It is the journey to get to the finish line. It is the "I have to" that motivates me, the compromise to complete the training, and finally, the setbacks and then getting up all over again. That's what keeps me going.
The big influences in my life are my small family and my soul sisters. As a parent, you always try to do the best for your kid and set a good example. I ran more races while pregnant than I regularly have done. (Wow, her little guy has been with her since the beginning!) and I love showing my husband what I am capable of. My soul sisters are just amazing! They pull my strings and get me out of the door when the days are hard.
When there is no race scheduled, I still run to keep myself sane. Seriously, I just lace up and go for 3-4 easy miles to clear my mind. You just need to love what you do. I love running with buddies or alone. Running is something that it is mine. I put the work, I log the miles, yet I may not be the fastest but it doesn't matter to me. My legs will have completed the same 26.2 miles than the runner who finished first.
What is one thing you wish to share as a coach?
Honestly, I am really new in this coach role, and I have respect for every runner. It doesn't matter how fast you run, it's coaching them in completing each milestone in their running journey. I always say, "Run with your heart, and listen to your body. If you want to go further you will."
How did you get involved with CRC and how long have you been with CRC?
This is my third season with CRC. I found CRC while I was looking to join a running club to learn about coaching and start my blogging career. I was running in my neighborhood and saw someone with the CRC shirt, Google'd it and then joined. (Wear your shirts ALL THE TIME people! Recruit more awesome people like Nyria!). As I am a bit shy (What?? No way!) and I didn't want to be out there with a bunch of people I didn't know by myself, so I registered myself and my best friend. It has been one of my best investments so far.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I was a Chess Player for more than 10 years, participated in several National Championships back home. (mic drop) I even went to an intensive training camp in Cuba where we just talked, played, studied Chess for 30 days 24x7. I rarely tell others about this.
Which race is your favorite and why?
I have many favorite races. Chevron Houston Marathon is my to-go race. I believe I will run that marathon every year for the rest of my life. The race has everything you need: good swag, great route, awesome people cheering all the way, and it is a home race. New York Marathon is my second favorite. Why? It was in my fifth try that I got in. It was a 'runcation' with the family. The whole experience going through the Verranzo Bridge, the five Boroughs, tons of people cheering, finding my husband and son twice on the route, the getting up at 3 am to start running by 11 am, and finally eating by 8 pm. That was a real marathon literally. I would love to do it all over again. Another one of my favorites is Crescent City New Orleans... it is a really fun race. Look it up! oh, does the Spartan or the Mud Run Houston count?!! (Of course!!)
**Thank you, Nyria, for sharing your story! Nyria is definitely one of the most inspiring women I know. She's also a strong advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness, specifically Leukemia. Did you know September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month!? One month of awareness isn't enough and we need YOU to help bring awareness, too. Please do consider joining Cypress Strong supporting our very own in our neighborhoods who are battling cancer. We 'heart' Nyria!