Marathon Ambassadors, 2020

  • The Joy of Finishing By: Nate Imhoff For years I struggled with the ramifications of a very serious assault that nearly ended my life. It felt like I lived my life on my knees at the mercy of unpredictable PTSD. April 2018 I was finally fed up with this internal struggle and I set out to do whatever it took to fix this nightmare that I was living in. It became clear very early in this journey that running was going to be one of ...
  • A One-Percenter According to an article in USAToday in 2015, less than one-percent of the US population will complete a Marathon in their lifetime. For 40 years of my life, I was amongst that ninety-nine percent of the US population. Like many, I assumed that someone who completed a marathon was a rare, gifted athlete, so the thought of me being in that category was something I never could have even imagined up until just a few years ago. Statistically, I should be ...
  • My First Marathon By Jennifer Mitchell My relationship with running has evolved since my first step as a runner 9 years ago. When I first started to run, I did it to lose weight. But over time, running has not only made me stronger physically, but mentally as well. It has helped me cope with hard parts of my life and given me the freedom to overcome Postpartum Depression/ Anxiety (PPD/PPA). After my youngest daughter was born, I found it hard to leave her for ...
  • Running in Life Where the Medal is You By: Bear Caudillo I’ve mentioned before how running has changed my life but to have it transform in powerful ways was unexpected. I look at the titles I’ve held as a runner. Mentor, Pacer, President, and Ambassador, running sure has a way of rewarding someone who has never won a race. I look at these shirts and think my gift was never speed but sharing the same passion for hard work that fast runners have. I’ve donated a lot of my race ...
  • When Do You Call Yourself a Runner? by Stephanie Y When do you call yourself a runner? This is a question I asked myself all the time. For a long time I thought a runner was someone who ran under a 10-minute mile or placed fairly high at races. When I first started running, I never wanted to call myself a runner because I would run/walk and sometimes I had to walk a lot. I felt like I had not earned the title of “runner” yet. When I ...
  • Why I Blog About Running By Sarah Cabrera, 2019 Santa Clarita Marathon Ambassador When I decided to run my first half marathon, I found a training plan online, followed it loosely and was able to finish and claim my medal. I thought it was going to be a one and done. I never imagined I’d actually want to do it again. The next year while planning a birthday trip to San Diego I realized there would be a race happening the same weekend. I began to search ...
  • A Change of Pace By James Mitchell As a runner we generally throw ourselves into a few categories, typically based on where we might finish the race; the front of the pack, middle of the pack, or back of the pack. Since I started running, I have been predominantly a middle of the pack runner moving from the back of the middle pack to the front of the middle pack, and now probably somewhere in the middle of the middle. It is a funny thing ...
  • Finding Your Motivation By Tianna Marshall Ever feel like you’re losing the motivation to run? Don’t worry you’re not alone. It seems to be a very common thing amongst runners throughout their running careers. I for one, have been running for 15 years and have struggled with staying motivated over time, but have found ways to help keep my motivational mind set. When we first start running it is easier for us to stay motivated because it was our first-time training for something, we ...
  • Yoga for Runners By Carrie DuShey, 2019 Santa Clarita Marathon Ambassador Yoga is a fantastic complimentary activity for runners, offering benefits for both the body and mind. Yoga practice helps runners develop muscular strength, flexibility, and balance, which helps reduce the risk of injury as well as improving mental focus and breathing efficiency for running. Running is also a great compliment for yoga enthusiasts because it can help increase cardiovascular fitness. Yoga strengthens the key muscles used in running including the core, quads, hamstrings and hip ...
  • Meet me at the Finish Line Meet me at the Finish LineBy Heather Stewart 2019 Santa Clarita Marathon Ambassador I love a finish line. I believe that the most inspirational place you can be is a finish line. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, once said, “ If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” I believe this to be undeniably true. A few years ago, I did the 5K at the Santa Clarita Marathon. This was back before we did all the races on the same ...

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