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I started this blog back in 2011 as a way to document all things running related.  Since then, it has grown into so much more.  On May 18, 2012, I decided to dedicate the next 365 days to researching a running/health/nutrition related question and blogging about it that day.  It isn’t always easy and it can take quite a bit of time.  However, since I have started this journey, I have learned more than I have in the past 10 years of my running career.  I am on a mission to be the best runner I can possibly be and to help others along the way.  So far, it’s been an amazing experience and I look forward to the many more things I will learn.

And now, a little about me as a person:

I’m a wine loving, Spanish speaking, hardworking, teacher who happens to be a pretty decent athlete.  I subscribe to the motto “Mind over matter,” and I love working with people.  I haven’t always been about health and fitness.  In fact, during my younger years, I ate Bojangles bacon biscuits (a Southerner’s favorite) every day for breakfast, McDonald’s cheeseburgers for dinner, and only drank coke.  Yuck!!! Running entered my life during college when a professor wrote “26.2” on the board and explained that was how far he had run that past Sunday.  The idea that somebody would do that bewildered me, and at the same time, shaped me into the person I am today.  Running has brought so much to my life, and I love being able to share that part of myself with others.  I live for the run.

My Personal Bests:

5K – 19:41

5Miles – 34:33

10K – never done one!! I’m adding it to the list.

Half Marathon: 1:33 – I missed about 3 weeks of running due to a hip injury (which I still had for the race) and managed this time. I was happy but I know I can do better. 🙂

Marathon: 3:27

A kind sister helping me along

My sister cheering me on during the coldest, rainest, marathon I’ve ever done.

Team Red Shift in 2nd place

Team Red Shift after getting 2nd place at the 20in24 Relay event. Probably one of the most fun races I’ve ever done.

3:27, a PR by 13 minutes

I signed up for this race 3 weeks earlier and ran a PR by 13 minutes. I guess for me having no expectations equals a better performance.

A happy married couple.

Dancing with my husband Mario. We met salsa dancing so it was only appropriate that our first dance be a salsa dance.

City of Oaks Marathon, 2012
Hardest race physically that I’ve ever done

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. I really like your posts- a lot of good info. I’m not a runner, but I do keep in shape and some of your posts have info I think I can use. Congrats on the wedding!

    December 24, 2011
    • Thanks so much and I’m glad you find them helpful! I love sharing what I know and I hope to have some good stuff in 2012 =)

      Happy Holidays!

      December 24, 2011
  2. Hello, I am glad I found your blog (through your comment on Sparrow on the Tree Top). I am nowhere near your level – I am more a jogger than a runner. I have done a few slow half marathons and I think I might find some motivation on your blog to do a few more in the coming years.
    All the best for a healthy 2012!

    December 24, 2011
    • Thanks for reading and I’m glad you find the info helpful =) I hope to hear more from you in 2012!!

      Happy holidays and happy running!!

      December 24, 2011
  3. klacerda1047 #

    Señora Rodriguez 🙂
    I’ve started reading some of your posts like I promised! They make me want to go out and run right now…but I’ve got work in a few minutes, so I’ll just have to wait until tomorrow. I look forward to reading your posts every day! Keep being inspirational 🙂

    June 10, 2012
    • Yay Kaylee!! I’m so glad you’re reading =) And I’m so glad you are keeping up with your running. It’s definitely a great outlet as you enter your college years and need a decompressor. And who knows where your running may take you – maybe you’ll be back in Boston running the marathon in a few years. Keep up your hard work and I wish you the best of luck with school next year. Be sure to come visit!!

      June 11, 2012
  4. Hi Tracie! I wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! All of the information is in my latest post: I chose you because I have loved reading about your running, and lately your 365 day challenge has been super helpful for me to learn more about how to improve my own running. I think you’re such an inspiration for so many people! Keep up the great work!!!

    July 15, 2012
    • Katie! Thank you so much!! I actually just read this in my email (I’m a subscriber to your blog.) I am very thankful for your nomination and you too are an inspiration to many. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your running adventures through pregnancy. Although I am not expecting a little one, you have shown me that when the day comes, it is possible to balance family with running. I have learned so much from you. Thank you again for your nomination – it means a lot to me!

      July 15, 2012
  5. megan #

    hi tracie. so i’ve been trying chia seeds the past few days. I’m currently training for my first marathon and was wondering when in the day you suggest eating these, and how much is the right amount. i’ve added them to my shake in the morning after my workouts and i’ve also added them to my lunch. both times they seem to really bother my was only 1 tbsp today with my lunch, and that seems to be too much too. Any suggestions?

    August 20, 2012
    • Hi Megan! First of all, congrats on your first marathon and best of luck with the training!!!

      As far as the chia seeds go, it isn’t that uncommon for people to have stomach issues when they eat them. They have quite a bit of fiber. Maybe try cutting down how many time throughout the day you eat them. I only eat the in the morning – either in a smoothie or in oatmeal. I typically use a spoonful for a serving and that seems to work well. Also, make sure to drink lots of water. So my suggestion: try a spoonful with breakfast and lots of water and see if that helps any. Hopefully that will work better for you 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

      August 21, 2012
  6. Those are impressive race bests. Keep up the good work.

    September 1, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I’m really hoping to break a few of those PRs this fall. We shall see 🙂

      September 2, 2012
  7. Marcella Rousseau #

    I like the message your blog sends. I am nominating you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Go to for further instructions. Congratulations and enjoy your award!

    September 28, 2012
  8. I really like the blog redesign. You have so much good info on here and now it’s all so much easier to find.

    October 27, 2012
    • Thank you! Thank you! I agree – it’s SO much easier to follow now and now I just need to work on the pics. WordPress has some really cool features and designs. I’m just thankful my husband is a computer guy and can help me navigate through everything.
      Happy Saturday!

      October 27, 2012
      • It looks great. I agree that WP has some great features, but it helps to have a navigator help along the way. 😉
        Hope your last longer run was good.
        Enjoy the rest of your w/e.

        October 27, 2012

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