Name: Vianca Vazquez
State/Country: Puerto Rico
When did you start running? I started running in 2011, after spending a long time being unhappy with myself; I realized that I could not change my circumstances but I could influence my attitude towards everything, so I laced up my running shoes and went for my first Half, the Disney World Half Marathon. It was an amazing experience, and motivated me to later on go for my First Full Marathon, which I completed January 13, 2013.
What is one mistake you’ve made throughout your training – and how did you fix it? My biggest mistake was training by myself, I was inexperienced and naïve, I chose not to listen to advice and the lack of accountability left room for slacking. After I recognized this, I looked for a running group and found an amazing one called Chewi Team Training. It’s a great group where no one competes or makes you feel less. Everyone has their own pace and method… and it’s fine; we look out for each other and motivate one another.
What has been your favorite race thus far? The Walt Disney World 20th Full Marathon, there are no other words but life changing.
How do you fuel before, during and after a run? Before a race I usually have a Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Grape Jelly Sandwich on “SuperPan” a local Gluten Free Potato and Carrot based bread that is so good and 4 slices are just 100 cal.
During my race I love my Espresso Hammer Gels, which I take every 4 miles. After I drink a Hammer Recoverite Protein Shake it a great pick-me-up and because I never have the luxury of resting after a long run, it repairs my muscles and gives me energy.
What piece of running gear can you not run without? My iPod.
Are you a cold or hot weather runner? Hot, in Puerto Rico temperatures and humidity are always at a high so if I’m running at 85 with 30% humidity it’s a great run.
How do you push through the bad runs? I tell myself, “(Misma) You never regret a workout, calories, clarity, ect., this is what you will gain, take a long walk break and keep on.”
What race (or races) is on your bucket list? New York, Chicago, Paris, Rome, London, and the Berlin Marathon, for now!!!!!!
What is one piece of advice you would give to a new runner? Just have fun, progress comes with consistency.
Tell me something unique about yourself. (It doesn’t have to relate to running!) I have an older dog that is my pride and joy, he helped me regain my faith and believe in miracles. I run for him, so when he began suffering extreme pain I got certified as a Holistic Touch Canine Therapist to help him, its given him a great boost and tremendously improved his quality of life.
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