Category Archives: Races

Are You a Warrior?

Warrior Dash 2012 was held last Saturday here in NM for the first time.  My sister Rosa was a true warrior completing the race in one piece.  Her account of this right of passage follows:

Warrior Dash was a thrilling race!  There were many warriors prepared for battle.  It took place on Saturday, May 5th in Edgewood, NM at Founders Ranch.  There were 14 obstacles to keep you busy as you completed the 5k course.  It is a race to run with friends.  We dressed as tigers and zebras this year, but we’re already preparing for better costumes for next year’s race. 

My favorite was the ending.  We had already completed 3 miles of hilly terrain and 7 tough climbing and crawling obstacles.  Just as we were hollering because we were near the finish a 30 foot wall with a rope ladder to climb comes into view.  Up and down we climb.  As my feet touch the ground I smile thinking I didn’t miss a step the whole course.  Then, I turn to see there’s still more.  Next is the mud slide – my friends and I roar as we dive into the mud to slide to the next obstacle:  FIRE!  I truly feel like a warrior as I leap over the flames, my body covered in mud as the crowd cheers.  Not done yet.  The finish line is only 30 yds away, with 20 yards of it being barbwire that is only two feet off the ground.  As we struggle to figure out how to go under the barbwire the crowd yells for us to barrel roll.  I have no more energy to think so down we go rolling our way to the shallow mud.  Dizzily we wade through the mud using our arms to pull us to the end. Finally, we stand up grab hands, cross the finish line, receive our medals, and collect our hard earned ice cold beer. 

Warrior Dash brings race, mud to NM

(photo from krqe)
I will definitely be the first to sign up for this race next year.  It was well organized as we were able to quickly and easily get our registration packets and turn in our bags to be checked.  The only downfall of the event was the traffic to and from.  There was food, music, beer, and a big screen tv to watch warriors complete obstacles.  And the best part of it all is that it benefits St. Jude’s hospital!
Warrior Dash brings race, mud to NM
(photo from krqe)
Thank you Rosa and friends for your bravery and courage in completing the Warrior Dash! 

Rockin’ the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Vegas

 Hello Readers!  The New Year is right around the corner and what better way to start the New Year than with a little inspiration to set a fitness goal and reach it?  With that in mind, today’s post comes to you from my cousin Katie Simmons about her experience training for and running her first half marathon  – none other than the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas in December 2011.  Thanks Katie!

33,279 people finished the 2011 Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon, and I am one of them! My first thought as I crossed the finish line was “Oh my gosh! I did it!!”  Although the training program I used was 9 weeks long, I had been training for this moment much longer!  I decided to sign up for a half-marathon after I completed my second sprint triathlon this fall!

I know that the only way I will consistently exercise is if I have an event to train for, a training plan taped to my bathroom mirror, and a highlighter to mark off completed exercises:

I followed the beginner training plan that I found on Runners World. I used this training program because it was the only free one I found at the time. The program had me run Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  During the week, the runs focused on interval training in the middle and at the end of the runs.  Saturday was an easy shorter run.  Sunday was a long run.

Training for a half-marathon was challenging mentally and physically.  Before I began the training program, the furthest I had ever run was 6.2 miles and the fastest I had ever done that was in 10 minute miles.  The seasons were changing as I continued my training which meant that it was dark when I left for work and dark when I got home from work. There were days I was too sick to run, and days I was too lazy. 

BUT, I also had a voice inside my head saying “Yes, you can!”  That voice belongs to a trainer at the Rec Center I go to.  She would say that at the 8th repetition of every exercise, and it really stuck!  I found that telling myself “Yes, you can”  over and over during my runs when all I really wanted to do was stop running helped take away the self-doubt and made me more confident for the next run.  Luckily, my boss was willing to give me an extended lunch break so that I could get my 8 and 9 mile runs in during the day light hours outside.  And I always had the looming feeling of accomplishment after highlighting a workout that motivated me to lace up my shoes! :)

The day of the race, I was excited and nervous!  It was a different feeling waiting all day for the race because every race I have ever done started early in the morning.  The race had coordinated a shuttle bus to take us from the hotel to the starting line, but there was so much traffic from the strip and a few surrounding streets being shut down that I made it to the starting line a little late!

The course started at the south end of the strip at Mandalay Bay, headed north to Old Town Las Vegas, made a loop, and then headed south back to Mandalay Bay.  As I approached the starting line, I turned on iMapMyRun and started my play list.

As I crossed the starting line, I was really excited!! There were thousands of people around me, and a band to get us pumped up!  My plan was to start out a little slower than my goal pace for the first five miles, run my goal pace the next five miles, pick up the last three miles (thanks to some advice from a veteran half-marathoner ;) and finish in 2 hours 11 minutes, averaging 10 minute miles. 

The race went by really fast. I started in a slower corral than my race pace because I arrived at the start line late, and so was weaving through people. There were bands about every mile on the course, and there was a lot to look at!  Before I knew it, I had already reached the 10K mark, and I was running barely slower than goal pace at 1:03:22.  I did not have a water bottle, Gatorade, or gels on me because they were provided along the course.  However, there were so many people and the stations were not marked as to whether they were water or Gatorade (this race used Cytomax) so next time I will carry my own!

I took my picture at about the half-way mark near Freemont Street.

At the 10 mile mark, I was at the north end of the strip, and could see Mandalay Bay.  I started to pick up the pace.  By mile 12 my legs were burning with every step, but I was not about to stop.  I kept pushing, sprinting as I approached the finish line giving it everything I had.  I finished in 2:11:30!! I averaged 10:02 miles!!  My iPhone says that I actually ran 13.57 miles because I did not take every turn as tight as possible, and did a considerable amount of weaving!  So I really ran 9:42 miles, shattering my goal!!

Sweet Victory!! A Couple of Finish Line Pics with My Sweet Finisher’s Medal!!

 I finished 9,520 out of 33,279 Competitors (top 28%), 4,253 of 21,134 Women (top 20%), and 233 of 960 Females Aged 18-24 (top 24%)!  I rocked it!! And it rocked me!  I was really sore afterwards!! I did some light stretching before we headed back to our hotel and hobbled for the next couple days, but it was worth it!!  It has been a couple weeks since the race, and I think I might just sign up for another one… :)

Just remember, “Yes, you can!!!!”

***Sway and I are very grateful to you all, our Dear Readers, for following along in our pursuit of good health and happiness in 2011.  We wish you a wonderful New Year with plenty of adventure and wellness all around.  See you all in the New Year!


3.1 miles and a turkey dinner later

The weather was absolutely perfect for the 11th annual Turkey Trek!  The sun warmed me up, the skies were clear, and there wasn’t any wind.  Over 1300 runners and walkers particpated this year.  This included the stroller derby contingent, happy walkers, casual runners, and elite racers.  Not to be forgotten are the many race organizers and cheerful supporters.

Alas, the perspective on this photo reveals my start position - pretty much at the back of the pack :)

I think the one mile Fun Run for the kids was conducted twice:  once soon after the 5K was over and then again at the scheduled time of 10:45am.  Other than this little hiccup, the morning appeared to be a success.

Approaching the turnaround at Mountain and 12th Street.

Granted, I’m not responsible for preparing a Thanksgiving feast, but it was still a great way to jumpstart my metabolism for the day.  I must say it was especially fun this year because of so much of my family that paricipated in race:  husband, sisters, nieces, in-laws, and cousins from out of town.  I definitely recommend this for next year!


Cut the Thanksgiving calories by running the Albuquerque Turkey Trek!

almost to the finish line

Last year was the first time I had ever run in a race.  My husband, in-laws and numerous friends joined in on the fun.  We ran the morning of Thanksgiving in the Turkey Trek!  The run took place in Downtown Albuquerque and was a flat, fast paced (but not for me) easy run.

running with the kids in the 1k

The race was perfect for me because I HATE running and it was a short 5K run.  Don’t laugh, but my goal was to make it in 45 minutes.  I met my goal on my first race despite loathing running.  I also thought it would be a great way to enjoy a semi-guilt free Thanksgiving feast.  Everyone finished before me, but cheered me on as I reached the finish line.  My son also ran in his first 1K race.  He loved

a happy kiddo

it!  This is perfect for the entire family – you can walk, run and bring your jogging stroller!  So, if you need some advice on how to cut your calories on Thanksgiving, all I can say are two words…. Turkey Trek!

The details…..This year it will be taking place in Old Town

When:  Thursday, November 24, 2011  @ 9:00 am

event address:  800 Rio Grande NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Click here to register and for other finite details.

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!


Get Dressed Up For Day of the Tread a bike ride and 5k/10k Run!

Fall is my favorite time of year partly because Halloween is my favorite Holiday. So if you want to get out and help benefit kids in our community, there is no better way than to register for the “Day of the Tread.”  The proceeds benefit our Children’s Carrie Tingley Hospital.  I’m doing my clinicals at Carrie Tingley and I see patients every week who drive from Gallup, T or C, Silver City, Farmington and other far away cities to meet with specialists for a 20 minute doctor’s appointment.  Carrie Tingley Hospital is the only children’s hospital in the state that helps children with all kinds of disabilities.  These kiddos desperately need basic services like gas money to get to their appointments and other basic services.  So, come out and help a good cause that benefits kids in our community!  Click here for more information and our entire family will be there dressed up in our favorite costumes.  Come join us!


Whether you want to ride 12-100 miles, run 5k-26.2 miles or walk 5k-10k, please join us for the 5th Annual Day of the Tread October 16th.To register:1. Download the 2011 Registration Form atwww.dayofthetread.comor2. Register online at


3. Start Treadin’ for Casa and Carrie.

Raise $150 by October 1, 2011 and we will register you and pay for your registration all while your tread makes a huge impact on the lives of families facing cancer and kids with special needs.  Treadin’ For Casa and Carrie Registration Form 


Please call Kim at 243.6626 with any questions.
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Corrida de Corrales 5K and 10K run

Corrida de Corrales 5k runThe Kiwais Club of Corrales Foundation presents the 26th annual Corrales Harvest Festival in the fall.  Along with the festival the Corrida de Corrales 5K and 10k run is also a fun way to see and explore Corrales, get some exercise in and enjoy the upcoming fall weather.  The race is especially nice if you are running your first 5k or aren’t a seasoned runner.  The trail is flat and follows the acequias (ditches) in the heart of the Corrales green belt.  The surroundings are nice and calm and you have the opportunity really enjoy your run.  I highly recommend this 5k!  The best thing about it is you get to enjoy the Corrales Harvest Festival after the run.

When:  Sunday, September 25th @ 8:00 a.m.

Where:  Corrales Recreation Center;  500 Jones Road, Corrales.

Cost:  25.00 before September 18th or 30.00 after September 19th.

I forgot to mention you also get a T-shirt :)

For more information or to register online visit

Happy Fall Everyone!


Want to help a good cause?

Interested in helping out your local community while getting outside and getting fit?  I have the solution for you that is perfect for the entire family.  Bring your wagons, running shoes, and your jogging strollers!   Alice King Community School is sponsering its first annual 5K and 10K walk/run.  It will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 8 a.m.  The run takes place around Albuquerque Academy.  If you have a student who attends Alice King their entry fee is FREE!  You can download the flyer from me by  clicking here or sign up the day of the race.  I hope to see you there!


Milkman Triathlon: A Great First Tri!

Good Morning!  Back from Dexter, NM and the Milkman Triathlon (sprint) here is Stefanie’s report:

Swimming 400 meters, biking 12 miles, and running 3 miles might sound like someone’s weekly workout, but in a sprint triathlon (yes, there are much longer races) you swim, bike and run all in one day.  On Saturday June 4th my husband and I competed in the 27th annual Milkman Triathlon in Dexter, NM.  I’ve participated in a handful of triathlons but not in almost 3 years, and it was my husband’s first triathlon.

Transition Area


Dexter is about 30 minutes from Roswell so we spent the night in Roswell and drove to Dexter the morning of the race.  The triathlon takes part in and around Lake Van, a waist deep lake that temped at a cool 68° Saturday morning.  We arrived well over an hour before race time, 8:00 a.m., to pick up our race packets and get our bodies marked.  Basically someone uses a permanent black marker to write your race number on your arms and legs.  In addition, just to make you feel self conscious when someone twice your age passes you, they write your age on your left calf!  After getting marked, we set up our bikes, shoes, helmets, socks, shades, water bottles, and change of clothes in the “transition zone.”  This is where you transition from swimming to biking and biking to runing.  There really is an art to setting up this area and transitioning quickly, but my husband and I didn’t spend time practicing and it showed in our lengthy transition times.

The race starts with an open water swim.  Since you can’t start everyone swimming at the same time, we went in waves.   Ours was the second wave, 25-35 year-olds, and you start with one hand on a dock that ironically had a sign reading “No Swimming.”  Open water swimming is much different than swimming in a pool and I found myself thrashing and picking up my head every few seconds to make sure I swam on course.  My husband experienced swimming over people and getting grabbed by others.  After the swim, we transitioned to our bikes and headed off for a relatively flat but remarkably windy bike ride.  Individuals with aerodynamic road bikes (me) fared much better than those with borrowed hybrid bikes like my husband’s.  After the bike leg I grabbed my running shoes and hat and headed out for the final running leg.  After biking, your legs feel heavy and slow and that makes for a challenging finish.  The run is a mostly off road, flat, and winding trail that ends in a park near the swim start.

The finish area had a community picnic feel with lots of refueling options including chocolate milk, white milk, and ice cream as well as water, Gatorade, fruit, and my personal favorite, snow cones!  It was family friendly with food and activities for kids of all ages.  The awards ceremony was a special event with a stage and tons of age group, team, and overall awards.  All participants completing their first triathlon as a soloist received a special finisher’s mug – my husband got one!  Overall the Milkman Triathlon was a wonderfully organized, friendly, and most importantly, fun event.  It was an enjoyable experience for both the new and seasoned triathlete and I look forward to next year’s race!


Swim/Bike/Run at the Milkman Triathlon

Swim: 2010 Milkman Triathlon, photo by Milkman Triathlon via Shutterfly

For 26 years people have gathered in Dexter, New Mexico to participate in the Milkman Triathlon (sprint).  Last year just under 200 men, women, and children completed the race.  This Saturday, two of my good friends, Stefanie and William, will be competing in the race.  Stefanie is a veteran racer – she’s won the Duke City Marathon and competed in a number of marathons around the country.  This isn’t her first triathlon, but it is for William.  William is a strong swimmer, but is newer to cycling and running.  He ran his first 10K at this year’s Run for the Zoo.  Check back in on Monday when Stefanie and William will give us the scoop on the 27th Annual Milkman Triathlon from the experienced and newly initiated perspectives.

Bike: 2010 Milkman Triathlon, photo by Milkman Triathlon via Shutterfly

What:  27th Annual Milkman Triathlon, 500 meter swim/20K (12.4 mile) bike/5K (3.2 mile) run
When:  Saturday, June 4, 2011
Where:  Dexter, NM

Run: 2010 Milkman Triathlon, photo by Milkman Triathlon via Shutterfly


Will Run for Wine 5K

To coincide with my favorite holiday of the year, I thought I would mention the ‘Will Run for Wine 5K.’  I figure if you want more exercise than just walking around the wine festival this might interest you.  It is a 5k run/walk at Balloon Fiesta Park.  Here are the details:

Event Type: Running
Event Date: May 28, 2011
Starting Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park

Fees:  race day  –   $35.00

For more information click here.

Happy Memorial Weekend everyone!