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2014 Team Tough Chik! Meet Jodi, Jenifer and Angie!

11 Mar


Name: Jodi G.

Location: Rockford, IL

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies: Photography and cheering on the Cleveland Indians

2014 Race Plans: 6/8/14 – Esprit de She sprint tri Naperville, IL
7/14 – Rock, Roll ‘N’ Run sprint tri Janseville, WI
8/16/14 – Dirty Girl Mud Run WI
9/6/14 – Rev3 Cedar Point sprint tri
10/26/14 – Marine Corps Marathon!!  My first!!

What makes you a Tough Chik?  Being out there and staying active.  Age is just a number!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My phone

Fun Fact:  I deal with criminals all week as a Probation supervisor and spend my weekends volunteering with some awesome kids who were blessed with an extra chromosome.



Name: Jenifer O.

Location: West Covina, Ca

Sport of Choice: Running… But actually I call it “wogging” which is in between walking and jogging.

Hobbies: I love crafts. Knitting is my favorite; I am a big time volunteer and my kid’s school. I love “glamping” which is glamorous camping. I am not going to a port o potty in the middle of the night.:)

2014 Race Plans: As most of the girls know I completed my 1st sprint tri 2013 on a cruiser and it was not easy. I want to conquer that course again on a real bike. I plan on toning down the half marathon and maybe focus more on some fun runs with the kids. I would also like to hit some trails.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I think I am tough in a lot more ways than I considered last year. I am a more confident person. I really feel with the right mindset I can conquer anything. At 37 years young I never thought this would be where I am at. I am a much happier, confident person because of this team.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Nike sportswatch

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? My last half my friend told at the last mile to “push my brave”. It was a rough mile and I think I cried to the finish line.

Fun Fact: I really am silly fun living gal. I “wog” so I can drink beer and eat ice cream. I love tennis shoes. I still feel like I am 16.



Name: Angie Z.

Location: Lincoln, NE

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies: Photography, show jumping (jumping horses over fences)

2014 Race Plans: Lincoln Half Marathon (May 2014), Omaha Women’s Triathlon-Sprint (June 2014), Omaha Triathlon-Olympic (July 2014), Hy-Vee Triathlon-Olympic (August 2014)

What make you a Tough Chik: When I make up my mind I am going to accomplish something, I do it.  I have set some lofty goals in my life and have completed many of them.  I continue to set high goals for myself as I try to reach for the stars!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Garmin 910XT

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fun Fact:  I usually read a couple of thousand pages worth of books each year!

2014 Team Tough Chik! Meet Cynthia, Heather and Sheila

4 Mar


Name: Cynthia T.

Location: Lincoln, RI

Sport of Choice: Walking – mainly half marathons.

2014 Race Plans: I Plan to finish 60 half marathons in 2014 to celebrate turning 60 yrs. old.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I am a Tough Chik because at 56 yrs old I completed my first half marathon with RI Team In Training and in the last 3 years have completed 46 half marathons, 4 full marathons, one sprint tri, and many 5ks.  I will never win a race as I am a walker but I still finish every race I enter and love encouraging those along the way.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My race belt.

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Everything happens for a reason.

Fun Fact:  I try to ‘dress up’ for my half marathons.  Makes the distance much more fun.




Name: Heather B.

Location: Onawa Iowa

Sport of Choice: Running, newly found.

Hobbies: Love to go for walks with friends, watch my daughter in Volleyball, Dance, Gym, track, and Basketball. Love seeing her grow and learn what her body will let her do. I love challenges to better myself. I love to read when I get a chance.
Now my newly found love in running has been so helpful to me in many ways like the support you get from people you don’t even know, support from friends and family and the smile on my daughters face when I completed my first half and she said I knew you could do it!

2014 Race Plans: I am going to do a FULL MARATHON. I am not sure where yet, but will do one for sure. I also love the mud runs, which we will have some around here, and I will do another half to see if I can get a better time.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I think just being a woman will make anyone a Tough Chik. I have a lot of determination to make myself healthy and fit. Like most women we have so much on our plate so to do something like running, walking or exercising to get out and get our ducks in a row makes us healthy but most of all for me is the satisfaction I get.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My running shoes

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live!
One day at a time.

Fun Fact: Dry sense of humor.





Name: Sheila K.

Location: Steinbach MB

Sport of Choice: Currently I am running. I have done a half marathon, a 10 mile and a 5K race this past year. I will be starting swimming and cycling in the New Year.

Hobbies: reading

2014 Race Plans: 2014 will be a 5K resolution run, a half Marathon, a full marathon, as well as Try a Tri… in late august.

Other than that, we will see how the year progresses

What make you a Tough Chik: The fact that I am 100 lbs overweight, and am training for events.  I have Hypothyroidism, which makes weight loss extremely difficult.  I therefore run with extra weight on my body.  I am trying to break the cycle of obesity/diabetes/health issues in my family

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? GPS – mileage/speed

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Get ‘er’ Done.

Fun Fact:  I am 45 overweight and in the best cardiovascular shape of my life (when I was slim, I could not physically do the things I do now!)

2014 Team Tough Chik! Welcome Julie, Wendy and Colette

25 Feb


Name: Julie F.

Location: Mt. Morris, IL

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Running, family, reading

2014 Race Plans: I would like to do another half marathon next year.  Now that my daughter will be graduating from high school, she can run more 5k’s with me.

What makes you a Tough Chik? 5 years ago when I turned 40 I started on a weight loss journey.  I lost 60 lbs over 2 years.  It is an every day battle to keep that off.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? phone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Find a way.

Fun Fact:  I have naturally curly hair.




Name: Wendy R.

Location: phoenix

Sport of Choice: Running, Swimming, Triathlon

Hobbies: reading, hiking, biking, orange Theory, yoga

2014 Race Plans: Women’s Half marathon, Fiesta Half marathon, Pat’s Run, multiple masters swim meets, various 5K and 10K events

What makes you a Tough Chik? At the age of 40, after knee surgery, I lost 80 pounds and now, at 48, the weight has stayed off and I am as active as ever. I keep working to improve my fitness and my race results and as a high school PE teacher, pass along the importance of fitness to my students.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Nike GPS watch

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Never Give Up-Winston Churchill





Name: Colette A.

Location: Delaware

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Horses
In line skating

2014 Race Plans: Hot chocolate 15k
Diva run
Shamrock 1/2
Chesapeake bridge
Foam feast
Philly marathon
Danskin tri
Philly marathon

What make you a Tough Chik: All of us have a tough Chik inside of us just waiting to come out. This will be my second year is a TTC and I’m so excited to see where my toughness leads me.
There are always those thoughts … I wanna do this, I wanna so that… Then we worry… Will I be able to?  Can I really do that??  With the support of all our sister toughies, the answer is … Oh, Hell yeah!!! Just step aside and watch!!!   This past year, I have conquered obstacles I’ve only dreamed about. :-).

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My iPhone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? ” I like to look in the rear view mirror and which life try to catch up with me ”

Fun Fact:  I love to do handstands in the pool 🙂


2014 Team Tough Chik – Meet Amy, Xanthe & Valerie!

18 Feb


Name: Amy S. – 1st year member!

Location: Fullerton, ca

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Racing, traveling, shopping, reading, spending time with friends and family.

2014 Race Plans: Oc half, Huntington Beach half, LB half, Nike in Dc (fingers crossed)

What makes you a Tough Chik? I’m dedicated! Through injury I keep
Coming back!! I am always trying new runs to push myself and keep motivated!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Nike plus

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Run your own race!

Fun Fact:  3 years ago I started running and my goal was to complete a 5k. This weekend I am running my 8th half marathon, rock n roll in Vegas!


Name: Xanthe – 2nd year member

Location: Campo, CA

Sport of Choice: Triathlons

Hobbies: Geocaching, animals, reading, softball, triathlons, hiking

2014 Race Plans: Jan:
5-Kendall Webb Triathlon
18-Stagecoach Century
19-Carlsbad Marathon
2-Surf City Marathon
8-Tour De Palm Springs
9-Palm Springs Half
16-Run 10/20
22-Race the Base (maybe)
23-San Diego Women’s Half Marathon
1-Desert Tri (Sprint)
2-Desert Tri (Oly)
9-San Diego Half Marathon
16-Superseal Oly Triathlon
23-Zion Half Marathon
13-HITS Napa 140.6 Triathlon
20-Mustang Half Marathon (maybe)
27-La Jolla Half Marathon
4-OC Half Marathon
18-HITS Colorado 70.3 (maybe)

What makes you a Tough Chik? I have been last and didn’t quit.

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.  -Eleanor Roosevelt

Fun Fact: 20+ military Veteran, retired.



Name: Valerie D. – 1st year member

Location: Arlington, VA

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Running

2014 Race Plans: Dopey Challenge January 9-12, 2014
GW Parkway Classic 10 mile – April 14, 2014.

What make you a Tough Chik: I may not be fast, but I hang in there until I get the distance covered.

2014 Team Tough Chik! Meet Betsy, Nikkol and Debbie!

11 Feb


Name: Betsy S.

Location: NJ

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Running, Reading, Golf, Scrapbooking

2014 Race Plans: I have quite a few 1/2 marathons lined up already, and I’m seriously considering my first FULL marathon…NYC!.

What makes you a Tough Chik? I’m a single mom of 2 little boys.  I don’t want them to feel like they are missing out on anything.  They are my first priority, and most of my time is spent on the soccer (or baseball or basketball field).  It’s hard to squeeze in me time for running…but I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? ipod

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”

Name: Nikkol M.

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: running, biking, swimming, rowing and hiking

2014 Race Plans: Arizona Rock n Roll Marathon
Xterra Trail Series
As many Triathlons as I have time for
Tour de Scottsdale
El Tour de Tuscon
Soma half iron distance triathon

What makes you a Tough Chik? I didn’t start running until I was about 29 and have since completed 5 full marathons, countless half-marathons, several bike races, two half iron distance triathlons and several olympic and sprint distance triathlons.  I was diagnosed with Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) when I was 11 years old.  I’ve had 7 knee surgeries for it and spend many years on medication.  I was told I would most likely be in a wheel chair by the time I was 30.  Consequently, that was the year I ran my first full marathon.  I am very thankful to have defied the odds and that I am still running and enjoying all life has to offer for as long as I am able.  I am now a personal trainer and I specialize in the elderly population because I know that together we can really improve their quality of life and someday, I’m going to be one of them.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Armband for my phone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? I run because I can.

Fun Fact: I was running the San Diego marathon and when I got to the place where they were handing out popsicles, they were all out because the half-marathon had already been through that area.  I actually started to cry.  Every race after that, one of my girl friends meets me at the finish line with a Popsicle.



Name: Debbie H.

Location: Chicago, IL

Sport of Choice: RUNNING

Hobbies: food, healthy foods, cooking, exercise, spending time with my family, playing board games with my children

2014 Race Plans: In 2013, I ran 15 races, which was the most I’ve ever done in a year.
I’m hoping to surpass that number with a new PR in 1 or more races.

What make you a Tough Chik: I don’t quit!  I try to encourage others.  I’m encouraged by others.  I lead by example!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? A good sport bra & Nuun

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Run through head trash!

Fun Fact: My children love animals & we have a ball python, 2 Russian Tortoises, golden doodle, guinea pig and that’s it for NOW!

2014 Team Tough Chik!! Meet Rachel, Monica and Phylis

4 Feb


Name: Rachel E. – 1st year member

Location: WI

Sport of Choice: Basketball volleyball and track

Hobbies: running*reading * sports

2014 Race Plans: to run a 1/2 marathon with my friend in June.

What make you a Tough Chik? Just ran a race for my high school. It’s called the Rambo run. Its only 1.5mi but it was below freezing‚ there was snow on the ground and went through water that was to my shoulders.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? cell phone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? If you’re in control you’re not going fast enough

Fun Fact: Your foot is as big as your forearm



Name: Monica C. – 1st year member

Location: Tallahassee FL

Sport of Choice: Running, Triathlon, Boxing

Hobbies: Knitting, Politics, Jeeps

2014 Race Plans: All the Disney races! A few sprint and super sprint triathlons

What makes you a Tough Chik? I’ve had to work really hard to get where I am and the journey is still just beginning.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Gymboss Interval Timer

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Suck it up, Princess!

Fun Fact: I always wear or carry something that belonged to my late grandmother when I run.



Name: Phyllis S. – 2nd year member

Location: Norwalk, CT

Sport of Choice: Running, biking and Spinning

Hobbies: I do enjoy knitting but have a tough time sitting still that long.

2014 Race Plans: Miami Half Marathon on Feb 2 Miami FL
Nike Women’s Half on April 27 Washington DC
Runners World Hat Trick Boston MA June 2
Iron Girl Triathlon- Syracuse NY August 2014
Marine Corp Marathon – My First October Washington DC

What make you a Tough Chik: I am a tough chik because I live everyday to the fullest thanks to my wellness transformation.  My healthy and active lifestyle is an example for my family and co-workers to follow that lead them to become healthier.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? iphone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.  Tip toe if you must, just take the step”

Fun Fact: My husband and all three of my children are left handed. So random!!

2014 Team Tough Chik! Meet Suzanne, Tina and Jennifer

28 Jan


Name: Suzanne W.

Location: Madison, AL

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Being outdoors with my husband, Reading, Volunteering, Playing with our two yellow labs

2014 Race Plans: I am planning to complete my first ultra early in the year and then I hope to set a new 5K and half PR in the summer/fall.

What make you a Tough Chik? I just completed 25 half marathons in 2 years and I wasn’t even a runner until 2.5 years ago!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Nathan handheld that holds my iPhone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “The difference between good and great is just a little extra effort.”

Fun Fact: Chances are I’m the only person you’ll ever meet who is an Animal Scientist with a Master’s in Animal Breeding & Genetics!



Name: Tina N.

Location: Guyton, GA

Sport of Choice: Football

Hobbies: Scrapbooking

2014 Race Plans: Team Ortho Minneapolis Dualathon Relay
Disney Wine & Dine 5K
Disney Tower of Terror 5K
Various virtual races

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Ipad



Name: Jennifer S.

Location: WNY

Sport of Choice: Triathlon, and each of those three sports individually

Hobbies: Music ~ performing it and listening to it.
Reading (everything,) knitting, crocheting, creating all forms of arts, cooking, gardening, farming, hiking, skiing, soccer + coaching, scouts!

2014 Race Plans: Lots of fun localish races, Old First Ward Shamrock 8k, Ride for Roswell 62 mile, Musselman Sprint, Tough Mudder, Fingerlakes Olympic, Rochester Half Marathon, and my first century ride.

What make you a Tough Chik: I have a fibromyalgia diagnosis. I have an osteoarthritis diagnosis. I have “piggy backer” conditions. I manage these everyday. I have will. I have desire. I have strength. I have determination. I have passion. I have love, for myself, my sports, & my team.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Ninja Blender

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “Don’t compromise yourself, you’re all you’ve got.” ~ Janis Joplin

Fun Fact: I love to cook. The best thing I do…I create soups, stews, and chowders, that folks rave about. I once thought of opening a luncheonette called Simply Soups, in our local college town.

Meet Team Tough Chik members – Angela, Beth and Christy!

21 Jan


Name: Angela C – 2nd year member and Ambassador

Location: Homestead, FL

Sport of Choice: Triathlon, Running, and Cycling

Hobbies: Rock climbing, kayaking, the gym, bird watching and hanging out with my amazing family

2014 Race Plans: Superhero Scramble January 12, 2014
Ragnar Keys February 7-8, 2014
Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon February 16, 2014
13.1 Miami Beach   March 2, 2014
Miami Man Speedway Edition Int’l Tri   May 25, 2014
Escape To Miami Olympic Triathlon September 28, 2014
Miami Man Zoo Edition International Tri November 9, 2014

What make you a Tough Chik? I’m tough because I never give up.  I may not be the fastest, but its better to be out there and slow than not at all.  Balancing all the balls is never easy, but at the end of the day, a happy family and a tired body means I was TOUGH ENOUGH 🙂

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My phone . . . music and a camera to keep me entertained and document my journey!

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? Right now . . . Don’t be a prisoner of your past.  Be the architect of your future.

Fun Fact: The first time I told hubs I wanted to do a triathlon he laughed in my face.  The first time I told him I wanted to run a half marathon he called me crazy.  He now does both 🙂



Name: Beth S. – 2nd year member

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Sport of Choice: running

Hobbies: reading, music, theatre, all things Disney, movies, yoga

2014 Race Plans: Confirmed:
January – Walt Disney World Marathon
February – Castaway Cay 5K (informal fun run, but still!!)
July – The Great Alaskan Running Cruise
October – ING Hartford Half Marathon (may change to the full pending training)

Planning but pending lottery and/or timing:
Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run
Broad Street Run
MORE/Fitness Women’s Half
some other Spring/early Summer half

What make you a Tough Chik I stick to it when things get tough? Example: when I ran the RnR Country Music Half in April 2013, it was raining the whole time – anything from a drizzle to an out and out downpour (they almost called the race after one severe lightning flash, but no other came, so they let us continue). I was cold and wet, and all I wanted to do was stop, but I kept going, even though I was limping my way to the end due to cold-related cramps. I finished, and I’m proud of myself for toughing it out!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Totally NRR, but my nook

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

Fun Fact: My sister and I have the same birthday. But we’re not twins. 🙂



Name: Christy H. – New member

Location: Goshen, IN

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Running, biking, dancing, reading, listening to country music, singing even though I am off key

2014 Race Plans: The Carmel Marathon in April, want to find one more marathon (not sure which one), St Louis Rock N Roll Half in October, maybe a Tri, and at least 2 or 3 more half’s

What make you a Tough Chik: I am a fighter and always come out of any situation stronger and learn and grow as a person, friend, wife and runner. Runner has taught me how Tough I really am. Because of running I am empowered and I can achieve anything I desire.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My I Phone

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? I don’t have a favorite but I start each day with one to guide my day

Fun Fact: At the young age of 39 I am a stepgrandma and I love it!

2014 Team Tough Chik – meet Cat, Rebecca and Chrystal

14 Jan


Name: Catharine M. – 2nd year member

Location: Washington, DC

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies:  When I’m not biking, swimming, or running?!? Sitting in my underwear in front of the TV on the sofa. Also skiing, rock climbing, baking, and trying out new restaurants and foods.

2014 Race Plans: RnR USA Half Marathon, South Beach Triathlon, Eagleman HIM, Augusta HIM,  Humbolt Half Marathon

What make you a Tough Chik: I’ve always loved the inclusive nature of the business end of Tough Chiks, that’s what got me to join. It’s pretty hard to find businesses, especially small business that carry anything larger then a Large when it comes to tri gear. So I love to support those that support bigger girls. But what kept me in is the amazing and supportive nature of the the members of Team Tough Chik. I am a Tough Chik because I know I can do antyhing I put my mind too. But I have a team behind me to keep pushing and pulling me along when I stumble.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? IPAD!!! What was my life like before this time sucker?!?

What is your favorite inspirational phrase?  “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

Fun Fact: I’m a swim coach even though I am one of the slowest swimmers in the masters group I coach. But for some reason it makes me one of the most popular as well.



Name: Rebecca B. – new member

Location: Cumberland Maine

Sport of Choice: RUNNING!!!!!

Hobbies: I don’t consider running a hobby, it’s a part of the fabric of my daily life although I do consider it fun!
I love getting together with friends, attending sporting events, reading, outdoor activities in general and spending time with my family.

2014 Race Plans: My race plans for 2014 have been altered slightly with the new found knowledge that I am pregnant (shhhh not public knowledge yet!)  I ran until my 36th week with my last pregnancy and am hoping to do the same this time.  The current goal is to run a half marathon in April when I will be 6.5 mo along with a bunch of other races leading up to that as well as a comeback half in the fall.  Wish me luck!!

What make you a Tough Chik: Running for two is definitely touch but even beyond that when you have children, a husband and a full time career, carving out time for yourself and the things that are important to you is tough but oh so worth it!

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? Nike Plus watch

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? There will come a time when you can no longer do this, today is NOT that day.

Fun Fact: I am a sign language interpreter 😉



Name: Chrystal V. – new memeber

Location: Kansas

Sport of Choice: Running! I also like biking, yoga, and the gym, but everything I do is to improve my running ability.

Hobbies: Running is my hobby (honestly, running is pretty much what my schedule revolves around) but I also read a lot, draw/paint, and spend a lot of time with my furbabies.

2014 Race Plans: Where to start! In April I’m doing my first Half Marathon, in March I’m doing my second Half Marathon! I also have a handful of races I did in 2013 that are on my list to do again.

What make you a Tough Chik: I don’t believe in giving up.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? GPS!

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? “I don’t quit when I’m tired. I quit when I’m finished.”

Fun Fact: I started running BECAUSE the doctor told me I had “Runner’s Knee”. I decided if I had it, I was going to earn it.

Top 10 reasons to be a Tough Chik – Guest Blogger – Jessica Langston

9 Oct

Top 10 reasons to be a Tough Chik
1.  You are probably thinking, “Am I tough enough?”  Here’s the answer: YES! Yes you are. You’re thinking about it, you are considering it, you ARE.  Who says what’s tough and what’s not?  YOU do. What’s tough for you may not be tough for me, and vice versa. You only have to be tough in your own mind, not compared to anyone else. And if you join the team, you have a shirt that says your tough. And if your SHIRT says it, well, then, duh, you are.
2.  You immediately are embraced and loved and encouraged by over 200 kickass women CHIKS. (OK, so I don’t blog, and I always think it’s the coolest thing when bloggers cross stuff out like that, so you might see that again in this list. Just sayin)
3.  You now have a connection to Chiks all over the country, and even some all over the WORLD!  If you are planning to do some races, or even take a vacation, chances are, there will be a fellow Toughie nearby. MEET UP WITH THEM!  You WON’T be sorry you did. I’ve had the chance to meet 3 awesome ladies in PERSON, and it has been the coolest thing.

  • Tara – Uh, I love her. We met in June in South Dakota, and both did the Deadwood Mickelson Trail half marathon.   We didn’t run together, we simply met up before the race, and found each other at the end. That’s it. Maybe 10 minutes total of together time. But when you meet someone FOR REAL, it makes them more real. Is that true? Heck, I don’t know, but it sounds good right?  Tara and I have really clicked, and she’s pretty freakin awesome.  We shared this race on our journey to Half Fanatic-dom and I think that gave us a jumping off point in getting to know each other.  We facebook message a lot, and we’ve sent each other little packages in the mail. It’s like having a grown up pen pal. How cool is that??  I encourage her, she encourages me. Got a long run this weekend? Pretend I’m with you. It works. I’m not kidding. Mile 8, I’m tired, in my head, there she is next to me, hey, it’s better. Seriously.


  • Jess and Lisa – Super cool chiks!  I got a 2 for one when I met these ladies.  We met just a few weeks ago at See Jane Run in Wichita.  Jess (as in Run with Jess who some of you may know from her blog) won an entry at the last minute. She drove about a million hours just to come run 13.1 miles. And then turn around and go home. Yep, that’s the kinda TOUGH chiks we are.  Opportunity knocks, we’re gonna kick in that door!  Lisa is from Wichita and I’d known all along I was going to get to meet her.  Since she was from there, I got to bug ask her all kinds of stuff about where to stay, where things were in relationship to the race, etc. Inside scoop!!  And talk about TOUGH, Lisa just had a baby this summer and here she is, out 5k-‘n it up like a champ!! Oh, and by the way, I kept Jess in my sights for about 9 miles, and stalked her down and got a PR because of it!


4.  Ok, so I talked about meeting people in real life. But for the 3 people I’ve met in the flesh, there’s plenty more I feel like are my friends now that I HAVEN’T actually met. And facebook friends, they’re like at least 90% as good as real ones, right?? Let’s face it, probably twice as good sometimes!
5.  Super awesome clothes/gear.  If you are like me, you love you some awesome workout clothes. I can’t even tell you the last time I went to a store and DIDN’T check out the athletic section.  It’s hard to find cute, and practical stuff! Well, Tough Chik has a whole line of clothes that ANYONE can buy, and they have super special stuff JUST for team members!!  You should have seen the facebook posts in our super secret group (I’ll get to that point later). But October 1 (first day of team registration) was like counting down to CHRISTMAS!!    I mean, check out this wonder chik top. Hello!! Have you ever seen anything MORE amazing??  And the tank top is this year’s team singlet. It says “This is what Tough looks like”. Its awesome, its comfy, its TOUGH.
jess3jess46.  Ok, time for the super secret group. We have a super secret facebook group. You can only be in it if you are on the team, and NO ONE else can see anything you post!  Cool huh? You can ask every embarrassing fitness related question you’ve ever wanted to ask. And I guarantee, in 5 miles minutes (ok, that was a for real typo, but that just cracked me UP when I was proofreading this that I typed miles instead of minutes!! Bahahaha!) you’ll have 16 answers and 27 funny stories, and 12 people that have had the same exact issue as you. (Ok, don’t quote me on the numbers, but its close.)  And not only fitness stuff, you can say anything else you want!  Had a craptastic day, and don’t want to gripe about your best friend that screwed you over on your own facebook page? Post here, you’ll get support, and no one in your everyday life will be any wiser about it. We even had someone tell us first that she was gonna be a grandma because she couldn’t announce it to the world yet, so yep, she told us first!   All your “real” friends sick of hearing about the 16 miles you ran? How fast they were? How you felt? About your marathon, triathalon, 5k, 1 mile swim…whatEVER…. Coming up?  Welp, we all wanna hear about it. I swear. Not joking. Yes, please, tell me more details. How did you feel at mile 6? Mile 12? At mile 18 you wanted to die?? Tell. Me. MORE!!!!

7.  Ok, my reasons have gotten a bit long winded. Let me try and wrap this up. Wanna do a ragnar relay? Boom….instant team if you are looking for one.
8.  Wanna know how that headband fits? Size comparison of a brooks shirt vs. a nike one?  Ask!  Someone will answer. HELL, someone will post pictures with exact MEASUREMENTS. I. am. Not. KIDDING.
9.  Have an injury that you are nursing and want to know if its your shoes, your socks, or your diet that’s causing it?  Again, someone’s been through it and has some AWESOME advice for you.
10.  This is the BEST, most amazing group of women on the planet. I could research that, but I don’t have to. I know it. In my heart.  If you want to be part of something special, this is it. We’ve got every level of fitness there is, from beginner, to someone that’s run 50 marathons.  And everything in between. We’re here to support each other, listen to each other, and just make new friends!  This is what you’ve been looking for. I promise. You’ll see.  (Dang it, I almost made myself cry when I reread all this.)


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