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Welcome Toughies Gina, Nancy and Deihdra! 3 awesome women and true TOUGH CHIKs!

11 Jun



Name: Gina

Location: Sumrall, MS

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: MTB: Long Beach Carnival Classic Half Marathon, Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon, Crescent City Classic 10k, Jazz Half Marathon and several 5ks

What makes you a Tough Chik: I think that being a mom that has 5 kids (even though some are older and some are small) makes any woman tough! This also means that with so much going on, I have to train when I can. That usually means that I’m on the treadmill at 9:30 at night or I’m out doing my long runs with a headlight on. (*Safety first – if it’s dark, my husband goes with me while our older kids watch the younger ones.)

I also think that making the decision to completely change my life after my 3 yr old daughter was born in 2009 makes me pretty tough. It wasn’t easy. I’d been overweight for a while and stuck in the state of mind that I was just going to be that way for the rest of my life. I finally decided that things COULD change because I was in control of what I ate and what I did. I started walking and pushing her in a stroller. My oldest daughter would come sometimes and when she did, I would try jogging ahead a few feet. I don’t know what it was that had sparked inside of me to keep trying every time we went for a walk but it was there and it wasn’t going away. On February 8, 2010, I ran a complete 5k distances without stopping. It fueled the fire in me and I knew that things weren’t going to be the same anymore. Since then, I’ve lost 76 pounds, I’ve run tons of 5ks, 10ks, 5 half marathons, 1 full and I’m in training for my 2nd that will be February 24, 2013. “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Gail Devers, Olympic Hurdler    

If you had a super power, what would it be? To be able to run like The Flash, of course. 🙂  Can you imagine how much I’d get done??

Fun Fact: I’m in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Women’s Running Magazine in the Women Who Move section. MSN/Fitbie filmed me in December for their Everyday Champions series. It was released January 18, 2013.

Also, my feet are so big that I have to order men’s size 11 running shoes. I add pink laces and wear them proudly!   

Blog URL: www.slowisthenewfast.com




Name: Nancy…aka Fancy Nancy

Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Sport of Choice: running, spinning, softball

2013 Race Plans: This year I am gunning for the big one…the full marathon!  I am also shooting for at least 13 races this year with most of them being half marathons.  I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings!

What makes you a Tough Chik: What makes me a tough chik?  I’m up before dawn to squeeze in as many miles as possible before my family starts their day.  Being a mom to a toddler and a newborn, time is worth the same as gold but not running is not an option!  Sure my muscles hurt and my lungs are burning but being a healthy example of a tough girl is a perfect life for me!

If you had a super power, what would it be? I would love to be able to fly….imagine how much faster I could get around!!! I am fluent in Spanish, which many friends and coworkers call my super power since my students can’t get away with anything!!

Fun Fact: I’m pretty much your average gal but I would say something quirky about me is that from the moment the air begins to warm, I NEED to be at the beach!  I have lived all my life within 2 miles of the shore.  It is my calming place, my fun place, and the place of so many memories! I’m so excited to have two beach bum girls to share it with!

Blog URL: http://www.littlefancynancy.blogspot.com





Name: Deihdra

Location: Glen Rock, NJ

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

2013 Race Plans: Nike Women’s Half DC, Rev3 Quassy OLY, Philadelphia TRI Sprint, Rev3 South Carolina, NJ State Triathlon, West Point TRI and a few 5ks with my son!

What makes you a Tough Chik: I’ve never been an athlete in my entire life but found triathlon 3 years ago and am hooked.  I try very hard to not come in last – I’m often discouraged but keep signing up for races and scaring myself into training for them!

If you had a super power, what would it be? I would be a fast, graceful, beautiful runner and sing like Lea Michele (although not sure that’s a super power!).

Fun Fact: I’d never learned to swim until 3 years ago to do triathlon.  I’ve always loved the water but never knew how to actually swim and while I’m very slow – I can get to the end of the swim without much issue.

Blog URL: http://deihdratri.blogspot.com/


National Running Day! My running story…

5 Jun

I have never considered myself a runner.  Actually, I remember running being considered punishment.  In elementary school, I was on the chubby side and the running portion of the Presidential Physical Fitness Test was not only torture, but very embarrassing.  In High School, we would have to run (in jazz shoes) to credit our demerits in drill team.  Not to mention, we were clad in Lycra leotards and tights (don’t judge it was the early 90’s) in the TX heat and humidity…IN AUGUST!  I truly believe that this would be considered child endangerment now.

I ran briefly in college, and by briefly, I mean like 6 times and by run, I mean slowly jog.  It wasn’t until I moved to CA and adopted a dog that I really started running.  My logic was that if I had to spend time exercising the dog, I might as well get a benefit out of it too.  I was active, I rode, did yoga, lifted weights, etc…but never a runner.  So enter Cosmo, my 14lb terrier-Chihuahua-Dachshund-God-knows-what-mix.  I bought him a harness after pulling him around the block by his neck and we ran maybe 10 times before he started to hide when I pulled out the harness.  So I started to run solo, basically because it was convenient and I lived 2 blocks from the beach.  It was beautiful!

Cosmo, the mutt

Cosmo, the laziest dog know to man (but ain’t he cute)

My sporadic running was solidified when I found a pamphlet for APLA (AIDS Project LA) and their half-marathon and marathon training program. I conned encouraged my bestie to join me for the informational meeting about the program.  We should NEVER go to a time-share meeting, because we can be talked into anything!  Up to this point, I had only ran a 5K, for bonus points because I was endanger of failing pass or fail tennis in college.  Yes, I am THAT bad a tennis.  We walked in planning on signing up for the half, but after a 30 min inspirational video of folks 40 years older and 100 lbs heavier finishing marathons, we were swindled sold.  (I am totally kidding…but not really)

So in March of 2008 we started to train for our first marathon and my real first race, and which race did we settle on?  San Francisco Marathon (later to be named with the tag-line “worth the hurt”) with the promise by the training crew that it “wasn’t that hilly”.  We were so dumb naive.  I really got into it (or so I thought) and was running 3 times a week (which I thought was a lot) and keeping up with my yoga.  Anyhoo…I ran SF with my bestie (who was so injured that she later need surgery and 9 moths in a boot).  After that I promised myself I was NOT going to be a “one and done” marathoner.  It was the last marathon I ran.

SF Marathon Molly, Me & Daniel

SF Marathon
Molly, Me & Daniel

Running and I go through our ups and downs.  As a triathlete, I have to admit that the run is the hardest part for me.  Just over the past few weeks, I am really starting to find my groove in running.  I am actually afraid to say (type) this out loud, as it might slip away tomorrow.  Running is not easy, not for me.  But I try…

But most of the time, I am running after a bike ride

But most of the time, I am running after a bike ride…don’t I look happy?

So I am celebrating National Running Day in the best way I know how, after a bike ride.  For some reason, I run faster after a bike ride.  I mean, it is usually a shorter run, but it makes me feel better 🙂

Happy Running!

Meet Toughies Jennifer, Helaine and Wendy!

23 Apr




Name: Helaine

Location: Sugarloaf, Ca

Sport of Choice: Mud Run, Snow Shoe, Hiking, Cycling, Kayaking

2013 Race Plans: Irvine Summer of Mud, Apple Valley Rockin the Desert Mud Run, Snowshoe the Bear, Big Bear Paddlefest, Tour de Big Bear, Endure the Bear, Camp Pendleton Mud Run….. for starters.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I like to get out there for the fun of the event and to challenge myself


Name: Jennifer

Location: Kodiak, Alaska

Sport of Choice: Run, Bike, Swim

2013 Race Plans: Iron Girl Las Vegas, 2013; Earth Day Triathlon, Kodiak, Alaska

What makes you a Tough Chik: I am a working mother of 2 energetic boys and am trying to make time for myself. I also believe in giving to the community in which you live, so I volunteer regularly. Finding balance is what makes me tough.

If you had a super power, what would it be? Unfailing faith in God

Fun Fact: I am a private pilot and enjoy flying




Name: Wendy

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Sport of Choice: Running, Swimming, Biking (triathlon)

2013 Race Plans: Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Road Runner Summer series, Soma Half Ironman, Anthem Sprint tri, Masters Swim meets, Running of the Rams 5K, several local 5K and 10K events, Women’s Half Marathon

What makes you a Tough Chik: After losing 80 pounds and enduring two knee surgeries 7 years ago, I have been able to keep off the weight and lead an active lifestyle. I currently teach PE which allows me to influence high school girls to a healthy lifestyle, as well as coach and maintain a personal training schedule as well as lead fitness groups with teachers here at school.

If you had a super power, what would it be? I would love to fly.

Fun Fact: I met my husband while doing triathlons…we had our first date to talk about “training”…not so much

Watch out for these Tough Chiks! Crystal, Heidi and Walisa are TOUGHIES!!!

31 Jan




Name: Crystal Fun2Race

Location: Dayville, CT

Sport of Choice: Mountain Biking, Cyclocross, Archery, Swimming & sometimes Running

2013 Race Plans: I’m not sure yet how much I can cram into one year, but I would like to do the following: a 6/12 hour mountain bike race, 4-5 xc mountain bike races, 8-10 cyclocross races, a marathon, 2 5ks, at least one 2.4 mile swim race, national outdoor archery championships, and anything else that comes up and looks fun!

What makes you a Tough Chik: I’m a tough chick because I am stubborn and don’t like to give up. I’m not afraid to weight train, get dirty or push through a tough workout. I like to challenge myself to try new things, and I encourage those around me to become more active in their own lives

If you had a super power, what would it be? My ideal super power would be teleportation. We waste so much of our lives traveling between one place and another, so this would free me up to do so much more with my time. Also, I would be able to easily visit all of my out of state family and friends on a regular basis!

Fun Fact: In 2001, I had the opportunity to train as a member of team USA (swimming) in New Zealand and Australia in preparation for competing in the Australian Gold Coast Challenge, where I took silver in both of my events.

Blog URL: http://crystalfun2race.wordpress.com




Name: Heidi

Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: So far: Jan 1 – New Year’s Day 5k (Knoxville, TN), Jan 13 – Hot Chocolate 15k (Atlanta, GA), April 27 – Country Music Half Marathon (Nashville, TN), September 1 – Virginia Beach Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon (VA Beach, VA), November 24 – Secret City Half Marathon (Oak Ridge, TN)

What makes you a Tough Chik: In October 2008, someone took a photo of me at a company picnic. When I saw that picture all my denial peeled away…I was morbidly obese. I don’t know how I had really ignored it for so long. I really wasn’t as unhealthy as I could have been, but I knew it was a matter of time. Since then I have had to suck it up and lose 80lbs. On January 1, 2010 a friend talked me into running a New Year’s Day 5k and I was able to run/walk it and cried when I finished. I was hooked. Since then I have finished countless smaller races, 11 half marathons, and one full marathon. All the while I am a wife, Mom, friend, full time graphic designer, etc. I am a tough chik because I took responsibility for my body and my health and have made the change. And because of that many others have started their own journeys to be healthy and some are even runners now!

If you had a super power, what would it be? Being able to eat as much chocolate as I want without gaining weight. LOL!!!

Fun Fact: I have a secret obsession with the paranormal and would love to go on a ghost hunt. 🙂

Blog URL: http://runningawayintn.wordpress.com/




Name: Walisa

Location: Cleveland, OH

Sport of Choice: Running, Kickboxing, and Spin Cycle

2013 Race Plans: To complete my first Half-Marathon (Cleveland- Rite Aid Half and Marathon). My friends and I will be first-timers in the following races:  Tough Mudder, Foam Fest, and 5K Color Run

What makes you a Tough Chik: I make attainable goals and work hard to achieve. It does not matter how long it takes to achieve, I start what I finish. “Cannot” is not in my vocabulary. I am in no way perfect, but I “try” my best to attain

If you had a super power, what would it be? To clean the house with a snap of a finger.

Fun Fact: “I have an APP for that!”

Welcome Christina, Jessica and Cassandra to Team Tough Chik!

18 Dec


Name: Christina “Muffin”

Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Sport of Choice: Running, Yoga, Ice Hockey (as spectator)

2013 Race Plans: I will continue my ‘regularly scheduled races’ with a focus on hitting a PR:

Super Bowl 10K

St. Luke’s Half Marathon

Philly LIVESTRONG Challenge 10K

Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon for VIA Relay

I plan to run Quadzilla 15K Trail Race and hope to fit in a few more ‘fun runs’.

What makes you a Tough Chik: Just ten months after having my second daughter I participated in the PA Tough Mudder and ran the St. Luke’s Half Marathon in the same weekend.  Training for the Mudder while raising two girls with my husband and working in Health Care Information Technology full time absolutely put my mind and body to the test.  I continue to survive.

Just fresh off of a successful weekend, I signed up for the Philly Marathon and started training July of 2012.  Due to my hectic schedule, some weekday training runs begin at 4:30 am.  My longer, weekend runs start on the treadmill where I crank out 10 miles before hitting the road in daylight.  My husband continues to support and encourage me.

A well-known insurance company selected me with a few other fitness enthusiasts to train aspiring runners one day a week in preparation for a 5K.  This is the perfect opportunity to share my passion for running!

If you had a super power, what would it be? Some days, I think that I could possibly be the next Wonder Woman, but I don’t know how to find the Invisible Jet.

If I could pick a power I’d love to have elastic arms.

Fun Fact: I was the pit percussion section leader for my High School Marching Band the year we won best percussion at the Atlantic Coast Championships.

Blog URL: http://muffinmadness35.blogspot.com/



Name: Jessica

Location: Miramar Florida

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: ING – Miami Beach (Jan 2013)

13.1 Allstate Miami Beach (March 2013)

What makes you a Tough Chik: 2 years ago I could not run around a city block – last year I competed my first half marathon after training while having a full time job 1.5 hours away from home, being a mommy to 2 small boys, and a wife of a police officer.  Doing this for myself has taught me I can be athletic and I can do anything I want to do.

If you had a super power, what would it be? To fly – so I can get everywhere quickly.  I am always on the go and work at a super fast pace.

Fun Fact: I have 2 ladybug tattoos 🙂


Name: Cassandra

Location: Sarasota, Fl.

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: Jan. -Ringling Bridge Run 4mi

Feb.- Warrior Dash Mud Run, Soldiers Rush 5k obstacle


May-TBA, possibly 10k Bolder Boulder

Oct- Boo Run 5k, Doggie Bones 5k

Nov- Disney Wine and Dine, Turkey Tro 5k

Dec- Frosty 5k

What makes you a Tough Chik: My drive, my determination, my refusal to quit. I work hard, I play hard. I am a multitasking mom who changes hats from being a detective on the job, to a mom of a toddler, a wife, running a household and finding time in it all to live an active lifestyle.

If you had a super power, what would it be? What makes you think I don’t 😉

Tough Chik Testimonials: Part 2

18 Oct


“Biking is boring, a waste of time and in no way going to make me stronger,” said no one ever! I love biking but when my boyfriend and his posse started coaxing me into racing I said “no way”. Why? Because I am slow and the only girl in the group. After constant nagging I signed up for a race in Temecula, CA. Let’s just say it did not go well! Mile after mile of torture, watching many people pass, I just wanted to sit down and wish for it all to be over. Then, out of nowhere a voice wishing me good luck for making it as far as I had and to “keep pushing girl” gave me a boost. This chick was racing with streamers on her handlebars, how kick ass is that? I later discovered it was Angela, Team Tough Chik Co-captain. I set out on a mission to find out what TTC was all about. To my surprise it was a group for all shapes and sizes! I quickly signed up and could not be happier about my decision to join a group that supports me, yes me! That girl who always stood on the sidelines knowing she could do what the guys were doing (if not better) was finally a part of something bigger than herself. It’s a good feeling to know that when I am down or off track with my fitness I know I can turn to the Tough Chik ladies for a boost of support. And, when I race, I see TTC racers beside me having a great time. That is what being a Tough Chik means to me. We are Tough Chiks and this is what tough looks like!


Blog: http://journeyofacanuckmomontherun.blogspot.com/

I have been back at running now for a long while and continue to beat that voice that tells me “I am not good enough”.  However, now I feel more ready for support and running friendships.  I have pushed past that initial mental hump on my own and continue to stick to my love for running.  Yet, I remain pretty alone.  This is partially my own fault.  I admit to having a wall around me, but those who have taken the time to get to know me realize it comes down pretty easily.  It is simply a protective part of my personality.  I live in a smaller town and there are not a lot of running groups around here, not like the ones some of my friends in other cities are part of.  So at the beginning of this year when I was introduced to a group called Team Tough Chik that was started by Shannon, the amazing creator of Tough Chik clothing, I knew I had to join.  I knew I was ready for more support.  In fact I not only knew I was ready for it, but I knew I needed it.  I may be a loner runner in many ways, but it does not mean I do not crave those running friendships that others have even if at this point it is only virtual.  This group also came during a time when I needed it emotionally.  I was feeling hurt and like even more of an outsider than usual because a group had started in my community and it was one I was not invited to be a part of.  This led me to feeling even more like an outsider and internally I was screaming out “Hey, give me a chance.  Get to know me.”.  I write about this here because I have grown to accept that hurt and own it.  That hurt led me to Team Tough Chik.  Why?  One of the reasons I have stuck to running is because I have met the most amazing “virtual” running friends.  I was never a sports girl in my younger years because I never liked the competitive nature of it all.  That is why I always enjoyed running.  I could go out there and cheer others on and they would do the same in return.  This is the same reason I still love running.  It does not matter what size you are, how fast you are, or what your goals are…………..I can guarantee you someone will be cheering for you.  When you go to a race the atmosphere is not just competitive, but more exhilarating than anything.  Everyone is there for their own reasons and no matter how fast or how slow, each person is respected because they are a runner.  I will cheer on everyone, even those who may not cheer on me.  Just like on race day the fastest runner will still cheer on their competition.  It does not matter.  All walls are broken down.  That is one reason I love running and why I love Team Tough Chik.  This team came to me during a time when I knew I was ready to step out of my shell and look for more support.  I may be a loner runner, but I know to reach my running dreams/goals I need friendships and support.  This is not something I can do on my own.  Through Team Tough Chik I have met the most amazing women.  There are cyclists, triathletes, and runners galore on the team.  Together we cheer each other on, offer advice, and give genuine group hugs when needed.  For the first time in my journey back with running I feel like my dreams are attainable and I truly have this group to thank for that.  I do not feel so alone anymore.  Of course now I have an even longer bucket list too because now I would love to meet each of my team mates.  I finally feel like I have a community I belong in.  I place where I can “talk shop” and be welcome.  It is a place where I have many times mentioned my loner or shy side and been told it is okay.  After all, I may be a confident woman and happy with the person I am yet I am still human.  It is always nice to know that you are welcome and accepted.  As a member of Team Tough Chik I always feel that way.  This group has even given me the courage to step way out of my comfort zone and start a Moms Run This Town group here locally where I can meet other running moms within my community and nearby.  Being a member of Team Tough Chik has shown me it is okay to be the quiet loner, but you should also be willing to share yourself with others.  Allow people into your life and show them how you shine.

Join these ladies and over 200 just like them!

Tough Chik Tuesday! Meet Kimberly, Shannon and Jennifer

26 Jun


Name: Kimberly

Location: Richmond Metro Area (Virginia)

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: There are hobbies other than running?

2012 Race Plans: Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon ,Patrick Henry Half Marathon, Anthem Richmond Marathon

What makes you a Tough Chik: I’m the mom of 3 beautiful boys.  Running keeps mentally and physically tough…and sane.


Name: Shannon

Location: Lake Elsinore CA

Sport of Choice: Mountain Biking

Hobbies: baking, cooking, swimming, hiking, running, gardening, animals, photography, playing with the kids :0)

2012 Race Plans: May: so far I want to do at least one race at the Over The Hump series at Irvine Lake and the plan is for at least one 5k by the end of the year not sure which one yet!!

What makes you a Tough Chik: I am a tough chick because I don’t give up! I push myself to conquer what I think is impossible and I like to encourage others to do the same . I’m a fighter for what I believe in .  Mother of 3, that’s gotta make me pretty tough :0)


Name: Jennifer

Location: West Babylon, NY

Sport(s) of Choice: Running, Weights

Other Hobbies: Boating, reading

2012 Race Plans: 4 Half Marathons, 1 Duathlon, a weekly summer run series

What Makes You a Tough Chik: I can and will do anything I put my mind to doing!!!

Welcome 3 of our new Team Tough Chik Members! Here is Martha, Melanie and Taryn!!!

23 May


Name: Martha

Location: Rochester, NY

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Reading, knitting, baking

2012 Race Plans: 5/13 5k Mother’s day breast cancer race; 9/16 R’n’R Philadelphia half marathon; 9/23 MVP Rochester half marathon; 9/30 Wineglass half marathon

What makes you a Tough Chik: I live in a colder climate and love running in the winter and snow. My favorite runs are in the rain where I get to splash in all the puddles. I also love training for half marathons and seeing how I can push myself through each week of a training plan to get to my goal. I also can’t wait to do three halfs in three weeks this fall. I think that will be pretty “tough” chik worthy. 🙂

Fun Fact: In high school I could not run 1 mile and now I love the half marathon distance!


Name: Melanie

Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia   Canada

Sport of Choice: running/cycling

Hobbies: working out, hiking,camping, gardening and reading

2012 Race Plans: I would love to get my 5k time under 30mins…close, but not there yet. I would also like to complete a duathalon and possibly a tri

What makes you a Tough Chik I am a slow runner, but enjoy it and continue even when I feel like giving up. I think being able to juggle a family, job and still work out makes you a tough chik!!!


Name: Taryn

Location: Sartell, MN

Sport of Choice: Running, Weight Lifting (Attempting Swimming!)

Hobbies: Reading, Watching Movies, Spending Time with Family and Friends

2012 Race Plans: Right now, I have two 5Ks scheduled – one in May and an obstacle/mud run 5K in September. We also do a mud run at the beginning of  September that is a 6K. There are several other 5Ks I will be signing up for this summer, but I am waiting to see how the weather will hold out!

What make you a Tough Chik: I am a Tough Chik because no matter what, I never give up. I am willing to push myself to the limit and try something at least once. I am currently running 5Ks with the hope of a half marathon by the end of the year!

Blog: taryn-in-crazyland.blogspot.com

Fun Fact: I used to skydive on a regular basis – even though I am terrified of heights! After a car accident, my back was injured and I haven’t been able to jump since (the jerk of the parachute can really do a number on your spine), and I miss it terribly. It is something everyone should try at least once!

Introducing Ali, Lisa and Christel – a trainer, a Canadian and a Dutch

17 May


Name: Alisson (Trainer Ali)

Location: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

Hobbies: Weight Training & Hiking

2012 Race Plans: OC International Triathlon, Lake Mission Viejo, Ca

What makes you a Tough Chik: I am a wife, mother, grandmother, personal trainer, triathlete….what could be tougher than that?

Blog: TrainerAliSays.wordpress.com

Fun Fact: I love triathlon because I can’t do the same thing over and over again.  I need a constant change! (And she is the original Tough Chik (Shannon’s) coach, I love Trainer Ali!!!)


Name: Lisa

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Barre class, and this summer I hope to start rowing.

2012 Race Plans: Tinkerbell Half Marathon, Ottawa race weekend, Army Run half marathon, and at least one other half (either NWM or Disney Wine & Dine). I would also love to try a mud run of some form this year.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I think what makes me a Tough Chik is the fact that if I set my mind on something, I will accomplish my goals. I am not afraid to work hard for something I believe in and I am now including time for myself into this equation. Working full-time, teaching part time, working towards my Masters degree in Educational Leadership as well as being a mother and wife does not always allow for a lot of ‘spare’ time. However, I have found such great importance in having fun in what I do, and making each moment count- including running.  I believe a Tough Chik knows how to get a job done, while having fun doing it!

Blog: http://runningtutu.wordpress.com/

Fun Fact: I have a ‘slight’ addiction to running gear, and I can honestly say that I can be motivated to run long distances (which are new to me ) by a cute running skirt, socks, or shirt. Isn’t admitting you have a problem the first step? 😉


Name: Christel

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Sport of Choice: Running – also love cycling (road bike)

Hobbies: Skiing (I used to ski competitively)

2012 Race Plans: Uhm…I’m one of those nuts that’s afraid to jinx the whole thing when I tell others about it. I have my hopes set on running an ultra I’ve been dreaming about for years. 🙂 Mountains. 🙂

What make you a Tough Chik: Tough? Moi? Neeehhhh… Does running mountain races / ultras in a skirt count?

Blog: http://www.sillygirlrunning.com

Fun Fact: Give me some time to think about that one, okay? 😉

Good Monday Morning! Get your weekly inspiration from April, Christy and Ellen

14 May


Name: April

Location: Portola Hills, CA

Sport of Choice: Running, a sprint tri here & there

Hobbies: Being with family, quilting, reading, watching TV

2012 Race Plans: Disneyland Tinkerbell Half Marathon, LA Chinatown 5K, OC Marathon, Long Beach Half Marathon.  Thinking about doing the Tinsel Tri again this year.

What makes you a Tough Chik: Am I a Tough Chik?  I never really thought about it.  I want to set a good example for my children so I never give up, I persevere, and I try to have a good time no matter how hard, tedious or unbearable it is.  I’m kind of like the little blue engine….”I think I can, I think I can….I knew I could, I knew I could….”  🙂

Fun Fact: I ran the Inaugural Disneyland Half Marathon just a mere 5 1/2 weeks after giving birth to my daughter.  I think that alone earned me the title “Tough Chik”.  I never realized how difficult it would be recovering from all the comes with giving birth and training 2 days coming home from the hospital.  The great part?  I managed to beat half my co-workers crossing the finish line.  🙂



Name: Christy

Location: Huntley, MT

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Hiking, horseback riding, reading

2012 Race Plans: Hood to Coast!  Two half marathons, an adventure race and numerous 5 mile, 10k and 5k races.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I run outside in all weather conditions and train alone.  So if the training does not get done   I only have myself to blame.  I run in mud, gravel, cow trails, and have two lucky miles of pavement if the roads are too muddy.

Blog: http://christyruns.com

Fun Fact: I am a redheaded lefty.



Name: Ellen

Location: Georgia

Sport of Choice: Running, Cycling

Hobbies: Greyhound rescue, cooking, reading, movies.

2012 Race Plans: None right now due to an injury.

What make you a Tough Chik: What makes me a tough chik is that I stick up for myself and others. I take others telling me that I cant do something as motivation to succeed. I still am hoping to compete to some degree despite injury and not let it keep me from my passion for sports and competition!

Fun Fact: My husband got me into bike racing and he is a big part in why I ended up racing professionally. He is so encouraging and supportive!