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Tough Chik Tuesday – Meet Elizabeth, Heather and Laura

24 Mar


Name: Elizabeth H

Location: Nashville, TN

Sport of Choice: Running

What is you favorite distance/race? My favorite distance is the half marathon. My favorite race is the Disney Princess Half Marathon

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides Music!

What are your goals for 2015? Complete the Beach to Battleship Half Iron Man in October 🙂

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you?  Being a Tough Chik means never giving up. I am slower than a turtle running through peanut butter but I always keep going 🙂 When everyone tells me I can’t, I just go out to prove them wrong and that makes me tough!

What is you biggest struggle?  Staying motivated and sticking to a healthy eating program. I’m a work in progress 🙂

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Never give up. No matter how hard it is, never give up on yourself or your dreams!

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? My husband and I did our first dance in Bride and Groom Mickey ears with our names on them 🙂



Name: Heather

Location: Ashburn, VA

Sport of Choice: Running & Triathlon

What is your favorite distance/race? St Charles Festival 10 miler and the Shamrock Half Marathon.

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? During a race, I have to have my Island Boost and Salt Stick tablets. I’ll crash and burn without them.

What are your goals 2015? Reduce my 5k time!

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? Setting goals and challenges and taking steps to accomplish them. No matter how big or small. Having an awesome support group to get me through training, races, and general life.

Social Media Links: http://trifrogblog.blogspot.com/

What is your biggest struggle? Staying on track – whether it’s nutrition or training schedule.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Don’t compare yourself to everyone else. Find a group that you can be yourself & be at your pace.



Name: Laura M.

Location: Bixby, OK

Sport of Choice: Running

What is your favorite distance/race? Half Marathon

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Music/ Itunes

What are your goals 2015? Set a new PR for a half marathon. Moon up in Half Fanatics by running 8 half marathons within 365 days. Run at least 2 races out of my home state.

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? I am beyond excited to be a Tough Chik. I am thrilled to be apart of such an amazing, strong, and committed group of women. The going does often get tough and I am thrilled to have this supportive group to laugh, cry, vent, and grow with!

What is your biggest struggle?  I sometimes struggle with times when training or races take me away from my two daughters. I do feel guilty when I miss a soccer game or other kid related activity. I know my husband totally has it handled but I still feel guilty. I try to remind myself that there are A LOT of activities that I am always at. With two girls, I really want them to see how strong girls and women are. I hope on some level that they can see that through my commitment to running. Mom guilt. Blech!

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Running will not be fun all of the time but those bad runs really make you appreciate the good ones! Like anything, you will have good days and bad days but just keep going!

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Biggest pet peeve: People who don’t hold doors open for others!

Meet Debbie, Nessa and Jer…2015 Team Tough Chik

17 Mar
Debbie B

Debbie B

Name: Debbie B.

Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Sport of Choice: Cycling

What is you favorite distance/race? Love metric centuries (62ish miles). They are the perfect distance, not too long and not too short.

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Blueberry, coconut, chocolate rice cakes also know as Little Debbie’s crack cakes.

What are your goals for 2015? Seattle to Portland (200 miler), Week long MS Global ride in Sept (average 60+ miles per day), one half marathon and at least 2 metric century rides.

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you?  Being a Tough Chik means a soft place to fall when you are struggling; however it is also the place to go and get a swift kick in the a$@ when you need it. Love this group of ladies!

What is you biggest struggle?  Getting started. I work from home so making myself get up and go can be challenging.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Ride your own ride, don’t worry about how fast or slow you are, just get out there, pedal and enjoy the scenery.

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Random fact: I have two fur babies, Riley and Jethro.



Nessa T

Nessa T

Name: Nessa T

Location: IL

Sport of Choice: Running

What is your favorite distance/race? 5 or 10k although I do love the Lincoln Memorial half in Springfield. My favorite race is the BIX 7. The most fun you’ll ever have on a tough course.

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? The Roo Sport…holds your items and you don’t know its there.

What are your goals 2015? Be the best I can be and encourage others along the way.

What is your biggest struggle? Running in the heat.

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Don’t compare yourself to others.

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Love music on a run unless I’m running in a group.



Name: Jer

Location: Garden grove

Sport of Choice: Triathlons

What is your favorite distance/race? Race on the base, sprint Triathlon (favorites-swim and bike)

What is your “must have” item during races or long rides? Water bottles and fun

What are your goals 2015? Learn how to schedule “training” into my life schedule. Learn to put myself out there more and have fun!

What does being a Tough Chik mean to you? That other strong women are in my same shoes and we can support each other.

What is your biggest struggle? Running and training time with current life. Making time for me!!

What is one bit of wisdom you would like to pass on to others? Just keep swimming (Nemo reference). Feel like stopping-just go to the next short goal and the next.

Random fact or biggest pet peeve? Terrible things don’t happen – it is an adventure, a learning experience. Peeve: people that are not considerate of others.


2014 Team Tough Chik – Meet Jessica, Michelle and Sue!

20 May


Name: Jessica S.

Location: Miramar, Florida

Sport of Choice: Running, Triathlon

Hobbies: aside from my life hobbies of Running and Triathlon, my family enjoys boating, model airplanes, RC cars, bike riding, and any other outdoor activities.

2014 Race Plans: 2014 is a big year for me as I embark on many new adventures. I plan to continue in my new Triathlon endeavors with more Sprints, and potentially an Int’l and Oly distance. I will be continuing the HM’s with at least 3 on the schedule, and my biggest planned accomplishment is to complete my first full marathon next December

What makes you a Tough Chik? BELIEVING in my physical abilities. I have only been in the running sport for 3 years and my 1st tri this year and the only thing holding me back is me. I am a full-time out of the home working mom with a police husband working nights. I juggle the school nights of our 2 kids and their swimming mostly alone, but have made it a priority to fit in time for me to be healthy to inspire them.

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? none i thought i couldn’t live without my running watch until it broke

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? When you need something to Believe in…. start with yourself.

Fun Fact: I was born at 30 weeks at 4lbs 4 oz and my parents were told to have very low expectations. At 34 years old I have a Bioengineering Degree, have an awesome job designing/developing Heart Pumps (LVADs) and continuously exceed my fitness goals for running and now Tri-ing. Eat that dr’s in 1979 🙂


Name: Michelle V.

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Sport of Choice: Running, biking, triathlon in that order. But I love riding my cruiser bike anytime!

Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, hiking, drawing, crocheting, anything fun and creative.

2014 Race Plans: Surf City Half
San Diego Medio Fondo
OC Half

Fall racing not yet determined

What makes you a Tough Chik? I don’t give up easily

What is the one gadget you CAN’T live without? My phone. It connects me to family, friends and the internet.




Name: Sue S.

Location: Gettysburg, PA

Sport of Choice: Running

Hobbies: Running
My kids!

2014 Race Plans: April 27, 2014 -Run Like A Diva Half Marathon Myrtle Beach
May 31, 2014 – Zooma Annapolis
June 21, 2014 – Spirit of Gettysburg
November, 2014 – Richmond Marathon (Hopefully!)

What make you a Tough Chik? Life makes me a Tough Chik! I had three little girls in FOUR years, and then was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. I had surgery, radiation, and today still deal with it. Having kids to care for though doesn’t give you an opportunity to hesitate. Life goes on and you need be the best example to your children that you can.

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

What is your favorite inspirational phrase? We Create Our Own Tomorrow By What We Dream Today

Fun Fact:I love anything with flowers, or plaid! Mornings

We are more than running, biking and triathlon!

15 Oct

Many of our Team Tough Chik members do more than running, biking and swimming.  We have interests all over the board, but yes most of us are running, cyclists and triathletes.  We do have a few trail blazers, and Crystal is the epitome of a TOUGH CHIK.  I asked for her to share her love for archery with Tough Chik Nation!  I know I learned a lot and I am sure you will enjoy this too!


Chances are if you watched the London Olympics last year, you probably watched some of the archery competition, as it was the #1 viewed sport. There were some great matches, with USA’s Khatuna Lorig in the bronze medal match and the men’s team beating the favorites (Koreans) to bring home the silver. Even if you didn’t watch any of the archery in the Olympics, chances are you have either watched some archery matches on YouTube (#2 watched sport) or been exposed to some form of archery in other ways, from the popular Hunger Games and Brave movies, Nock Out and Arrow tv shows, or you or someone you know hunts with a bow.

One of the great things I LOVE about the sport of archery is it truly is a sport for everyone. In fact, just a little over a year ago, I had no idea archery was even a sport. I had heard about local 3d archery from Rich (my husband) who had done some with his dad growing up, but until I watched the London Olympics, archery wasn’t even on my radar.

In fact, it was during this time that Rich challenged me to a duel in the backyard. Naturally, I was not about to back down from a challenge, so I picked up an old hunting bow to shoot against him. I easily beat him, so he decided winner was best out of 3 ends. Well needless to say this continued for nearly an hour, with Rich not winning a single end.

We had been looking for a new hobby that we could do together (we had tried biking and had both raced mountain bikes, but he was considerably faster making it frustrating trying to spend time together on the bike). Rich decided it was time to take me to a range, since it was something we could easily do together, no matter how good either of us got.

As a competitive person who has always dreamed of competing in the Olympics one day, I naturally decided to buy a recurve bow with hopes of someday getting good enough to qualify. I struggled with the recurve bow all fall, never truly enjoying myself, as I felt awkward and unnatural with it. On a whim, I entered the local shop’s event in the compound division and shot with a cheap hunting bow. I put up a pretty respectable score, but more importantly I knew this was the type bow for me. Even though it meant giving up my lifetime dream of someday making the Olympics, I sold my recurve bow and got a target compound bow for Christmas…not realizing this was about to completely change my life.

After being successful locally, I decided to try my hand at some national level tournaments, with my sights set on making the US National Team. The schedule was not in my favor, both as a new archer AND someone living in the cold Northeast, so I didn’t hit my strides until later in the season (and therefore did not make the team). I did, however, place 4th at the US Open (last day of the National Target Championships) and began to get equipment sponsors. And in August (just 9 months after getting my bow), I was offered the opportunity to become a professional archer. It was a tough decision, but with Rich’s support, I quit my job and will now be competing across the World as a pro.

Having competed in MANY sports growing up, from local to international level, I can honestly say the sport of archery as a whole is the most open and welcoming group I have ever met. There are people competing of all ages (friend of ours is a 5 time Olympian who didn’t make his first Olympic team until he was 36!), all walks of life, and all body types! In my mind it truly is a sport where hard work is rewarded, not just genetics.

The other aspect of archery I truly enjoy is the fact that you train your entire body. Yes, there is a huge physical component to archery, and as a beginner this is where the bulk of your time is going to be devoted. You not only need to build up archery specific muscles, but you will need to learn proper form and technique. In fact, you’re probably surprised to learn that very little arm strength is actually involved in shooting. Drawing a bow (correctly/safely) uses your back muscles, specifically the LAN 2 area (if you have ever swam the butterfly you know which muscles I’m referring to) in an angular motion, not simply a linear pull with your arms. This is one of the biggest mistakes you see beginners make, and it leads to injury if not done properly. In addition, brute strength is less of an issue in competitive archery because there are limits on bow poundage, arrow speed, etc to keep the playing field as level as possible.

From there it becomes more of a mental game as you progress. You are focused on making a “perfect” shot every shot for 60, 72 or even 144 arrows in a single day of competition. This is mentally taxing if you are not mentally strong. You also have to work on distraction training and being truly “in the moment” for the shot, which I’ve found can be a great stress reliever for those who have trouble shutting off their brains.

The final piece to archery competition, and probably the least known by those outside the sport, is the equipment. Your body and mind can be at 100%, but if your equipment isn’t, you will not win at the top level. You can think of Nascar, where a single bad tire change can cost you the race, the same is true of archery. The bow, the arrows, the rest, etc must all be tuned to you and each other. Just because something works for one archer, doesn’t mean it will work for another. This is one area I see a lot archers wasting time and money. They see one of the top archers shooting a particular setup, and they quickly copy, thinking it will result in a better score for them, when if fact, it could have the opposite effect.

As I mentioned, typical training for an archer will vary, depending on skill, time available and goals. Typically, beginners may shoot 2-3 days a week, with as much as ½ of this time not even with a real bow in their hands. They can work with stretch bands and other equipment to get used to the proper form (shooting with improper form or too much weight too soon easily leads to injuries). Their training will progress can progress to a more intermediate level where they are shooting arrows 3-5 days/week, and they are now beginning to incorporate archery specific drills into their shooting. These drills will work on both the physical AND mental aspects of archery (shooting faster/slower, shooting under pressure or with distractions, aiming off of the center, etc). And as a professional, I will be spending a much higher percentage of my time on my equipment vs shooting my bow. This is not to say I will be shooting any less, but instead of shooting 14 hours in a week and tuning my equipment just 1 hour, I might now shoot now shoot for 16-20 hours and tune for 4-5.

One thing you might be curious about is what about non-archery training. Do archers cross train, and if so what do they do? Here again I would say it is very individualized. I don’t think there is one answer across the board. You could easily talk to 10 professional archers and get 10 different opinions. From my own quest for knowledge I will say that very few spend time in the weight room. Some, like myself, do Flexor (a strength/balance program), planks, pushups, and/or some type of core strengthening that will give you an advantage in windy conditions. In terms of cardio or aerobic exercise, I would guess its probably about 50/50, those that do and don’t. Many that don’t say it is a time issue with their travel schedule, but they will acknowledge they see benefit to it. Ultimately, I don’t think any one activity (swimming, running, skiing, etc) is the secret to becoming a better archer. It’s more about improving your overall health (less chance of getting sick with a crazy travel schedule), allowing you to have better breathe control (helps in pressure situations and when making a long shot), and helping you to avoid injuries and make it through an entire day of competing.

If you are interested in archery either as a sport (or just a hobby), I encourage you to reach out to me and/or your local range. Archery is very rewarding on so many levels, and my only regret is that I didn’t know about the sport earlier in life. And finally, as a female, I must say I enjoy getting to customize the colors of all my equipment. In fact, maybe you’ll want to go with the tough chik colors to represent if you decide to give archery a try.

If you want to follow Crystal’s journey, log on her archery website is http://crystalgauvin.com/ with a blog linked to the “journal” page. She also has a contact page, so you can get in touch with her directly for any questions!

Thank you Crystal for sharing your passion!

2014 Team Tough Chik

1 Oct

Registration for the 2014 Team Tough Chik opened today.   I could go on and on about how wonderful the team is and how you must join the best team in the world, but I think it is much more convincing to hear directly from some of our existing team members.

“It’s a fantastic community of like minded active women who are extremely supportive towards each other whether it’s taking on new endeavors, braving your fears, or simply cheering each other on. Even in times of sorrow or difficulty we are always there for one another, lending an ear or a shoulder to cry on.  I have been a member from the beginning and I absolutely love it!” – One Fit Step


“This supportive group of runners, bikers, swimmers and all around athletes has become such an amazing part of my life.  When I think of my Toughies, sisterhood, support, guidance, mentorship, friendship, and HARD WORK come to mind!  Toughies come in every shape, size, background and athletic ability.  Being a part of the team is all about knowing that  YOU ARE TOUGH ENOUGH!” – Lisa Runs For Cupcakes

“Two years ago I joined an online based endurance team called Team Tough Chik.  I spotted Tough Chik products online and I loved the designs.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from an online team but what I have found over the last two years has been awesome.” – Running with Whit

“So it is officially opening day for registration to join Team Tough Chik for 2014 and while I am encouraging all of my strong women to join, I know that showing you why you should join is MUCH better than just telling you that you should. So here goes my top 25 reasons why I’m proud to be a Tough Chik, aka why you should join too!” – Project Girl Get Fit

2014-Logo-Stacked-with-Argyle-ChikTo learn more about Team Tough Chik or join the team, click here!

Introducing Jennifer, Stacie and Rebecca! Welcome to Team Tough Chik!

28 May




Name: Jennifer

Location: Western New York Southerntier

Sport of Choice: Marathon, Triathlon

2013 Race Plans: Nothing concrete, but I want to get back to my distance racing (I miss the time to myself the training gives me,) so absolutely a half marathon (maybe two) looking at Virginia Beach Shamrock in March, and Rochester MVP in September. For the summer, two sprint distance triathlons. Probably Musselman again, and maybe A Tri In The Buff or Owascoman?!

Plenty of local(ish) 5ks and 10ks.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I am a Tough Chik because ~ I have Fibromyalgia. I have been combating the symptoms(chronic fatigue and pain) and related conditions of this  auto-immune disorder with exercise and diet. I began with marathoning (a year prior to my 35th birthday, as a gift to myself) to give me a goal, and keep me on track. Because I am very competitive and driven, the training provides a “no excuses” routine for me. Tri-ing was the next step in my journey. I wanted my exercise plan to be more eclectic and wished for the challenge. It has been the right choice. I am more balanced, and recover more quickly. The health, strength, and confidence it gives me are immeasurable. The hardest part about training for the race is finding the time to get all the training in. I am a Mom of two wonderful little girls (6 and 9), a home daycare provider, a Girl Scout leader/trainer, and a soccer coach. On “bad” days with my condition, I find the ability to push through it, because I am tenacious. I have a separate planner with my scheduled trainings in it. I work with my family’s schedule, and my work/volunteer schedule to get each days training done, whenever I can. Sometimes this means getting up early, sometimes it means staying up later, often times it means sacrifice, but the payoff is worth it. So far I have completed several 5ks, 8ks, 10ks, 3 half marathons, a 14 mile trail race, 3 full marathons, a duathlon, 3 triathlons, and 3 obstacle style mud runs. Every race has helped me feel inspired (by racers, especially ones meeting challenges, and my own desire to overcome my obstacle,) hopeful (I usually get a little emotional,) and accomplished (the culmination of all the hard work.) I am jazzed for the rest of the day (and sometimes into the next week!) In 2012 I challenged myself to go further ~ Because my “good months” are March – September, I made my goal to do 2 races each month, with a total of 14 for the 7 month period. They include ~ 5ks, a 21k bike ride, a 33 mile bike ride, a duathlon, 2 triathlons, 2 mud/obstacle runs, and a color run. I did 16 races in all. My motto is, “Because today I can.” Do what you are able to, knowing that you can do it, the reward is immeasurable. I do this so I can be a better person, mother, and woman, I am proud to call myself a marathoner, a triathlete, and one tough mama!!

If you had a super power, what would it be? This is a good one…I thought a long time. The ability to heal others and myself quickly. I know, not very Marvel Comics, but it’s what I would want.

Fun Fact: I love to cook!!! I wanted to open a Lunchette in the college town down the road called Simply Soups (serving artisan breads with the daily specials.)

Blog URL: http://justjennifertri-ing.blogspot.com/




Name: Stacie

Location: Chehalis, WA

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: I’m setting a goal to run 15 half marathons.  I would love to break the 2 hour mark.  If training goes well then my ultimate plan is to run the Portland Marathon for the 5th time.  I really want to set a marathon PR.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I have completed 4 marathons, 16 half marathons, an ultra, a sprint-tri, all after losing 80+ pounds.  I have battled a few knee issues and was finally coming back strong.  Just had to suffer through sitting out my first race ever after fracturing my left foot in two places and tearing a tendon(not running related).  I refuse to start completely over so I’m doing arm weights, ab work, and other misc. exercises until I am able to start running again.

If you had a super power, what would it be? I’d love to be able to fly or run really fast 🙂

Fun Fact: I love thunder & lightning storms.  I’m super excited to be a part of Team Tough Chik 2013

Blog URL: “IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING” http://stacie615.blogspot.com/


Name: Rebecca

Location: Hickory, NC

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: Taking on my first full in 2013!  Shamrock in March!  After that, planning on the Diva Half in Myrtle Beach, Richmond Half in Richmond and …… still filling in the rest of the year.  It will be epic!

What makes you a Tough Chik: This is a hard one, I suspect for many of us to answer.  I guess at the end of the day, what makes me tough, is that I keep going.  I started running just over 2 years ago and have battled injuries along the way as most anyone in running has.  I kept going.  Between regular ‘use’ injuries from running, falling (I’m not the most graceful by far!), running ailments (you know…chafing, wrong clothes, wrong shoes, the pieces we don’t talk about…. but we all know what those are ha ha), I’ve kept going.  I’m super excited to be taking on my first full next year in 2013!  Nervous, but super excited!  Can’t wait to see what 2013 has to offer! Bring it!

If you had a super power, what would it be? If I had a super power…I would love to be able to make people laugh…. randomly.  Like when you look at someone and I could think something, and then they would laugh.  Laughter heals so much pain!!

Fun Fact: Can’t wait to get my next tattoo after my full!

3 West Coast Toughies for ya! Meet Laura, Jamie and Marie!!!

14 May


Name: Laura

Location: Orange County, CA

Sport of Choice: Triathlon, Mountain Biking, Running, Adventure Races, Yoga, Hiking

2013 Race Plans: I’m still putting together my race calendar, but so far I’m hoping to do the following: San Diego Hot Chocolate Run, So Cal Ragnar, Ride for Rwanda 25 mile mountain biking event, Orange County Triathlon (my first Olympic distance!), San Diego Tri Rock olympic distance tri…plus a number of 5k, 10k races and one or two half marathons.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I love this question!  I AM a Tough Chik because I choose to be tough.  I am a Tough Chik because I persevere — I finish what I start.  I LOVE a challenge, and I believe that going beyond your comfort zone makes you tough.  At this point in  my life, I am doing things I NEVER imagined myself doing.  Triathlons? I never swam real freestyle as a kid.  Mountain biking?  I was the kid who never wanted a bike. Half Marathons? Who me?  Now I LOVE all of it!

If you had a super power, what would it be? If I had a superpower, it would be to spread happiness and hope throughout the world.  Everyone deserves to be happy and hopeful throughout their life.

Fun Fact: I was born in Okinawa which is off the coast of Japan.  No one had ever heard of it until the Karate Kid movies came out.

Blog URL: (still working on it!)



Name: Jamie

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Sport of Choice: Running, Triathlon

2013 Race Plans: Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon (my first marathon!), Mt. Lemmon Half Marathon, Disneyland Half Marathon, Tucson Triathlon, Firecracker Triathlon…and as the year goes on, so will my list lol.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I’m ready to try anything! I’m always on the lookout for new adventures and experiences. I’m that girl who wants to try everything, at least once!!

If you had a super power, what would it be? I would love to have telekinesis. It just sounds like way too much fun. 🙂

Fun Fact: I’m a HUGE sci-fi nerd!

Blog URL: heatrunner.blogspot.com


Name: Marie

Location: Henderson, NV

Sport of Choice: Triathlon

2013 Race Plans: Leadman 125 Triathlon – April 13, 2013 – Tempe, AZ

LV10K 2.4 mile swim – May 18, 2013 – Boulder City, NV

Ironman Arizona – November 17, 2013

What makes you a Tough Chik: I have three children, one grandchild.  A loving husband of 20 years who supports me in all I do.  I work as a Registered Nurse.  My first sprint triathlon was in 2009 and next year I will race my first Ironman in Arizona with my fellow Tough Chik Angela Dimaya.

If you had a super power, what would it be? The power of healing.

Fun Fact: I’m a diehard Detroit Tigers / Red Wings fan.

Welcome Team Tough Chik members – Michelle, Beth and Ivette

7 May




Name: Michelle

Location: Boothbay Harbor ME

Sport of Choice: triathlon, running

2013 Race Plans: Rev 3 tri Old Orchard Beach ME 1/2 Ironman distance, Beach to Beacon 10K, multiple local sprint tri’s and 5K races, possibly 13.1

What makes you a Tough Chik: I am a tough chik because I am able to balance many things in my life: business owner, wife, mother, racing, exercise, running children to their activities, and keeping everyone healthy.  It’s important to me that my family is active and healthy.

If you had a super power, what would it be? I would want to fly.  Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be able to fly?  I could just head out to somewhere warm whenever I got sick of the cold, then head back to work on Monday.

Fun Fact: I make the best peanut butter blossoms.  (peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses in the middle)  Really.  They rock.

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




Name: Beth

Location: New Hampshire

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: Concord Hospital Rock n Race Concord, NH

Wallis Sands Half Marathon Rye, NH

Millennium Mile  Londonderry, NH

Haslaw 5K Manchester, NH

Shamrock Shuffle Manchester, NH

And more I am sure!!

What makes you a Tough Chik: I am a Tough Chik because I am not afraid of distance.  I enjoy and look forward to my weekly long runs which can go up to 10 miles while training for half marathons.  Bring it on!

I am looking forward to a few new challenges in the upcoming months such as starting a cross fit class and participating in some type of obstacle style race….this tough chik wants to be tougher!!

If you had a super power, what would it be? If I had a super power it would be to make people around me instantly want to become runners and run with me!

Fun Fact: I have the song “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred on my ipod…its a fun song to workout or run to!

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






Name: Ivette

Location: San Marcos, CA

Sport of Choice: bicycling, Running, Yoga, Zumba

2013 Race Plans: Senorita Century,

What makes you a Tough Chik: I never give up.

If you had a super power, what would it be? The power to control the elements

Fun Fact: I’m an avid Dr Who fan

Meet Lynn, Trish and Danielle! 3 Amazing Toughies!!!

15 Apr


Name: Lynn

Location: Vista, CA

Sport of Choice: running and triathlon

2013 Race Plans: Carlsbad 1/2 marathon, San Dieguito 1/2 marathon, Desert Triathlon Int’l distance

What makes you a Tough Chik: I keep at it (running, triathlon) even though I’m a firm middle of the packer. Been through breast cancer this year, too and the trifecta (chemo, surgery and radiation) of treatment.

If you had a super power, what would it be? Turn back time. 1) Have the wisdom I have now at my age transferred to my younger self. I’d tell her a thing or two. 2) Have the people who’ve passed be here once again.

Fun Fact: I didn’t start running or competing in triathlon until my late 40s. Finished an Ironman at 50. My husband calls me Tri-bunny.



Name: Trish

Location: Kathleen, GA

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: Atlanta Hot Chocolate 15K, Museum of Aviation half marathon, Atlanta Publix Marathon March 17, Army 10 miler fall of 13

What makes you a Tough Chik: I’m a full time working mom of 3, who has been on Active Duty for 19 years.  I proudly serve my country and take care of my precious family.  I work hard to maintain balance and running helps keep me sane.  I finished my first half marathon on my 3rd child’s, 1st Birthday and thought I had met my goals.  My enthusiasm has been rejuvenated by a dear college friend and we finished my second and her first half marathon together recently in Little Rock.

If you had a super power, what would it be? To have super speed, not for running, but for cleaning the house.

Fun Fact: I was a river raft guide on the American River one summer.



Name: Danielle

Location: North Babylon, New York

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: I am signed up to run two marathons at the end of 2012, the Harrisburg Marathon 11/11/12 and the Brooklyn Marathon 11/18/12. I am also signed up for the Allstate 13.1 Half Marathon in March, in Queens, New York and the Diva Half  Marathon in October. I will participating in the Long Island Parks Winter Run Series, and the Parks Summer Run Series. I look for races every weekend that I am free, just to keep running. I have also signed up for the Warrior Dash in Windham, New York.

What makes you a Tough Chik: I started my adventure as a runner only 16 months ago on a whim. I was signed up to do a 5k with some friends, and I figured we would just walk it. I have a friend who used to live across the country who is an avid runner and I was talk to her before the race and she suggested I try to run the race instead of walking it. She also dangled the Diva half and asked if she could stay with me if she signed up for that. I said definitely and actually signed up for that race even before completing my first 5k. Well, the day of the 5k, I decided to run the entire race. I never thought I would finish, but loved the feeling of running. I knew that I needed to be serious if I was going to run that 13.1 miles of the Diva. I started signing up for races weekend and after weekend. First 5ks, then some 10ks, and when it was time for the Diva I was completely ready to run. I was so pleased with my time that I decided to continue running half marathons. This past summer I had it in my mind to complete a full marathon. Some thought I was crazy, 26.2 miles is FAR they would say. I knew that I could do it as long as I kept my head in it. It came down to a last minute decision, the Rockaway Marathon was the Saturday after the Diva Half 2012. I felt great after the half and felt ready for the full, so I signed up for it. I am so glad that I did. I completed my very first full marathon on 10/13/12 in Rockaway Beach, New York in 5:03. I am so happy that this was my first marathon. I now know exactly how far I can push my body. This made me a Tough Chik because I never thought I would ever run, not even a mile, I am looking forward to seeing what else I can do!

If you had a super power, what would it be? If I had a super power I think I would like to be able to heal injuries. I would love to be able to heal those who need it the most. Also, running sometimes comes with injuries, I have had some, and I have friends who have had some. If I could heal them, then we could be back on the road running sooner.

Fun Fact: I have run over 40 races in the 16 months I have been running and I have never worn any of the race shirts. I am saving them so that someday I can have a fellow racing buddy make a race quilt for me. 🙂

Meet Melissa, Joyelle and Kristina!

26 Mar




Name: Melissa

Location: San Diego

Sport of Choice: Running, Weight Training

2013 Race Plans: January: Tinkerbell Half Marathon

February: Dirty Girl Mud Run, Mermaid Series Half Marathon, Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon

March: San Diego Half Marathon, Hot Chocolate 15k

April: Hollywood Half Marathon and depending on my cloning abilities, I will be running at least one of these: La Jolla Half Marathon / Inaugural Nike Half Marathon in DC

May: Safari Half Marathon

August: America’s Finest City Half Marathon

October: Nike Women’s Marathon

What makes you a Tough Chik: What makes me a Tough Chik? Have you seen my race schedule?!? I am a firm believer in making choices, not excuses. I am turning 40 this year and I’m excited to be a stronger, faster, TOUGHer Chik than ever!

There has always been a “legitimate” reason for me to take the easy way out. I could blame a full schedule, raising teenagers, asthma, anemia, or a variety of other reasons, but we all get 24 hours a day and we make time for what we value. I value life, family, and those that I can influence toward healthier living.

If you had a super power, what would it be? My daughter suggested reading minds, and my husband informed her that I already have that ability.

My son suggested the ability to clone myself, which might be nice when multiple races are on the same calendar day, but then he elaborated: You could go shopping, run to the bank, pick us up from school, and have one of you just relaxing. That made me too tired to want to clone myself.

Fun Fact: Heading into my 40th year, my nickname is now Guns amongst my running friends. More specifically, let me know if you’d ever like to meet “Vicious” and “Delicious.” I absolutely LOVE how crazy fitness freaks are.

Blog URL: MelissaRunningIt.com




Name: Joyelle

Location: New Lenox, IL

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: Winter Runnerland Virtual Half, Palos Half, Soldier Field 10, various virtual races, most likely the Joliet Park District Run 3 series, maybe Chicago Half & maybe Chicago Marathon (1st ever marathon).  I try to run/do at least 1 race a month

What makes you a Tough Chik: I am very persistent and I push myself in all my running & workouts.  I push beyond what I think I can do, only to find out what I’m really actually capable of.  I have also started running with a friend who isn’t as fast and that is sometimes a challenge, but just as rewarding!

If you had a super power, what would it be? To create more time – or to instantly clean my house

Fun Fact: It doesn’t take much to talk me into a race (not sure if that’s fun or not?!)



Name: Kristina

Location: Columbia, SC

Sport of Choice: Running

2013 Race Plans: Run Like A Diva – Myrtle Beach, SC, April 28, 2013

Rock N Roll Marathon – Virginia Beach, VA, September 1, 2013

Rock N Roll Marathon – Savannah, GA, November 9, 2013

What makes you a Tough Chik: I started running (at the time – my speed made it barely fast walking) to improve my health…diabetes and high blood pressure were becoming an issue.  Since then, the diseases have disappeared, half of me has disappeared, and I love to run.  Troubles in front of me are simply challenges to be overcome.

If you had a super power, what would it be? Ability to wiggle my nose and be in a different place and time.

Fun Fact: I wear gloves when I run unless the temperature is at least 70 degrees.