ABOUT ME: MY RUNNING ADVENTURE
Hi, my name is Heidi. I’m a Southern California native, mom of two, and avid runner. I grew up running because it always made me feel free. It was also a sport that at the time didn’t cost more than a pair of running shoes ;p As I grew older, running became a go to cardio option during my weekly workouts and nothing more. It wasn’t until I became a Mother in 2013 that I begun to turn my love for the sport into something more for myself. My only stroller was a jogger and my feet started to pave endless adventures for my son and I.
In the summer of 2015, I decided to build strength, focus my mind, and challenge myself. I registered for my first 5k and ran the race with my son. The event gave me an adrenaline rush I couldn’t explain. It was then when I decided to take my running to a competitive level, a level that I could work with myself and challenge my abilities. Soon, I was running multi-mile trail runs, 10k’s and eventually a half-marathon. In February of 2016, I found out I was pregnant with my second son. Running allowed me to stay in shape and maintain a healthy pregnancy. 12 weeks post-baby and with only 6 weeks to train, I ran my second half-marathon and managed to PR by 7 minutes! This showed me to never underestimate what my body and mind is capable of. When I challenge myself, I can do great things. The beginning of 2017 proved this again when I crossed the finish line of my first marathon. Becoming a marathoner is the true test of knowing one’s self and a feeling I’ll never forget.
I started my running journey with the goal of finishing my first marathon. By November of 2017 I finished 3!! So moved my goal a little farther and completed my first Ultra Marathon (50k) in October 2017. In 2018, I started strong by completing my first 50 miler in January and 100k in October! I had many great races in between that allowed me to train and stay strong!
Running is more than a hobby, or just a sport to me. It’s me finding that girl each run that feels free and it’s a Mom that gets to share new adventures with her boys while teaching them that anything is possible if you work for it.
ABOUT MY FAMILY
My true-life adventure begun in 2011 when I moved from Southern California to Northern Virginia. Love makes you do silly things and moving cross-country was definitely one of them. The move trended a lifestyle change and allowed me to be with Mav. Mav and I found out we were pregnant in March of 2013 and I gave birth to our first child in November.
In January of 2015, our family was offered the opportunity to relocate to Southern California. Coming back home was a huge decision and one that we decided would be best as a family. In February of 2016 we confirmed we were expecting Baby #2 who arrived in August. Being a Mom of Two has been exciting yet challenging. I’m learning to find the right balance and believe it will develop with time. I look at my journey and love that it’s lead me to being a Mommy. In 2017 my goal was to provide for the boys on my own and raise them while modeling positive relationships. 2018 proved to make me a strong parent and better Mother. As my youngest continued to excel in his teachings, my oldest was diagnosed with ASD. Life is tough but it’s what makes it worthwhile. Heading into 2019, I’m looking into some big events! I haven’t registered for many races but do have a few ultras and big backpacking trips on my plate!
Being a mommy is amazing and everything I’ve dreamt of. I wanted to be able to share my experiences along with products that have helped me too. So, I went ahead and created this blog. The mom life is something I was definitely created for and I’m glad I can share it with friends =)