09/30/17

“Yo Cuento Outdoors”~The Stories of Latino Outdoors.

Aribba en el Cielo. Abajo en la Tierra. Afuero con Latino Outdoors.

 

I promised you more stories from the amazing Latino Outdoors leaders, coordinators and volunteers. This organization has provided us the space to grow and nurture nature in our own unique and individual ways. Nature knows no boundaries and how beautiful is that? Here we all are, hikers, bikers, mountain climbers, bird watchers, backpackers, environmentalist and the list goes on but our passion is the same … Tierra Madre! We have individually been called to nature in our own way and up next is the story of Ruby J. Garcia~Executive Projects Coordinator.

Ruby J. Garcia~Executive Projects Coordinator.

What are some of the earliest memories you have with a connection to Nature?

I remember sitting in my grandma’s little mint garden as a small child. I’d help her transform rocks into ladybugs with a little bit of paint. One of my favorite past times as a child was examining California burclover fruit; I’d unravel it and eat the tiny seeds inside. This activity was very soothing for me, and I can confidently say that it is the foundation to my connection with nature.

I also remember standing beneath towering nopales and being so awe inspired. I grew up in the country, next door to a ditch – yes, I played in it during summer months. There was a pond at the end of this ditch, with a tire swing hanging from a tree. The ditch itself was lined with eucalyptus trees and a few weeping willows. And there was a bridge, where I’d sit and watch the tadpoles before jumping in to catch them. I remember catching ladybugs in the adjacent open field. This was my refuge, and I revisit it from time to time.

At 30, I am still soothed by the tiniest details of my interactions with nature. In these moments, I am fully immersed in nature and the burden of being human leaves me; suddenly, I experience life as one with my environment.

Tell me more about who Ruby is and how you connect to doing what you do now in the outdoor space?

[Big sigh] I was at Fresno Community College, switching majors every semester, when I finally decided to visit the Fresno State website to browse their programs and find a career path that would maintain my interest. Scrolling, scrolling through the programs. Then I saw “Recreation Administration” and was struck with curiosity. As I scanned this major I was hooked by, Adventure” “Serve at-risk youth” and “Leadership.” I wasn’t much of an outdoor enthusiast at the time, but intuition told me that this was the path I needed to take. At this time, my connection to nature was fairly faint. My connection to the outdoors was simple: I liked to be outside, in the sun, surrounded by plants.  

A few years later, I ventured to Yosemite in a time of tremendous hardship and eventually fell in love with hiking. I say “eventually” because my first two or three visits to this park consisted of driving around the park, awestruck.  You see, I didn’t know what to do. I just knew that I wanted to be in that space. So, I sort of just drove around aimlessly; awestruck and taking it all in. Eventually, I brought a backpack with some food and water (my “day pack” – I know that now) and took my very first day hike to Nevada Falls. It was emotionally painful and awkward, because nobody on the trail looked like me; that’s super uncomfortable. And I was alone on this journey. Everywhere I looked I saw groups of happy White people with gear. I honestly felt like I didn’t belong there, and I felt like I wasn’t free to feel connected to that space. But at the same time, I was in awe of my hike. And it became clear that the only time I ever felt I had potential as a person was when I found myself on an outdoor adventure. And I remember thinking, “Why not?”

It would be a few years before I took my first Recreation Administration course, but, when I did, all of these connections came flooding in. I began to realize that outdoor recreation was my passion because I saw its potential as a tool for empowerment. I uprooted myself and my children from Fresno so that I could attend Humboldt State University; eighth hours away from home. Outdoor recreation became my go-to tool as I established myself as an independent, empowered single mother – a life changing endeavor. You see, I have experienced first-hand the benefits of outdoor recreation whilst learning the theory and practice behind such efforts. I have gained the confidence, empowerment, and resilience that comes with relentlessly pushing one’s boundaries. I have simultaneously witnessed, experienced, studied, and managed the power of recreation, emerging with an unbreakable faith that recreation is the antitheses to oppression. I advocate for this field with all of my heart, because it has allowed me to break cycles of poverty and oppression.

What is the connection that makes the outdoors so special to you?

Connecting with nature alleviates the negative parts of my human experience. It allows me to reconnect with myself and the world around me. I see my potential more clearly when I find myself in open spaces. I also use nature as a tool to accomplish my motherhood endeavors, teaching my children about the value of wonder, perseverance, environmental stewardship, and so forth. Outdoor spaces alleviate stress, encourage introspection, and promote well-being. We were meant to be outside.

How do you celebrate the connections between a Latinx identity and do you see yourself “counting” in the outdoors?

I highlight my connection between a Latinx identity and the outdoors with an unruly and celebratory rebelliousness, because this is my chosen avenue to empowerment, and I had to fight for it. I fought against the uncomfortableness of feeling unwelcomed in the outdoors. I stood against all odds and refused to fold in my pursuit of higher education. My experience has been that I make myself count in this field, as an outdoor enthusiast and recreation professional. And now that I’ve accomplished that, I seek to do the same for others as an extension of my own healing and empowerment.

How do you see it in others and the community around you?

There is a sense of comradery within the campus community here at Humboldt State. I see Latinx students making that journey to the outdoors together, venturing into an extremely culturally significant space which we’ve tradionally been excluded from as an act of resistance, self-discovery, and healing. It’s the adventure of a lifetime!

Why does what you do matter to you?

I wouldn’t be the empowered woman I am today without my unbreakable connection to nature. I couldn’t love myself, my children, or my community the way I do without having climbed this mountain. I believe in humankind’s capacity for growth, because I did it. Through my work I seek to create this opportunity for others.

It’s important that we use the outdoors to foster a connection between people and the environment. Yes, I want to promote environmental stewardship. Yes, conservation is of the utmost importance. I have heard a lot about providing outdoor recreation opportunities to underserved communities as a way of incorporating them into the mainstream conservation movement.

I’ve heard that people do not protect what they do not love. And I’ve heard the conservation movement needs all the help it can get. But my approach is this: Create outdoor recreation opportunities to uplift people first, and watch environmental stewardship come naturally. I don’t understand how we can expect populations that have been tradionally marginalized and excluded from the outdoors to even entertain ideas surrounding protecting our public lands, until they become empowered and make the journey to our public lands.

What three words best describe you?

Introspective: I learned how to love myself by spending lots of time exploring my mental and spiritual temples. This was my first step towards my journey to empowerment.

Open: Openness has helped me embrace vulnerability, practice honesty, and create pathways to understanding myself and the world around me. I am open and honest with myself and others on so many levels, and it has been so exhilarating to see the opportunities for growth this brings.

Resilient: My ability to thrive in unbelievably unfavorable conditions is something I have worked really hard for and am very proud of. At times I am in disbelief of my growth; it astounds me. The result is a profound belief in humankind’s capacity for growth.

The river or the beach?

Hands down the beach! The California Coastal National Monument is among my favorite places in California. I love to agate hunt, go tidepooling and watch the water in all its magnificence. Sometimes I visit Luffenholtz County Beach Park just to get quick kisses from my favorite place in Humboldt.

If you had one day to go outside where would you go and why?

The answer to this question is almost always the same. I would got to Humboldt Lagoons State Park to agate hunt by myself. I am a firm believer in self-care and spending time alone. Agate hunting couples nicely with this, because it is a passive activity which alleviates stress and promotes a sense of well-being.

The Family that Ruby built : ).

Thank you Ruby for sharing your story. A Latina Outdoors powerhouse and inspiration. The passion you have for the outdoors is now something your children will always associate with you. Couldn’t imagine better memories! Your on the right path Mamacita!

Stay tuned for more stories of Latino Outdoors “Yo Cuento Afuera”.

Southwest Ambassador for Latino Outdoors~Josie Gutierrez

09/7/17

Verdi’s Macbeth – Opera San Antonio

“So foul and fair a day I have not seen”.

– William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Dress Rehearsal for Verdi’s Macbeth (Photo credit – Karen Almond)

The story of Macbeth, described by Verdi, the composer, as “one of mankind’s greatest creations,” is a classic thriller of power, greed, and the destructive costs of tyrannical ambition. Set to Verdi’s gripping and ferocious music, Macbeth is a spellbinding opera with musical fireworks and stunning drama. Macbeth is Giuseppe Verdi’s tenth opera and his first to be inspired by William Shakespeare.

I was invited as a guest to attend a special dress rehearsal of Macbeth and I felt like the luckiest girl. Opera is not something I have had the pleasure of enjoying but I knew in my heart that it was something I needed. Back in my high school days I enjoyed many years of theatre and can truly appreciate the art of a live performance.

The music, the costumes, the live orchestra pit … WOW! I felt myself feeling the emotions and joining in on the journey with them. It was so vibrant and beautiful, full of characters telling the story of Macbeth by voices that left me speechless. If this is Opera then I shall return. Wonder where I can get a pair of opera glasses, lol.

FYI: Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Here is a PROMO CODE: MACBETH for 25% off your tickets. You can get your tickets at Tobin Center box office or call (210) 223-8624. You won’t regret it. Sit back and enjoy the show.

TWO PERFORMANCES
September 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
September 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Fitfunand … Opera San Antonio.

 

 

05/29/17

Breathe Today. SA Tomorrow. What Can You Do?

Last week the City of San Antonio~Office of Sustainability launched an Air Quality awareness campaign to encourage businesses and residents to help reduce air pollution.

This is just the beginning of a campaign set out to make the city a fabulous place to work, play and live in while enhancing the environment and quality of life for all residents as well as future generations. The air we breathe should be as pure as we as a whole can help make it.

#BreatheTodaySATomorrow #AirQuality

“Air quality is a priority for San Antonio because of it’s impact on our community’s health and economy,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Douglas Melnick. In October 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a more stringent, health-based air pollution standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb) of ground level, ozone emissions. Bexar County’s air quality is currently at 73 parts per billion. Ground level ozone is created from emissions from various sources such as industrial facilities, motor vehicle exhaust and gasoline fumes in the presence of sunlight.

Don’t just breathe, breathe clean. It’s our right.

What can you do to help keep the air cleaner everyday? According to EPA below are some examples.

Transportation tips:

  • Car pool, use public transportation, bike or walk when possible.
  • Combine errands to reduce “cold starts” of your car and avoid extended idling.
  • Be sure your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep car, boat and other engines properly tuned, and avoid engines that smoke.
  • Follow gasoline refueling instructions for efficient vapor recovery. Be careful not to spill fuel and always tighten your gas cap securely.

Household Tips:

  • Use environmentally safe paints and cleaning products whenever possible.
  • Some products that you use at your home or office are made with smog-forming chemicals that can evaporate into the air when you use them. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations for use and properly seal cleaners, paints, and other chemicals to prevent evaporation into the air.
  • Conserve electricity. Consider setting your thermostat a little higher in the summer and lower in winter. Participate in local energy conservation programs. Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying home or office equipment.
  • Consider using gas logs instead of wood. If you use a wood-burning stove or fireplace insert, make sure it meets EPA design specifications. Burn only dry, seasoned wood.

Lawn and garden Tips:

  • Mulch or compost leaves and yard waste.

There will be days when the ozone and pollution is expected to be high. We can do small things in order to keep our city air cleaner. I believe that if we practice putting these tips into our everyday life and explain to our children why this is important, it will make us more aware of the environment and space we live, work and play in. Awareness and education might just bring more caring and need for protection of the city love.

Remember that we are part of the imprint and we make an impact always.

 

Let the City of San Antonio~Office of Sustainability know what your doing to make air quality better.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/COSAGOV

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I was born and raised in San Antonio and am a Nature Girl at heart. This means I play, hike, swim and have fun outdoors. If there is anything I can do to ensure that my family and friends breathe cleaner and leave it cleaner I will!

Fitfunand … #BreatheTodaySATomorrow.

(Sponsored post: The Social Being.)

 

01/4/17

Fitness Fun with Get Fit SATX

Happy New Year!

 

It’s that time of the year … new hopes, new dreams and new resolutions.

One of the most popular resolutions is Health. It’s always at the top of my list … right next to happiness of course : ).

I love exploring different ways to stay fit all while having fun. The one constant in my life has been jogging. It’s the countless miles I’ve run that made me realize that I am capable of so much more. I am not the fastest runner out there but I cross the same finish line. This past December I ran my 24th Half Marathon in the rain with at least 7 miles in cold wet shoes. It just made my finisher medal all that much more rewarding.

Ask yourself, can I give more? The answer is usually Yes.

 

The running community is supportive and inspiring. I have trained with several running groups in the past and my personal favorite is GetFitSATX. You get your first week FREE! Athena & Joey Farias are the founders and Coaches that make up Get Fit SATX.  I met Athena at the local YMCA over 10 years ago. I remember her talking about training for the Boston Marathon and thinking “she’s crazy, who wants to run 26.2 miles and why so fast”, lol? I eventually got “crazy” myself and ran 26.2 miles too, haha.

Throughout the years I would see her at running events and although I wasn’t as fast she was, Athena was always supportive in cheering me on. That meant a lot and still does today. Athena and Joey have been able to combine healthy living through healthy eating and being physically active. Athena combines her personal experiences and formal knowledge to provide her athletes into achieving their personal best. I thought since fitness is on our brain why not share some great tips, advice and perhaps some motivation from one of San Antonio’s best, Coach Athena Farias. 

What inspired you into the fitness world?

Running gave me a way to cope with all the bad around me as a young girl. It saved my life! I wanted to be able to share how taking care of your physical health can impact your mental and emotional health in a positive way.

What is your most memorable achievement fitness goal?

My 50 mile trail run. I trained for 20 weeks and at least 6 of those weeks were in cold, wet weather. I remember one of my training runs was 26 miles. it was the most mentally challenging, my body was fine, my body didn’t hurt, my husband was there supporting and running with me, but for whatever reason my mind was weak. At the end of the run I just began crying and I couldn’t stop. It was like an internal flush because the very next day, I ran the strongest 20 miles ever!!

What is your best advice for someone who has never run or exercised but is looking to start?

Just get out there and do it. The only thing stopping you is YOU. Find something that you enjoy doing and do it! Grab a buddy too, to hold accountable.

Any do’s and dont’s while putting together fitness goals?

Do be very specific when setting goals for your health. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, have a number and have an end date. I will lose 10 pounds by Feb 28th.

Don’t be too hard on yourself … we are all human and we all may fall off the track, just remember to get back on track as soon as possible.

Easy tips on staying healthy while working out.

Drink water, it is the best thing you can do for yourself. Get the right gear for the activity you choose to do. Be sure to do a 5 minute warm up, a 5 minute cool down and a few stretches during your workout session. Don’t forget you can’t outrun or exercise a BAD diet!!

Athena is well known and highly respected in her field and has been featured on: Great Day SA, ISpeakfor.net TV, Races and Events and KABB – Health Segment.

You can contact her at:

Facebook: Get-Fit-SATX                                                                                                                                                                         Email: getfitsatx@yahoo.com                                                                                                                                                                Get Fit SATX

Athena Farias, MS                                                                                                                                                                                   CPT/CES/PES

If you are waiting for the right time to commit to be Fit & have Fun, it’s now!

 

Fitfunand … just RUN!

04/22/16

Nature is always in style. Earth Day everyday!

 

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Earth Day began in 1970 as a day to celebrate the planet and to encourage people to be more environmentally friendly. The Earth is one thing we all have in common so let’s not just celebrate it today but any day we have a chance.

Recycle. Reuse. Restore. Replenish. Reduce.

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It’s where we live and how could we not want it to stay as pure and if possible even cleaner and more beautiful. Awareness in who we are as humans and passing this message along to our children so that they can continue our work for Mother Nature. I love the Earth for the love it shows me on my nature walks/hikes/runs and how it refuels my soul.

Plant a tree, hug a tree, help clean a local park or river, recycle any chance you can, waste less, NEVER litter! It’s the little things that matter in this big world we live in. Inspire others to be more aware, aware that Earth needs love too : ))!

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Explore and leave your footprint … just keep it small : ).

If you want to know more then head over to Earthday.org for more information.

Fitfunand … Happy Earth day!

12/20/15

The Birthday Girl … ME! #FelizCumpleaños

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One, two, three, four, five …  (fast forward) 2015 : )). Keep calm, it’s the birthday girl!

I keep telling myself that I am only as young as my heart tells me and that special number appears to have fixated itself in the 20’s. I will never let a silly number dictate what I can or cannot do. I do what makes my soul happy and this year in particular I wished for a horse ride.

 

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I ended up falling off my horse one time and never rode her again. Her name was Big Red and my granddad ended up taking care of her. I felt that it was time to conquer my fear and giddy up!

December 3rd every year was a big deal. The coolest cakes, themes, presents and the most important, familia. The day of my birth reminds me of birthdays past and the love that was put into them. Every year now is a day to live just a little extra. I am happy to be alive and yes I am reminded that time goes by so quickly. I don’t want to live fearful, I want to live fearlessly : ). 

 

I decided to try Hollow Tree Ranch  in New Braunfels, Tx. Their motto is “Horses training riders”. Jeff Oliver is the founder and owner of Hollow Tree Ranch. I spoke with Jeff when making my reservation and he was so sweet and easy to work with. He answered all of my questions and when we arrived took care of more concerns from my group. I feed off positive energy and that is all I ever felt from the moment I called. My daughter hadn’t gone on a horse ride in years and mentioned that she was a little scared. His response, “what in particular scared you so I can make it better for you”? The one hour ride was just enough to get our giddy on but left us wanting more.

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Was it what I hoped for…YES! Will I be back…YES! Next up, the Moonlight ride and I can hardly wait : ).

The day was not just for me but for me to share this special adventure with the people I love. Life is better with family and friends. Thank you Jeff for being a part in making this memory memorable for all of us. Words cannot describe the what the ride meant to us individually. Empowered we became as we conquered our fears.

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We left the ranch on such a high and discovering that right down the rode was Dry Comal Creek Winery was an even bigger surprise, could my birthday get any better?

This would be my daughter and her best friends first wine tasting and who better to share this with than with her MOM. The girls had a blast and we were even treated to a special tour of the place.

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The sangria was delicious and the wine tasting was a huge success for the girls.

 

 

 

My beautiful evening ended with a family dinner at The Little Red Barn, my granddaughters favorite steak house. I believe it’s because the waitresses dress up in cowboy hats and boots. My Madelyn loves a great themed anything and I adore this. Do more than just exist, when you can and while you can!!

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For more information here are the links on Hollow Tree Ranch & Dry Comal Creek Winery. The trip took less than an hour from San Antonio and we all know any hill country road will lead to an awesome adventure.

CHEERS to finding the Giddy up in your step : ). Grab your boots and just go!!

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Fitfunand … Happy Birthday to me!!

 

11/4/15

Life Is A Beautiful Ride.

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A couple of months ago I decided to dust off my bike and add something a little different to my fitness routine. I recently met some ladies who bike for fun and they mentioned that “themed” riding is a happening occurrence….WHAT????

I attended my first bike ride nervously with a friend who actually has “biking” experience. I don’t think I’ve ever done more than 5 miles on my bike but in my head I did the math (the Josie way). My last run was a 10 miler and I had 3 thirteen milers under my belt this year so I figured, why not?? Silly girl.

What I should have done before I biked after a 5 year hiatus and hardly any bike experience : )).

  • Brake check
  • Tire check
  • Gear check
  • Light check
  • Helmet

The only expectation I had was to have a great time. I didn’t prepare for reality. Embarrassed to say I rode with my front wheel turned around for at least 2 miles before a sweet and kind rider mentioned this to me as he also noticed that my front brake was not connected. Let me not forget to mention that I had no clue what I was supposed to do with the gears on my bike (gears ?). I did however, remember to put lights on my bike and bring hydration : ).

Ten miles later and a tad deflated ego I can honestly say my expectation was met. I HAD A BLAST!!

The group I rode with was fabulous and not once did they make me feel like the silly non experienced rider that I was. They stopped to help me fix my brake (glad the bike has 2) and even helped with basic bike etiquette along the way. I quickly figured out how to use my gears with advice from my new friends and by the end of the ride, I just knew I’d be back.

Fast forward 4 months later…

 

Social and themed bike rides through downtown San Antonio are now just a weekly occurrence, the norm. I recently completed a 25 mile bike ride to all the Missions and felt amazing afterwards. The wind in my hair with friends and family by my side sightseeing the city we love.

I have associated myself with great groups who just like me want to ride because we can : ).

Here is a link on Safety & Education for Cycling in San Antonio.

Laws/Ordinances

Fitfunand … Safety first!!

 

 

 

07/5/15

Fitfun and Garner State Park.

The outdoors is a huge part of my happiness and when you combine that with a quick road trip how can the day be any better?

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Road trips with my dad were my first memories. We would usually head to California and Las Vegas every summer. I remember rolling down the windows and feeling the wind in my hair while the music played on.

 

 

 

My love for the outdoors came when I was about 18 and a friend of mine took me to Garner State Park. The beauty of the park left me speechless and I knew instantly that I would be returning. The frio river  is cold no matter what time of the year you go and the water is so clear you can see the beauty of the rocks at your feet.

Years later after having my 2 daughters I knew the time had come to start making my own memories with my family. So we bought some tents and loaded up our truck with love and the much needed necessities, food & bathing suits  )). We were young parents and financially the struggle of buying a home and raising our girls did not allow us too much for faraway vacations. That never seemed to bother us too much because we were happy at Garner State Park.

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Garner State Park with my girls.

We were a family there with no distractions (cell phones). My favorite type of campsite with the girls was the area with electricity and water with the restrooms a few feet away. One with nature without roughing it too much, for the girls sake … lol.

The moment the tents went up we hit the river which was just a few feet away. The girls explored and swam till they were tired and then we lit up the pit for dinner and started making a fire to roast some marshmallows. The simplicity of the outdoors. Fire,food,water and the most important factor …. FAMILIA!

 

It became our yearly (sometimes twice) family vacay. The older the girls got the more we explored the park and the surrounding watering holes. The park offers paddle boating, plenty of scenic trails and they even have miniature golf at the park. My favorite thing to do is to go tubing down the Frio. The ride can last anywhere from 1-4 hours (yes…4) depending on the river flow.

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Tube floating tips:

  • sunblock
  • sunglasses & hat
  • old sneakers or water shoes
  • secured cooler on it’s own float
  • a waterproof phone (for pics only)
  • an adventurous spirit

 

The memories we made with the girls will forever be etched in my soul and may they remember them as clearly as I remember my early road trips with my family. We recently took our granddaughter for her first time and she loved it.

 

I learned that you don’t have to travel far to be happy. Happiness is with family or friends enjoying the ride of LIFE.

FITFUNAND …… Garner State Park.

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#gonetubing

 

 

 

 

06/30/15

A Relay Race (TEAMWORK).

What is a Relay Race?

A set mileage run by 2 or more individuals. A leg is the distance run by one person. The 1st leg will run his/her set mileage and then hand off a baton (a hollow cylinder) to the 2nd leg and so on. The anchor is your last runner for the relay and usually your fastest runner (never me : )), someone has to go a little slower to document the race with fabulous pictures.

A favorite out of town run but not too far is the Beach To Bay Relay. A six-leg marathon in Corpus Christi,Texas that Honors the Men and Women serving in our United States Military. No matter what leg you do, you will have no regrets, I promise! Medals to all finishers!!

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The American Hero 25k Relay is another wonderful run set in San Antonio, TX. An event with the word Hero in it is sure to be a beautiful one.

It was established to raise funds for scholarships for cancer survivors (and other diseases and child abuse), to recognize our American Heroes and to promote track & field meets, running and athletic events in the San Antonio area. How could you not want to participate? Did I mention  ……  Medals to all finishers!!

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The Carrabba’s Classic is a half marathon for individual racers as well as a relay event, with four-person teams completing a 13.1 course. This event offers a wonderful post meal with great entertainment and super giveaways. This event is also held in San Antonio,TX.

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So whether your running a relay or an individual run, just know that the end goal is a better YOU!

Fitfunand … having the Faith that with my Family & Friends I will have Fun staying Fit.

 

 

05/13/15

A little Run, some Sun and Tons of Fun!

Outdoor activities are what I enjoy the most and finding ways to burn some calories in the name of FUN along the way …. ugghhh YES!!

Exploring new parks and seeing my City grow as I run/bike/jog or walk it makes me happy. I had some days off and decided to go on a bike adventure with my daughter.  I grabbed some water our sun screen and a selfie stick to document our ride. Yes, a selfie stick, $9.99 at the Valero Corner store ; ).

We decided to try San Antonio B Cycle. They have 55 special bike stations (Bstations) in downtown San Antonio in highly visible and trafficked areas and as far south as Mission Espada and as far north as the Witte Museum. San Antonio BCycle members will be able to pick up one of the gray bikes at any BStation and drop it off at any BStation. The price is super reasonable and you can check out the link below for more info. This was my first B Cycle ride but it won’t be my last …. fun,fun,fun!

http://www.sanantoniobikeshare.org/

 

 

The weekend was Mother’s day and since I am a mom of 2 and a proud grandmommy of 1, I decided it would be a great weekend to run my 20th half marathon (13.1 miles). One of the great rewards to running events is that they usually support a charity. The Fit Moms & Moms-to-Be FUN RUN supported “Helping Hands Comfort Bags,” an organization that brings hope, comfort, and joy during times of waiting. This organization gives comfort bags to children who are fighting a chronic disease, such as cancer.

It was a non-timed, fun-filled event where everyone ran or walked at their own pace. Choose your distance and achieve your goal, WE DID!! It was the smallest half marathon I had ever participated in but one of the most rewarding. I was reminded again on how precious Life is and how important it is to live it gratefully, graciously and with gratitude. We are Women hear us ROAR!

Helping Hands Comfort Bags Contact Information 

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