Teresa Gonzalez-Hart is on a roll with races this spring: She opened April with a 10-miler, popped out a 10K mid-month, then closed with a half-marathon. A week later, she ran another half-marathon. This mother of three, including an 8-month-old baby girl and a 13-year-old son who serves as his mother’s “personal pacer” on some runs, has two more 10-milers and three more halfsies on her 2012 calendar (so far). A new convert to the Galloway Run-Walk-Run method, Teresa also teaches Jazzercise. Phew!
Best recent run: I’m a run coordinator for my local Black Girls Run chapter. I lead a run on Sundays, and we cut our run short (to 3.5 miles)because of the downpour. When I got back to my neighborhood (further south), it wasn’t raining so I headed out and did another four miles, and I felt absolutely great. It was my last long run before my half marathon.
Titanium: It’s my response to those who always tell me I can’t do something or, more recently, talk negatively about my weight; it’s how I felt after running two half-marathons so close together. I never thought I’d be racing, much less running, eight months post-partum, but I felt like I needed to redeem myself after my first half in June 2010. Last year, all my planned races went out the door since I was pregnant. The song “Titanium” by David Guetta actually says it all, and is heavy rotation on my playlist.
Running with my babies: My son is my personal pacer; he never lets me do a long run by myself if I’m not with my running group. On the days I don’t want to push myself, he’ll pick the pace up and force me to keep up with him. I haven’t run with the baby yet since I don’t own a jogging stroller; I’m hoping to get one for my birthday next month.
My intervals: While running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I started to cramp badly after Mile 6. I didn’t control my pace, and I ended up straining my calf. A friend told me about the Jeff Galloway method, so I read up on it and decided to try it. I did the mile time trial as he stated [note: Jeff generously let us include it in TLAM] and that’s how I arrived at my 3:1 interval. It’s equal to a 10-minute mile, but I’m not there yet. I set my Garmin for the time run/time rest interval, and it lets me know when it’s time to switch. I tried it for the first time in the Clyde’s 10K and used it in both of my halfs.
San Francisco, here I come! The Nike Women’s half is my ultimate dream race—I’ve had my eyes set on it for the last three years. I had decided to not throw in my name into the lottery, but then I saw the posting on my Facebook news feed. I called my husband and asked if I got in, would it be okay if I ran it. He made fun of me because I talked about the firefighters giving you a Tiffany necklace at the end. He reminded me that he was my fireman and he already gives me Tiffany bling without having to run through hills and valleys (ha, ha). He then said he knew how much it meant to me so to go for it. Now I’m excited that he is able to make the trip with me.
Jazzercise: I was a student for four years before becoming an instructor six years ago. It’s the best cross training to complement my running—it’s a total body workout. After teaching,my mood is always better. My students bring me great joy; I feed off of their energy as I did this past weekend for the Frederick Half. I taught a class on Sat a.m., then headed to my race.