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This week’s Women’s Running magazine Blogger On The Run is a mother of twins who started running 12 years ago to start a new healthy life! Meet Gia from RUNgiaRUN – she feels like Superwoman when she completes a speed workout and dreams of running with the hit T.V. show Modern Family’s Julie Bowen. Read Gia’s story and learn about the moment she started dreaming of run side-by-side with her twins!
Women’s Running: How would you describe yourself?
Gia: I am a marathon runner, a coach, a mom of twins and a fit life connoisseur. I run to be a better mom, to fulfill my personal goals and to find myself. I firmly believe in the possibility of life balance, and the successful coexistence of a busy life and a dedicated athlete. My hope is that I can help others find this balance.
WR: How did you begin running?
G: 12 years ago I was going through a rocky patch of life – bad relationship, tough job, mean roommate. I needed a distraction – so I went for a run, in my Converse. I loved it so much that when I got home I called a friend and professed my love of running to her. She laughed and said, “You hate sports, you don’t like to sweat, this won’t last.” I immediately analyzed my priorities. I invested in good running shoes and I ditched bad friends. I’m happy to say that 12 years later I still love running and I’ve never again kept discouraging company.
WR: What keeps you running and training?
G: My kids. In the morning when I drop them off at school, they always ask, “Mama, are you running?” They are quite the little motivators. But they are also completely intrigued by my running, they want to be a part of it, they want to watch my races. I love that and I love that I can inspire them.
WR: What type of run is your favorite?
G: Oh, I love them all so much. Long runs are the best way to catch up with a friend, speed workouts make me feel like superwoman, even tempo runs (which always scare me) are fantastic confidence boosts. It really depends on my mood and the day, I love variety in my running.
WR: What’s your favorite race memory?
G: At Mile 5 of this Year’s LA Marathon…I saw my family for the first time. They were all there with signs and smiles and water. I hugged them and bent down to hug my twins. When I let go, they tried to run after me, saying that they wanted to run with mama. I spent the next 21 miles dreaming of the day they would race with me!
WR: What’s your favorite indulgent treat?
G: I have a huge sweet tooth. I’ve recently fallen back in love with chocolate. Frozen dark chocolate chips….by the handful!
WR: How do you reward yourself for accomplishing your training/running goals?
G: In my perfect world I would reward myself with a beach vacation. There is nothing better than soaking sore legs in the ocean!
WR: If you could run with any celebrity, who would you choose and why?
G: I’m kinda dying to run with Julie Bowen. First, I think she is hilarious in Modern Family but she also has twins and is an avid runner. I’d love to chat with her.
WR: Best running advice you’ve received or given?
G: “If it doesn’t challenge you, It doesn’t change you.” My mom always says to accept the change, even if its uncomfortable for a little while…the discomfort will go away faster if you are open to changing.
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