February 22 2018
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Between work, family and a social life, finding time to complete your training can be a daunting task. And you’ve probably heard every single piece of advice to help you set yourself up for success.
Marla Tellez, morning anchor at Fox 11 Los Angeles, contributor on Good Day LA, knows exactly how challenging it can be to set out for a run—especially having to wake up before 2:30 a.m. for work.
“I don’t have the luxury to run before work, but it’s part of my lifestyle. Like brushing your teeth. And after you worked a full day, you’re tired. Doesn’t matter what job you have. But the feeling freedom during a run and the energized feeling is my motivation to run,” expresses Tellez.
Tellez has been running consistently for 21 years. She’s had her fair shares of injuries, but never had any surgeries. Growing up she was actively involved in sports, but it wasn’t until after high school she started to run. “After high school I realized no one was going to be force me to run. So one day I set out and went for a run. I was 18, I took off and got addicted. Here I am and I’m still addicted.”
So what motivates this morning news anchor? “The feeling I have afterwards. The motivation is, no matter how tired I am, the pay off after a run is worth it.” And if Tellez is dragging just a bit, she thinks about her favorite movie, “Rocky.” “The whole underdog thing inspires me. I listen to Eye of the Tiger and head out.”
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Currently Tellez is training for the LA Marathon, so she averages around 40 miles per week. But when not training, she run four times a week, anywhere from 6 to 8 miles at a time. “I take my days off. I’ll go to the gym and lift weights and go to the Santa Monica stairs a couple days a week.” Stairs are one killer workout and help maintain muscles Tellez doesn’t use when running.
In addition to running, Tellez maintains a well-rounded fitness routine along with meal prepping. But she loves to indulge every now and then. “I love sweets. But, I try to eat as healthy as I can in a reasonable manner. I enjoy going out to dinner, but since I have such a demanding schedule for work, it’s easy for me to maintain. I have to go to bed early, so I can’t go out drinking and indulging at restaurants. So I cook at home.”
When Tellez doesn’t feel like cooking, she heads out to Whole Foods where she’ll make a nice kale salad with some salmon on top.
“I’m a creature of habit. I bring oatmeal and yogurt to work. I have snacks like almonds and bananas with me too so I can snack healthfully. I just have everything ready to go the night before to go work,” shares Tellez.
Meal prep and motivation keeps this busy bee going. Her advice to squeeze in a run: “Give yourself one day. Just say I’m going to pack my lunch, or if I go out to eat, eat a salad with protein. People think living a healthy lifestyle is boring, but it’s not. Just try it for one day.”