About Cristina Ramirez: A Latina mom, wife, teacher, author, cycling advocate and triathlete. I have been swimming, biking and running my way out of the back of the pack and into IronMan Florida 2013. The end is nothing compared to the journey to get there …

A Run Through Crandon Park

By: on May 30, 2013

Crandon Park is located in the island of Key Biscayne, Florida, and boasts a beautiful white sand beach extending two miles. It also has a great running path, peppered with water fountains and has become one of my favorite places to train. And I am in good company as many triathlons and road races are held...

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Entertaining Your Mind While You Run Without Music

By: on May 10, 2013

I don’t run with music. You cannot use any device in a triathlon, and I am training for an IronMan so I might as well get used to it. Also, as I wrote in my article "The Safety Aspects of Running", it is safer to run without headsets so that you can be aware of your surroundings,...

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The Safety Aspects of Running

By: on April 24, 2013

I’M ALWAYS ON ALERT IF I AM ON A SOLO RUN ON AN EMPTY ROAD The horrific events at the Boston Marathon have shaken us all. Running is meant to be simple, healthy and safe. But in truth we sometimes take our own running safety for granted when we tie our shoelaces and head out the...

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

By: on February 20, 2013

Since I’ve come in to the world of running, I have also come in to the world of gear. Though it is true that all you need to run is a pair of running shoes, I have found some other things to be necessary and appreciated as I head out to log some miles in Miami. I wrote Miami...

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Tips To Get Out Of A Training Funk

By: on February 13, 2013

You followed a strict training regimen to get to your A race, you were impeccable in your race day preparation, you had a great event, and then it happened. Once you were done, all that energy and determination all but vanished. Does this sound like you? You are not alone. Getting into a funk after a long sought...

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What To Do When A Race Is Not Going As Planned

By: on February 1, 2013

Isn't it ironic that I wrote this post on "How To Be Race Ready" only to run one of my worst races the following week? But sometimes the gods of running just aren't on your side, and regardless of how well you prepare some races just aren’t meant to be. That was my story at the ING...

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How To Be Race Ready

By: on January 23, 2013

You've trained long and hard for your "A" race. You have logged mile after mile, said "no" to junk food and happy hours and your big day is one week away. Here's what to do: Trust your training. It’s gotten you here so don’t begin to second guess it now. Don’t push. You won’t get...

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What are workout zones and why are they important?

By: on January 13, 2013

I am a slow runner, but I can run far. I am fond of telling people “I can run to China if you need me to, just don’t ask me to get there fast.” I have been training for triathlons for the past three years. When I began, I couldn’t run around the block so I...

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