|ING NYC Marathon, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
|You’ve got to love the amazing spectator signs, like these!
|Celebrity Painter, Alex Mijares in action
|Marathon Medal Debut Video- Click HERE
|3 months discipline & training = 4 hr 20 min completion time!
Why did you decide to run in this marathon?
I decided to run the marathon because I designed the neck ribbon for the finisher medals. I wanted to be the first artist to ever design for and run in the race!
The only running I ever did was during sports and mostly during high school. I have not really had any running experience these last few years.
Yes, I was! In the beginning, I was all hyped-up focusing on designing the artwork for the medals and I was like, “I got this!”…I felt confident. Then injuries started, like calf problems and an issue with the top of my foot… That’s when concerns like, “did I bite off more then I could chew” started.” But after the first month of training all of these doubts and concerns went away because my muscles got used to the running.
|Celebrating with his artwork!
What was training like in the beginning?
Low mileage runs, working out the core muscles to build-up strength, and to get my legs used to running. Since I never really ran, my first run was a little tough but I pushed myself to do 5 miles and then we went from there.
My music, my thoughts and my weekly coaching Emails! The Emails were filled with great tips, inspiration and motivational quotes, which was awesome… Once I was running, Emails had me focused on happy thoughts and things I was thankful for, which definitely helped me stay positive and pass the time.
Lots of chicken, fish, brown rice, vegetables etc. I have always had a healthy diet but I did eat lots of carbs before and after long runs, which was awesome!!! Pasta!!!! So good!
Definitely not in the beginning. There was no issue because I stuck with morning runs. This gave me no excuses not to run in the afternoon with work and painting etc. Towards the end yes, because Friday nights became early to bed and 5am runs on Saturday morning… but after that it was off to the beach with friends and relax.
|26.2 Miles COMPLETE!
It’s an amazing feeling once you finish! It definitely says a lot about you to fight and overcome a big obstacle -definitely worth it. In the beginning, you will get bored just running and you will find excuses not to but just fight through it! It will get easier and more fun as you go alone… the longer runs eventually feel so good when you finish and you just become a happier person.
I think it was great! I got my weekly schedule, which I tried my best to maintain. I really began my training in November, so I had Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. all the holidays… so it was difficult and I did miss some runs but I just kept working to stick with the schedule and it was ok.
She was always there for me at any time to answer my questions and was super fun and energetic!!! I mean, she trained me through a cellphone and Email, which was amazing!!! Every week she was right on-time with my Email sending weekly tips, tricks and motivation!!! She was super supportive and got me all pumped-up every time we spoke!
|Alex & Coach Aly- Miami Beach
Would you recommend working with a Health Coach to anyone considering running in a marathon?
Hell yes! This was definitely what got me ready for the race… There are just too many factors that play in the long run of 26.2 to just do it on your own… I was not a runner and I went from not running to completing a 26.2 mile run!
What recommendations do you have for anyone thinking of running a marathon?
Don’t get discouraged and make sure you have plenty of time to train to get all the ‘kinks’ out (if you are a new runner you will get them lol). But if trained properly and have the correct gear, you will do great!!!
I couldn’t sleep at all haha I was super excited and also nervous… The weeks before in my training, I ran up to 22 miles so I knew I could do it, but it was the first time I ever did a race so I was just nervous as I didn’t know what to expect.
|Celebrating at the finish line with family & friends
Race day came and I was pumped!! It was a lot hotter then the day I ran the 22 miles… It was 55 degrees when the race began but I was ready!!
I was cruising but at Mile 15 the temperature got to 89 degrees… It was so hot and runners were dropping like flies. Suddenly, I got super dizzy and walked about 20 feet and found another runner and asked for help, “this is my first run and I almost just collapsed what do I do?” She said, “keep your eyes up and don’t look down, just look at my back. You are overheated and you need to cool down.” So we got to the water station and I basically showered my self in water and chugged Gatorade! After that, I felt alive again! I was a little dizzy from heat but I knew I was going to finish! I was trained properly. I was not going to let the heat win this battle!
|Bucket-list checked! A tribute to my followers!
Mile 15 to 26.2 was the hardest fight I have ever had in my life but I was determined to keep pushing. All the crowds cheering us on gave me the adrenaline I needed to keep fighting. Thank god I was mentally ready for this because I was able to push on all fronts!
|2014 Miami Marathon Finisher Medals
Tell us about how it felt to cross the finish line!
It was incredible and very emotional… I was happy! Laughing! Crying!! This was a huge accomplishment! And the reward was incredible!!! For a non-runner this was the hardest thing I have ever done, especially because of the temperature! As a whole, the experience was difficult but amazing to complete and check off my bucket list! The medal now proudly hangs high in my studio / gallery!
If you follow Alex’s artwork you will see he often paints murals of angels and if you look closely, you can see angels in every piece of art.
|Check out Alex’s Facebook Page and Instagram!
|“Be the BEST version of YOU!
…The Balanced Beauty!”
If you are interested in training together for an upcoming race: Email Info@TheBalancedBeauty.com
Together we will create a personalized, safe and effective program designed to build your endurance and ignite the fire needed to cross that finish line! It is my mission to keep you accountable to your goal and will enjoy cheering you on the entire way through!
A PERFECT sign for all my Balanced Beauties!!!!