Pass the Baton: BOMF Meaningful Miles 4 mile Race

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As a runner, I love giving back to our sport, whether it’s through volunteering, charity running, or simply assisting races that support local causes.

On August 16th, the third annual Meaningful Miles 4 mile race will hit the Historic Fourth Ward Park section of Atlanta. In partnership with Mizuno, Meaningful Miles gives runners “the opportunity to run alongside, not past, individuals transitioning out of homeless in our city. Proceeds from the race go back to Back on My Feet, and a BOMF chapter is honored at each mile, including Trinity Community Ministries, Gateway Center, Salvation Army, and City of Refuge.

credit: Back on My Feet Atlanta

credit: Back on My Feet Atlanta


  • When: Saturday, August 16th at 8 a.m. (arrive by 7:30 for circle time and warm-up)
  • Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas Street, Atlanta, GA
  • Cost: $5 for those fundraising $100; OR $30 (August 1)/$35(afterwards)/$40 (race day) Group discounts available! Contact Mandy!
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Additional Information: Dogs and strollers are allowed. Dogs must be on a leash, non-aggressive, and with current shots
credit: Back on my Feet Atlanta

credit: Back on my Feet Atlanta

Pass the Baton

“Mizuno believes running has the power to transform the world, one person at a time.” In support of Back on My Feet, Mizuno is donating $1 for every mile run with the Mizuno Baton app. Currently at $49, 794, imagine how much could be raised if everyone ran?


Runners can download the Mizuno Baton on both the Apple app store and also via Google Play. You have one week to rack up as many miles as possible. For every mile, Mizuno will donate $1 to Back on My Feet! All you have to do is run!

Join Us!

Runners are encouraged to fundraise; however, it is not required. Your participation is crucial in helping us assist those challenged by homelessness throughout the city of Atlanta and beyond. Bring your friends and family, your running shoes, and come run with us on August 16th at 8 a.m.!

credit: Back on My Feet Atlanta

credit: Back on My Feet Atlanta

Cleared to Run- Hot to Trot


I’m back to training for my next ultra, the Hot to Trot 8 hour in August. I took an unexpected three weeks off when Salmonella rocked our house. When it finally left, we all collapsed in a heap of exhaustion, but we were relieved to see little man finally getting better. He lost nearly four pounds during those two weeks, and even now, his eating habits still aren’t quite back to normal. Some foods cause GI issues, so we have to watch his intake of cheese and other dairy products. Some days he’s hungry. Some days he’s not. Today was one of those “not” days. Guess it sounds like the typical toddler, eh?

little man and his abuelo

little man and his abuelo

Training Tools

This time around, I’m following Bryan Powell’s 50k plan found within his book Relentless Forward Progress. I modified it a bit, as my long runs already hit 20; however, I’m following the basic outline. The weekday runs are the same distances with B2B runs on the weekends. I altered the mileage of the weekend runs to better suit me.

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I don’t really have a goal for the Hot to Trot 8 hour, other than to hit more than 31 miles. It would be nice to hit between 35-40. Since this is my first time doing a timed race, I just want to get as much time on my feet as possible and keep moving forward. This weekend, I’m at Troop Trot 39k, which I am using as a training run. The plan is to run the 39k Saturday, and then, follow-up with a 5 miler Sunday.



I felt completely confident in the way I handled my fueling and hydration needs for the Rockin’ Choccolocco 50k, so I am continuing with my strategy. I did change the Endurolytes for the Hammer Endurolytes Extreme, and the result is  just plain AWESOME! FINALLY! Instead of taking 2-3 pills per hour, I only need 1. The regular Endurloytes are great, but with the Dog Days of Summer taking their toll on me, I need something with extra BANG! I tried the Endurolytes Extreme on my last long run of 18 miles, and it was magical. Prior to the Endurolytes, I always had issues with heat and with my fingers swelling to the point that I couldn’t bend them. ><  (Check out my race day regime at the bottom of the race report for how I use my supplements.) I also rely heavily on Recoverite and use it for any run lasting an hour or longer.



Let’s not talk about my diet for the past week or so. :P I’ve been naughty with the wine and the sweets, so it’s time to get back on board. I think it was due to the stress that didn’t fully hit until the salmonella left our house. What’s done is done. Now, it’s time to buckle down. I have 6 pounds left to lose. So no more daily wine/beer. I will allow for a one beer “allowance” following long runs. And those sweets? Well now….once a week is fine. :)

1.5 months weight lost from February is 13.5 pounds. :)

1.5 months difference…total weight lost from February is 13.5 pounds. :)

A Storm’s A Brewing

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A week has passed since a vicious stomach bug decided to take residence in our house and hold little guy hostage. We should receive little man’s test results today and hope that it provides some clues as to what’s been going on with him. It’s Continue reading

Race Report: Rockin’ Choccolocco 50k

Paula and I :)

Paula and I :)

YES! I officially completed my first ultra! People thought I was crazy for choosing a summer ultra, but as a teacher, it fits into my schedule perfectly. I have more training time during spring than I do during the fall and winter.

I chose Rockin’ Choccolocco 5ok primarily for its proximity, despite previous race reports harping on the heat and humidity. Living near Atlanta, I’m used to the 3 Hs (heat, humidity, and hills). My training was haphazard, in the sense that I’ve been battling hamstring tendonitis mixed with a possible case of ITBS since this past October. I wasn’t diagnosed until mid-February and had no idea what each week would bring. After months of strength training, I was finally able to manage these injuries. I still have them, but my legs are becoming stronger. I managed to get in an 18, 20, and 23. I knew better than to attempt to “race” the Choccolocco 50k. My goal was easy…to finish without injury. …but we all know things are never that easy. Continue reading

Run10Feed10 Atlanta: Ultrarunners Running to End Childhood Hunger

As one chapter of my life ends, another begins. This Friday will be the last day with my students, a bittersweet day for many reasons. We moved back in August, so my commute is anywhere from 2.5 to 3 hours on any given day. While I’m definitely looking forward to finding a position close to home, it’s a bitter moment for me because it will be the last time I see my current students. We’re a “family,”, and I treat them as I would my own little guy, so we’ve been lucky to build a tight, close-knit bond within these four walls. My students know that when they are with me, they are safe.


For seven hours of the day, gone are their worries of where they will sleep that night. Will Mom be home, or will they spend another night alone, while their parents work long hours to make ends meet, to put food on the table, pay rent, etc. Gone are the worries of whether or not the lights or water will be on. Will it be freezing? Hot? Will there be dinner?  For seven hours of the day, the emotional struggles that fill their minds daily subside.

credit: cbsatlanta

credit: cbsatlanta

With the school year drawing to a close, our school has seen escalated levels of misbehavior that go beyond the norm. Students are worried, anxious. While some students see summer as a time to hang by the pool, go to Disney, perhaps Six Flags, our students have become increasingly stressed, agitated. Summer is a time of uncertainty for them, in regards to basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Run10Feed10 Atlanta

Run10Feed10 Atlanta

As a Women’s Health Action Hero, I have a rare opportunity to help change this and impact the children living within my city. Run10Feed10 Atlanta sends back donations in the form of meals for hungry children and families with children. I know some of our own students benefit from these donations, which fuels and drives my efforts.


Fact: $40 provides meals for a family of 4 for one month.

1 in every 4 children throughout the city of Atlanta doesn’t know where their next meal will come from. I’m changing this one stride at a time, only this year I came up with a C-R-A-Z-Y idea! Let’s run laps on the trails for every $10 raised! I gathered a few friends, who are just as crazy as I am, and we hit the trails running. :) Our goal is to raise $1,000, which provides over 2,000 meals that will be donated back to our city!

Elizabeth, Catherine, and I

Elizabeth, Catherine, and I

We need your  help to make this mission a success. How can you help?

1) Donate. Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. Plus, they are tax-deductible! Currently, we’re at 60% of our goal. We. Need. YOU! Click HERE to donate.

2) Join our team. Help us raise even more funds! We’d love to blow that $1,000 out of the water. With your help, we can!

3) Share this post with family, friends, and colleagues. Tweet it. Share it on Facebook, via email, etc. Pin it!

4) Run a Run10Feed10 race or  a Run Your Own 10k. Your registration includes a donation in your name of 10 meals. Use code WHRIVERA to take $5 off your registration for any city or take 10% off a RYO 10k. :)

Mark, Phil, and I at Maria's Spring Fling

Mark, Phil, and I at Maria’s Spring Fling

None of this would be possible without your support. You guys are the backbone of what we do, and we are humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to run in your honor. YOU GUYS ROCK!