Lizette Marroquin

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

#WCW/// Before instagram, Wednesdays were just Wednesdays but not anymore. To support women's running to see inspire more women out there on the streets. To empower women, any runner posted on a Wednesday will be a woman. To kick off this effort we chose this amazing woman, whose love for running is evident through her posts. Her Smile... Her Smile... One of those smiles that will make you think Running is Easy and convince you to start doing it. Here is our Woman Crush Wednesday selection...

Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living? My name is Lizette Marroquin. I am a 37 year old mother of two pre-teens. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Both my parents are Mexican. I have one older sister and a younger brother who is also a runner. I work in the production department of a Home Improvement company. 

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life? 
Its’s so hard to find the balance between being a mother, a runner and a professional. I have to find more time in the day for everything. My morning’s start very early. If I can get a run in before the sun rises great. If I can get a run in after the sun sets even better. But sometimes those runs fall short of the miles I have to get in so I wait for weekends when I can wake up at 4Am and hit the pavement before anyone else is up. But my priority is being a mother first. Running or even gym, come second. Nonetheless my activities get done. 

Q. When and why did you start running? 
I think the minute our little feet hit the floor we start running. I’ve never seen a baby “walk”. But actually run was in college. Trying to deal with being a full time student and working was becoming stressful. One of the classes I took was a “aerobics” class. It was so not aerobics. It was very much like a cross fit/ sprint class. It was so hard but I noticed after each class I was so relaxed. And from then on I kept up with the sport. 

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it? I have to just not think too much about it. I just get up and go. Sometimes my legs feel too heavy but I know that it’s mental because the moment I find my stride I’m fine. 

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran? 
The longest I have ran is 26.2 miles. I’ve ran 4 full marathons and many halfs. 

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets? 
I’m that middle of the street runner. I really feel invincible when I’m out there. Other people run on the curb. I can’t stay on it. I always jump off. I find the asphalt gives you more of a bounce. 

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth? 
I think all kids should be out running. Keep busy every day. I’m not saying that kids under the age of 13 should be running long distance. But they should get out and get vitamin D. Parents should be more responsible about that. I checked with my paediatrician first about my kids running and he advised I wait until they are 13 for long distance. Starting them too soon can cause bone damage especially since they are growing. But a good aerobic activity would benefit everyone. 

Q. What was your best running experience? 
I ran Long Beach full for the second year. I was so sick start to finish but I was determined to cross that finish line. I didn’t care about my time. I accomplished it my goal. My mind wanted me to stop so many times but I knew I couldn’t. My heart was in it.

Q. What was your worst running experience? 
My first 10K. It was all incline. I never thought the finish line would come. But I completed it. My knees were mad at me for a while though.

Q. How do you push through the pain? 
I try to block it out of my mind. It’s hard but then I think about how proud my children will be when I am done. If I can’t handle it I stop, stretch and then keep going.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
Run your pace. Do not try to keep up with everyone else. This is your run and yours alone. It’s your time. Also, run in good shoes and breathable clothing.

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
I am mostly on Instagram. I’m under @robkaity. On FB I am under Lizette Annette Marroquin

My best running shoes is…
 either Brooks or Newtons

I love running because … 
It allows me to get lost even if it’s a short run. It frees me from stress.

Injuries are … 
Slight stress fracture on the left tibia. Both knees have torn meniscus, no cartilage and the beginnings of arthritis. But pain is temporary. I think if you think about how much it hurts it affects your run. Just find a good pace and your mind will quiet down.

My body is … 
miraculous. Two kids and running are proof of that.

My running playlist is … 
non-existent. I don’t run with music. I am a music lover but not for running.

I hate running when … 
I see that everyone else is faster than I am. I get over it right away though.

Pain is … 

The road … 
is my playground. Wide open for everyone.

Sweat is … 
bad ass. If you’re covered in sweat after a run or work out then you are really doing work.

In future, I would like to run … 
International races.

Indie means … 
not major but awesome in its own right. Like a indie movie can be cool but not mainstream.

I do not like runners who … 
do not follow runners etiquette. Or runners that think they are “too cool” because they’re faster than others. Running is something that is for every single person. Slow, fast. Doesn’t matter. We each run our own race on our own time. We will each get out of comfort zone at one point or another.


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