Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mom on the run

Inspired to inspire daughters, valley mom trains for half marathon


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

Liliana Maza at a 5k Girls on the Run fun run with her daughters Citlalli and Astrid, her inspiration for running a half marathon this weekend. Courtesy photo Girls on the Run Wood River Valley

Liliana Maza has her hands full with two elementary school girls and a 4-year-old son, so finding some mommy time is always a challenge. She held firm to her daily walks with her sister from The Meadows to Ketchum, to hold on to her health, but she decided that rather than be her family's cheerleader, it was time to step up, set a goal and keep it.

When the 31-year-old told her family a few months back that she was undertaking a vigorous training regimen that would prepare her for the annual Sun Valley Half Marathon, "they were like, I don't think so, it's too hard," she recalled with a laugh.

Maza will put the hard-earned grit to the test when she tackles her first big race June 2.

Her girls, Citlalli, 11, and Astrid, 9, had spent two seasons with the Girls on the Run Wood River Valley group, which emphasizes self-esteem-building through teamwork and personal goal setting.

As Executive Director Mary Fauth explains, "This is a mom wants to be the ultimate role model by setting a huge personal race goal that will help her daughters envision what is possible for themselves."

Maza said husband, Jose, girls, and son, Uzziel, are all cheering her on now that they have seen her dedication.

Asked what running does for her, Maza said, "I like to run, I like to go alone and that's when I get to think."

Instead, Maza said she's rewarded by the way her clothes feel, the pride she feels for herself and from her family, and the sense of well-being.

"Right now, I'm just enjoying how I feel." For details visit www.sunvalleyhalfmarathon.com.

Girls on the Run Wood River Valley

Visit girlsontherunwrv.org




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