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Blogger Feature – Reach Your Peak

Happy Friday! How has your week been? Mine has flown by, and today my husband and I realized this is our last weekend before 4 weekends filled with holiday happenings and family time! The Ingles are about to be busssyyy! Bring. It. On. I’ve received several email from fellow running bloggers who are interested in being feature, and I can’t wait to schedule them all. Thanks for your interest!

Today’s feature is Patty Rivas who’s the voice behind the blog, Reach Your Peak. She is a NASM certified personal trainer, and blogs about her fitness journey, and tips for nutrition and training. I’ve really enjoyed reading through her blog, and was surprised how much I learned! I think you will enjoy her blog as well, so when you leave here be sure and check it out! I sent her a list of questions to answer, and am excited to share them with you!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi everyone! My name is Patty and I write about health, fitness, and running over on my blog (reach-yourpeak.com). I’m a certified personal trainer and avid runner. I just ran the NYC Marathon with my mom, and we actually ran it together in 2011 as well. This year, we got a 33 minute PR! I’m located in New Jersey, but was actually born in Paraguay (South America). My family goes back to visit every 2-3 years, and we are going this summer in order to stop in Rio for the World Cup

2. What inspired you to start your blog?

I started my blog when my mom and I started running together in 2010, after I graduated college. I wanted to get back into running and exercising, and liked writing about my experience. In 2010, I also became a certified personal trainer, and wanted to share my knowledge with others who are passionate about healthy living.

3. What is your favorite distance? 

I have been running since middle school cross country. I ran XC in high school as well, though I didn’t love it…not like I do now. Now I wish I could go back in time and actually try and see what I could have done! My favorite distance is 5K. It’s short and sweet but still very challenging. I’m forever chasing that 5K PR in every race.

4. Tell us about your favorite race experience so far. Was it a PR you worked hard for? Was it a run you did with a friend?

My favorite race experience has to be this year’s New York City Marathon. My mom and I trained more than we ever have because we wanted to finish strong. The entire day was perfect, and we smiled the whole way. We felt strong and finished strong. We also ran this race in 2011, but I had a horrible race. I had stomach issues and had to walk most of the last 6 miles, and didn’t even enjoy crossing the finish. So this year, we came back with a vengeance!


5. What is your favorite aspect of running? Is it the health benefits? How it makes you feel? Accomplishing your goals?

I would say accomplishing my goals. My goals are what get me through training. Whenever I don’t want to go for a run, I think of how I want to PR in a certain distance. I love being competitive with myself, and getting a PR in any race is such a great feeling, and makes all that hard training worth it.

6. Do you have any races coming up? What are your goals for those races?

Nothing serious. Over Thanksgiving weekend I will be running a 1 mile race with my mom and dad. My dad runs occasionally but can’t do longer distances because of back pain, so when he can run a race we both have to run with him and make it a family thing. My goal is to break my PR (obviously) of 7:07 in a road mile, but considering I haven’t ran since NYC, I doubt that will happen! I’m also running a 5K in December but also am not expecting a PR…though that doesn’t mean I won’t try my hardest

7. What would you say to runners who are just starting out? Or who may be intimidated by a certain distance?

I would say take it one day at a time. Don’t compare yourself to other runners. It can be easy to fall into that trap, but try not to. You are on your own journey. It doesn’t matter how slow you think you are, you’re out there training, and that’s what you should focus on. If you’re intimidated by a certain distance, take your training week by week, and don’t look ahead in a training plan and think, “OMG there’s no way I could do that!” Same thing in a race, just take it mile by mile. Focus on the mile you’re in.

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8. What are a few of your favorite running accessories? Do you prefer specific brands?

Hmm…I have to say spandex shorts! I like that they stay put during long runs and I’m not constantly picking at them. If you can, invest in a good pair, like Lululemon. I also like SPIbelts because you it’s an easy way to carry small items on a run. If you will be doing longer runs and sweat a lot like me, then you need to get BodyGlide so you can avoid chafing!

9. When did you start running?

I started running seriously again in 2010, after I graduated college. My mom started then too, and actually started with a couch-to-5k plan. We ran our first 5K in May 2010 and have ran ever race (except maybe 1-2) since then together!

10. What are you most proud of in terms of running so far?

I am the most proud of my recent marathon. I’m really proud of my mom for running it with me as well, and she feels no pain! She finished in better shape than I did both times we ran a marathon. I’m proud of this year’s race because I was able to finish strong, and have mental strength in the last few miles when I really wanted to walk. It felt amazing to cross that finish line with my mom.

11. Do you have a personal mantra you like to recite during tough races or runs?

“Your legs are strong.”  I think of that when I’m going up hills or trying to speed up. I also like to think of my favorite elite runners like Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan, and pretend I am them.


12. If you could pick any race in the country to run, which race would it be? What’s on your running bucket list?

Oh man, there are so many I would like to do! I’d love to run in the Paris Marathon. I’d also like to run the Honolulu Marathon (for obvious reasons), and Big Sur Marathon because it’s so scenic. Oh, and I’d love to qualify for Boston one day, but that is a loooong time away!

13. What is one lesson that running has taught you?

That you need to rely on mental strength just as much as physical strength. When the going gets tough, you need to have the mental strength to keep going, despite wanting to stop. I have really worked on that this year, as I am always doubtful of myself. But I look back at past workouts and how many miles I have ran in order to have confidence in myself. Always be confident!!

Do you have any questions for Patty? Do you have a favorite blogger you think might want to be featured? Are you racing this weekend? Do you have your holiday plans all in line?

Well folks, I’m off to get a good night’s sleep before tomorrow’s 16, maaaaybe 18. We’ll see 🙂 Adam has got an early morning full of opening day for duck season here in Arkansas, so I think Miss. Truckee and I might take advantage of the extra space in the bed and sleep in a bit! I’m getting more and more paranoid about getting sick before my race, so I’m trying my best to make sure I get as much rest as possible!

But before you go, be sure and follow Patty, below are all the ways you can keep up with her!


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  • Reply
    November 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Out holiday plans are taking us to North Carolina for the first holiday with ALL the Jara children and their spouses. We couldn’t be more excited 🙂

    • Reply
      Sweet Miles
      December 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Ashley- Fun!! How did this go?? Was it crazy?

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