Friday, April 18, 2008


My sister Alicia and I are finally here in Boston for the most anticipated race of the year “The Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials”. We arrived yesterday afternoon and had the privilege to stay at Amory’s house. It was wonderful to be able to spend some time with Amory and her husband David Salem. As always, they went the extra mile to make sure we felt like at home and prepared a delicious meal all of us enjoyed.

I got up this morning around 7:00 a.m. had a banana for breakfast and went for a 45 minutes run around 8:00a.m. I came back stretched and had a real breakfast before I took a shower and got ready to be taken to our hotel for a press conference.

The press conference was quite exciting. It really made me feel more relax and I realized I am not alone in this. There will be 153 women at the starting line on Sunday, April 20th. I am exited and honor to be here and be part of such an amazing event, surrounded by amazing people. Every single one of us, have a story to share, have a goal to achieve, and most importantly had work hard to make it this far.

I am also very happy to be able to share this experience with my sister. The weather for Sunday is expected to be ideal for the race. Thank you so much to all of you that follow my career for your e-mails and messages of encouragement.

PD: Amory is the founder of “In The Arena”


Bueno pues mi hermana Alicia y yo por fin ya estamos en Boston para la carrera mas anticipada del año “ El selectivo para el equipo olímpico del maratón”. Llegamos a Boston ayer por la tarde y tuvimos el privilegio de quedarnos en la casa de Amory. Fue padrisimo poder compartir un rato con Amory y su esposo, David Salem. Como siempre, hicieron todo lo posible para que nos sintiéramos como en casa y prepararon una comida deliciosa que todos disfrutamos.

Esta mañana me levante a las 7:00 a.m. desayune un plátano y salí a correr por 45 minutos a las 8:00 a.m. Regrese y tuve un desayuno mas real antes de que nos llevaran al hotel para acudir a una rueda de prensa. La rueda de prensa estuvo muy emocionante. Me hizo sentir mucho mas relajada y me di cuanta que no estoy solo en esto. Habrá 153 mujeres compitiendo el domingo 20 de abril. Estoy emocionada y es un privilegio estar aquí, ser parte de este evento y estar rodeada de gente maravillosa. Cada una de nosotras tenemos una historia que contar, tenemos una meta por cumplir lo mas importante hemos trabajada arduamente para llegar hasta aquí.

También estoy muy contenta de compartir esta experiencia con mi hermana. El clima para el domingo será ideal para la carrera. Muchas gracias por sus correros electrónicos y mensajes alentadores.

PD: Amory es la fundadora de la organización "In the Arena"


jeffowsley said...

I grew up in Alamosa and have been friends with many great runners who have trained there, but I wasn't a runner myself until 2 years ago when I found out my heart was dangerously weak. I have always been a fan of running, but now I understand the life of a runner so much more since it has become a big part of my life. Therefore, I respect your workout schedule, your pace, the miles you put in, the rest and recovery needed - it truely is amazing to think of all that has gone into being ready to run tomorrow in the trials.

Just as Coach Martin had carried on the legacy of Coach Vigil, you are carrying on the legacy of Deena in Alamosa. Both you and Deena are super sweet and are very "others oriented" - in other words, you are keenly aware of the people around you and have a huge heart for those less fortunate. I see a lot of Deena in you Zoila on and off the road! I'll be praying for both of you tomorrow!

By the way, I am training for my first marathon, the Colorado Marathon in Fort Collins on May 4. I ran my first 20 miler last Sunday at a 8:38 pace, which surprised me. My goal is to qualify for Boston as a 45 year old by this fall. I've lost 40lbs and my heart is now rated 'elite'!

Jeff Owsley
Colorado Springs

Zoila Gomez said...

Dear Jeff,

Your comment not oly touched my heart but I was very inspired by your drive and determination to get your heart strong. I am grateful to have funs like you that truly believe and appreciate the beauty of the sport. Wish you the very best in your upcoming marathon. I will be praying and cheering for you. Have fun and enjoy your journey.
Zoila Gomez