Sunday, May 24, 2009


The 2009 spring mile fun run at Boyd Elementary was a great success. All participants- around 350 2nd and 3rd graders- completed the race. Many parents and relatives came over to cheer and In The Arena could not miss this great event. Take a look :)

How do you like my temporary tattoo? Thanks ITA!

We are so ready to go!

We might look small, but we are fast and love to compete.

We are almost there! Yes, we can do this!

At the award ceremonies.

Taking pictures in the classroom after the race.

Check our big muscles out.

We were some of the lucky ones to get an In The Arena T-Shirt. They are cool, Thanks!

Go In The Arena!

Zoila, Let me show you something- Can you take a picture?

A great day at Boyd Elementary School- Thanks Everyone!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


My mother, Sra. Alicia Carrera Zapata

One of the many things I enjoy doing when I am not training or racing is visiting with family and friends. Last October, I took the time to go back to the town I was born and raised -Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico-. During my visit I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my mother.

My mother enjoys cooking outdoors

As many people already know, my mother is the person I admire the most. Both of us have very different agendas plus living in different countries and 3,000miles apart makes it somewhat harder for us to see each other. So, today I am celebrating the most important person in my life, my mother.

Yes, she still finds time to raise chickens..

My mother, Alicia Carrera Zapata is 67 years old. She is caring, friendly, compassionate and the most intelligent-wise person I have ever known in my short 29 years of life. She started working since she was 12 years old. Her dream was to become a doctor or teacher, but because of her socio-economical status she only attended first grade. She had a total of 16 children and with hard work and perseverance she became a very successful and independent business person.

She loves decorating her dining room with wild flowers from her back yard

At 67, she stills works and provides for herself. One of the many things I admire about my mother is her enthusiasm and passion for her job. During my most recent visit to Mexico in October, It meant the world to me to be around her. I am happy to say that I had a blast cleaning, cooking, traveling,and most of all enjoying my mother's company to its fullest.

Me and my mother celebrating her 64th birthday in Ocuituco, Morelos, Mexico.

It was a great honor to listen to the many stories and lessons my mother had to share. Also, It felt good to be treated like a daughter. It was nice to see that I am good at other things besides running. I am thankful for those two weeks.

My mom with some of her best friends

Even though, today it was not possible to be around to celebrate Mother's Day with her, I know she knows she is always in my heart. To all the Mom's around- I wish you had a wonderful Mother's Day... and to all the sons,daughters, and husbands out there- Let's not forget that we can always celebrate our mothers all year around!

Finally back at my mom's house after a long trip to Morelos

Happy Mother's Day!