2015 Goals and Exciting News!

Happy 2015! I don’t know where the time goes. Honestly.  I haven’t updated my blog since after Twin Cities.  Below is a recap on news since then, and hopefully this is a jump-start beginning to blogging regularly again!

Sonoran Distance Project News

Our team of inspiring women have some great backing through 2015. Sole Sports has been such a great partner of ours. This is THE place for all of your running needs in Arizona!  Final Surge is working with us and has been extremely supportive of our goals. Final Surge is a great training tool and is very user-friendly. Brooks Running has provided our team with beautiful uniforms. Sonoran Distance Project ladies will be easy to spot out on the roads!

Credit: Carrie Birth

Credit: Carrie Birth

I am also thrilled to announce that the Sonoran Distance Project has a new title sponsor- Procter and Gamble! Look for news and announcements on Twitter via #SDPStrongerTogetherPantene and #likeagirl. All of us are so excited to give back to the community, to inspire, and to chase down our dreams with the help of Procter and Gamble. Our SDP teammate Carrie Birth and Coach John have worked so hard to make this a reality and I am so proud to represent the Sonoran Distance Project and P&G.


Along with support from the Sonoran Distance Project, I am also on the Brooks ID Elite team again. I love Brooks and they have supported me for years now as I have been achieving my goals. Coupled with great race hydration from Osmo and quality vitamins from Garden Of Life, I am ready to take on 2015! So thankful to have the support of great companies!


Personal News

If you read my blog, you know that I am 100% Latvian and went back to Latvia to run the Riga Marathon last May. I have also recently acquired my dual Latvian citizenship. Read about my race here and a bit of history about my Latvian citizenship from this blog post.


Based on a number of factors, I have decided to compete athletically for Latvia. As I have been getting older I have been developing a strong pride of being Latvian and of the history of my ancestors. I cannot think of a better thing that I personally can do then to honor my families’ native country and to pour my heart into competing for Latvia. I am going to work as hard as I can to compete to the best of my ability. I feel so honored and thankful for this opportunity.

Right now my plan is to spend some time in Latvia this summer to train and continue to hone my Latvian language skills. I have been working so hard on the speaking aspect with my parents and then I listen to Latvian radio or interviews and I am lost. I suppose that happens to all language learners. I am confident though that the more I study, the better I will be. I am definitely excited for this new chapter in my life.

I am sure that this is what I sound like. 🙂

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The bad, the good, and the 9 mile ugly- racing news

1.  Dec. 18th I went to Texas to run a half marathon. I was confident and ready to go. I ended up running 1:18…ooof! I ran faster during the full marathon for goodness sakes! I think just a lot of little factors went in to having such a painful race, but I can’t pinpoint one thing. It was a quick trip, got there Saturday afternoon, raced Sunday morning, and left Sunday afternoon. As always, you learn from each race experience so I am very thankful that Andrew and the BCS crew had me! Can’t wait to make them proud next year.

2. Trying to cure a very bruised ego, I ran the San Diego Holiday Half marathon on December 28. I won in 1:15. It was mostly downhill, but it was a much needed pick-me up.


3. I Ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon January 18th. My first race of 2015. I knew it would be very competitive and I am working on being  a competitor rather than time-trialing every race. Even if I blew up and had to walk, I was to stick to the lead pack as long as I could. With opening miles of 5:25 (uphill) then 5:20, I wasn’t able to hang past mile 4. I am pretty sure I PR’d in the 5k…..except I had 10 more miles to run….ha!  I didn’t look at my watch during those opening miles, I knew I would freak myself out. I rode the pain train on my own the last 9 miles of the race and finished in a 1:17. I know I am in great shape so it was fun to just go out hard and take a risk. Sometimes it pans out, sometimes it doesn’t. I am not at the point in my fitness where 5:20 comes easy but am working on those wheels and can’t wait to race again. I love testing myself and trying new things, always learning.


My goals this spring are to race a lot and work on speed! My main goal is to PR in the half marathon (1:14:19) and maybe even the 5k/10k with a mile race thrown in for good measure.  Fun, fun!

Run Happy and See you out on the roads!



  1. YAY! You’re back! Congrats on all the sponsorships with SDP, that’s great. I think competing for Latvia is awesome and definitely a cool opportunity. You’ll have to do a video post one day of you talking in Latvian 🙂 Great mini race recaps! I love reading about super fast women’s races! I’m sure you’ll do big things this year and i can’t wait to follow you along your journey!

  2. What a great post full of awesome news!! I’m glad to see you are doing well. Racing for Latvia is going to be such an amazing experience! I can’t wait to hear all about it! Take care and best of luck to you in 2015!!

  3. What great dedication, resilience, and perseverance…you’re truly inspirational. And it’s all so compelling because you remain focused, humble, and driven. Did I forget you’re ALWAYS smiling and sparkling as well? Keep up the incredible feats; you are amazing inside and out–no one deserves it more!

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