Women Who Move: Norma Gonzalez
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SPORTS: Running, Triathlon
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HOW I GOT STARTED IN SPORTS: I ran off and on for years, starting with 5k races and steadily increasing my mileage until I was running marathons. My sister-in-law inspired me to try triathlon.
ATHLETIC HIGHLIGHTS: Placing in the top 10 in my age group in the 2007 Ironman Baja 70.3 and qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
ATHLETIC GOALS: Finishing all of the races in the World Marathon Majors Series—I’ve completed Boston, New York and Chicago, and plan to run marathons in London and Berlin next. Right now I’m training for the San Diego International Triathlon.
HARDEST RACE: A few weeks prior to the 2006 New York marathon, I was diagnosed with two hernias in my spine, but I kept training and finished the marathon, even qualifying for Boston.
INSPIRATION FOR MILE 26: My two daughters, Carolina and Mariel, are always at the finish line with a smile for me. Also, I’m especially inspired by runner Kathrine Switzer..
MY NICKNAME: My training partners call me “Speedy Gonzalez.”
FINDING BALANCE: I use meditation and yoga to stay relaxed.