#FitGirlMagic: Itzel Magana
“Running becomes a mental challenge after a few miles, but once you cross that finish line, you feel invincible, powerful, and fearless. I hope everyone that runs with me feels that same way because it is an amazing feeling.”
Exposure at a young age is the key to shaping lifelong habits. Early exposure to running is what has turned Itzel Magana into a marathon, traveling runner. It’s hard to notabsolutely adore Itzel. Her positive outlook may be what draws you in, but her discipline and dedication to running LA and beyond is what will keep you inspired.
Check out her story and why she is our September #FitGirlMagic goals!
When and how did you fall in love with running?
My sophomore year in high school, I was introduced to Student Run L.A. The program trained students in the Los Angeles school district to complete the Los Angeles Marathon. The organizations helped students set goals, develop character, learn about a healthy lifestyle and gave us a life-changing experience. It was my introduction to running. I’d never run a day in my life! I completed my first LA marathon in 2002. I ran again in 2003 and 2004.
What motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?
My number one is my family. I want to be a good example for my nieces and nephew, as well as help my parents stay active as they get older. I also like to motivate other by doing. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing my friends complete their first 5K, 10K, half marathon and even their first marathon – something they thought they could never do.
What is your favorite workout?
I love cardio! Running, boxing, kickboxing and I am now trying to incorporate a little yoga.
What has been the most fun run you’ve participated?
I have to say the Ragnar SoCal. (Get this y’all, the Ragnar Race is the world’s largest series of overnight running relays. Teams of 10 run approximately 200 miles overnight) I also enjoy the Rock n’ Roll races. It gives me the opportunity to run, listen to live music while running and travel other places. That’s what I call a #RunCation.
What is the longest distance you’ve run?
What do you consider your ultimate goal?
I want to complete a 50K and a triathlon.
What is the most interesting destination you’ve visited for a run? Why?
Vancouver, Canada has been my favorite destination. It was my first solo trip and such a beautiful place to see.
What is your favorite trail in Los Angeles?
The Wisdom Tree hike is my favorite in Los Angeles.
What 5 tips would you give t those just starting to hit the pavement?
Invest in good running shoes to protect your knees and feet.
Stretch before and after running.
Drink a lot of water!
Set small goals to increase mileage and resistance
Breathing is key, be patient with yourself