Helena Smith, Mobile, AL
Helena is an avid marathon runner and also frequents many of the group rides in her local cycling community. Helena is happily married and has four children ages 10,8,5, and 1 year old. She raced while pregnant and also completed a 70.3 seven months after having her youngest. While she doesn’t necessarily recommend doing a 70.3 so soon after having a baby, she believes being active while pregnant and postpartum is not only great for your physical health but your mental health as well! Helena confesses to being a science nerd and is a former marine biologist. She loves being in and around our beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters. She also raises chickens and periodically includes them in her social media posts.
Why Helena likes Team Magic events: My first ever half marathon was Team Magic’s Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon. I was talked into it by a coworker and really didn't enjoy running at all at that point. After completing the Kaiser Half I was hooked! I signed up for a marathon the next day! I blame you guys for my racing addiction! Team Magic has a great race series of high quality events.
Motivational Quote: If you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong! I struggle with this from time to time. Missing that mark for that shiny PR or crashing and burning when you are trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon definitely puts a damper on things. If you are too hard on yourself, it will just make life and training miserable. Give yourself a break, learn from your mistakes, find that joy, and eat that cupcake.
2017 Race Schedule: Mountain Lakes Tri, Alabama Coastal Tri, Kaiser Half Marathon and maybe Chattanooga Waterfront Tri
Connect with Helena: @Run4funrace2plc and Facebook as Helena Boudreaux Smith