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In honor of the Boston Marathon occuring in the month of April, we are reaching out to some of our Native runners who have qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon. It is many distance runners' dream to get to Boston, and it is not easy. We hope you are as inspired as we are to read about our Native runners here. 

Click on names below to read about their background and journey to Boston....

Your Name:   Caroline Sekaquaptewa                                       

Tribal Affiliation: Hopi

Occupation: Early Childhood Educator/ Mom/ Grandma

Home Town: Sipaulovi

Running Hero/Idol: I would have to say rez kids are pretty resilient in sticking to training/school/travel, yet still are successful even with all this going on. 

What is your running background? I ran on my first “team” in 3rd grade. I continued to run throughout high school, and in junior college. I have assisted coaching running at Hopi High School and at Salt River High School. After my 3rd daughter was born, I began to run and train daily and since then I have a racing schedule each year that includes running and triathlon events.

When did you start running marathons and why? I ran my first marathon in 2012. I ran this partly because of the inspiration of my brother and sister in law, who inspired me to run my first half marathon, my first marathon, and my first ultra-run. I knew if they could do it, so could I.

What was your hardest race experience? All three Ironman races I have completed were my hardest races.

What other running goals do you have after Boston 2018? I will run the Chicago Marathon and Canyon De Chelly 55K in October 2018.I will also race a few triathlons this year.

What does a typical training week look like? I do 2 workouts a week, easy recovery runs in between the workouts, and a long run each week. I also incorporate swimming and riding my bike as active recovery. I add strength/ mobility training at least twice a week.

Which one tip would you pass onto people running a marathon for the first time? Run consistently and enjoy the process of becoming a marathon runner. Believe you can and will complete a marathon.

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? I love food, especially spicy/hot food. I love to learn how to cook new foods.

Boston Marathon Questions

Have you taken part in the Boston Marathon before? Yes, this is my fifth Boston marathon.

Where did you run your qualifying time? My first BQ was in the LA marathon. I have since then run my BQ at Boston.

What tip would you pass on to those taking part in Boston for the first time? Enjoy the whole experience, give high fives, and smile big at the finish line!

What are you looking forward to at the Boston Marathon? Visiting the city and all it has to offer (especially the food!).

What are you not looking forward to? Not having all my girls and grandson at the finish.

How will you prepare specifically for the Boston Marathon? I am focusing on making it to Boston as healthy as I can be. I have added more hill training in workouts and long runs in preparation for the toll the downhills take on the quads.

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? Yes, we will have our family crew this year, along with one training partner.

Your Name: Amanda Rosenburg                        

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo                    

Occupation: Production Technician

Home Town: Shiprock, NM            

Running Hero/Idol: My parents and my Grandma. They are the ones who keep me running. My grandma, who is in her 70's still gets out and walks when she can. I love that. My mom & dad are always with me when I do runs back at home. There is that blanket of comfort that covers me when I am with them.

What is your running background? Ran XC Jr & Sr yrs in HS. I was too shy to try before that and finally built up the courage to tryout.. Other than that, I just started running to keep busy and fell in love with it.

When did you start running marathons and why? I ran my first marathon in 2005, the Shiprock marathon. I watched the summer Olympics in 2004 and thought to myself -I wondered if I could run that far. So I made it a point to run a marathon to experience what it would feel like.

What was your hardest race experience? A hard run experience I've had is the first time I ran the Antelope Canyons ultra. There was so much sand and I wasn't use to running in it for that long. I was done and frustrated the last 5 or so miles. I stopped and really questioned if I would be able to finish. I walked a lot of that last part and finally told myself to just put one foot in front of the other and that’s what I did. I was able to finish.

What other running goals do you have after Boston 2018? Just to be healthy and continue to be able to run in more beautiful places.

What does a typical training week look like? Typically Monday would be an easy day because long runs are on the weekends, Tuesdays and Thursdays are speedwork workouts.

Which one tip would you pass onto people running a marathon for the first time? Don't concentrate on the marathon too much. Try to find the things that are going to make it uncomfortable and fix them. Like hot spots where blisters occur or figure out what your stomach will like as far as taking in fuel. You might do well with Gatorade or it might give you a sour stomach. Let your first marathon be fun and enjoy it.

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? Hmm...I don't really know what is interesting about me. Maybe the fact that I do not keep track of the runs I do. I notice some people keep track of how many marathons, half marathons, 10ks, 5ks and how many ultras they run. I really don't care to keep track. I just run to run. It makes me happy and I cannot put a count on happiness. I can tell you my 1st marathon, my 1st ultra and my first 50 miler that’s about it. Other than I have to go to the internet to find results.

I do most my running/training before work and before everyone wakes up. I try not to let my running interfere with my homelife. I still spend time with my little family. So I'm up & running by 3am or earlier if its a long workout day. I love that quiet time.

Have you taken part in the Boston Marathon before? No, this will be my 1st one.

Where did you run your qualifying time? I used my time of 3:34 from the Shiprock Marathon.

What tip would you pass on to those taking part in Boston for the first time? N/A

What are you looking forward to at the Boston Marathon? The sights, the crowds and the experience.

What are you not looking forward to? I really do not know, I have not run this before so I do not know what the downside of it is. Maybe the start time. I am so use to running before the sun is up and starting runs early that this is going to throw off my eating/fueling schedule.

How will you prepare specifically for the Boston Marathon? I’m following a training plan and trying to stay healthy. Unfortunately I sustained an injury 5wks to race day. So I will be happy to just be able to run. It may not be my best time for a marathon, but if I concentrate on that I will not enjoy my time or the experience. So I choose to be happy about the way things have turned out.

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? My sunshine along with the thoughts and encouraging cheers of my family back home. I am grateful I will have some friends who have run Boston before be there. They are the ones who encouraged me to try for Boston in the first place and always have uplifting words.

Your Name: Anthony Masayesva

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo/Hopi         

Occupation: Post Student/Athlete

Home Town: Hotevilla/Kykotsmovi/Tuba City

Running Hero/Idol:

What is your running background? Started running Long Distance since Jr High in Tuba City and ran in San Diego California for Highschool

When did you start running marathons and why? My first marathon was in 2014 and I wanted to test myself how long and fast I can carry myself

What was your hardest race experience? Experiencing “hitting the wall” around the last 10k (6miles) of a marathon

What other running goals do you have after Boston 2018? Running in other popular marathons around the country!

What does a typical training week look like? Easy 70-80 mile weeks with 2 workouts on Tuesday and Saturday (speed work/tempo)

Which one tip would you pass onto people running a marathon for the first time? Can’t finish a marathon without band-aids on your nipples!

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? I won my first marathon back in September of 2017 in Huntsville Utah (2:34)

Have you taken part in the Boston Marathon before? Yes, this will be my second time. First time was in 2015

Where did you run your qualifying time? Phoenix Rock N Roll Marathon 2014 (2:56 finish)

What tip would you pass on to those taking part in Boston for the first time? Hit every hydration/food station! Even at mile 1! It will pay off in the long run!

What are you looking forward to at the Boston Marathon? Racing with a vast amount of people at my caliber! Enjoying the greatness in our cultures sport!

What are you not looking forward to? Inclement weather

How will you prepare specifically for the Boston Marathon? Carb loading the week prior of the race. Stay under 3 miles to keep the legs loose and getting 8 hours of sleep!

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? My family will be cheering me on!

 

Your Name:   Esther L. Arviso                                

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo

Occupation: Environmental Engineer

Home Town: Originally from Rock Point, AZ but live in Farmington, NM

Running Hero/Idol: I have a lot of running heroes, especially female runners that are older than me yet they are fast and strong. They are truly inspiring and awesome. Famous elite runner: Desi Linden. God is my only idol.

What is your running background? I was never an athlete growing up, I think I only did sports in PE as required. I only started running/jogging to relieve stress when I was in college. What started as a jog around NMSU Aggie stadium turned into a mile then 3 miles, to 10ks, leading to half marathons and eventually marathons. I really didn’t start running in race events until maybe 20 years ago.

When did you start running marathons and why? My first marathon was in 1997, Shirpock Marathon. I wanted to run a marathon to prove to myself that I could run 26.2 miles and to conquer that challenge that requires commitment and perseverance.

What was your hardest race experience? My hardest race was last year at Shiprock Half Marathon. Every part of my self would not get in rhythm, I was fatigued and hurting mentally and physically from the beginning. My body was telling me to jump on the bus at mile 6 but I was determined and committed. I stopped running for several months after that.

What other running goals do you have after Boston 2018? I really need to rehabilitate my right leg (piriformis injury) before I can set another running goal. However, I dream of running an ultra 50k someday. My ultimate goal is to keep running as long as I am able, whether it be 10ks, half-marathons, or marathons.

What does a typical training week look like? I try to run 5 times per week, with a long run (over 10 miles) every weekend. Due to a slight injury I limit runs to 4 times per week with cross training.

Which one tip would you pass onto people running a marathon for the first time? Keep showing up! Don’t give up! Always know and accept that running or training for a marathon is not going to be easy. You will go through mountains and valleys. The mountain tops will keep you doing it over and over, but the valleys will test your willpower, determination, mentally and physically. Just “keep showing up”.  

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? I really don’t have any interesting facts about myself…hmmm..aside from running, I’m a mom of 2 boys that keep my schedule busy with their sports. I have completed maybe 3 Navajo rugs and would like to weave more, it’s therapy for the mind.  

Have you taken part in the Boston Marathon before? No this will be my first time.

Where did you run your qualifying time? I qualified at the BMO Phoenix Marathon in February 2017.

What tip would you pass on to those taking part in Boston for the first time? This is my first time taking part, but if Boston is your goal keep going after it and don’t give up. Run with people that will motivate and believe in you. Run and run lots of miles.

What are you looking forward to at the Boston Marathon? The 4 hills that I’ve been warned about. My endurance will be tested, but knowing that my late dad is watching me proudly from heaven, will help me top those hills. The thought of my nephew Craig fighting for his life everyday will motivate me. If he can’t run, I can run.

What are you not looking forward to? The last 4 miles are always the hardest for me, but I am staying positive. I do hope this will be an inspiration to others to run a marathon, to do something they thought was too tough or impossible.

How will you prepare specifically for the Boston Marathon? I have tried to prepare the best way I could, but due to injury I was unable to train like the way I wanted to. I believe I have prepared enough to cross the finish line whether it be faster or slower than my normal time and still feel good. Regardless, I plan to take it all in, every mile, after all it will be an awesome experience to run among thousands of elite runners. I am truly blessed.

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? I don’t have a trainer but my husband Matt has helped me a lot especially during the long training miles, bringing me water, encouraging me, and just being there for me. Matt, my boys, and my running friend, Priscilla will all be sharing the experience with me in Boston.

Your Name: Jacqueline Nahee                             

Tribal Affiliation: Tewa-Hopi

Occupation: Project Assistant

Home Town: Tewa Village – Polacca, Arizona

Running Hero/Idol: My running hero is my dad. He took me with him when I was young to all his 10k runs and later I joined him. Ran my first 10k when I was 7 years old. 

What is your running background? Ran cross country since 3rd grade Polacca Day School..My first coach was my mom with the help from my dad.

When did you start running marathons and why? 2008 was my first marathon. Running a marathon had always been my dream..

What was your hardest race experience? Running in the cold, wind and rain, getting soaked. Ogden Marathon

What other running goals do you have after Boston 2018? To qualify for NY Marathon and to run 10 Ultras.

What does a typical training week look like? Six to eight miles per day with a long run (16-22 miles) on Saturdays.

Which one tip would you pass onto people running a marathon for the first time? Get plenty of rest the night before and wake up ready to go. Never doubt yourself.

Have you taken part in the Boston Marathon before? No

Where did you run your qualifying time?   Big Cottonwood Marathon, Salt Lake City, Utah

What tip would you pass on to those taking part in Boston for the first time? Well this is my first time running Boston, so what I would say is… to stay focused on your training.

What are you looking forward to at the Boston Marathon? Running it and enjoying the City.

What are you not looking forward to? Finishing strong and to meet new running friends..

How will you prepare specifically for the Boston Marathon? Train, train train..dont miss any of my runs.

Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? My coach and friend Vanessa who will also be running.