New year new Janes! Every month we will be featuring a new Jane as our “Jane of the month!” We want our followers to get to know the whole team as individuals. Enjoy getting to know us just as we enjoy running our butts off.
FEBRUARY JANE OF THE MONTH!!
Everyone meet Julia Budniak, Julia Budniak meet everyone. Currently, Julia is working as the cross country/ track and field assistant coach at CSULA as well as being a sports nutritionist. Now racing as a marathoner and road racer, deep down she is still a phenomenal steeplechaser on the track. **News flash!!!!** Julia will be racing in the LA marathon this Sunday hoping to improve her time to 2:30 or better!! Go get em Julia. If you’re in LA go catch the race as it’s also the Olympic qualifier for the marathon. Fast times are sure to happen.
MARCH JANE OF THE MONTH!!
Welcome to March running community! And with welcoming A new month we also welcome you to enjoy reading about our new Jane of the Month, Rachel Miura!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽!! Rachel is a graduate of Binghamton University located in New York and currently works as a PV Designer for SolarCity. Running, which was once just a side activity to get in shape for soccer, turned into a life long love and now Rachel chooses to race in anything over a 5k. Stayed tuned for more! Happy running 🏃🏽
Fun facts about Rachel:
Favorite workout: Long Runs
Influences in running: Teammates and Family
Favorite moment: Running the LA Marathon with a really great supportive group. (posters note: and totally kicking butt, placing 10th overall women in her first marathon).
Ideal running conditions: preferably a big mountains with a great view.
Goals for 2016: faster times on the track and half marathon.
Cheer Rachel on along with some other Janes this Friday at the Oxy invite. Details to come!
APRIL JANE OF THE MONTH!!
Meet Christine Gentile!!!! One of the original to start the group up. Not only is she a speed demon on the track and cross country courses but she also works with Business Contracts and as a Corporate Educational Consultant. Here are all of her educational accolades: •Villanova University – Bachelors of Communications/Political Science (B.A.) / Scholarship Athlete for Cross Country and Track and Field.
•Villanova University – Masters of Political Science (M.A.)
•City University of New York School of Law (J.D.)
•University of Tulsa, Executive Business Program in Energy (M.E.B.) (Current).
MAY JANE OF THE MONTH!!
1. College: UCLA
2. Occupation: Trainer/ Massage therapist/ HS Track Coach
3. Road– trail– track? What’s your favorite? Track
4. Main event or discipline: 400m/ 800m
5. What got you into running? 2nd grade PE teacher referred me to a youth track club in my hometown of Nashville.
6. Influential person that keeps you going? My siblings- 3 brothers and 3 sisters who always believe in me.
7. Favorite type of work out? Olympic lifts
8. What is your favorite moment in your running career? Running at Penn Relays- the most energetic and enthusiastic crowd I have ever raced in front of.
9. After a good workout, what is your go to meal to refuel for the next day? Salmon and salad
10. Ideal running conditions? Dry heat
11.Outside of running, what is one thing you want others to know? I play the alto saxophone
12.Hobbies? Beach volleyball, reading, traveling
13.Music? Major Lazer, Kid Cudi, and modal Jazz
14.How do you relax? Listening to NPR radio while sipping red wine
15.What is your typical day of training? Ideally 2 mile jog early morning followed by 10 minutes of stretching and rehab before work. 90 min midday track session, evening weights for an hour, recovery modalities (normatec compression or ice before bed.)
16.Main motivation that keeps you going on hard work outs or long run days or days when you’re just not “feeling it”? Trying to set an example for the athletes that I coach
17.What’s your goal for this coming season? Track season or spring road races? 2016 Olympics
18.Motto, good story, something funny? “…become comfortable in the …unknown, instead of fearing it. The best way to predict the future is to create it… from the unknown. – Dr. Joe Dispenza- You Are the Placebo
19.Favorite recipe and maybe a picture of what it looks like? Dark chocolate
Try to start a food recipe Friday or something of that nature. I’m open for ideas!
JUNE JANE OF THE MONTH!!
1. College: Trinity University
2. Occupation: Resident physician in Orthopaedic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
3. Road– trail– track? What’s your favorite? That’s a tough one. I love running the trails along the cliffs in PV for my long runs and primarily do road race but there’s something brutally honest about the track that I love…I can’t decide!
4. Main event or discipline:Well I used to say 5k-10k, but I just ran my first marathon and I’m hooked!
5. What got you into running? I needed to fill a void in my life after I graduated high school and had to stop gymnastics so I picked up triathlons. Are girl who ran from the cross country team at my college saw me at a triathlon and convinced me to walk onto the cross country team and the rest is history!
6. Influential person that keeps you going?
Kara Goucher. She’s my hero.
7. Favorite type of work out? Progressive Long Runs and The Michigan.
8. What is your favorite moment in your running career? The first time I broke 17 minutes in the 5k. It was at Race for the Cure in Dallas; I lost my favorite Aunt to breast cancer…I ran that race for her.
9. After a good workout, what is your go to meal to refuel for the next day? Most my workouts are done in the morning, so I’m a huge breakfast fan. My go to meal is oatmeal with strawberries or blueberries and peanut butter with a dash of cinnamon on top. I cook that up then put plain greek yogurt on top. It’s delicious!
10. Ideal running conditions? Any time, any weather. As long as I can run, it’s a great day.
11. Outside of running, what is one thing you want others to know? I’m really a pretty boring person…I work, run, play with my dogs and sleep. I do have an obsession with good coffee and walking on my hands. Oh and I snort when I laugh…AWKWARD.
13. Hobbies? Kidding. But seriously, my idea of fun is all things outdoors. I enjoy road biking, picked up cyclocross last fall and enjoy hiking with my dogs.
14. Music? 90s Alt! Red Hot Chili Peppers, Third Eye Blind, Bush, Garbage…the list could go on and on. I also have a thing for terrible 90s dance music when I’m stuck inside for workouts.
15. How do you relax? I curl up on my couch with my dogs.
16. What is your typical day of training? I try to always workout before work, because I never know how long my work day will be and I’m on my feet for most the day running around the hospital. Usually I get up around 4am and spend some quality time staring at the wall while my coffee is brewing. I try to run outside, but for the hard workouts I can’t judge my pace in the dark so I’ll do those ones on the treadie instead.
17. Main motivation that keeps you going on hard work outs or long run days or days when you’re just not “feeling it”? Coffee. I’m only half kidding about that. But seriously, when I’m in the middle of a hard workout and starting to get tired I think about why I’m running…and the answer is to push myself past what I and others think I am capable of…you have to get used to being uncomfortable if you’re trying to chase down your dreams.
18. What’s your goal for this coming season? Track season or spring road races?
I’d like to run some fast 5k/10k times this summer/early fall, then gear up for a half marathon and marathon in the late fall/winter with the goal of setting a new PR in the marathon. My main goal is to run a solid time at the Boston Marathon. (And yes those are all vague goals…I don’t like talking about myself and my goals much. I write them on my mirror, read them every morning, then set out to accomplish them. I put more than enough pressure on myself to succeed, so I try to avoid any unnecessary pressure from others. Haha!)
19. Motto, good story, something funny? “Unrelenting dedication to the task.”
JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER JANE OF THE MONTH!!
1. College:UCLA undergraduate,CSUN Masters in Fine Art
2. Occupation:Art teacher & head coach for Santa Monica High School’s boys and girls XC & Track
3. Road,trail or track? XC for the team aspect & track for the competition and honesty.
4. What got you into running? My brothers and the fact I could not sit still and drove my mom crazy.
5. Influential person that keeps you going? My daughter. I want to be a good influence on her.
6. Favorite type of work out? I love doing a hard track workout.
7. What is your favorite moment in your running career? I ran in the World masters championships in Sacramento and got 2nd in the 5.000m and my daughter and husband were there to cheer me on.
8. After a good workout, what is your go to meal to refuel for the next day? I love going to Thyme Cafe – so many great options! And beer is always great !!!
10. Ideal running conditions? I love the morning when it is cool and the sun is just coming up and you see the morning light on the ocean.
11. Outside of running, what is one thing you want others to know? I love to paint , ski, and travel.
12. Music? Punk rock – X is my favorite band.
13. Main motivation that keeps you going on hard workouts or long run days or days when you’re just not “feeling it”? I want to be a good role model for the young ladies on my high school team- also for my daughter and for the Janes.
14. What’s your goal for this coming season? I would like to break 18 in a 5km.
15. Motto, good story, something funny? EGBOK- Everything’s Gonna Be OK!!! relax and enjoy life.
16. Favorite recipe and maybe a picture of what it looks like? I love making salsa- I could live off of chips salsa and quacamole!