Her Story: Monica Zaragoza, helping others stay fit

Because nothing motivates us to stay healthy and active more than hearing stories of other athletic women, Her Sports brings you Her Story, monthly profiles of women like you.

Monica Zaragoza
La Crescenta, Calif.

Age: 39

Sports: Triathlon, running, tennis, Pilates and yoga

Profession: Claims investigator, personal trainer

How I got started in sports: I have always loved sports. I ran track in high school, and the other sports just followed from there.

Favorite spot to be active: Running: Santa Monica and Venice. Cycling: Pasadena.

Life/sport philosophy: Make every day special by working hard, exercising and, most of all, having fun.

Athletic highlights: Finished three marathons in 2005. Ran more than 25 5ks and10ks since 2004. Placed 3rd overall in the Magic Mountain 5k race in Valencia, Calif.

Athletic goals: Complete Ironman Hawaii. Try out for the Olympic masters marathon team. Win a 5k.

Favorite fuel: While racing, Amino Vital. After a race, I treat myself to Starbucks.

Favorite indulgence: Milk chocolate anything.

When I'm not running, cycling or swimming, I'm: Helping others reach their health and fitness goals. I also love to read, especially biographies.

Other interesting facts: Working on a bachelor's in criminal justice. As a personal trainer I want to reach out to youth, who just don't have enough physical education activities in school.

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