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Meet Mireille Sine of The Runner’s Journey in Central Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mireille Sine.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mireille. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
One’s health journey is deeply personal, so I think it’s best to start at the beginning. My first wake up call came when I moved out of my dorm and into my first apartment halfway into undergrad. I had gained that dorm 15 (or maybe 20). Acclimating to college life and having food readily available had taken it’s toll but in retrospect, I had a lot of fun doing it. But it was time for a change. I set out to eat healthier and became a regular at our newly open campus gym. Having run track and played volleyball in high school, I had always loved working out. Dancing was my first love and that stuck with me throughout college. As an exercise science major, there were certain fitness classes I was required to take. One of the classes reintroduced me to running, Running a 5k (3.1 miles) was a requirement and although I was never a distance runner, I soon found myself running more and more. So much so that I felt motivated to sign up for my first official 5k race in 2012. I would go on to run two more 5ks, including a Color Run! I eventually lost the weight I gained and felt better than ever by combing my running with strength training and group fitness classes at the gym.

Things began changing in my body that I wasn’t able to detect. It started with little things. Hands that were frequently cold. Trouble concentrating. Maxing out on stress to the point that I had nightmares. My life changed drastically in 2013 when I was diagnosed with Lupus an autoimmune disorder. This came after nearly a year of blood tests, E.R. visits where I was continually sent home, not to mention mental, emotional, and physical stress. After receiving the diagnosis, I underwent chemotherapy for six months. In those months and the next two years to come, I saw my body go through one change after another as I fought to get back to some sense of normal. Throughout all of this, I never lost sight that it was the choices I made regarding my health the year prior that allowed me to have the capacity to even fight through all of this. I wholeheartedly believe good health is the foundation to everything.

Once I was cleared for physical activity, that is when my current journey began. Running was extremely painful in the beginning. I began attending group runs and workouts in Los Angeles around 2015. I kept trying and showing up because I wanted to prove to myself that I could be healthy again. Having a community of runners made a big difference for me. It’s because of them that I even attempted to run further and longer. Since I believe that everyone deserves to have their story told, I started to chronicle mine on Instagram. I may not have a huge following, but I feel proud that I’ve been able to help and inspire others in their own individual journeys. Running has brought some of my biggest adventures to date and I am excited to keep growing and telling my story.

My biggest test came when I decided to run and train for my first full marathon, 26.2 miles. I figured if I could make it through this, I could officially “beat” Lupus. I put that in quotes because there is no cure for Lupus, just lifelong management. With the exception of one minor health hiccup, training was smoothly executed. The feeling of finishing my first marathon was something I’ll never forget. I felt like I could do anything.

Since then, I have run seven more marathons and even added ultra trail marathons to the list. Throughout it all, I’ve enjoyed engaging with people on social media and sharing our running stories. I have opportunities to work with amazing brands. I am even more in love with running today than I was five years ago. I have found so much joy and peace in it during this pandemic. I am constantly trying to improve in little ways and I wouldn’t trade this sport for anything.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The running journey has had bumps along the way. There have been times when I wished the journey was a bit more linear and easier to navigate. I wish running X amount of miles and doing a handful of exercise lead to big breakthroughs at every race but I have learned that it’s not that easy. You really can learn a lot about yourself when you run, especially during a race when times get tough. I am still finding ways to incorporate positive self-talk while being honest and reflective with myself. There have been plenty of times that I thought I could have executed a race better but those times have turned into huge learning opportunities.

Please tell us about The Runner’s Journey.
The Runner’s Journey is still an aspirational journey at best. My goal for 2020 is to get a website up and running because I want to tell more stories and reach more people. I believe that I provide a great amount of running related content mixed with real-life thoughts/feelings/events because it’s important to share all sides of me. The website will be an extension of that. A place for others to gain inspiration and connect. I am also an avid reader and will frequently post my latest reads for followers to see and engage in if they are interested. I am a huge proponent for self-evaluation and growth and that is the cornerstone of The Runner’s Journey. I would say that I offer a space for the run community to come together and encourage one other to be our best selves, whether we’re running or not.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
BlacklistLA Running Organization deserves credit for shaping me into the runner I am today. I trained for my first half marathon with them in 2016. They are a 501C non-profit organization in Los Angeles and meet four days a week for group runs and running workouts of varying distances and paces. I believe the organization is really a pillar in the Los Angeles running scene. From the group, I gained a run coach, Erik Valiente, which has been pivotal in sharping my running skills. BlacklistLA is made up of some of the best people in Los Angeles who want nothing but the best for each other.

Contact Info:

  • Email: mireille.sine@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @mireille.sine
  • Twitter: @MireilleSine

Image Credit:
Erik Valiente, Ernesto Huerta-Juarez, Nai Vasha

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