Saturday Spotlight- Trisha Sicurella

Name: Trisha Sicurella ( maiden name Fasini)
From Massapequa 
Current town: Holbrook
Married 9 years
Kids: Lexie 7, Ryan 4
Pets: Spanky ( Boston terrier), Odie ( boxer, pit, bull mix)
Occupation: PE teacher in Hempstead at all kindergarten building 
Hobbies: painting furniture, photography, baking
Colleges: SUNY Farmingdale, Southern CT State U, Hofstra 
Recent Travels: camelback, Punta Canna & Hershey Park ๐Ÿซ
Running ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ : ok where to start… so I was not athletic at all my whole childhood ever lol. basically somewhere in high school my group of friends started drinking/ smoking and I joined the track team Spring of my sophomore year. I was not good but I showed up everyday. My first week I was sore from my chin to my toes lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think I would run the 200m and my coach put me in the shot put bc I was not slim. One day I heard her say to another newbie that she should run cross country in the fall. Not going to lie I was kinda jealous bc she didnโ€™t ask me ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. So that summer I ran everyday! And biked. I started to eat healthier and lost weight. I came into XC season a different girl and found my place in running. Looking back this was such an important part of my high school years bc it gave me a place to be. Like I said my friends were going a different way and running gave me a place to fit in. Anyway I was never fast but I was a worker! I was varsity and I believe all conference maybe all county ? Not sure. My team ended up qualifying for state championships my senior year we had soo many talented runners it was a stressful season trying to make top 5 . I ended up not running well and being an alternate. So college I spent 2 years at SUNY Farmingdale I ran ok I was NJAA in the XC & the 5k in spring ahhh the 5k on the track ๐Ÿ˜ I even ran with fellow Selden hills Christina Berliant for a season and she was such a positive leader on our team and use to stretch us when needed in her early PT years. Ok fast forward to my transfering to southern ct state U. This was my dream team. This was where I had to chase top 5 XC runners in my team in practice everyday and try to keep up. I loved it! I loved being on a bigger team and running in bigger meets and having an indoor track to practice on. My southern years were some of my greatest years. I really tapped into more of my potential. I think my college PRโ€™s were 18:32 for indoor 5k and 10:44 indoor 3K. Southern was where I began to weight train. My coach was a former football/ track athlete and he would make us squat, lift and run hills once a week. I loved it. I loved work. I loved doing my track workouts & then hitting the weight room. It really helped my develop. So interesting bc back them distance runners didnโ€™t lift. A lot of my teammates hated the weights. I loved my years at southern. When my college running career was over I cried. It was one my first love. I know it sounds dorky but it gave me a place to fit in. I was soooo shy in high school & college. So know fast forward to being back home in massapequa after college I started running at home going to the gym and teaching at a preschool. I was kinda lost. I started running at Eisenhower Park they had cheap races and a friendly crowd. Eventually they started a team LIRRC and I became a member. I started training with another member Marlene. I used my experience running in college and started designing my own workouts on the track. I would get up 5 am and run a track workout then hit the gym after work. So this work started to pay off in 2003 my 5k was around 19:20, then 2004 in the 18-19:00 range and finally in 2005 I ran my lifetime PR 17:54 twice!! Elizabeth McNamee race a week after running my LI half marathon PR of 1:24:03? I won Kings Park 15k that year as well ! It seemed so easy back then. I was soo fast ๐Ÿ’จ but I loved it! I loved the work, I loved the planning and designing of workouts. I loved it all ๐Ÿ˜ at some point I started student teaching and had to take a step back from running and focus on that after that semester I started running again and needed up with a bad hamstring injury then I had surgery and had to take a summer off. This was kinda the end of my fastest years. There were a lot of changes going on in my life. I had to focus on other things and I kinda fell out of highly competitive running. I met my husband got married, moved to holbrook and had kids. So the kids. They are one of my greatest achievements ๐Ÿ˜Šbut man parenting can be hard lol . After having kids I started finding my way back to running more and setting goals. I wanted something that was just in my soul. I am currently in a place with running where I am slowly trying to find my way back to faster times but balanceing work and family. My goal is to run my best times for this phase of my life ๐Ÿ˜ŠI hope this was interesting lol . Iโ€™m typing while getting Cheerios for one kid and before I get my workout in #momlife.