February’s Daughter of Distance: Alfa Severino

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One of my goals for the New Year was to support more women in endurance and help them connect to each other. There are so many of us out there, grinding out those miles and sometimes feeling alone in our awesomeness.

I thought: What better way to do that than to feature one Daughter of Distance each month? These will be women who love and embrace endurance sports of all kinds. They are not necessarily elites, though they can be. The majority of them are “regular” moms and wives and girlfriends and friends, balancing work and kids and training.

I am honored to present Alfa Severino as your February Daughter of Distance! I first met Alfa as part of the Race Across America team, to benefit the 100 Mile Club. She ran across the entire state of California! But I’ll let her tell you more about that.

Alfa has two beautiful children and a loving hubby. She is currently a coach for The 100 Mile Club and she’s got big plans for 2016.

Check her out:

Who is Alfa Severino?

I’m a wife and a mother of two who discovered the love for running, and for running long distances. I have completed 36 marathons/ultramarathons, numerous half marathons and relay races. I love the freedom running gives me. It makes me happy and it makes me smile!

In January 2015 I completed the Race Across California (RAUSA) where I ran from Huntington Beach, California to Parker, Arizona. It was an amazing experience!

Running is the one thing in my life that I can improve the more I do it. I have gotten stronger and more consistent over the years. Running has taught me how to push beyond my limits and has proven to me that I can, and will achieve my goals. My family supports my running and I have learned to balance life.  I appreciate and respect the roads, the mountains and its trails.

Tell me about your most memorable endurance experience.

Back in May I ran my 4th 100 mile race with the goal to finish, and to perhaps even PR. I had trained mentally and physically for the race. I had my husband crew me and my friend Nathan pace me at night.

The real race started at mile 75. Those last miles are a big blur. My mind was telling me I had nothing left to give, but my pacer made me run, had me dig deep.  My legs somehow responded, and I ran with heart those last miles. I got a sweet sub 22 hour race!

I realize that I can command my body to perform no matter what kind of pain I’m in. It takes desire, determination, and the willingness to push myself to the limits in order to succeed!

What are some of your goals and plans for 2016?

I plan to run Nanny Goat 100, EC100 and Badwater 146.

I will continue pacing for BeastPacing to get give back to the community and to get inspired by amazing athletes out there.

You can follow Alfa on Instagram @alfalfaseverino


Interested in being featured as a Daughter of Distance? Shoot me an email at vanessaruns@gmail.com.

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