Welcome to my website! My name is Angela Maciocia and I am a Mother of 2 awesome boys, wife, Athlete, Runner, Dog Lover, Clean Eating Cooking Fanatic, and an Adult Special Education Teacher. I decided to start a blog/website during the time that I was returning from injury and had to take a year off from running. I wanted to share my journey, life experiences, training, meals, & health/wellness tips in hopes of helping, guiding, inspiring and most of all connecting with others. I believe that we can all learn from each other.
I have two boys ages 14 and 11. My youngest is on the Autism Spectrum and my oldest has an ADHD diagnosis. They keep me busy but are my inspiration for everything. And they are HUGE supporters of my running. I refer to them as my “fan club”. I have been married for almost 19 years to a wonderful man who supports every dream I have no matter how crazy and far fetched it seems.
Following in my older siblings’ footsteps, I was athletic from a very young age. Growing up, I played basketball, floor hockey, soccer and of course I was on the track team. The 1500m was my specialty in High School. As I got older, I consistently stayed active and fit. I ran on and off, strength trained and took part in all types of fitness classes. At 18 years of age I got certified as a personal trainer and the rest is history! My passion and knowledge for health, fitness, running, and clean eating/cooking has grown significantly over the past 24 years. I have also had the privilege of working with and learning from the best people; Past Trainers, My present coach Mark Tosques, Athletic Therapists, Alternative Health Professionals and from my own education about how food can heal and nourish you from the inside out. I struggled with food intolerances for years, not knowing what was wrong with me. I managed to overcome it all and find my way to a healthier and stronger me!
I have been running since the age of 8. It was my older sister that registered me for my first race at a very young age. I think I was probably “hooked” since then. I ran on and off for about twenty years but I didn’t begin to train/live/compete as an amateur athlete until the age of 39 (read more in “How It All Started and Mommy Guilt” blog post). As my first race, I registered for a half marathon and that was it! I caught the “racing bug”! I then qualified for Boston during my first full marathon a year later. Boston has been a dream of mine since the age of 14. You will have to follow and read more about my journey to Boston!
Yes…I am a crazy dog lady! I have a Standard Poodle named Comet, who we all love and adore. We had initially decided to get him to help my youngest with his severe and chronic anxiety. But in the end, he helps all of us in SO many ways. I cannot imagine my life without him. To add, I have met the most wonderful people and their dogs because of him. For this, and so many other things, I am blessed and thank him for bringing so much comfort and joy to us.
There is a saying somewhere..”do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”. I have been in the field of Special Needs for over twenty years. I love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything different. My job helped to prepare me for all the advocating, fighting, and specific education that I needed to help my own son. For this and so many other things, I am grateful to my field and all of the amazing individuals that I have met, taught, and worked with. I am currently working with disabled adults (Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay) in a college/on campus school setting, where we provide social skills, life skills and job training. I just love it!
There you have it! A little glimpse of who I am and how I got here. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to hear from you in the comments section of my blog posts and/or I am always an email away!