The Tipping Point – Sara Freitas |

The Tipping Point – Sara Freitas

Sara Freitas was born to run.

Despite the absence of a track program in high school for girls, Sara inevitably gravitated to the sport. She began cross-country running, somewhat inconsistently, in her early 20s.

On a dare after the birth of her first child, Sara trained for a 20K run. After a surprisingly good performance, she asked herself: “How much better could I do if I knew what I was doing?” She was hooked.

Today, Sara competes in 15-20 races a year and has boxes of trophies to show for her effort. Now 47, she ran her fastest race two years ago, competing against a former Olympian.

“I can’t control what other people do in a race, but I can control how I perform. In this race, I felt invincible and was thrilled to race hard and hold onto the pace.”

A soil tester by professional, Sara also coaches the Nevada Union Cross Country Girls’ Team and lives with her husband, Mark, and two sons, Matt 18 and Daniel 16.

The sports-minded family enjoys mountain biking, skiing, snow-showing and golf as well as cross-country running.

Sara typically runs 40-50 miles a week consisting of two or three workouts, a couple of recovery runs and a long run of 10-13 miles. “I run on trails rather than roads and use hills more than the track,” she says, “to be nice to my body.

“People ask me,” Sara offers, “how I manage to keep improving. I just work at consistency – making small, gradual improvements.” Progress, not perfection, is her goal.

“In addition to improving myself,” Sara adds, “I love coaching individuals who want to learn the sport.”

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