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USA FIT Albuquerque Coaches
I am the new organizer for USA FIT Albuquerque (aka Albuquerque Fit). My journey here has been rewarding and challenging, but most of all truly enjoyable. Running a marathon will “Change Your Life”. It certainly has for me. In 2014, I made the resolution to finally knock it off my bucket list. I did not have a running background. I tried training on my own by reading books, following various online programs, but I was running without any real direction. Running alone was not very fun. Then I joined the Albuquerque Fit Summer Program that June. I never knew there was such a large group of runners – all ages, all levels of ability, all shapes and sizes and most importantly all friendly and supportive. My once dreaded runs turned to miles of joy!Read More
I had running buddies! The training programs that Albuquerque Fit provides really works. They get you to the finish line with a smile on your face. I ran my 1st marathon (Long Beach) in October 2014. I thought I was one and done, but I ran my 2nd in February 2015 (Phoenix Rock & Roll). Same year I ran another marathon, a 45K & 50K ultramarathon and my running journey continues. With diligent training through our programs, my running continues to improve as I have accomplished recent PR’s in the half and full marathons. Running is not just about races. It’s about relationships. Running with other people will make your running fun! We have pace groups, run-walk philosophy and knowledgeable and very friendly coaches that will be there for you every step of the way! I look forward to seeing you this season!
I am a wife, mother of twins (and fur babies), Art Director, singer, crafter, shopper, and so on. One thing I am not, is athletic. After the urging of my husband (yes, the USA FIT Albuquerque Organizer), I joined Rio Fit several years ago for the fitness aspect of it. I did not want to run races, but found myself running some 5K's, 10K's and even some fun runs; Warrior Dash and Dirty Dash with my whole family (we named ourselves the Asian Leprechauns, after our marriage of our Filipino and Irish backgrounds).Read More
I gave it a year in the group and still did not love running, so I gave it up. This past year I decided to give it another try. I joined USA FIT Albuquerque to get my 50+ self back into shape. While I don't really have the desire to run races, I do want to keep fit and love spending time with my husband, who is an avid runner. I have made friends in the group and somehow became co-organizer this year and am learning so much about what it takes to make an amazing group such as this run (pun intended). My role as co-organizer is to handle mainly the behind the scenes tasks; bookkeeping, graphic design, scheduling, organizing, newsletters and more. Bob and I each have different strengths that work well together to continue to make USA FIT Albuquerque a success! I also look forward to helping other beginning runners participate in their first races. I may even race again one day. I'm thinking Disney!!
Head Coach/Performance Coach
I am an exercise physiologist, a certified running coach and have been working in the fitness industry for 22 years since retiring from the Air Force. I began running in high school 100 years ago and then ran on and off for many years. In 1994, I got very serious about my health due to bad family history of heart disease, and I started running regularly. Since then, I have run 69 marathons and 31 ultra marathons, including numerous 50 and 100-milers and at least one marathon in all 50 states.Read More
Although I don’t necessarily recommend this much running to most people, it is all about challenging ourselves to see what our bodies are capable of. Whether your goal is to run around the block, 100 miles, or anywhere in between, I would like to help you reach that goal. I totally agree with the race director for the Leadville Trail 100-mile race who says, “You are better than you think you are. You can do more than you think you can.” I think that Albuquerque FIT will help you to determine your capabilities and reach your goals. I would love to be there to watch you cross that finish line for the first time. Your life will never be the same.
Half Marathon Coach
I’ve been running with ABQ Fit for going on five years now and I’ve loved every minute of it even the long runs when I’m just not feeling it—well at least I enjoyed being done afterwards. ABQ Fit has been great for my marriage since my wife and I have people other than each other to run with since I used to annoy her because I would try to coach her and we run different paces. It’s also been great for my 16-month-old son to see us being active from an early age.Read More
I’ve finished 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, marathons, sprint triathlons, olympic triathlons, and half iron man triathlons. I look forward to my first year coaching and second year as the 8:30 pace coach, and I hope to help others who are new to running, have run for years, and who are trying to get a personal record (PR).
I hope to help my runners learn that while there are some basic tips that everyone should follow to be a successful runner, there are ways that you can experiment during long training runs to potentially improve your race results that involve fueling, hydrating, and preparing before, during, and after long runs and races. I also hope to teach you about the importance of replacing your shoes regularly and getting fitted for the right type of shoes. I will hopefully also help you learn that every run has a purpose and the importance of stretching and strength training.
I hope to help you achieve your goals in a fun, supportive way. I look forward to meeting all of you.
It was Kim that got me involved with Albuquerque Fit in 2006 when she decided to join and start training for the Chicago Marathon after finishing her first 5K earlier that year. Watching Kim train and seeing the outstanding support she received from the Albuquerque Fit Coaches and Members was a great experience and really sold me on the Program. Kim and I finished the Chicago Marathon in October that year. My goal race this year is the Long Beach Marathon on October 13th. I coached kids (and a few parents) in track and cross country for 7 years starting in 1999. After training and competing in track and 5K road and cross country races for about 5 years I started as a long distance runner in 2004. I trained by myself for my first marathon in January 2006 and made just about every mistake possible. Since then, I've completed 14 more marathons, a 50-mile ultra-marathon and a 62.5-mile ultra-marathon. Albuquerque Fit was a very large part of my success. Coach Gary traveled out of state to support me and ran both ultra-marathons side-by-side with me! Coach Gary and other Albuquerque Fit Members also ran with me and supported me when I got the crazy idea to run my age in miles last year after training for only 6-7 weeks. That didn't go so well as I quit at 40 miles, slightly over 62K - not bad but not my goal. I’m still working my way up to finishing a 100 mile race and hoping that if I'm really nice to Coach Gary he'll run with me. Perhaps it will happen, maybe it won't. I'm never afraid to fail. I became a Coach for Albuquerque Fit in 2007, starting with the Beginner 5K Run/Walk Group in the Spring Program and then with the Marathon Group in the Summer Program. I coached for the next 11 years and then took a break from coaching and just paced in 2018. In that time I’ve met a lot of great people, made lots of friends, and best of all, I’ve been able to work with people to help them become runners and accomplish their running goals. It’s a great feeling to be there when someone achieves their goal especially their first marathon. It's no coincidence that the USA Fit motto is "Change Your Life" because a runner will never be the same after completing their first marathon. I'm very happy and excited to be back as your Coach. We'll all work hard together but we’ll have a lot of fun too!
Half Marathon Coach
“Running” to me was always something I had to do to stay in shape and keep the weight off. It wasn’t until I joined USA Fit Albuquerque in Spring of 2014 that I realized running was something I get to do. USA Fit helped me set goals and provided structured training programs to help achieve those goals. It wasn’t long before I started looking forward to every run, especially the long runs on Saturday. USA Fit coached me through my first half marathon in May of 2014 and then to my first full marathon in October of that same year. Six years later with multiple half marathons and another full marathon under my belt I enter the world of coaching. Whether it’s the first time lacing up a pair of running shoes or wanting to improve upon PRs, I look forward to helping you achieve those goals while staying injury – free and having a little fun along the way.
Running, to many, is a therapy. For others, it satisfies a social hunger. And then to some, it sets a challenge to be met. Whatever reason that we run (or walk), whether to clear the mind, to support each other in fitness, or to beat ourselves at a PR (personal record) or a set goal, we confess that USA Fit is “a social group with a running problem”.Read More
I started my later-in-life running “carrier”/ hobby, with USA Fit (AKA Albuquerque Fit) in 2012. Although I had been running off and on for years, while trying to stay fit, it wasn’t until then that time permitted me to pick up again on my love for running. In the spring of 2012 I signed up with Albuquerque Fit for the 10K group, with my goal to run a comfortable 10k. Half way thru the season after running a 10k at a happy pace, I switched over to the Half marathon group. USA Fit had helped me to run my first Half marathon that spring and then my first Full marathon in that fall. Since I’ve been with our USA Fit group, I have run 12 marathons, 20+ half marathons, countless 10k and 5ks, and most recently participated in track events in the2019 National Senior Olympic Games here in Albuquerque.
Much of my success is because of the support team, the pacers, and the encouragement that comes from the coaches and fellow runners of USA Fit. Running alone prior to USA Fit was not near as rewarding as it has been the last 8 years. I’ve learned a lot, been a pace leader for 5-6 years, made more friends, and seen more of Albuquerque then I would have running it alone. Each year I am amazed at the success stories and the spirit that folks have to meet their goals. It would be an honor to be a part of your success story!! I’m looking forward to sharing tips, experiences, and support for you to meet your goals as your 10K Coach. We are here to help you meet your fitness goals, weight loss goals, PR goals, or to knock off that “bucket list” race. No matter what your fitness level or pace, running (and walking) is so much more enjoyable when you have running buddies along the way. It’s an adventure that will “change your life”.
Why Running? Two years ago, I was asked to participate in a 5k fun run for our wellness program at work. I had not run in years and was quick to turn down the invitation because I was not a runner and preferred to ride my bike. I had many “legitimate” excuses on why I could not participate. My co-workers did not give up on me, but were finally were able to convince me to give it a chance.
Growing up here in Albuquerque. I played many sports; Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Football. As young adult I jogged, played League Basketball, Softball and Volleyball. I even completed a few 100-mile bike rides and finished a Triathlon. I always considered myself to be a good athlete.Read More
But that was years ago, and the guy in the mirror was not that guy. So, with visions of old Glory I went out for a run. How hard could it be to run a 5k. Boy was I shocked on how far out of shape I had become. The pain in my legs and back was too much for me to handle and I stopped, walked back and gave up. I canceled my “fun run” and went out for Beer and Pizza. At least I was still good at that. A month or so went by I was so upset at myself for quitting, I decided it was time for a change.
I saw a flyer on the Board at work “ABQ FIT” Run a Marathon, “Change your life”. What a joke, I couldn’t even run block, how could I ever Change my life by running. I did take a copy of the flyer and placed it on my desk. A few days passed, I had read every word, many times…you didn’t have to run a Marathon, you could run a 5k. I liked the idea of being on a team, having a coach and maybe make some new friends, it was perfect, just what I needed. But I was so far out of shape I did not think they would let me join. Well they did, I was even encouraged to give them a chance, little did I know that the day I signed up would be the day that “Changed my Life!” Now I was committed. All I had to do was show up.
Since becoming a part of the group, I have learned that you don’t have to be the fastest, you don’t even have to be good it. All it takes is to believe in yourself and follow the program, everything else will take care of itself. In my short time with my new friends here at USA Fit Albuquerque, I have been able to finish many 5k “fun runs” and two half-marathons. I am really looking forward to this season to give back and show you that If I can do it, you can do it too, I will be the first one there to encourage you along the way.
Throughout my school and motherhood years, I loved to be active in all kinds of sports EXCEPT running/track. Then the USAF moved my husband Gary, our 2 teenage kids & me to Albuquerque in 1991. Gary became Forrest Gump before the movie idea was even conceived! Needless to say, his running enthusiasm began to grow on me. After I finished one 5K, I went right to the 10K, and in the blink of 22 years, I have done 6 La Luz races, 13 half marathons, 16 marathons, 8 50K’s, and 2 50-milers. Thanks to all the wonderful friends I’ve made through Albuquerque Fit the past 10 years, I stay inspired to run, saying “just one more race”.Read More
On the career side, I knew from the age of 9 that I wanted to work in the field of food and nutrition, thanks to all I learned from my mom and numerous 4-H activities. After a few years of higher education, I became a registered dietitian and worked 40 years as a clinical dietitian, which included 30 wonderful years in the VA Hospital system. Sports nutrition became a special interest after I began running regularly. Now that I’m retired, I think it’s time to create a superior energy gel to help us run like the wind! As your coach, I will do my very best to make your time on Saturday mornings rewarding and fun to help you make strides toward reaching your activity goal each week. We are in this together!
Social Media Coordinator
I've been running off and on since high school. Over the last 10 years, I've done lots of fun runs and 5k's. It was only in the past 3-4 years that I even considered myself a "real runner." When I started running in high school, it was so I could stay in shape for the other sports I played. Running wasn't very much fun way back then. Thankfully, it became something that I've really come to love. I continue to run because I also love to eat (who doesn't?). Running is also a form of meditation for me. I can hit the trails, clear my mind, or have great conversations with my running buddies. I joined the USA FIT Albuquerque (or Albuquerque Fit as it was called) about three years ago. I had trained for my very first half marathon alone, and I did okay, but the training was pretty lonely.Read More
I was the only person that kept myself accountable. It worked for that race, but I knew it would be difficult to recreate for the next one. My coworker was a coach with the Albuquerque Fit and talked about how wonderful it was to have a group of people to train with. She was completely right! I've made so many friends since I started running with our group, and it's great to have a group of people who are like-minded (love to run, eat and occasionally have a drink!). My favorite distance would be a 10K, only because there aren't many races that are 8 milers. I always say that 8 miles is my sweet spot, but 10K's are the next best thing. You can push yourself, but you know that it's only for 6.2 miles and will be over before you know it. When I'm not running, I love hiking, road biking, and yoga. These are all great ways to stay healthy and keep my mind clear. When it comes to running or fitness everyone should find something that you love to do and do it with great people.
Community Outreach Coordinator
I ran my first marathon with USA FIT Albuquerque in 2005. I then proceeded to run one marathon in all 50 states. I completed that goal in 12 years, two weeks before my 50th birthday in Sept. 2018. I love motivating people to get out and run. If you show up, I’ll get you to the finish line. This club though is more than running, it is about all the wonderful friends you will make and comradery. We are here to listen and assist you every mile of the journey. If you can’t talk and run, that’s ok we’ll get you so you can do both, but until then, I can do the talking for you! I can tell you about where I am from, and how I started running, but I’ll save it for the trail.