USA FIT Albuquerque coaches are ready and here for you to being your training! For any program or season, these coaches will help prepare you for any race!
USA FIT Albuquerque Coaches
I am the 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!!
Beginner (walk to run) Coach/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 hope to help you reach your time and distance goals while you train with us this season. I run, swim, bike and lift weights which I have done my entire life. I swam and ran cross country in high school, which is longer ago than I care to think about. My current challenge is triathlon. Up until several years ago, I dreaded running events, because I was slow. I was convinces I couldn’t get faster, didn’t know how to train and thought I could never go farther than 3 miles without keeling over. Our training programs at USA FIT Albuquerque have shown me that I can run as far as I want improve my time and improve my health. It has helped to change my life. So, I want to bring these benefits to you. Together we will unlock your physical and mental potential so you will look forward to training whenever you get the chance!
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.