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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!!
Full Marathon Coach
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
Kevin had been convinced, through misguided social media posts, that running even farther would bring him happiness and enlightenment.
Little did Kevin know that his goal of running a 50 miler was about to be tested by his love of drinking beer and eating sushi.
Half Marathon Coach
I am a NM native, born and raised in Farmington. I went to school in Las Cruces at NMSU (go Aggies) and moved to Albuquerque in 1994 after receiving my degree in Accounting. I currently live in the South Valley with my partner (Elena) and my English Bulldog (Zeke). I have 2 adult children; one is currently in Oakland, CA and the other here in Albuquerque.Read More
I have been running with Albuquerque Fit for eight years. Before joining the group, I ran to stay in shape but never had any real fitness goals; I was running without a plan. Albuquerque Fit provided me with coaching and a structured environment to help achieve my fitness goals. Since joining Albuquerque Fit I have completed 3 full marathons (PR 3:31) and countless half marathons (PR 1:30 downhill; 1:35 flat road). The individual / customized training plans helped me to achieve age group podium finishes in multiple events.
My goal as a coach with Albuquerque Fit is to help you achieve your fitness goals while staying injury free and to make your experience truly enjoyable. I will help you on your path to living a healthier, happier 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.
Beginner (Walk-to-Run) Coach
Friday, September 30, 2016 - A day that will live in infamy...for me. I returned from bowling league and on my way from the kitchen to the living room, I collapsed. I was rushed to the hospital and the doctors and nurses induced a coma to save my organs. My Wife was told that I would probably not wake up and if I did, I'd basically be a vegetable. It was determined that I would be taken off life support. Luckily, I woke up after 5 days. This life changing experience wasn't enough to make me change my diet and exercise habits.
Back in the late '90's I started running to get back into shape. I even finished the Walt Disneyworld Marathon in 1999 in 4:09:08 (my only marathon). I ran the half marathon at Disney the following year and gave up running shortly after that.Read More
Fast forward to 2018. I decided to contact Bob Samala about joining USA Fit. I trained for the Mt. Charleston Half Marathon in Nevada. Thanks to the help of Bob and the other coaches in the group, I finished in under 2 hours, 20 minutes.
The month after Mt. Charleston, I came across the MAF (Maximum Aerobic Function) training method on YouTube. I started using this method exclusively for more than a year. In 2021 I ran the Big Bear Half Marathon and finished in just under 1 Hour, 50 minutes. I believe my MAF training had much to do with my improved time. I'm excited to share what I know about the MAF method of training with anyone interested.