32, PERSONAL TRAINER, CHICAGO
“I enjoy challenging myself. Now that the marathon is over, I’m like what’s next?”
I love to run. Well, it’s more of a love-hate relationship, really. But now that I’ve ran a marathon, I want to push myself even further. What else can I do other than running?
I bring my gym bag everywhere. Especially since I work full-time at a gym in the fitness industry, I need to be ready to train at all times. Many of my family members and friends complain that I’m always in the gym, but it is my one and only true love (right after God, of course).
Lifting builds character. And, more importantly, muscle. What I love about having muscles is that I burn calories just sitting here. And if you know me, you know I love to eat. A lot.
I’m not a fan of treadmills. They somehow make running boring. I would much rather run outside, but I do use the treadmill to work on my speed and pacing. I’m trying to be faster in my future races.
Running a marathon is something I never thought I would do. I actually said I never would run one. But I did, and I actually enjoyed it greatly. Still on the fence in regards to running another one though.
Growing up I was pretty active and played a few sports, but I hated running. My principal in High School wanted me to join Cross Country but I just looked at her like she was crazy.
I started running about four years ago when my friend and I decided to start running together once a week. We started at only a mile or so and built up to longer runs (i.e. Half Marathons) over time.
In addition to running, I also enjoy practicing Yoga and weight lifting. I’ve found comfort and therapy through my multiple avenues of fitness training.
I ran my first marathon this past year (2017) in Chicago. I felt like I went on both a physical and spiritual journey during the months of training leading up to the race.
While I love fitness, I am a scientist at heart. I have Animal Science, Chemistry and Biology degrees. I feel like science and fitness aren’t all that separate and I have many passions that are associated to both fields.
Through my studies I have learned a lot about science, nutrition, and fitness. I received my personal trainer certification in 2016 as the cherry on top to all of my education.
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