What year did you begin working at Run With Us?
I began working at Run With Us in March of 2018.
When & where did you go to high school? College? What did you study?
I attended and graduated from Northview High School from 2003 to 2007, in Covina. Following, I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from 2007 to 2015 (Fluid Mechanics, Energy Systems, and Fabrication).
Did you run in high school and/or college?
I earned my varsity letterman in Cross Country and Distance Track, 4 years at Northview High School, and I ran 4 years in Distance Track at Cal State LA.
When & how & why did you get in to the sport of running?
I was involved in running since I was in elementary school, mostly to stay out of trouble and away of trouble. At Northview High School, I began to take the sport seriously, running a strict lifestyle regimen, and went on road of self discovery. I owe it to my coach for reaching out to me, challenging me, standing up for me, and being one of few people for changing the direction of my life.
Do you have a favorite moment that stands out in your running career?
I always go back to my runs in high school, my coach, Miguel Angel Canales, taught me the Art and Philosophy of Distance Running, those were crucial moments and the bases for in my training.
Another would be on November 2nd 2005, I just got off a nasty hip injury after weeks with chiropractor, It was our Valle Vista League Finals Meet and I was ready to help the team earn the place to go to CIF Championships and Finals. We painted our faces in black and white paint and we raced on that day, Dia de los Muertos.
At Cal State LA, coach Gretchen Lahr Corrales was tough, my favorite moments were spent running on the trails of Mount Baldy while it was raining and snowing, and I realized that nothing can stop us.
Any personal records we should know about?
5K in 16:35, 1600m in 4:24, 800m in 2:00.
In competition, what is or was your favorite distance?
During a competition, my favorite distance was the 800m on the track because it required speed of a sprinter and endurance training of a distance runner, something that was challenging to achieve. Now, I am not so much into competition and focus more in building on long runs.
Road, Track, Trails, Treadmill, Couch?
I spend my hours on the trails and roads, and currently without a coach, highly rely on my high school training schedule.
What do you enjoy most about the sport or your own running?
I am not so much into competition. I enjoy the places it takes me, especially when I travel, I like to get lost, feel the trails and the Earth around me on which I run on. For those few miles or more, I am free or liberated. My high coach once said,
“Now when its fresh, the days are starting to blur together. The language is a pain but it’s like practice, repetition and repetition. From the core, strong. I feel like I’m getting tougher, I can RUN farther every day, I have to trust my body to know what to do. Everyday its reading the trails, the tracks in the earth, water, and wind. The scenes and sounds. The flow of energy, spirits of the natural world. Its more than eye-hand coordination, need to listen to the earth through her eyes. Trying to understand this connection that people have with the natural world. A network of energy that flows in living things. All energy is borrowed and one day we have to give it back, when we are gone from this world. I do not RUN for glory or a race, I RUN because there is a world out there waiting for me.
I was once asked, if I had a shred of common since of what is the point of running? I ran through cities, towns, caves, forests, jungles, swamps, hills, mountains, and much more, in some of the most smooth and rough climates in nature. The Universe gave me legs to walk and eventually run, and the only way I can express myself is to challenge the natural green world, I won’t surrender until I experience it. If you want to tag along, I won’t wait for you, try to keep up. I run up mountains and I come back, every time, nearly dead. Then I was asked, why did you go up there to die? I answered, I didn’t, I went up there to live.
Anticipate the climax of the seasons. We have many things. We are alive, breathing, and a family. Ready to race. Physically and mentally prepared. Many repeats, miles, days, full of pain and experience. Settle for the best, no victory, no defeat. Running is a road to self awareness and reliance… Any terrain and weather, is our terrain and weather. There is no better way to explore the natural world. I am a Distance Runner.”
Since working at Run With Us, what has been your favorite aspect of the job?
My co-workers have given me much knowledge to reflect on and to properly attend customers with their everyday needs, which is being on their feet all day, every day. We go the extra mile for your feet. I’ve really enjoyed conversing with our customers about the world of running in all its aspects, especially, assisting others figure out their deficiencies that cause discomfort.
What has been your favorite running shoe of all-time? What is your favorite shoe currently? Of all time?
My favorite running shoe of all-time will be the “Asics Tiger Paw”, it was my first racing flats, which I used in high school cross country meets.
My favorite running shoe currently will be the newly discovered “ON Cloudflyer”, it is a Swiss engineered stability shoe for long distance runs.
Do you have a favorite meal of all-time?
I enjoy trying all kinds of meals. My favorite would be Chiles en Nogada.
Outside of Run With Us & Running, do you have any other interests?
Outside of running, I spend some time searching for rare music and play the guitar, practice and train in self-defense and martial arts, l look much into SAE and passionate in auto mechanics, I am a traveler in search for knowledge and enlightenment, and I collect Marvel comic books and I am a Star Wars collector.