What year did you begin working at Run With Us?
I started at RWU in 2019
When & where did you go to high school? College? What did you study?
I attended Montebello High School, I’m currently in college studying Kinesiology.
Did you run in high school and/or college?
I ran in the track team, but it wasn’t till I graduated that I became fascinated with Cross Country.
When & how & why did you get in to the sport of running?
It all started because of a girl. She was in my class and ran for the Cross Country team. I asked her out, but turned me down faster than a 4 minute mile. I thought that if I started running and joined the XC team, I would impress her and give me a shot. One month later she turned me down again, but luckily I was faster than her and she couldn’t keep up with me. I never looked back.
Do you have a favorite moment that stands out in your running career?
The XC team and I went to Big Bear to do some altitude training before the start of the season. Hands down, best 5 days I’ve ever spent with them!
Any personal records we should know about?
I can hold a plank for more than 10 minutes
In competition, what is or was your favorite distance?
The 5k, it’s just long enough before I pass out.
Road, Track, Trails, Treadmill, Couch?
Mostly Road and Track, but Sergio (from RWU) is slowly brainwashing me to run on the trails. He’s very convincing!
What do you enjoy most about the sport or your own running?
Creating bonds with other runners. Whether they are training for their first 5k or running their 12th marathon, sharing the experience of running is good for the soul.
Since working at Run With Us, what has been your favorite aspect of the job?
Getting to test the latest shoes, gear and nutrition is a runner’s dream come true! It feels like the team and I make a real difference in people’s lives. We love what we do and we have an undeniable passion for the sport. I have learned a great deal from the team I work with; there’s something new to learn everyday.Also, I was surprised to learn that we help a lot of people who are in pain or discomfort – not just runners. We get referrals from chiropractors and orthopedics, it’s a good feeling when they can feel comfortable again. If you’re reading this, please come visit us!
What has been your favorite running shoe of all-time? What is your favorite shoe currently? Of all time?
My love for shoes started with the Kinvara 1. Currently, my favorite shoes come from the Altra brand. I’m a big believer in their philosophy and I see people’s lives changing because of their approach in shoes design.
Do you have a favorite meal of all-time?
I like to get down and dirty with nacho fries and beer!
Outside of Run With Us & Running, do you have any other interests?
Cycling, craft beer, and my dog Nugget.