Where were you born and raised? Most people assume I was born in the United States or somewhere in Asia. I was actually born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca in Mexico. I lived in Mexico for the first three years of my young life. In the summer of 94’ my dad completed the paperwork needed to make my mom, my sister, and I legal residents. We made California our home for a few years. We then move to Chandler, AZ in 1998. I call Chandler my home since it is where I was raised.
When did you begin running? Outside of school activities that required running of some sort I tried to start running a few weeks before my senior prom. After two days of running I was like forget it. It was not until my freshman year in college when I gain the ‘”freshman 15” that I began to run and kept on doing it.
How did you get started running? I was feeling unhealthy and I wanted to exercise more. I didn’t want to join a gym, so I laced up my Air Forces and went out for a run. I started timing myself with the timer on my iPod. I would record it and try to beat that time every time I went out for a run. It motivated me to get out there and run. After I lost the weight I kept on running because I started to enjoy doing it.
Favorite distance to run: I would say ten miles since I do it often.
Favorite race: The Ostrich Festival 5k Fun Run in Downtown Chandler. It was the first race I signed up for. I have done it every year since. It is the course I challenge myself to beat my PR for a 5k. A close second would be the 2015 Disneyworld Marathon.
Favorite Track N Trail event: The Grand Canyon trip. Not only was it a great experience, but also I got to know more about my fellow runners.
Favorite place to run: The canal where there are hardly any stoplights.
Favorite Quote: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
Favorite Song to Listen to while running: “Champions League” by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and sung by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields Chorus. It is the first song on my playlist. Helps me deal with race anxiety and gets me in the zone before a race.
If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? Machu Picchu, Peru.
Other Hobbies: Hiking.
Advice for new runners: Be patient and set small, achievable goals. Then the miles and your record time will come.