Alice Pinho Pontes

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Name: Alice Pinho Pontes

Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Bahia, Brazil. My father is a PE teacher and he encouraged me to physical activity. I started to swim in 1978 and stopped in 2012.

When did you begin running?
In 2009.

How did you get started running?
I started to swim at age 8. In 2009 I started to run as part of triathlon. I did triathlon from 2009 to 2012. I won some duathlon and triathlon age group awards. In 2012 I stopped for 2 years due to neck and shoulder injury. My doctor told me then: “Forget about long distance running and you can no longer swim”. I almost gave up, but I came back to running in 2014 with Marco when I moved to Gilbert. It was very hard because my mind was weak. But Marco has always helped me because he believed I could come back to long distance running.

I’m grateful that Jim and Marco met at Freestone Park and you invited us to join AZTNT. You are my inspiration and encourage me to keep running. I’m very excited because I’m signed up for the Phoenix Marathon 4 years after running my latest full marathon.

Favorite distance to run:
26.2 miles. I always run better at long distance races.

Favorite race:
Rio de Janeiro Marathon. I ran it twice. The whole course is along the beach. It’s so beautiful!

Favorite Track N Trail event:
Track on Wednesday evenings. It’s always fun and good vibes. I changed my work schedule recently so now I can attend more often.

Favorite place to run:
The canals in Gilbert and Chandler.

Favorite Quote:
“The repetitious aspect is meant to influence and trigger the subconscious mind into positive action. They are helpful in pursuing personal development and setting goals. It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” (Muhammad Ali)
Favorite Song to Listen to while running:
EDM, especially Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buren and Tiesto.

If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be?
The Athens Marathon. The original.

Other Hobbies:
I love cooking, hiking, watching movies and documentaries, and traveling to learn about places, people and their culture.

Advice for new runners:
Do not believe in people who tell you that you cannot do it. Believe in yourself. You can do anything you want. Avoid comparing yourself to others.