Running was not my thing until summer 2007 when friends asked me to run what used to be called ING Miami half marathon. I joined USA FIT Miami running club to train about 6 months before the 2008 edition of the race. It was difficult at the beginning but it became enjoyable to run 2-3 times a week and early Saturday morning "long runs" with the rest of the team. I wasn't the best or the fastest, but crossing the finish line for the first time and having a medal around my neck gave me a sense of great accomplishment.
Two years later, I wanted to do more than a half marathon and the mission to train for the marathon started. I continued training with USA FIT Miami for my first full marathon. Race day came and I "hit the wall" on mile 18. That's when Coach Norma from USA FIT Miami stayed with me, helping me cross the finish line. I will never forget her dedication to helping me finish the race!
Since then I have completed 10 full marathons and a 50K ultramarathon. Recently, I started doing triathlons where the longest distance I've completed is 70.3 half Ironman. I am convinced my training with USA FIT Miami has helped me complete triathlons too. I don't know what the future holds ahead but I do definitely want to keep running the Miami Marathon and complete more triathlons. I'm looking forward to giving back to to others, as a coach, what I've learned to get through so many finish lines, happy and healthy.