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Tina, Manager in Training at Bitters

I never ran in high school or college. I did try volleyball. I wasn’t a very athletic person. My husband was always after me to go running with him. “Come running with me,” he would say. He was in the military so he ran all the time. My excuses were “I’m too heavy, you will leave me behind and I’ll get lost.” That scared me. In time, and after much thought, I started walking.

I walked a 1 mile block in our neighborhood in Universal City. After a while I wondered if I could run to the next telephone pole, and I did! I kept working at it. Then I wondered if I could run to the end of the block and I did! I stayed determined. I reached my next big step when I ran the whole 1 mile block! I DID IT! I was so super excited!

I remember calling Phil at work and telling him. I started running every day. I enjoyed being outside early in the morning, having that time for myself. The runner’s high was so exhilarating. I felt great. Running was the perfect way to help me get into shape and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Phil and I would run a lot of 5k’s on the weekends. I would always see the “Run On” team at the races we were at. I thought, “They are super cool and I want to be one of them!”

I remember being at the Freedom 4 Miler. I won my age group and Mitch asked me if I was on the Run On racing team. I said no, and Mitch encouraged me to sign up. I wore my Run On singlet proudly. I participated in their social runs and volunteered at packet pickups and races. Then, I started cycling, too. I enjoyed going out early on Saturday mornings, cycling for miles, watching the sun come up and seeing the country side. I still kept my running in check, so I started doing duathlons. I loved the challenge.

I was introduced into coaching in 2012. Now I am a certified RRCA running coach. I love to help others train to reach their goals, no matter the distance. Half marathon and full marathons are my favorite. Training hard with determination, lots of sweat, a few tears and a little blood is the best. The body can do amazing things. It’s pure joy to see runners cross the finish line, to see their smile, to see their tears, to share the accomplishment.

When a position became available at iRun, I filled out the application and I was offered a job! It was time for a change, so I closed down my daycare business after 18 years and started a new chapter. I am thankful for the opportunities iRun has given me. I am truly lucky to get to work with such awesome people and being part of the iRun family. Come see me at the Bitters store!

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My Favorite Things

Favorite place to run: Just stepping out my front door or Quarry at Starbucks – head toward Tobin Park, I can go as far as I want.

Favorite running shoe: All time, Brooks Pure Flow but trying out the Saucony Guide now.

Favorite race fuel: Heed by Hammer Nutrition and Espresso Love Gels

Favorite pre-race meal: Half a bagel with peanut butter and coffee

Favorite post-race meal: Grilled fish tacos, salsa and chips, and a cold Shiner Blonde

Favorite running quote: “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each one of us.”- Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic games

Favorite saying: Come on legs, let’s go!

Favorite race: TX to Hot 15K, I love the challenge.

Favorite music: I do not listen music but I love to listen to Betty sing when were out on the roads.

Favorite apparel: Brooks and Nike Rival shorts

Favorite workout: Tempo runs


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