My journey began years ago in 1995 when I fell in love with Step Aerobics in Atlanta which eventually led to me to become a Fitness Professional. I felt a need to help individuals get healthy and understand the importance of Fitness in creating an Optimal Lifestyle. Fitness was my “purpose” in life but I didn’t know it at the time, I eventually figured it out, realized I LOVED training folks and I continue to do it to this day. I teach at corporate sites, the YMCA and due to the pandemic, I now teach online on FB live and ZOOM! Now the running part was unexpected!
In 2009 I walked the Kids Magic Mile with my son and then was persuaded to run a 5 miler (8k) the next day. Me, not being a runner wondered why I even got involved. Well...after this race and being challenged by an eventual running buddy, I have been running ever since and haven’t looked back. I went from 5k to 10k to Trail to Half Marathon and eventually a Marathon! I continue to run, inspire others and spread the word about the positive benefits of running! As my running journey continued, I have managed several races, I am a fitness warmup host and Ambassador for countless races (San Diego and Nationally), the current Captain of the local San Diego Chapter of Black Men Run and I am that PE teacher that makes his kids RUN...HARD...Lol! (The kids say I’m “EXTRA”) I want to create Healthy and Fit minded individuals to thrive in our society.
It has been a slow, but rewarding accomplishment getting folks to run over the years. As I look at the communities I have reached out to and tried my best to get moving, I have seen positive changes over the years and I am glad I kept consistent in my own actions. I’m planning on running the NYC Marathon this year and I hope to keep moving and inspiring folks to MOVE!