I’m a former theatre performer turned working class runner, from marathons to 5K’s to chasing after buses to hurrying across the street to avoid homicidal motorists.
Once a childhood asthmatic who could barely run a mile, I now run many miles all the time without a problem. I learned (and am still learning) a lot of things that can help other working class runners run and compete better.
I am not an athlete, at least not the way an Olympic champion is an athlete. I didn’t grow up running interscholastic/club track under experienced coaches. I didn’t train athletically in college, and in fact didn’t seriously train as a runner until my late 30’s. Any athletic ability I brought into the latter was purely a result of big city living, walking everywhere and occasionally running for my life as needed, along with occasional strength training, and my prior experience as a physical theatre performer.
I learned just about everything I know about running over the last decade, working with other runners and coaches, reading countless books about running and aerobic training, studying and getting certified as a run coach, then helping and consulting others on their training.
Most of all, I’ve learned the hard way through trial, error, and experience in my own training.
I’ve taken and followed training plans, training approaches, as close to the letter as I reasonably could, to observe the effects and the difference in effects from other types of training. I’ve carried on useful concepts/methods and discarded others.
I’ve had to get injured, recover from those injuries, and learn from the whole experience how to avoid/prevent/recuperate those injuries.
I’ve gone out hard in races and inevitably crashed and burned to a stagger finish. I’ve gone out easy and finished so strong that I realized I could have run faster.
I’ve changed my diet after observing how different foods and drink made me feel and how my training felt when taking those foods and drink. I’ve added and subtracted dietary supplements based on same.
Everything that I do now in training, diet, lifestyle… is a byproduct of everything I have learned. And every bit of training advice or info I share is a product of everything I have learned whether from experience, from other academics and research, from text, or so on.
- Road Runners Club of America – Level 1 Coach
- VDOT O2 Running Coach
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- NFPT Certified Personal Trainer
Inquiries: misterstevengomez (at) gmail dot com.
Currently based in my hometown: Las Vegas, NV, USA, and can consult remotely. Former homes:
- Chicago, IL, USA (2014-2019)
- Seattle, WA, USA (2004-2014)
- Las Vegas, NV USA (birth-2004, 2019-today)