Debbie Voiles

HS-for-RT-PageHello, and welcome to Run Tampa! I hope to meet you soon! Of all the great benefits of the Run Tampa community, meeting runners and becoming friends is by far the best part! Run Tampa is a family, and I kind of feel like the mom.

In 2008, I created because there was no website with a comprehensive, running calendar. Not long after, I started organizing group runs. Eventually, I started coaching and formed the Run Tampa Club.

In 2009, I wrote After Your First 5k and started the Mojo for Running podcast, available on iTunes. Soon, I had a second website, this one geared toward a worldwide audience, The Mojo podcast has been downloaded in 104 countries, and I just love getting to email back and forth with runners from around the world.

I have a serious passion for running and runners. Some of my most treasured experiences occurred while running alone through the woods, others, while sharing conversation with a clutch of my Run Tampa friends, and still others while racing on city streets with thousands of other runners.

My favorite distance will always be the half, but I still think we need a better name for that. Half just sounds less than whole, hardly an appropriate name. Half just doesn’t sound appropriate for the effort expended to run 13.1 miles.

Register for Newsletter and Group Run InviteI often hear runners say, “I’m only doing 5 miles today,” or “I’m only doing the half.” That drives me crazy. My rule is that the word “only” should never be used in the same sentence with any number of miles. The rule applies to the word ‘just,’ too, as in “I’m just doing five miles this morning.” I always tell the speaker, “Think about it; while you were doing only five miles, most people didn’t even get off the couch.”

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As much as I love to run, it’s even more fun to share in the excitement when members of Run Tampa achieve their personal goals. My coaching, now, is all online via a Mojo for Running membership programs. The dynamic duo of Maria Williams and Trixie Taylor have taken over Run Tampa coaching duties.

In August of 2013, I launched a second podcast, the Beginner Runner Village podcast, also on iTunes, and aimed specifically at the beginner runner. If you know anyone who’s thinking about getting started running, please direct them to that podcast in iTunes.