Hello, 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 RunTampa.com because there was no online comprehensive running calendar. Not long after, I started organizing group runs. Already a certified running coach, I eventually 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, MojoforRunning.com. The Mojo podcast has been downloaded in 114 countries, which means I get to interact with runners all over the world. In 2013, I started my Walk to Run website and associated programs.
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.
I 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.”
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 Mojo for Running membership programs. The dynamic duo of Maria Williams and Trixie Taylor have taken over Run Tampa coaching duties.
Please check out my two podcasts on iTunes: