In 2006, when I had just moved to NYC, a friend forced me to sign up for the NYC Half Marathon, after having suffered at heart attack, at 28 years old, and deciding that running would keep doctors and their surgeries and pills away... I instantly got hooked on racing and I decided to do my first marathon: I happily completed the 2008 New York City Marathon, and managed to sub four (3:51). I then started racing every other weekend and by the time the 2009 NYC marathon rolled around, I snagged a Boston Qualifier, though I was badly injured with piriformis syndrome, and then got ITBS while training for Boston in early 2010. Still, I run the Boston Marathon that year (and have been re-qualifying since) as well as every New York City Marathon since, plus a few ultra-marathons too!
I have the pleasure to declare that I am a Runner. Running has taken me into amazing adventures, including the Boulder Bolder (a 10k with 55,000 people at 5,000 feet altitude), Mountain Madness 50K (where I broke my arm, tore a rotator cuff, broke 2 ribs, just two weeks before the NYCM!), the Knickerbocker 60K (nine dizzying loops in Central Park!), the Empire State Building Run Up (amazingly lung searing!!), the North Face 50K Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain (wildness and snakes!), and many more races in other cities and countries, with amazing friends and elite runners!
After reading Born to Run, and tired of getting injured just like pretty much everybody else, I started experimenting with minimalist running and technique. I had also been staying off the pavement and on trails as much as possible, and kept doing a lot of research on biomechanics and what were the best ways to injury-proof my running. Then, last year, I was invited to participate in the inaugural Proprioception Coaching and Training Clinic with Lee Saxby; I learned a lot about the biomechanics of human locomotion, how to diagnose inefficient and/or injurious running form, and how to coach correct form using slow-motion, high-def video analysis and drills. I continue to be very passionate and dedicated to apply what I learned through the certifications, and also through a lot of 1on1 experience over the last year, to help out anyone interested in becoming a more efficient and uninjury-free runner.
"VIVOBAREFOOT Certified Coaches have mastered the skill of barefoot running, learned the proper techniques to diagnose and correct running form, and undergone extensive training in biomechanics to comprehend the physical and mental components of running. VIVOBAREFOOT Coaching Lisenses are only awarded to participants who pass a rigorous written and practical exam." To learn more about the training philosophy and to find lots of useful information and tips, please check the Proprioception e-book by Lee Saxby.
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