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ING Miami Marathon 2009

Omar Barboza-Full Marathon Coach

Head Coach - Red Group

I never thought I would ever be a runner, much less run a marathon. As a kid, I had mild asthma and could not run at all. One day, I got a gift card to Sports Authority and bought these “running shoes”. I had wanted to try something new and my friend named Katrina wanted to take me out to run. I told her I just wanted to run 3 miles like 3 times a week to lose some weight and improve my cardiovascular fitness. Well, I was surprised at myself that I pretty much ran the 3 miles without stopping. I told Katrina I was not interested in running any crazy long distances like her. I guess she knows me better than I thought because she was convinced from our 1st run that one day I would run a marathon. Make a long story short, she took me to my first 5K, then we ran the 7-mile bridge, then I ventured into half-marathons, and in January 2005, I completed my 1st marathon at Disney. I have since completed 10 marathons and 1 Ultra-Marathon.  The feeling of accomplishment after completing a race after all the hard training is incredible and unique for every runner. Enjoy your journey!

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