In 2006, a friend of mine told me about this running group called Portland Fit that trains ordinary folks to complete their first marathon. Running a marathon had always been a life goal of mine. So in 2007, I signed up with Portland Fit and completed my first marathon. I loved the discipline of having to do my three weekday runs before the long runs on Saturdays. As I figured it, running the marathon at the end of a training season was always icing on the cake! From 2009 to 2014, I served as an A.C. (Assistant Coach) and really loved talking and connecting with members about their training and how their workouts went each week. In 2015, I became Head Coach of the Reds and have loved every minute of it. One of my favorite things about running is the way it makes me feel throughout the week through the great exercise that running provides. I have more energy to do the things that need to be done and I have great stamina throughout the week. One of my other favorite things about running with PFit on Saturday mornings is finishing a long run (10-14 miles) and having that accomplished usually before many people have even gotten out of bed. My first marathon was the Portland Marathon in 2007 which I finished in 5:42. My favorite marathon was the Portland Marathon in 2009 when I did a run/walk combination and had amazing energy left at the end, passing so many participants with nothing but a grin on my face from ear to ear. (There is nothing like that feeling at the end of a marathon!) This year, my goal is to run a PR (Personal Record) of a 4:15 using a combination of muscle core training and hill/speed work. I can’t wait to hear about your journey and what brought you to Portland Fit. Looking forward to seeing you out there on the trail! – Coach Jeff