I started running in 1999 as a way to increase my endurance in racquetball and before I knew it I had fallen in love and switched entirely to it. Since then, I've enjoyed participating in dozens of endurance races, from short distances such as the 5k, to long distances such as the marathon. I have also taken
on other endurance disciplines such as the triathlon, although my preferred event and distance is by far the half marathon.
The driving force behind my love for endurance challenges is a deeply held belief I've had since very young in ALWAYS searching for improvements in all aspects of life. Training for and participating in events such as marathons and triathlons provides the perfect environment through which I can progress on my own terms and timeline, while still providing a never-ending challenge that I know I'll never find dull or boring.
An example of this came in 2018, when I obtained my RCCA Coaching Certification not only because I wanted to continue to learn and grow in this sport, but also because I wanted to help other athletes do the same and make this a permanent part of a healthy lifestyle and not just a temporary activity that lasts just a few months. My passion is being involved in endurance sports, and I will be doing this in one way or the other until the day that I die!
Juan J. Arrieta
I was introduced to running by my sister in law, as she encouraged me to join her at a race. I had cheered her on at her marathons before and for a slight moment I said to myself, “I can do that”. So I signed up for my first race in 2016, a one-miler at the San Jacinto Monument. The adrenaline I felt that day was amazing and I was completely hooked. Since then I have run many endurance events such as 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons, which I have completed in consecutive years since in 2017. While each year I have made improvements, I wanted even more and that is when I decided to join Dynamic Endurance and Coach Juan.
In the first 4 weeks since I started training with him, I have run a 10k and my 4th half marathon and achieved PR times on both races. My goals for this year are to be even more accountable and build my endurance further in order to run my first full Houston Marathon in January 2021. I have a tailored training schedule with Coach Juan that is set to my own running parameters, and absolutely love it. I am crushing my goals and feel more focused than ever to train hard to run MY race at MY pace.
I come by my love of hitting the road honestly. My father was a runner and race walker and as I kid I idolized him. Sadly, his life was cut short at 38 by addiction. I'd been battling with addiction of my own for several years and when I learned this I decided to throw something new into the mix. Running. I ran cross country in high school and both hurdle events in track. After that I lost touch with running for a while. In January of 2017 my daughter, and third child, Lucia was born just one day before the anniversary of my father's death. After her arrival I took a 6 month break from running after dabbling with it here and there when I could find the time. That was both satisfying and difficult.
I began running again in earnest in June of that year and found my love for running just as strong as it was ever before. Since then I have raced at every distance from 5k up to the marathon, which I never thought I could do. Injuries have kept me from training consistently for 2+ years and I am looking forward to being able to train year round for the first time in a long time. After staying healthy, my goals are to race at as many distances as I can this year and be satisfied with my effort. Running helps keep me focused on my family and on the future. I want to be around for them and I don't want them to have to worry about losing me any time soon