Hometown: I was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but grew up in Orlando
Currently Training For: Sub-2 at Jacksonville Bank half marathon!
Miles Run/Walked Per Week: 30-35 right now
Favorite place to run: UF Campus
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: At home, we're obsessed with two recipes: Eggroll in a Bowl and One Pot Creamy Lentil Pasta. But I'll never say no to going out for Mexican food
When Did You Start Running/Walking and Why? I started running in the spring of 2015. I heard about the Disney Princess Half Marathon on the radio and decided to sign up. I figured the only way I would ever become a runner is if I could race in a tiara and tutu! Shortly after that, I learned about wear blue: run to remember, an organization that runs to honor the service and sacrifice of our military. This amazing person named Kandi was running races in honor of my great uncle who was KIA in Vietnam. I continued running and focused my training on running the Marine Corps Marathon with her in fall 2016.
What Motivates You to Run/Walk? I love chasing new PRs and traveling to fun races with amazing bling!
What do you like the most about Team FTC? I love the challenge of Team FTC. There is always someone to run with that is going to push your pace and bring out the best in you. Then after a tough workout, everyone is so encouraging and celebrates each other's achievements.
Words of Wisdom: Trust the process, everything has a purpose (even the recovery runs). And don't be afraid to ask for help - there are a wealth of resources available, especially Coach Enoch!
Past Featured Members
Name: Linda Bloom
Hometown: I grew up in Durham, NC, but I have lived in Gainesville for 18 years.
Currently Training For: JAX Bank Half-marathon
Miles Run/Walked Per Week: 18-19 miles
Favorite place to run: Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: It’s a tough choice because my husband is a great cook, but I’ll pick duck breast with a cherry and balsamic vinaigrette reduction, risotto and roasted veggies.
When Did You Start Running/Walking and Why? I started doing some running 3 - 4 years ago, but really began running regularly when I joined Team FTC last year. I had run some when I was younger and I enjoyed it, so I decided to try it again.
What Motivates You to Run/Walk? I enjoy running, and I want to stay active and be fit.
What’s do you like the most about Team FTC? 1) Running with Team FTC is fun! 2) Coach Enoch and Team FTC are incredibly supportive and encouraging no matter what your goals are or what your pace is. It’s a wonderful atmosphere, and Coach Enoch helps everyone achieve their goals.
Words of Wisdom: Listen to Coach Enoch’s advice and you can run strong and stay healthy.
Name: Anton (Tony) Matchev
Hometown: Born in Ithaca, New York. I moved to Gainesville just after my first birthday.
Currently Training For: AAU and USATF Junior Olympics
Miles Run/Walked Per Week: Around 20 on a race week and around 25 regularly.
Favorite place to run: UF track.
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: Piesanos house rolls and pizza.
When Did You Start Running/Walking and Why? I started running in late Kindergarten because all of my friends were running at the Morning Mile program at Talbot Elementary.
What Motivates You to Run/Walk? Since I take high school classes as a middle school student, I deal with a lot of stress. Running helps me get my mind off of school. I always want to stay healthy, and running helps me achieve that.
What’s do you like the most about Team FTC? The community surrounding Team FTC is very supportive and encourages you to reach new goals that seem impossible at the time. Also, Coach Enoch really does a stellar job of keeping me in top shape and staying injury free.
Words of Wisdom: When you are hurting in a race and you want to stop, you take two pills of "Suck it up" and keep going.
Name: Sue Wagner
Hometown: Born in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; high school in Melbourne, Florida; college in Gainesville
Currently Training For: Melon Run on July 4
Miles Run/Walked Per Week:It depends, usually 10 to 12. I am currently dealing with a back issue and training is minimal until physical therapy is complete.
Favorite place to run: UF campus – especially near Lake Alice.
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: Slow Roasted Salmon or Rack of Lamb
When Did You Start Running/Walking and Why? To improve bone density, increase stamina, and reduce stress.
What Motivates You to Run/Walk? I have mild Osteoporosis and I want to stabilize and improve my bone density if possible. Running clears my mind and provides an endorphin rush. Unlike others on the team, I have never been a runner before so I am focusing on form first to improve my time and distance.
What’s do you like the most about Team FTC? The camaraderie, support and the new friendships that I have made.
Words of Wisdom: I’m not sure if this applies to running, but it does apply to many life situations: “When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.”
Name: Emily Young
Hometown: Various places in western Canada
Currently Training For: Gate River Run 15K
Miles Run Per Week:25 miles
Favorite place to run: Anywhere that I can appreciate nature. I love seeing wildlife and sunsets.
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: A good steak dinner with veggies and a baked potato.
When Did You Start Running and Why? It all started with a really bad day in November 2015. A friend suggested that we do the Gate River Run. I thought running might help with stress management so I signed up for it. I trained by myself and completed the run in 1:41:11. Now that I have the guidance of Coach Enoch I’m excited to see what I can achieve this year.
What Motivates You to Run? It has been a great way to manage stress and weight. I’ve lost about 40lbs since I started running. Besides enjoying the impacts it has on my health and body, the people I run with inspire me to keep pushing myself.
What’s do you like the most about Team FTC? I love the camaraderie and support of my teammates along with the guidance and accountability provided by Coach Enoch.
Words of Wisdom: Make the choice to be happy.
PRs: 5K 25:49
Name: Doug Waldo
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Currently Training For: Five Points of Life 5k
Miles Run Per Week:about 20 miles per week.
Favorite place to run: Pisgah National Forest (NC) Exercise Trail. About half of the trail runs alongside the Davidson river which is very picturesque.
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: Chicken Curry
When Did You Start Running and Why? My son was on the Buchholz cross country team, it seemed like such an awesome sport! Great exercise, with minimal equipment, that could be done almost anywhere in almost any weather, plus it was very social. Eventually, I just had to try it! In January of 2015, I started running on my own and promptly got injured. The physical therapists at OSMI coached me on strength building and run/walking, getting me over that initial hurdle.
What Motivates You to Run? I love being active and making new friends in an athletic setting.
What’s do you like the most about Team FTC? Prior to joining Team FTC, I was stuck in a rut, doing the same run/walk workout over and over again by myself. The Team gives me a coach who knows when and how to nudge me over my hurdles, a variety of workouts, and a group of people to run with. I love it!
Words of Wisdom: Do what you love.
PRs: Mile 7:53, 5K 27:27
Name: Victoria Pagan Wolpert
Hometown: Ravenna, Ohio
Currently Training For: Five Points of Life Half Marathon
Miles Run Per Week:Whatever coach says! (about 20 miles per week)
Favorite place to run: The rails-to-trails path that leads from Ravenna out to Towner's Woods in Kent, Ohio. It's beautiful in all four seasons.
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: Whatever is being served!
When Did You Start Running and Why? In high school, I trained for the physical endurance test to join the US Navy. At the age of 18, I was able to run a mile in 7:15. I didn't pick it up again until I was writing my dissertation and wanted to keep my blood circulating. At the age of 33, I got the mile down to 6:30. Then came the years when we were earning tenure and we had two children in diapers...ten years passed. By the time the children were in elementary school, I realized that if I had to run a mile to save their lives, I couldn't. I ran around the block (a quarter of a mile) and nearly passed out. So after that, I began running again, just a little at a time. Luckily, I live next door to Mike Carillo's dad, who told me to go see Mike at Gainesville Running and Walking for a good pair of shoes. That was 2009. The rest is history!
What Motivates You to Run? I LOVE how running makes me feel so ALIVE! The blood pumping, sweat pouring, rhythmic breathing, moving through a landscape, it really makes me feel like I am part of the universe. Then of course there's the competitive aspect. I am freakishly competitive and I am always measuring my times against myself. But running also puts me in my place: there will always be runners faster than me, and there will always be runners slower than me.
What’s do you like the most about Team FTC? The accountability and the sense of belonging to a community and something that is bigger than us individually. I used to think of running as my "alone" time. But thanks to Team FTC I appreciate the social aspect of running. I've learned how to depend on others and also that I can motivate others.
Words of Wisdom: A grateful heart can run forever.
Currently Training For: Tom Walker Half marathon--Completed in 2:08 on 11/5/16
Miles Run Per Week: ~25:
Favorite place to run: San Felasco Park
Favorite Thing to Eat For Dinner: Veggie Quinoa bowl
When Did You Start Running and Why? I started running freshman year in college, around four years ago. I got bored of just going to the gym so one day I decided to go for a run. After that first run, I couldn’t stop running. Running is my little sweet escape. No worries and no stress.
What Motivates You to Run? The feeling I get after a run. I feel empowered and accomplished.
What’s do you like the most about Team FTC? Support. Everyone wants to see everyone succeed.
Words of Wisdom: Repeat to yourself, "Just don't stop. You're so close. You're almost there." Sometimes the best runs come on days you didn’t feel like running.