Alyssa Kitchens, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - PATH projects KREW
I grew up as a multi-sport athlete starting at a young age, participating competitively in swimming and gymnastics. It wasn't until I ran the mile in middle school that my PE teacher mentioned that I had potential as a runner and should join the track and field team. I began running competitively in junior high and continued competing in high school in both track and field and XC while also participating in swimming, diving, and water polo. I was inspired to start running again when my friends and family asked me to join them in local races. My current passions include OCR, triathlon, trail running, and endurance events, and I love rock climbing and backpacking with my daughter Samantha.
I truly love seeing people accomplish new things, whether it’s climbing a rope for the first time, reaching a new speed or distance PR, or trying a new sport. I'm really passionate about sharing adventures and helping people achieve their goals and dreams.
Running accomplishment(s) you are proud of
Perhaps i'm still in search of the event that I'm most proud of, but I would have to say my greatest accomplishment is rooted in inspiring other people to try new things and run farther distances. One of my very good friends refused to run their entire life, and while it has taken quite a few years the response turned from "I'll never run" to "maybe a 10k" to "maybe a half marathon" to now signing up for a trail marathon.
Any races or adventures on your horizon and / or bucket list?
My dream, when I have more time to train, is to do adventure racing. It's something I have wanted to do for a long time. I've taken a bit of a break from racing, but will continue to pace this year. I have a Spartan race in the fall, and Avalon Ultras and Black Canyon early next year.
Your favorite PATH projects gear?
I really love the fit of the Cascade short sleeved shirts. I would say one of my primary sports is running, but it's hard to find relaxed fit gear which I prefer for the trails.
What do you enjoy about running?
There is nothing quite like seeking out an adventure powered by your own physical capabilities.
Advice for runners looking to improve?
Run with purpose and intention. Ditch the junk miles and do something different to help build speed and endurance and switch up the running surface. Do speed workouts, strength train, and stretch. Never underestimate the power of a rest day, and proper sleep and nutrition. That's more than one piece of advice :)
Social channels you are most active on?
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