Hi all! My name is Kinsey Gomez, and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Eat 2 Run team!! Eat 2 Run is all about eating the most nutrient dense and real foods, and I try to adopt that lifestyle with every bite I take. To me, life revolves around running fast and eating great, quality foods. And boy, would you be surprised at how intermingled these two passions of mine are! Before I describe these two areas of my life though, let me go into a bit more detail about myself.
Currently, I am a collegiate runner at the University of Idaho, with one year of study and athletic eligibility left. While at school, I am studying a wide array of subjects, with a primary focus on Business, Nutrition, and Psychology. In addition to these formal school studies, I am also a devoted internet learner. In today’s day and age, you can almost learn more about specific topics by following blogs and doing your own research than you can in a classroom. The internet has been an incredible resource for me, especially since my diet is not main stream. I am gluten and dairy intolerant, and devoted to eating all organic, local and minimally processed foods. Since I am more aligned with the whole food, holistic approach to nutrition, I am constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest superfood or anti-inflammatory food to help me perform better on the track. That is where Eat 2 Run comes in. This lifestyle of fueling specifically for our sport brings such passion to my heart. I want to be behind this movement of health and rid running of its negative stereotype involving the ‘skinny at all costs’ runner. By eating to run instead of starving to run, we can become stronger more invincible athletes.
I started running competitively in kindergarten. People always look at me and chuckle when I say this, but it’s true! I was fortunate enough to grow up in a town that has a local, elementary cross country program, and that is where my love of the sport originated (quite possibly because back then I got to race and beat all the boys!!). Since then, my passion for running has grown exponentially. And although I can no longer beat all of the boys, I like to think I can still take a good amount of them. Fast forward to today, and I am still chasing my dreams in circles around the track and over hills and through the trees on cross country courses.
As my running has evolved over the years, I have run every distance from the 800m to the 10k. Last year, I fell head over heels for the latter, and vowed to be a distance diva for life. Twenty five laps around the track may sound like torture to some, but to me, it’s blissful. As of today, my personal bests are modest, with loads of room for improvement. I have run 34:37 for the 10k, 16:24 for the 5k, 4:26 for the 1500m, 9:37 for the 3k, and 20:35 for 6k on a cross country course. But for me, these times are a mere snapshot, and I am a firm believer in the stepping stone journey of running. Each race is an opportunity to be a ‘step’ towards your future goals and dreams. As far as the future is concerned, I believe the possibilities are limitless. Each effort and obstacle is an opportunity to grow as an athlete and a human.
One particularly large hurdle I recently dealt with happened this past fall when I was side lined by a pelvic stress fracture. Unfortunately, this injury occurred from a mixture of overtraining, excessive stress, and a diet that was too high in sugar thanks to the wrong types of ‘health’ food. Thankfully, I am back on track and becoming a stronger, more efficient runner than ever in my life. My current lifestyle, coaching, and nutrition are better than they have ever been, and I know these key components are leading me towards times that will be faster than I have ever run. Each day, I look forward with excitement towards the potential future of my running career. And boy, do I have some pretty astronomical goals for this next year. I want to be competitive with everyone I race, become an All-American in cross country and track, and qualify for the Canadian Olympic Trials for the 10k in spring 2016 (I have Canadian and American citizenship).
I Eat 2 Run because if I didn’t, these goals of mine would be impossible. I firmly believe that to expect great results, a runner must fuel at a level that is equally elite with the level of their training. Now, I am proud to say that my running and nutritional passions are on a parallel path towards my accomplishing my dreams.