This week's runner spotlight is marathoner, running coach, personal trainer and MADabolic instructor Tom Patania. He started running in 2007 and has since completed three marathons and more than a dozen half marathons.
Tom loves to give back to the running community through coaching others who have dreams of completing half and full marathons. In the past he served as a coach for USA Fit and the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation-Charlotte and is currently coaching a group for Thunder Road that is raising money for the Isabella Santos Foundation.
Tom is a fitness enthusiast and is also an AFFA certified personal trainer and a coach for MADabolic LKN.
Let's get to know Tom!
Name: Tom Patania
What is your day job: Credit Manager/Subcontracts Administrator for ESP Associates, P.A. and Coach at MADabolic LKN
How long have you been running: I’ve been running for 8+ years.
How did you get into running: I got into running with one thing in mind: the marathon (even though I could barely make it down the block at the time).
What’s your favorite race distance: Half and Full Marathon.
What’s your favorite local running route: Any route with training buddies is a favorite route, unless we got lostthen I hate it.
What’s your proudest running achievement: I’m currently coaching a group of runners and run/walkers called Isabella’s Dream Team that are training for the Thunder Road Half & Full Marathon and fundraising for The Isabella Santos Foundation. They’ve gathered close to $23K in donations so far, and the race isn’t for another 8 weeks. They are absolutely crushing it and that makes me very proud.
What style of running shoes do you wear: Adidas Boost / Sketchers GO Run 3
What’s your must-have running gear: Garmin, hat and a fresh playlist if I’m running solo.
What’s your favorite music to run to: Hip hop
Are you a morning, lunch break or evening runner: Evening for a weekday run, but definitely early morning for a long run.
What’s one food you couldn’t live without: Eggs
What’s your favorite place to hang out/refuel after a run: I like any place that makes a mean omelet and doesn’t look at me sideways when I pass on the toast.
What’s your favorite way to cross train: MADabolic (LKN or CLT location). It’s a perfect complement to my running schedule and my #MADlifestyle
What’s your best running advice: Start conservative. Finish strong.