Diego Suarez

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?

I’m Diego from Mexico and I’m 35 years old. I work as a PR (Public Relations) for living and I love it. I’m married and I think I’m very lucking with my life in all ways.

How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

I have 2 priorities in my life, one is exercise and the other one is my professional life so I need to be smart and try to give equal time to both. I’m a very organize guy so I plan everything in my day to so I can optimize my time and be able to do all my stuff. I wake up, during the week, at 5.30 am so I arrive at 6.00 am at the gym, and I’m done at 9.00 am and then I go to work. And that’s how I have balance between exercise and professional life. And the weekend it’s and other thing, I free to exercise any time. 
When and why did you start running?

Since I have memory I always was and hyperactive kid and I always made some exercise. But I started running at my 24 nothing professional, I only put on my tennis shoes, some shorts and I ran in the street, sometimes with my dog Camila, but that’s all. That year I moved to Orlando Florida and there was the place where I stared to run more seriously, I bought my first running shoes and a better outfit. I ran all over the streets but only between 30 and 45 min, no more. When I came back to Mexico I sign up to a gym and I chance my training. The time step and I decide to get the first challenge, a 10k race. It was crazy, a great distance for me, but I did it and I liked and also I ran the race with excellent time, I got my first PR. Many years I ran 10k races until a dear friend, Fernanda, told me that I dominated the 10k races and that I need the next step: a half marathon, so I ran my first half marathon and once again I love it and once again I made and excellent time. I ran more half marathons and once again Fernanda told me, that it was time for a full marathon. 

The Chicago marathon was the one in 2010 (03:17:32) then in 2011 The Berlin Marathon (03.27.04). At this point my goal was The Boston Marathon, but I was far from the time required, in my category less than 03:05:00. So I trained hard and in 2013 in the Philadelphia Marathon I made 03:02:30 so a dream came true, I qualify to the Boston Marathon. So in 2014 I ran Boston with the best PR of my life 03:01.11, one of the best days of my life. And the last marathon I ran, was in 2015, The Big Sur Marathon in California in 03.08.35. And now I’m looking forward for a new marathon for 2017.

What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?

I always think of the benefits that exercise give it to me, I think that doing what I love is better than stay at bed. I think it's a lifestyle that makes me happy and that every day counts so stay at home is not an option, so I wake up and I go out to be free keeping my lifestyle. 

What is the longest distance you have ran?

The Marathon (42k)

What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?

It is terrible, exercise is a lifestyle, it should be practiced since childhood, is a culture that offers many benefits, physically and mentally. It´s a lifestyle that all kids should always have.

What was your best running experience?
The Boston Marathon. For two reasons, the first, my best PR and the second, I get engaged after the race.

What was your worst running experience?

I haven’t, all experiences have a positive side.

How do you push through the pain?

Not pain not gain, right? I’m used to it, its part of my life, soy I try to ignore it.

What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running? 

Always keep on. Running is a lifestyle that need patience, but at the end is one of the best style of life,.

Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?

Instagram @Diego800 

My best running shoes is … ADIDAS Boost  

I love running because … I feel I’m free.

Injury is … nothing, just ignore it

My body is …the best thing I have in life, the machine that makes possible my dreams. 

My running playlist has … all kind of music

I hate running when … it’s cold and raining.

Pain is … part of success

The road … never ends 

Sweat is … that fact that I’m moving

In future, I would like to run … 5 more marathons

I do not like runners who … are afraid of more. 


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