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Roman Gurule is a man who can go out in nature and run.
While recording his weekly miles, Gurule takes time to examine his surroundings, often taking copious notes.
After much research, he launched NewMexico.Run.
“The impetus for NewMexico.Run comes from combining my love of running and my desire to do my little part to help the country succeed. “New Mexico already has the full infrastructure to do this, including truly amazing trails, major interstate highways, an international airport and best-in-class businesses, including lodgings, restaurants and cafes, to name a few,” he said. “More importantly, I may be biased, but I believe that the new Mexicans are some of the most amazing, friendly and hard-working people around whom there is an incredible resource for an industry like this. As far as I know, NewMexico.Run is the first of its kind on the national site. It will be constantly built and improved to ensure it’s always a first-class experience for runners, whether they’re planning a high-altitude running adventure or are already here in the state, but looking for some great things to increase their running. “
Gurule’s big vision for NewMexico.Run includes several things.
He wants to cultivate the running industry in New Mexico so that he can generate new revenue for local businesses, ranging from local cafes to local stores to our local competitions.
“I want to show how beautiful New Mexico is and why people want New Mexico to be their top outdoor fitness destination. “I want to have a real impact on improving health outcomes in New Mexico, both in the short and long term,” he said. “Last but not least, I want to use running (and fitness in general) to help disadvantaged young people in New Mexico and provide a viable alternative to drinking and drugs. Things we take for granted, such as a pair of sneakers, are often not available to children at risk, so it’s a matter of helping them find ways to provide them with the right tools to go out with their peers, to feel good from that, and we hope to stay on track. To sum it all up, I want to do my part to help create a better New Mexico.
Gurule was born in Las Vegas, New York, and grew up in Pohoak. He became interested in running while in high school, where he coached Alan Lockridge and mentored Senator Ben Ray Luhan.
“Because of them, I was able to find success in sports,” he said. “After high school I kept running, but never anything serious. Then, about eight years ago, I checked out a few runs with the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, a program of an experienced marathon in the DC area. I had such a great time that out of the oath that I will never run a marathon, I went to training and finished my first. Unfortunately, I missed qualifying time in Boston (BQ) by a few minutes because I was on the DC Happy Hour circuit. I found this unacceptable, and after judging where I had failed, I dropped IPA and got into running and things that increase it, such as strength training, yoga, rest and nutrition. My running has improved significantly and I lead a lifestyle in fitness and wellness. ”
Gurule says he now runs for fun and travels about 40 miles a week with no real purpose other than enjoying life on the trail.
“It allowed me to see so many great places in Albuquerque, such as the Albuquerque volcanoes, the open space of Los Poblanos and the surrounding acequias, Placitas and many more,” he said. “During a marathon workout, it approaches 50 miles a week with a peak of about miles. Almost all of these miles are specific, including speed running, pace running and long runs. ”