Coach Roni – Orange Full Marathon Group (12:00-13:00)

FAST FACTS:

  • Years running – 8
  • Number of Marathons – 5
  • Number of Ultra Marathons – 8
  • Favorite Races – Berlin Marathon (Germany), J&J Reunion 25k (Camp Eagle, TX)
  • Goals: Make the orange group a fun and welcoming group and my selected ‘epic and challenging’ trail run of the year (this year: Trans-Pecos).

Roni grew up in Germany and hated running in school. Afterwards she made several attempts to start to run for fitness reasons, but always struggled to reach the ‘3 mile’ goal. In 2011, she moved to Texas and within a month gained about 15 pounds (drive everywhere, humongous portions of unhealthy food, you know it.) Something needed to change quickly, and she remembered her old running shoes and discovered Austin Fit’s Sister Group Fort Bend Fit in the Houston area.

The sign-up confirmation mail promised a change of life and boy was it right. She discovered that the key to running is running at your own pace – whatever that is and how many walk-breaks it takes, while having the encouragement and camaraderie of a weekly running group. A half year later she ran her first half marathon and a year later her first trail 25k.

From there it’s history. Several marathons and Ultramarathons followed with her biggest love being the ‘trails’. In spring 2019, she joined Austin Fit and is looking forward to coach the orange group.