My name is Pete Weldy and I am an RRCA Certified Running Coach. I am married to my wonderful wife Carrie who is an extremely talented runner and helps keep me running :). I have been running for 30 years and love everything about the sport! Whether you’re a recreational or an elite runner, there is so much that running can teach you about life in addition to the health benefits and I enjoy working with all abilities!
I got involved with running shortly after high school (many years ago) and started out by simply running around a dirt track in my hometown of Sierra Vista, Arizona and loved every moment of it. I won’t lie, I was out of breath and didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing, I was just living in the moment! When I was attending the University of Arizona I would find myself running several miles around the the campus to help relieve stress while getting in a good workout.
I loved running and it gave me freedom from the stresses of the day. I was always an active child and a competitive one at that. I later got involved with the sport by entering local races in Tucson, Arizona. I recall the days of throwing on a pair of running shoes and those short shorts (as were the styles back then) and a plain old cotton t-shirt and toeing the line. Racing was not my strong suit but I loved the camaraderie of fellow runners and simply getting out there and competing not only against others but myself. I gained a HUGE sense of accomplishment after these races and would run most days of the week.
Several years later after getting in a fair amount of 5K and 10K races under my belt, I completed my first Full Marathon in 1995, The Tucson Marathon. It wasn’t a blistering time but I did fnish in 4 hrs. 29 mins. and 18 secs. and I was so grateful to run the whole race. That race taught me a lot about running.. in particular, training. I continued running and racing for several more years until the fall of 1998 when I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse. I found it harder to run with shortness of breath and up to 40% backflow of blood with each heartbeat. I realized that running was a huge part of my life and something I did not want to give up for the rest of my life. After consulting with a cardiologist and surgeon, I opted for open heart surgery to repair the Mitral Valve. On January 4, 1999 I had a successful surgery to repair the valve and to this day I feel great!
Shortly after surgery, I was so determined to get back into running that I signed up for the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run in Tucson, a 7.4 mile race up and down the paved roads of the mountain. It’s a grueling race but a beautiful run with plenty of desert landscape to match the setting desert sun in Tucson. Just 3 months after open heart surgery, I completed the 7.4 mile Sabino Canyon Sunset run in 1:14:30 (10:04 pace).. This gave me so much confidence and proved to myself that I could overcome any obstacle in life.
My love of running grew even stronger as I prepared to get myself into racing form once again. My next big race would be tackling the Tucson Marathon for a second time on December 3, 2000. At this time I was working as a Health Fitness Professional in the Corporate Fitness arena where I had access to the latest training equipment at my disposal. After 5 months of hard training, I ran my quickest Marathon in 3:39:11! This was a HUGE moment for me and reassurance that my body was more than capable of the rigorous demands that Marathon training calls for. It was one of the happiest moments of my life and it proved that with determination, self discipline, and a hell of a lot of fight, I had the passion to live life to the fullest!
To this day, I have successfully completed races in the Marathon, Half Marathons and shorter distances including 5K-10K’s. I also enjoy strength training, tennis, hiking, road cycling and have completed several El Tour de Tucson rides of 66-111 miles.
I love everything about running but I love the training aspect which is the the competitor in me! If you share the same passion and goals, lets see what we can achieve together!