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Conversation Pace

33 EpisodesProduced by VDOT O2Website

Conversation Pace is brought to you by the team at VDOT O2, a coaching app for runners of all levels, leveraging the science and training paces of legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels. Our podcast brings you the stories behind athletes and coaches who have made a mark in the sport of running. We cover t… read more


Alvina Begay

Alvina was raised in the small town of Ganado on the Navajo Reservation. She grew up watching her father run and her mom pursue a nursing career. While her mom worked at the hospital in town, her father trained for marathons. Her parents and her community instilled a strong work ethic.

After running for Adams St. and Arizona St. and graduating with a BS in Nutrition, Alvina continued to run competitively as a Nike N7 Ambassador. This gave her a platform to give back to her community by promoting physical activity and proper eating.

Alvina is now a registered dietitian, private running coach and nurse with a masters in health administration.

In this episode we talk about her community, and how and why it has been so negatively impacted by COVID-19. We discuss getting into running, which at first thought, some might think would have been unlikely growing up on the reservation, but it turns out she was raised to run and endure. We get into her transition to college and how she endured some rough patches in the sport and then went on to give back to her community as an N7 Nike Ambassador.

Alvina's Running Resume:

  • Eight Top 10 U.S. road championships
  • 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials in the marathon
  • 10th female overall in the 2008 New York City Marathon
  • Qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters
  • 10,000m: 32:34
  • Half Marathon: 1:12.25
  • Marathon: 2:37:14

You can connect with Alvina at:

Producer:  Andre Laboy
Song:  Breakadawn, by Mike Quinn

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