From the time I could stand upright I was chasing soccer balls around with older children at the fields where my father played. A few years prior, in the mid 1970's, my father emigrated to the U.S.A. from The Kingdom of Morocco. Our roots on his side of the family are of the Berber people from North Africa. I still have many relatives residing in this beautiful country and culture and I am proud of my heritage. Back in Pennsylvania, while attending university (and playing captain for the soccer team), my father and mother met and quickly fell in love. It wasn't long before I came into the picture and was introduced to the world of sports. My thirst for activity and adventure started from a very young age.
As the years flew by I continued and explored my limits without fear. Around age four my mother, realizing that I had boundless energy, signed me up for my first T-ball team. That led to a lot of soccer and, being a huge fan of Pele, I remember telling my mom that someday I wanted to play in The World Cup. That dream was flooded out by the excitement of ice hockey in the off-season which led to tennis, baseball, football, and lots of basketball. In fact, while attending Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, I played overseas in The Codan Cup (an international youth high school basketball tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark). I even played one year at a Division III college in Pennsylvania. From there I moved to Colorado and spent four years exploring the Rocky Mountains (mostly hiking, snowshoeing, and snowboarding) before moving to New York state (Ithaca). Since then I have transitioned into endurance sports such as triathlons, marathons, and most recently since 2007...trail and mountain ultra marathons up to 100-miles and more! I currently reside in Portland, Oregon and absolutely love the Great Pacific Northwest.
Since I started organized sports at the age of four I have seen (and can see in hindsight) the benefits of structure and good coaching. I can think of a couple excellent coaches off the top of my head that positively influenced and impacted my athletic career and character. I have had the opportunity to give back to what was so freely given to me...and I truly love it. Now, with a family and daughter of my own, I am encouraging her to explore and to be active. I hope that she can enjoy some of the many fringe benefits of team and individual sports, and learn many of the life lessons that coincide with them.
If you are interested in having me coach you to meet your goals in running races of any distance please feel free to Contact Me anytime. I will help design a training program for you and email weekly schedules and workouts to systematically work toward your goal race. Through my own consistent training and racing experience over the years, and learning through my Bachelors of Science degree program in Physical Activity/Exercise at Portland State University I feel confident about aiding in your success. See the "Services" page to learn more about personal customized coaching.