Get to know Founder, Travis Smith

Recently I was interviewed by Balance Gym to share a little more about myself, my fitness background, and iRunFit. It's through this interview I'm able to take the time to introduce myself, tell individuals a little more about myself, my running experience, and where I see iRunFit in the future. For those of you who already know me and have trained with me this will be a little reminder but also another great way to learn something you may have not known. 

General Information:

Hometown: Durham, NC
College: Ferrum College, B.S. Business Marketing
Certificates: NASM Cerfited Personal Trainer, RRCA Run Coach
Instagram/Twitter Handle: @iRunFitDC
Running Experience: 5 Years
Coaching Experience: 3 Years

Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your fitness background?  

Prior to coming into the fitness community I worked in the non-profit sector as a Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. Following my time there I made the transition to the fitness community due to my passion with running and helping others through individual running programs. 

What are your favorite kinds of workouts?

RUNNING!!! I love everything about running, even the rough days give me light to keep growing and become better.   

What is your favorite easy, healthy meal (to cook at home or to grab on the go)?

Oatmeal with one scoop of crunchy peanut butter. I LOVE peanut butter.

What are some of your gym must-haves? (can be gear, clothing, snacks, etc.)

I have to have some great Lululemon gear, running shoes, and my Garmin or Suunto Watch. I've started to fall in love with SKORA Tempo's as my racing flats and Adidas Ultra Boosts as my training shoes of choice.    

You’re a long-time runner and recently started training for Boston. Can you tell us some of your running story?

I’ve been running competitively for five years. My first marathon was the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011, and I’ve now completed ten marathons in the last five years. Over the years I’ve continued to improve and decrease my overall time from a 4:09 marathon to my current PR of 2:52, which landed me a spot in the 2016 Boston Marathon. This will be my first Boston Marathon and I’m super excited to continue to train, improve, and crush this year’s race.   

What advice do you have for people looking to get into running? What about for people who have been running for a while but are looking to improve?

Have fun. The moment you aren’t having fun is the moment you start to hate running. For experienced runners, I would strongly encourage hiring a Run Coach to train them. It sounds crazy, but a coach can help push people to their limits and past them without getting them injured. What most people don’t realize about running is that you can push yourself further than you can imagine, that your body can handle the pressure of hard runs as long as you continue to stay injury free. 

Tell us a little about iRunFit.

Through my passion of helping others and running I Founded iRunFit in 2013 with the ultimate goal of inspiring, motivating, and training individuals to achieve their total fitness goals and athletic achievements through individual running programs and community runs. It's through these programs that I'll be able to help individuals meet and achieve their fitness running goals.  To learn more about iRunFit please visit, www.irunfitandhealthy.com. 

How do you fit working out into your busy schedule? How do you suggest others fit working out into their lives?

We are all busy but those who truly want to hit a big goal - like setting a new personal record or qualifying for Boston - find a way to run. I typically get up in the morning to run or schedule a time in the afternoon. I’m very fortunate with my job that I’m flexible to schedule a time to run everyday but for those who are on a standard schedule should really add their run/workout on their schedule for every morning or evening so they treat it like an appointment and not just an optional thing. 

You can always stay up-to-date with me on Twitter at @iRunFitDC or through my Blog. If you have any questions regarding iRunFit or my individual running programs please don't hesitate to reach out via email at travis.smith@irunfitandhealthy.com. I look forward to helping inspire, motivate, and maybe even train you to become the best version of yourself as possible.