Gisela Perez

  • 38 years of running experience
  • Long Distance Runner
  • Marathon Maniac Status
  • Half Marathon Maniac Qualified

In a quest to improve her health and fitness Gisela began running at age 25. But it was an encounter with a group of runners—men and women of all ages—at a local community track that ignited her passion for running.  Running with these new friends, inspired Gisela to explore long-distance running and, eventually, she decided to complete a half marathon. From that point, Gisela enjoyed the racing side of running. She has run 70 half marathons and 21 full marathons—mostly recently completing the New York City, Philadelphia, and St. Jude Marathons in one month.

With a passion for running, Coach Perez loves sharing her knowledge about the art and technique of running. As an experienced runner, she has helped all levels of runners improve their form, increase endurance and/or speed, and understand the importance of cross training. She believes that to get quality results one must be consistent and smart in training. Her main focus is on injury prevention. Gisela encourages runners to respect the distance and value the rest days.  Coach Perez’s method of training includes hill work, tempo runs, track work, and mental motivation.  She gains an understanding of the runner’s goals and then designs a plan that includes a variety of running, strength training, and stretching.

One of Coach Perez’s favorite aspects of running and coaching is making an athlete’s dream a reality.  Watching the progression of an athlete go from running a mile to completing a marathon gives her the upmost satisfaction because her passion of the sport has been passed on to the next runner.  Coach Perez’s best quote is “Running is a celebration of the heart” because running keeps people healthy, energized, and youthful.

Running Accomplishments and Personal Records

Event Number of Finishes

Personal Bests

5K

13

28:13

10K

33

52:53

15K

7

1:31

4 Miles

23

36:34

5 Miles

21

45:47

10 Miles

6

1:38

Half Marathon

70

2:00

Marathon

21

4:32

EDUCATION:

  • M.S.:  Hunter College, City of New York;
  • CPC:  American Academy of Professional Coders
  • Coaching Credential:  Road Runners Club of America Coaching Certification

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