Years of Running: ~20
What is the hardest part of running? Understanding the build up process.
What's your favorite aspect of the sport? Sweat, I love to sweat while running.
Who has been your strongest supporter? Every person around me, every single one.
"Do not compare yourself with others and enjoy the journey of being yourself."
You may have seen Cobi running up with the leaders of the FAST GROUP on the Monday Workouts, Saturday runs, BIKE/RUN workouts and any other times he's working out. Seeing him constantly pushing his limits and not only talking the talk but walking the walk (or shall we say running the RUN), you may have developed extreme humility in his presence and deep respect for his abilities. The thought of keeping up with him may be as far fetched as attempting to do an IRONMAN (unless he was running double the distance you were and going at a recovery run pace--then MAYBE you'd entertain the idea.)
What you may not know about Cobi is that this level of fitness, training, dedication to the sport didn't happen over night, nor over the last couple years. His talent has been nurtured and develop through intense training in a lifetime of running that began around 20 years ago. At the age of 14 he began to run competitively.
When we turn 18, we are excited that we are finally ADULTS, going to PROM, graduating. Cobi, on the other hand, was excited to be on Guatemala's National Triathlon Team. His athletic career has led him to race in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and in the Americas. He has attained numerous titles in races ranging from 5k to Ironmans with accolades as noteworthy as competing in the Cancun Olympic World championships (1995) as a teenager to being Top Amateur Latin American to finish in (1997 and 2000) in Triathlon Worlds and placing in the top 10 at the Long Course Triathlon World Championships in Nice, France in 2000.
But if you go by his store, or run with him, you may never hear him ever mention this athletic resume. Heck, I trained with him a good majority of the summer doing Bike/Run workouts without even having a clue that he had competed at such a high level. He is focused on that SPECIFIC RUN, that individual set. He is pushing, all out, while at the same time looking to correct your form, and encouraging other runners to stay focused.
Fortunately for Cobi, his training discipline is so engrained in him that he never gets off course (or so he says), so he doesn't have to worry about keeping himself on track. Maybe one day that will rub off on the rest of us who do struggle with staying on course.
"Cobi has an incredible work ethic and we both shared the same ideas as what we wanted and expected from our business even before we opened our doors!"
Co-Founder of IRun Company
Now this isn't meant to confirm your thoughts that you'll never be able to keep up with Cobi, instead this meant to put things into perspective a little on the hard work that has gone into getting to the level that he's at today. This is just one of the many runners here in Miami that make up the "WE" in "We Run Miami". We have so much to gain as runners from people like Cobi that have lived a life on the run...training and racing. Instead of letting the opportunity run by you, get a chance to know more about the people that run around you! You never know what they may contribute to your life and what you unknowingly may contribute to theirs as well!
Recent Tri-Race Results:
Motivation Man Half Ironman 4:24
Steelhead Half Ironman 4:22
Ironmaya 70.3 4:14
PRs on foot: