Claudio Navas has been around sports his entire life. Unfortunately, he suffered from two seizures, one in 2002 and another in 2009. Since then, living a healthy life has become a part of his everyday routine. Running Marathons, doing triathlons, and participating in Crossfit has become his passion. This passion grew ten years ago when several doctors told Claudio he would not be capable of living an active life as he dreamed of as a result of his first seizure episode.
As perseverance became a very trying challenge, Claudio committed himself to proving that he could surpass this! He is now living proof that most obstacles can be overcome, even those clinically diagnosed, through hard work, dedication, and above all the will to overcome!
Claudio unquestionably has proven it is possible to live a healthy and fulfilling life, no matter the challenges you may face. In an effort to make a difference, Claudio has joined this team as Coach to raise awareness and help raise money for the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of America. His main goal is not only to help those who suffer from these unfortunate diseases accomplish their goal of finding a cure but also to help YOU cross the finish line after running 13.1 Miles.
Claudio has completed races all over the United States including; Las Vegas, Phoenix, Miami, St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale, and New Orleans. Claudio is an active member of several local run clubs in Miami where he motivates people to run and advocates the importance of living a healthy life style.
Claudio graduated from St. Petersburg College with an Associate of Arts in Fire Science and a Bachelors degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University. Claudio currently works as a Firefighter/paramedic where he takes pride in serving his community. Making a difference in someone’s life is his every day objective and he is hopeful he can make a difference in yours!
With the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon fast approaching, for runners eager to get into the thick of night time racing, here are 4 tips to help you prepare to take on the night:
Q: I’m not currently running or walking more than a mile or two at a time a few days per week. How will I be able to finish a half-marathon?
A: Your coach will design a program for you based on your current level of fitness, whatever it may be. You’ll gradually build your mileage over the course of the coming months until you can walk or run (or with a combination of walking and running) a ten-mile workout. From there, well over 99% of our participants complete their half-marathons.
Q: What kind of shoes do I need?
A: Everyone has different feet and biomechanics. The staff at your local running/walking specialty store will be able to fit you for these needs, as well as your mileage level, and the surfaces on which you train. To find a local specialty store, head to www.runnersworld.com/store-finder
Q: What’s a “GU”?!
A: “Gu” and other sports gels (PowerGels, Cliff Shots, Hammer Gels, etc.) are concentrated forms of carbohydrate about the consistency of honey. They are an alternative to sports drinks and are designed to provide athletes with energy for endurance activities. Each gel contains about 100- 110 of concentrated carbohydrate. Many half-marathons will provide gels in the later stages (around mile 10) to give runners and walkers an energy boost for the last few miles. Although they are generally pretty easy on the stomach, especially when taken with water, it’s always a good idea to try gels several times in training first before using them on race day.
Q: I had to miss three days of training. How do I make up the lost days?
A: You don’t! If you’ve missed anything less than a full week of training, just jump right back into the schedule. If you missed more than a week, talk to your coach about modifying your schedule to get you back on track.
Q: My fingers swell during my training walks. What’s going on?
A: Your heart beats harder and faster when you train, so blood is sent more forcefully to the extremities. Muscle action helps to return blood back to the heart, but many walkers don’t pump their arms very much when they walk (they should!), so blood pools in the fingers. Swollen fingers are more common with changes in temperature, during pregnancy, and when electrolytes are out of whack. Clenching and unclenching your hands, or shaking them over your head will help to pump the blood out of your swollen fingers.