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RUNNING A HARD RACE
Fitness has been a core foundation throughout Alicia Ober’s life. She and her husband Peter were fitness buffs before they married. They had a daughter and moved to Italy while Peter completed his training as a US Navy helicopter pilot. There, Peter was killed in a helicopter crash. Devastated, Alicia returned to the U.S. She saw her husband buried in Arlington National Cemetery, then tried to start a new life as a young widow raising a then 4-year-old daughter. Upset over the loss of her husband, Alicia pulled away from the church and tried to regroup. But eventually, the memory of her husband’s love for the church and their previous commitment to physical fitness changed her attitude. She studied nutrition, then went on to become a personal trainer, determined to help others overcome their difficulties, and she also returned ot the church.
Today, Alicia maintains an active healthy lifestyle with a passion for motivating others to achieve their nutritional and fitness goals. She is an avid runner and cyclist and often competes in races. Alicia is the Head Coach of Girls on the Run at a local elementary school helping to encourage young girls to obtain a positive and healthy lifestyle. She is an active member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, American Dietetic Association, and the locally affiliated Tidewater Dietetic Association.
Alicia is also training The 700 Club’s Kristi Watts to run her first half-marathon. This isn’t just a first for Kristi, it is also the first time that Alicia has trained someone for running. She welcomes the opportunity though, because she says she loves to see people going after their fitness goals. She says that anyone can become a runner if they have the motivation, the trick is just to start out slow and work your way up. She thinks the problem many people have is that they get discouraged because they think they can go out and run four miles, but most people can’t run out the door and go that far. Instead, she advises starting slow.
Alicia also stresses the importances of having the right equipment for running. This includes: proper shoes; weather-appropriate clothing, including layers in case it is cold; something to hold water so you can stay hydrated; and Body Glide, which is an oil-based stick you rub on skin to prevent chafing and blisters.
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