From ER to PR, Cris Gutierrez drops a 5 minute Marathon PR

From a young age, Cris Gutierrez fell in love with the sport of running. The gym class mile was something he was always excited for and after a rough go in the team sports, a friend convinced him to join the XC team. As he went through high school, he kept improving hims times and became obsessed with the sport. He found a community on DyeStat to talk running with regardless that his PRs were 4:52 and 10:40,

He received a letter from La Verne to run there which blew his mind. As a first generation college student, he wasn’t too sure about the college process let alone running at the school.

His team had lofty goals of making it to the National meet and eventually did his junior year. However, Cris was out hurt and was unable to run at the national meet. While that was defeating, he came back ready to fight his senior year. In his words though, Cris wasn’t the best teammate that year as he was trying to finish school early.

Cris went on to grad school to continue running. Once his college days were over, he went into the real world unsure how running would go. He was never able to stay healthy for more than 3 months and was just moving to a new city. Despite that challenge, Cris immersed himself in the Columbus, OH running community. Running with various groups on different days and he began stacking healthy seasons together.

Most recently, Cris was able to run 2:23 at Chicago. Almost a 5 minute PR and something almost didn’t happen. A week earlier, he was in the ER with a health scare. He goes into more detail on the show.

Cris is also creating him own communities through his podcast, Beers and Miles. As well as his running group, Ope Athletic Club. Be sure to check it out.

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