Tina KleinRRCA Certified Coach
Tina Klein, MPA is a current world ranked and All-American track athlete. Founder of Balanced Running LLC as well as Vamos “Let’s Go” Running, Tina created Balanced Running with passion to bring the benefits of a balanced life through running to as many people as possible. Being from the Lone Star State, fluent in several languages, one of her favorite mottos: Vamos Let’s Go Running, por que Correr is Vivir, because Running is Life. Whether you’re a runner or walker, we welcome you to your new running adventure and reaching new milestones: It’s time to Move!
Education & Certifications
- Master's Degree - Public Administration
- USATF Level 1 Coach
- RRCA Certified Coach
Current Running Awards
- World ranked in the Master's Outdoor 5000m and 3000m (2015 & 2016)
- World ranked in the Master's Indoor 3000m (2015 & 2016)
- All-American in the 3000m, 5K, 10K and 10-mile (2015 & 2016)
Andrea LockhartFrom 5k to IRONMAN 70.3…and Everything in Between
Crossing the finish line of my first half marathon brought me to tears. I couldn’t imagine going from 0 to 13.1 miles in less than a year, but I DID IT!!!
In 2013, I completed my first marathon…Chicago followed by the New York City marathon the following year. In 2015, I added more triathlons to my race calendar and completed by first IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Augusta, GA. Every year holds a new challenge and I continue to push the boundaries of my physical abilities.
I am a USATF Certified Coach – Fundamental Level and I enjoy serving my community as a volunteer coach for Balanced Running LLC.
Gil NavarroBecause the Next few months will go by whether you run or not... MAKE THEM COUNT!
Back in 1990 after a terrible performance in what would be my last triathlon. I saw my oldest son waiting for me at the finish line... I took one look at him and said "I rather hang out with you, then do that again!" Soooo, I did just that.... After taking off over 20 years from most forms of running. I have found my love and passion again for this sport. It's an addiction!!! During those years of sabbatical I focused my attention to raising 3 men and trying to be a good husband.. (My wife would disagree! 😉 ), as well as coaching varsity high school baseball in cobb county.
I joined Tina and the rest of the Balanced Running coaches back in 2013 working to help others reach their goals. What I found was that helping others helped me most of all. I've once again become addicted to running and actively work to being even better then when I left this sport back in 1990.
"It Is What It Is... Unless It Aint... Then It's Not
SO GO FOR A RUN!"
I love being part of the Balanced Running team. It’s a fantastic group of people that have a passion for people and running. I still consider myself a “new” runner because I know exactly how it feels to get discouraged, lose your “mojo”, and get frustrated. I also know how amazing it feels to run your first mile without stopping. I know how it feels to be injured, recover, and bounce back stronger and better than ever. I believe I can help folks stay on track and find their motivation. I’m also really chatty and will talk your ear off so that you don’t even realize we are running. I am not kidding. If you don’t like to talk, you should avoid me!
I started running with my Dad when I was 8 years old. He was part of the 70’s “jogging boom” and it was a great thrill to join him on a run. Of the countless gifts Dad has given me, running is among the best. Needless to say, I’ve been running ever since – sometimes seriously, sometimes for conditioning, and always for the adventure.
- I have trained for events spanning from track meet sprints to iron-distance triathlons. My attention is now focused on obstacle course racing. Through these “running” adventures I have met the most fascinating people
and developed the most rewarding personal relationships of my life.
- For most of my adult life, I’ve traveled frequently for work. I don’t know a way to unwind after a long flight and get to know my surroundings better than going for a run. These often adventurous outings have enabled me
to see incredible sights around the world that I would otherwise have missed.
- My greatest running adventure is the one that brought me to the love of my life. I met my Beautiful Wife at an icy cold 5k. It was love at first sight – sweat, snot, and all. This grand adventure will continue forever.
- Coaching in some capacity has been part of my life since I was 13 – baseball, athletic conditioning, weight lifting, swimming, and of course running. Today, helping adults achieve goals they had not previously considered, is among my most rewarding experiences. As a matter of fact, when people ask what I do, I proudly say “I’m a running coach.”
So, in short, running and coaching runners is not just an adventure of a lifetime, it is my life and I’m damn proud of it!
I have done 10Ks, 15ks, a duathlon, triathlons, 4 half marathons, and my biggest achievement to date – the Chicago marathon! With every training cycle, I discover something new about myself, I learn something new about the sport, I experience new areas of Atlanta, I experience new moments of awesomeness, and most of all I inspire the people around me (near or far), be it family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, coaches, and other parents to get healthy and active.
I am happy to finally be able to give back to the running community. By request, I have started a beginner’s running group consisting of my daughter’s friends’ mothers. As a group, we hope to bring our teenage daughters together in a running capacity so that they can train and complete a 5k. I have become a champion for Delta Air Lines’ IT Wellness team to help coworkers lead a balanced life. I am excited to join the awesome team of Balanced Running coaches and hope to help new and experienced runners achieve their moments of awesomeness through running.
I am an unlikely runner that has found a passion in the sport of running.
I run to keep balance in my life.