Chris Tubbs: Triathlons – Why He Loves This Shi…

Chris Tubbs: Triathlons – Why He Loves This Shi…

People  fall into endurance sports for different reasons. For Chris Tubbs, physical activity was badly needed to turn his life around.

He started training in his 40s and it has completely changed his attitude towards life. He says he’s like a ‘joyful volcano’ each time he hits the road.

In this episode, Chris shares how he got into endurance sports, triathlons in particular, why he founded the Houston Childhood Walk for Apraxia of Speech, and how an unexpected diagnosis changed he outlook. 

If you need inspiration for starting over, no matter your age, this episode is for you.

 Episode Highlights:

  • How Chris started endurance sports to turn his life around
  • Training for the triathlons and hiring his first coach
  • Overcoming mental blocks and imposter syndrome as a ‘new’ triathlete
  • Getting his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota
  • Founding the Houston Childhood Walk for Apraxia of Speech. 
  • Prostate cancer and the importance of regular screening in men above 40
  • The link between proper nutrition and performance

Guest Bio

Chris recently found joy in training for and racing endurance triathlons. He doesn’t have a strong background in athletics, and only found the sport when he hit a low point in his life. The training gave him focus and an outlet as he navigated becoming healthy again.

He grew up between Chicago and Los Angles, then moved to North Carolina to attend North Carolina Central University, an HBCU. After graduation, he served as a bartender before being accepted into the PhD program North Carolina State University. Although his doctoral road was long and hostile, he was successful in becoming the first African American to earn a PhD in Biochemistry in the history of the university.

Being a science nerd at heart, he’s had the joy and the fortune to be a part of the discovery and development of new drugs that now cure diseases and address serious unmet medical needs. He’s had the honor of founding the annual Houston Childhood Walk for Apraxia of Speech. He started the walk to be a resource that connects families and professionals that are supporting children who have to overcome this rare genetic disorder. He’s also an active member of the Houston real estate investment community.

Outside of work, the bulk of Chris’ time is spent training for triathlons. After a year and a half he completed his first full distance Ironman in November 2020 at IronMan Florida. A few weeks later he underwent radical prostatectomy as a consequence of a prostate cancer diagnosis that he received one month before the race. Ironman training prepared him well for the difficult road back to racing. Exactly 6-months after his surgery, he ran is 1st race (an Olympic distance) and got a 40 min PR! His physician says that he  recovered way ahead of schedule. He’ll test himself again at Lubbock 70.3. and is now focusing  on preparing for IMFL in November 2021.

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Read his blog here

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Dillon Shije – The Native Runner: Professional Runner, Health Advocate, Community Leader

Dillon Shije – The Native Runner: Professional Runner, Health Advocate, Community Leader

How far would you go to fight for your dreams? For Dillon Shije, running has always been a part of his culture and tradition and now he’s on a journey to become the first medical doctor in his community.

Dillon’s love for running and his Native American Community has literally taken him to the White house. He has been featured in the news, magazines and in a documentary

Life was not always has not always been great for Dillon. A dark time in his life led him to depression after suffering from injuries.  Dillion shares why there is a need for mental health practitioners specializing in helping Native Americans, and others from diverse backgrounds.

If you need inspiration for chasing your wildest dreams, this episode is for you.

 Episode Highlights:

  • The spiritual aspect of running
  • Becoming one of the top Native American runners in the country in high school
  • How resilience got him into the University of Colorado
  • Being honored at the White House and meeting President Obama
  • How a nerve impingement impacted his running career
  • Battling depression and seeking therapy
  • Using education as a tool to empower the community
  • His goal for young Native Americans in the country
  • Why he wants to be a doctor 

Guest Bio

Dillon is a prior Professional Runner and Division I Cross Country National Champion (honored at the White House during the Obama Administration) and advocate for visibility for Indigenous Runners and Athletes. Dillon Shije is currently a Wilma Mankiller Fellow with the National Congress of American Indians specializing in Government Relations. He also serves the All Pueblo Council of Governors as a Health Policy Advisor to the 20 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico and Texas. Prior to this,Dillon was a Partner in an Impact Consultancy called Zia Impact. He is also the  founding Board Member of Pueblo Development Commission. He is a Councilman and an enrolled tribal member and looks forward to a lifetime of serving his home community and relatives in all capacities. Dillon holds dual Bachelors degrees in History and Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado – Boulder and Pre-Med Postbaccalaureate work from the University of New Mexico.

Connect with Dillon 

Visit his website here

Instagram @thenativerunner

Runner’s Run Article: My Run Streak Helps Helps Me Build Endurance 

Run to the East- Documentary 

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