Salome Jina

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I am a proud South African and grew up in East London near the ocean. When I came to the States the food was so different I immediately started to gain weight. I was encouraged to join a running group to help lose weight and meet new people.

On a random Friday morning whilst driving to work, I heard an ad for the Baltimore running festival taking place the next day. They still had openings if anyone was interested. I figured why not sign up for the 5k. I knew I could cover the distance. Being a part of the Baltimore running festival was life changing. That day I caught the running bug. Crossing the finish line was glorious! Sitting in the finishers village by myself munching on my hard-earned bagel was lonely. I had no one to share my excitement with, I looked at the other running buddies with envy. I decided to join Charm City Run’s Turkey Trot 5k training program and the rest is history. I have trained with Charm City Run for the 5k, half marathon, full marathon and ultra-marathon training programs. I have formed lifelong friendships during endless hours of long runs one mile at a time. Being part of the training group has kept me motivated and accountable.

Running a 5k once seemed impossible but taking that first step gave me the courage to dream a bigger dream that has impacted all areas of my life. Now I can do anything I set my mind to. I look forward to training with you, sharing my knowledge and skill as a runner and a NFPT certified personal trainer. I can’t wait to be a part of your running story!