Introducing Ed Gotta, a Run Shop Manager and Running Coach from Richmond, Virginia. Ed started running back in 2010 when a co-worker persuaded him to join him in a Tough Mudder event, and while it was tougher than he had originally thought, he admits that it was that October day that he found his calling, and that he would spend the rest of his life testing his personal limits while promoting health and fitness to other members of his community.
Fast-forward some 7 years, and Ed is now the manager of a Run Speciality Shop in his local town, and he is a RRCA Certified Run Coach and Cross Country and Track Coach in his spare time. In addition to run commuting and cycling to work, Ed is a huge fan of endurance sports, which he believes alleviate physical and emotional ailments, and drive people to be the very best they can be.
A coach, teacher and leader in his local running community, Ed is extremely passionate about what he does, and his goal is to teach his children and his peers that you don’t have to be an extraordinary person to do extraordinary things.
When Ed’s not working or spending quality time with his family, he can be found running along the James River Trail System in Richmond, or up in the Blacksburg Mountains, where he enjoys the solitude and magnificent views that inspire him to keep on running. When it comes to cycling, Ed likes to head to the Washing & Old Dominion Trails around Washington, DC, where he admits he could “ride for days”.
Run/Cycle Commuting: How Ed Stays Motivated
You only have to speak to Ed for 5 seconds to understand just how passionate he is about living an active lifestyle, and so staying motivated comes easy. However, he does encourage all new run/cycle commuters to plan their route well in advance, pack their bag the night before, stay safe when out on the road, and not to take any chances.
When we asked Ed what he loves most about run commuting and cycling to work, he told us, “Getting fresh air always puts me in a good mood and my customer service reflects that!” He continued, “When it’s convenient to run or cycle to work I always take advantage. It’s a great way to jump start my motor and get me feeling great for the rest of the day.”
In his free time, Ed loves to travel, especially with his children, who he believes bring new life to places he has seen many times before. Pizza, Seafood, and Mexican top his favourite foods list, and when we asked him what he likes to wash it down with, he said quite simply, “I’m a distance runner… I like BEER!