Alvina was raised in the small town of Ganado on the Navajo Reservation. She grew up watching her father run and her mom pursue a nursing career.

After running for Adams St. and Arizona St. and graduating with a BS in Nutrition, Alvina continued to run competitively as a Nike N7 Ambassador. This gave her a platform to give back to her community by promoting physical activity and proper eating. 

Alvina is now a registered dietitian, private running coach and nurse with a masters in health administration.

Her athletic resume includes:

  • Eight top 10 U.S. road championships
  • 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials in the marathon
  • 10th female overall in the 2008 New York City Marathon
  • 10k: 32:34
  • Half Marathon: 1:12.25
  • Marathon: 2:37:14

In this episode we discuss her community, and how and why it has been so negatively impacted by COVID-19. We discuss getting into running and growing up on the reservation. We get into her transition to college and how she endured some rough patches in the sport and then went on to give back to her community as an N7 Nike Ambassador.

Follow Conversation Pace on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Connect with Alvina at: https://coaches.vdoto2.com/alvina-begay

Song:  Breakadawn, by Mike Quinn