249: Alvina Begay on The Power of Goal Setting as a Runner and Nurse

“I think I’ve always just been a goal setter my entire life. I think that is what running teaches you. You know, once you are done with a big race, you just set another goal and then you go and chase it and work hard for something again and I think that is just what I did with going into nursing.”
Alvina Begay

Alvina Begay is a runner, three time Olympic trials qualifier, nurse, and a registered dietician. She has qualified for both the 10000m and Marathon distances in the Olympic trials and recently became a nurse. Alvina lives in and is from the Navajo Nation. This conversation covers the following topics:

  • Growing up on the Navajo reservation
  • Her father’s influence on her running
  • Navajo Coming of Age Ceremonies and the honor of participating in the ceremonies of other Navajo women
  • Attending college at Adams State and then Arizona State
  • Finding a Native American coach and being a Navajo runner
  • Training and preparing for three different Olympic Trials
  • Growing confident in her speed and running the 10000m standard
  • The importance of role models
  • The decision to study nursing and move back to the reservation 
  • Her experiences during COVID-19

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