253: Nadia Ruiz on Evolving as a Runner and Coach

Photo by Howie Stern

“My philosophy as an educator, as a coach, as an athlete is always try your best and don’t half-ass things. The more you try your best, the more you get value out of it. It is so important to realize the process of achieving something, doing something, trying something new, trying something challenging. It’s part of it. It’s part of the learning experience. So if you only go half effort, you’re only going to gain half of what you potentially can from it.”
– Nadia Ruiz

Nadia Ruiz is a runner, speaker, educator and coach. Nadia’s mission is to make a change in her community by inspiring and motivating individuals from all backgrounds to achieve their personal goals. Nadia is a prolific racer, having raced 100’s of marathons, as well as ultra-marathons, triathlons and adventure races. She has travelled and raced in 27 countries across the globe. Nadia graduated UCLA with a BA in Biology and MA in Education, and taught high school biology for 10 years. Nadia has a huge passion for life, and this episode is reflective of that. 

This conversation covers the following topics:

  • Running the Boston Marathon, and her experience during the 2013 bombing 
  • Her early athletic years and how she started running
  • The importance of ‘play’ 
  • Running multiple marathons a year
  • Deciding to chase a World Record
  • Bonding with her dad over running
  • Being a high school teacher, smiling and how running made her a better teacher
  • Her foray into coaching
  • The lessons her dogs teach her
  • Adapting during COVID 19

If you spend time outside, you will be no stranger to sunburn, insect bites, cuts, scratches, gravel rash, chafing,  blisters, rope burn, and the more serious gashes and wounds from falling and pushing your limits. Normally, you’d need a wide ranging first aid kit to deal with the varied nature of the above. Active Skin Repair changes that, bringing a single product to protect your skin by both healing and sanitizing.

Active Skin Repair harnesses the power of the human body, replicating the same molecule your white blood cells use to create a natural antimicrobial. It fights off foreign organisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses, all whilst supporting your body's natural healing process. 

This all in one 3oz solution has an active hero ingredient (HOCI) which is backed by years of scientific research and uses the same FDA cleared medical grade molecule that is used in hospital wards worldwide. Produced in an ISO certified clean room in California, this means you are using the highest grade product available. This medical grade technology is not only extremely safe, but it is also non toxic. 

Normally antiseptic sprays and other medical products irritate and sting the skin, and are limited to use in certain areas of the body. Because this hero ingredient is innate to our immune systems, you can spray it all over the body, including the eyes, ears, mouth, and those sensitive areas normally covered by underwear. This is a safe product that has no toxicity or allergic reactions. It is endorsed by Pediatricians and Dermatologists for use on the youngest members of your family, but works just as well on endurance athletes competing to win, or anyone adventuring on the weekend. Runners World ranked Active Skin Repair as the #1 skin saver product.

Active Skin Repair is a must for everyone, everyday. It keeps your family and friends healthy and clean whilst the versatility means it can be both a ‘break in emergency’ and regular day to day product (and everything in between). Keep a bottle in your car to spray on your face after removing your mask or for dealing with those post run/bike/hike skin irritants. Put a bottle in your home first aid kit to replace toxic first aid products, and take a bottle with you on long days out in the mountains or outdoors, where you need to be prepared for anything.

Active is an all in one medical grade solution, and by using the code OM20, you can get yourself 20% off any purchase (with free US shipping). Visit https://www.bldgactive.com to get yours today.


show your support

Subscribe to the podcast on
Apple Podcasts Spotify
Review the podcast on iTunes
Share the podcast with your community!