Adrienne Chambers Offers Advice for New Runners
Adrienne Chambers, the group fitness manager at the Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center, has been running since high school.
“I ran track and field growing up in New Jersey,” she said. “I ran the 100 meter, 220, and 440 races. I enjoyed sprints.”
Now Adrienne is focused on distance running. After leaving New Jersey and moving to Tucson, Arizona, she entered a few local 10k races. “I thought anything more than three miles was a long distance. Now, anything less than six miles isn’t quite enough.”
Adrienne’s life-long love of exercise and her foray into distance running hit their stride when she decided to leave her job with the State of Arizona and move to California to pursue a career as a personal trainer.
“I had a good job,” she said. “It paid well and it was stable.” She was active at her local gym in Tucson and soon became a step instructor. “I was teaching part-time, for fun, when a friend told me that I could make a living as a fitness professional in California. I was skeptical because fitness professionals in Arizona aren’t paid well. I did some research and discovered she was right.”
Chambers left her job in Arizona, moved to the Peninsula to be closer to her mother in Belmont, and was soon working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. It was at that time she discovered her love of distance running.
“I entered my first half-marathon when I moved to California,” she said. “I discovered that was the distance I really enjoyed. I tried a marathon but it seemed to go on forever. It was more about survival. The half marathon was a distance where I could train to become faster and improve my time.”
She said improving her time was a motivator because she’s a competitive person. “I like to compete. I like to pass people.”
While her running was improving, Adrienne’s professional life was also taking off. She was hired as part of the team that opened the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City in 2004 and soon after was hired by UCSF as part of the team that opened Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center in 2005.
“As a fitness professional, it was so exciting to be part of both openings,” she said. “I was able to build the class schedules and programs from the ground up.”
Chambers is still running eight to 10 miles on the weekend and helping introduce new runners to the sport