Hi everyone! My name is Alayna Bigalbal and I am currently a Civil/Environmental Engineer and graduate of George Mason University. You may be thinking, “why on earth is an engineering student part of a health and wellness blog? Aren’t engineering students supposed to be all technical and math oriented?” Well, yes, yes we are. And yes, I am geeky, but, I have a passion about fitness, health, and wellness. Plus, I think my technical, perfectionist traits that I get from my career path helps me manage my lifestyle.
I am a competitive runner on the Pacers Elite team which means I get free shoes and run in races for free for the Pacers team-it's a ton of fun for me!
I began my running career my sophomore year of high school and have been running ever since. I have a plethora of medals under my belt. I won my district and regional high school meets in the 3200, place 2nd in the 1600, and 3rd in the 800 my senior year of high school. I then went on to running collegiate at GMU my freshman year of college where we won our indoor and outdoor track & field conference. After my freshman year, I realized that running
collegiately was not for me and I began running with the GMU running club. After a few months, I became vice president and am now currently their team captain designing workouts and training plans for our team. The running club has athletes of all different levels so I am experiences in adapting workouts/training plans for each individual depending on their fitness level and goals. I am still currently racing and placing in my age group or placing in the top 3 overall females. I am definitely distance oriented. I focus on running/training for half marathons (and eventually a full!). I also love biking, swimming (although I am not all that good at swimming, but I try!), walking, strength training, and yoga. Like most athletes, there are many obstacles that impede your progress. I have had my fair share of injuries and sicknesses that I have healed through various methods including diet, stretches, care, chiropractic work, AK, and even acupuncture so I can continue working towards my goals.
As active as I am, I know how important a healthy diet is for overall health. I am one of the many who suffer from celiac disease and have issues with dairy and soy. However, I do not let these
stop me from getting the nutrients I need to fuel my body to perform optimally.
Being captain of the running club, president of the GMU Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, doing undergraduate research, and being a full-time student is a handful. And I am sure each and every one of you are just as busy (or even busier) than I am. But managing all of your activities and maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as training/exercising isn’t impossible.
So, follow me and I can do my best to help you achieve your goals on improving your health, diet, and fitness level through my stories and experiences. Trust me, I have a lot!
Alayna Bigalbal, B.S.