Angela Erdman is a personal trainer, a high school girls volleyball coach, and singer. After raising over 3,300 dollars to help cure cancer she will run 26.2 miles in the Anchorage, Alaska marathon on June 19th, also her 26th birthday. Erdman is a strong believer in inspiration and makes it her goal to always be inspiring others.
How long have you lived in SB? I have lived here since 2002. July will be six years. I grew up in Minnesota. It was my dream to move to sunny warm weather in SB. I transferred to UCSB as a junior.
What is your favorite local restaurant? Spirit Land Bistro; world organic cuisine on Victoria and garden. It’s amazing!
What is your favorite music you like to listen to/work out to? Gwen Stephani is my favorite. I also like Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, and Rascal Flats.
When and how did you first get involved with health and fitness? I have been an athlete all my life. I was doing push-ups in front of the TV when I was five.
What was your motivation behind starting? My dad was always running. I love sports and I was a tomboy growing up. I would beat all the boys at basketball.
What are some of your health and fitness accomplishments? I ran a marathon in 2005. I did all the training on my own. This time I am am more properly trained. I have a vegetarian diet now. I have put in so many miles. I have put in 40 to 80 miles a week since January. I take care of my body. I have the right balance of nutrition I have set high goals for myself and I am really proud that I have stuck with it day after day. I really like it because when people see me out there they get inspired to get out there and work out too. I am proud to be raising the money for team in training. I know that it is a big fitness accomplishment but it is nothing that cancer survivors have to go through.
What has been the biggest challenge in staying fit and healthy? Learning to balance working out and nutrition. Every high school girl struggles with their body image. I struggled with my body image in high school. It taught me to want to work with high school and volley ball girls to teach them the right way to have a good balance.
What inspired you to do the Anchorage, Alaska marathon? I had originally signed up to do that San Diego marathon and a Team In Training coach got me involved. I had been working at Spectrum, putting in extra hours, and met a man who climbed Mt. Everest and that made me realize I could do the Alaska Marathon. If he can climb Mt Everest, I can raise double funds to do Alaska. Anything is possible in this world and I want to teach this to others. Anything is possible, you can achieve anything you want in this life.
How have you raised the money for the marathon? I have been doing on line donations and talking to people. I sent out a letter in February to friends in family back in Minnesota where I am from, and now I’m going to be getting up on stage to raise final funds for the cure. I’m at $3,300 and I need to get at $4,800.
It is you birthday a few days before the marathon. Do you consider running the marathon a birthday present? It was a coincidence that the day I am supposed to leave is my 26th birthday. After I signed up I realized that I was leaving on my birthday. 26.2 miles and 26 years.
How do you inspire others to be fit and healthy? I am a volleyball coach. I am assistant coach for the 15-1 volley ball program. I am a personal trainer in town, which is what I do to give back. I lead by example. Stay active and healthy. Constantly helping others to develop the same lifestyle.
What are some of your favorite hobbies and sports? I love weight training, playing beach volleyball, running, and singing. On the 14th of June I’m going to be doing a fund raiser to raise the final funds and give a final farewell to thank everyone for donating and supporting me through this journey. I am inviting all my family friends and clients. I will be singing with Joe’s band at Stateside bar and restaurant at 9:30.
What are your future health and fitness goals? I would like to qualify for the Boston marathon when I get to Alaska.
What are you most proud of? I am proud that I found something that I love to do. I love get inspired an I love inspiring others. I love helping people. It is really personally rewarding I have found something that I am really really passionate about.
Final thoughts? Don’t wait for things to happen, make things happen and chase your dreams.