March Member of the Month

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Tell us about yourself!

Hi! I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and wandered around the country and world until returning home for good in 2012.  My husband, Patric was born in Redmond and grew up on Maui before returning to Washington for college. Our son, Will, will turn 5 on July 4 and starts kindergarten this fall! Our family is completed by our goofy golden retriever, Monkey. My favorite foods are local summer berries, salmon, avocado, and I can't function without my morning coffee. I was basketball player until my early 20s, until a shoulder injury ended that abruptly. I turned to running, and in my 20s and 30s ran the Portland marathon four times. I love hiking or walking in the woods, live music, and camping all over our beautiful region.

What inspired you to start with the Women's Strength Program?

Like so many new mothers, my body changed dramatically during pregnancy and I wasn't prepared for any of it!  After a tough birth and C-Section, I was inactive for the first few years of my son's life. Weight gain made my knees angry we had done so much running in our previous life, and I had two meniscus repairs in three years, the last one in 2016. I was so afraid of pain and getting hurt again I stopped exercising altogether, but I knew I had to start gaining strength. And then I saw an ad for the first Women's Strength class at ECCF and I just knew I had to do it, as hard as it was to make those first few classes.  That was 13 months ago and it's one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What are your fitness goals?

I just want to be healthy and to feel my best, and of course to live a long life for me and my kiddo, etc.  I want to hike the Cascades again and go backpacking with my son. And I want to continue to develop my strength training practice so it's something I do for the rest of my life.

What do you enjoy most about Emerald City CrossFit?

First, of course, Coach Stephanie, who greeted me with open arms when I first started (my caterpillar phase).  Then the women with whom I have the pleasure to share that space three hours a week, and the true friendships that have blossomed have been a lovely surprise. The other coaches I have met seem great, and it's just a really positive and supportive atmosphere, while still kicking my butt!

What advice do you have for new members?

Go. Show up. Especially when you don't want to. The one truth that I believe we all agree on is that we always feel better after class than before. And we laugh. We have fun. We are doing something for ourselves, three hours a week just to better ourselves. I can't believe I've been coming regularly for over a year, and I would have never thought it possible.  So, just come with an open and judgment-free mind and let the magic happen.  There is NOBODY who can't do this!  

What message do you have for your gym family?

I know it's trite, but I just feel so much gratitude. So, thank you. Thank you for helping me feel like an athlete again. Thank you for the laughter, encouragement, and friendship. I feel so lucky