I was asked to write this bio quite some time ago, and honestly I still don’t know where to begin.
I am just an average girl that grew up in a small town outside of Springfield Illinois. I played volleyball for a couple of years, but never really considered myself to be an athlete. I received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Illinois State University that was useful in fulfilling my pre-requisites for a nursing degree from Saint Louis University. The flexibility of my job as a nurse has made it easier for my husband, David, and me to take care of our four little girls.
After college I began running in an effort to lose “baby weight.” I ran three marathons and two half marathons very VERY slowly. By the time I had finished a race, I couldn’t wait to put my feet up and rest on the couch. My husband started CrossFit in June 2013 and immediately encouraged me to join him. I had many creative excuses, but when he arranged for a babysitter it removed my number one excuse. I didn’t fall in love with CrossFit at first. It took several weeks and maybe even months before I began to enjoy it. I fell in love with the little daily victories: the slightly heavier weights, the faster times, the friendships I was developing.
In February 2014 I received my certification as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. I look forward to encouraging the athletes at CrossFit 314 to find the joy in those small, daily victories.