Megan after her half marathon in November
Megan is not the same gal who showed up for her first day of Fundamentals last March. She was pretty quiet on day one- I would even say she was nearly silent. She was wary, maybe even a little skeptical of this strange ‘cult thing’ they call CrossFit, but clearly curious and willing to give it a shot. However, less than nine months after that first class, Megan has not only changed her life, but she has been an inspiration to her peers and coaches. She gave it a fair shot and kept coming back. She kept doing better than she did the day before. She kept getting stronger. faster. more flexible. tougher. more focused. And then her husband, Will, showed up and it turned into a family affair. At that point we knew she had given in, and despite her timid start was now a leader of the pack, ambitious, and wholly committed.
Then, in November, she ran a half marathon! Don’t mistake her sweetness for weakness- this girl knows her stuff and she is tough as nails! Nine short months from that first class, she is looking like she has a lifetime of fitness experience under her belt. Curious about what got her in the door and kept her going, we asked her to tell us what she was thinking that first day and how she feels now about how far she has come.
Megan says, “When I first looked up what CrossFit was, the first thought that entered my head was there was no way I could do that! I couldn’t even do a push up or run a minute without wanting to stop. I have never been a active person. I was the one who did as little as possible in gym class and was always trying to find a way out of it.”
Luckily, Megan decided to give it a shot! Who knew she was such a natural athlete? The movements came relatively easily to her and we found ourselves watching, catching the other coaches eye and saying, “Did you see that? Pretty impressive?!” I guess she surprised us all. Megan learns quickly, moves efficiently, and has good mobility, which made the transition to the high intensity workouts relatively smooth. (although I’m not sure if she saw it that way)
“This was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” Megan says, “I love CrossFit. I love how encouraging the coaches and groups are. There have been so many times I am just ready to throw in the towel, then one of the coaches or someone from the group comes over to cheer me on and I know I can finish- and I do.”
Of all the things she has accomplished in the gym in over 125 classes, she is most proud of sticking with it. “I’ve never stuck with anything in my life,” Megan says, “I always gave up when it got tough or when I got bored. This is where CrossFit is different to me. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but I find I enjoy the challenge, and each day is totally different.”
Megan is also proud of being able to string a few double unders together now, and she says her next goal is to be able to do pull ups without a band. Then, Megan said something that really shows her mental fortitude. “I know I will do it.” There is power in that statement- that type of determination shows that there is much more to this lady than we know. Simple statement, but it is rare to hear people say that. Megan, you’ve got it in the bag. Eat well. Sleep well. Show up and put in work. Give it your all.
“When it comes down to it, I’d give up my cable TV before I gave up crossfit!” She tells us.
Inspiring, Megan! You’re a great athlete with a lot of natural talent. Even more than that, you are mentally tough, committed, and have a great attitude. Keep smiling, and keep up that intensity, and we are sure you’ll continue to surprise us with your strength and fortitude.