I grew up in South Florida as the youngest of 7, was always over weight, and was never athletic in my life. Sure, I was a tom boy so I flew remote control airplanes, and ran around the neighborhood playing football and scraping up my knees, but no one would ever think of me as athletic. I went to college for acting where I learned how to take a fall, and where they tried to teach me how to do a headstand. Tried being the important word there. I moved to NY in 1999, and other than walking more than I ever thought humanly possible, and a random gym stint here or there to attempt to loose weight, my active life was non existent. In 2004 I was in a car accident that messed up my back pretty bad, and stopped me from being able to lift anything anymore…..or so I thought.
In late 2012 I decided to change my life and to have a healthier and more active lifestyle. I found EPIC through a Groupon deal, and I haven’t looked back since. My life is totally different now, and my back is stronger than ever. People actually consider me athletic because of the muscles I’ve built and the races I finish. It’s amazing to me what a difference a couple of years, some amazing coaches, and a new outlook on life will do for a girl.
In 2014 my very first OCR was a 5K Foam Fest in Tuxedo. I followed that race with my very first Spartan Sprint in Tuxedo, which somehow I finished. Then I did a Warrior Dash in NJ, followed by a few other local OCR fun races through out 2014. This year I have done a few of the fun OCR races, but I’ve also done the Beast in NJ, the Super in PA, Citifield Sprint, Tuxedo Sprint, the Super in NJ, and in Oct I will do the Beast in Dallas which will earn me my double Trifecta. Now I’m even thinking of doing Fenway for fun. For FUN!!! I never thought I would think of a Spartan race as fun, and now I can’t get enough of them.
For my fellow EPIC members – thank you. Thank you for the encouragement, the laughs, the strength you’ve all helped me achieve, and the support. All of you make my workouts so much better because I know we are all in it together.
For my coaches, and coach apprentices – a huge HUGE thank you. All of you push me to be better than I was the day before, and you make sure I don’t do something stupid and hurt myself.
For those thinking of trying EPIC, you should. You will be amazed what you are capable of. When I first started, I would take 1 class a week, and would then be sore until the next week. Now, twice a week I take 2 classes back to back as a minimum, and I can actually walk around like a normal not dying of soreness human being. I’ve said this before in an interview about EPIC, and I’ll always say it – It gets easier, but it’s never easy!