Does anyone else feel like December is flying by? We had so many awesome athlete spotlights throughout the year and I am so proud to know all of you and have the opportunity to coach and help you reach your goals! This month we are spotlighting Annette, goes by Ann. She was referred to GRIT endurance by her brother, Jake, who was one of our first athlete spotlights this year! She has ran a half marathon, but reached out after having her son to work with me on personal training, regaining energy/endurance, and regaining core strength postpartum. Here is my interview with Ann:
What are you currently training for?
For general physical health, and the benefits that exercise provides for mental health. I mainly want to be able to run for long distances without tiring and become physically stronger overall.
What is your favorite running snack?
Anything with peanut butter! Probably a peanut butter and banana wrap.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a mom to a one year old toddler who wants to get into everything! I'm married, and have a super cool weenie dog named Oscar Mayer Weiner. I would say that he's a great workout partner, but that would be a lie.
How did you get started on your running journey?
I was talking to my brother, Jake, about general fitness and programs and etc. He suggested I reach out to Cassie and speak with her about her program. So that's what I did and I have absolutely no regrets!
What keeps you motivated?
Mainly my son. I want to be able to play with him without getting tired and having to stop or sit down. Also the accountability, I'm far more likely to keep on something if I hold myself accountable with someone. It also helps keep me focused.
Do you have a mantra or quote that you use when things get tough?
When I want to quit, I usually tell myself it's either X amount of minutes or X amount of reps/sets. I'm not sure why that works so well for me, but it keeps me pushing until I follow through.
If you could give any advice to another athlete, what would it be?
To just keep pushing and don't to beat yourself up if life happens and you miss a workout. And even if you do a short workout, it's better than nothing at all. Baby steps count towards your grand goal too.
What is your favorite workout so far in your training program?
I'm actually pretty easy to please, I like anything that falls into the strength training category. Still working on that love for cardio.