Laura will be teaching Saturday monring classes, as well as training as an athlete with the evening crew. She brings a much needed dynamic to our team, which is a talent and passion for endurance work! If you have not yet had a chance to meet her please take a minute to read her bio and keep an eye out for her at class. She will be the one pouting when we have OLY lifts and smiling when we are running:). We are very excited to be adding Laura to the BCF family.
By Laura Lewis,
It’s true… I love CrossFit. But, I will admit, among gasps and shocked looks in the CrossFit community that I love running even more. I love figuring out how far I can ask my body to go and how it will respond when I hit the “wall.” But, it wasn’t always like this. Though I ran off and on throughout high school and college for fitness, I gradually stopped going on runs in favor of a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical. That, coupled with poor eating, led me to gain 25 pounds by my mid-to-late 20’s.
One day, when I had just turned 29, I got on a treadmill out of curiosity. I ran 1 mile; it took me nearly 10 minutes and I was so winded and lightheaded when I stopped that I had to sit down on the back of the treadmill. It frustrated me… and I’m not one that gives up easily, so I went back for more the next day.
The rest, as they say, is history. 20 pounds and 3 years later, I have run numerous 5k’s, 10k’s and half marathons (13.1 miles) and completed 6 marathons (26.2 miles). I have qualified for the Boston Marathon three times, and will be heading there in April to tackle every runners dream and Heartbreak Hill. In addition to road races, I absolutely love adventure runs and mud races such as Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, etc.
And, this is where CrossFit comes in. After running my first 3 marathons, I reached a plateau and my body was wrecked. I started going to Crossfit on suggestion from my doctor to incorporate strength training and instantly fell in love. The supportive atmosphere, the challenge, the variation and the way I felt after my first WOD was a turning point for me.
I quickly learned the fundamentals and took my L1 certification and have been coaching at an affiliate in
Hillsboro since February, 2013.
What I will say is this: I know many CrossFitters don’t love endurance training or enjoy running. To be completely honest, that’s how I feel about Olympic lifting. But, I do the OLY lifts because I truly believe in the CrossFit method, and know that even though I will never be the strongest one at the box, I will always be the strongest I can be when I adhere to the CF principles.
I am a high school teacher during the day, so I will see most of you at the evening classes, and hopefully at the Saturday classes! I will push you, encourage you and support you as much as you will let me. I love coaching because I get to see ordinary people do extraordinary things. The look on an athletes face when they get up the rope for the first time or when they break a 10 minute-mile is priceless and I’m looking forward to many of these moments at Banks Country Fitness. I couldn’t be more excited to be welcomed into this great CrossFit community!
She may seem like the devil on Saturday mornings but this picture proves that she can be sweet & innocent:) Excited to have you on the team Laura!