Most of you might already know me as I have been a part of Stroller Strong for over a year now- (since day one!) and I must say that it has become such a big part of my life!
What you might not know about me is that I am from Tucson, Arizona and never in a million years did I ever think I would end up here. I met my husband Chris when we were in high school then shortly after he graduated, he joined the Army. I graduated two years later while he was already serving his first combat tour in Iraq. I stayed in Arizona and continued to play soccer (which had been my life since I was 6) at Pima Community College, but when I was offered an athletic scholarship for my second year there, I turned it down and ran away to Ft. Bliss, Texas to marry my soldier!
A year later, he deployed again and we welcomed Evan into the world during his two week R&R. Five months later, daddy returned home and we began preparing for our move to Fort Benning. Since arriving here, we have fostered four dogs and I am just three classes shy of my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
When I first heard about Stroller Strong Moms, I decided to give it a try, but honestly, I thought it would be pretty lame- just a bunch of moms walking around taking up space at the park- but my was I wrong! Now six months pregnant with our second baby, I got Evan and my jogger and gave it a go. After that first class, I remember thinking it was like one of those conditioning practices we sometimes had without the soccer ball… So I ended up sticking around until about two weeks before our Norah was born and made a vow to myself to come back as hard as ever!
In March of this year, before Norah was three months old, I ran my first ever 5k. It was such a fun, inspiring, and motivating experience running with a big group of my fellow SSMs. After that, I was hooked! I had never ever run just for the sake of running before and now I will running in my first half marathon next weekend!Thanks Alexa, Kim, Rebecca, Jill, and Julie, and to everyone else alongside me every day SLAMmin’! I’m so proud to call myself a Stroller Strong Mom!