Next up in our monthly featured member segment is Stephanie (from Libertyville), proving in her photo that we are nothing if not a fun, cheerful lot!
Stephanie, who never considered herself to be the athletic type, turned to running as the pressures of adult responsibilities loomed with her imminent college graduation. She began with a challenge to see if she could run one mile on the treadmill. As her distance grew to two, then three miles, she parlayed these achievements into her first race, the 2007 Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8K. In 2013, Stephanie along with her siblings, Dave and Lisa (also LRC members), competed in Tough Mudder. The 12.5-mile obstacle course convinced her she could train for a big race – the 2014 Fort 2 Base 11.5-mile race. That’s where the LRC comes in…
As someone who enjoys the social aspect of running, Stephanie was pleased when her sister introduced her to a running club that was supportive, inspiring, and as excited about running as she was. Run clubs can be intimidating but she has been drawn in by the friendly welcoming attitude of all the LRC members, regardless of their pace or distance. She particularly appreciates all of the programming the LRC offers including yoga in the park, speed workouts at Libertyville High School, hill runs, self-defense seminars, shoe-test runs, and the occasional party…there is always something going on. Finishing the Saturday morning runs at The Lovin’ Oven to celebrate the Club’s unabashed love of maple bacon donuts helps motivate her to get out of bed to run!
After training with the LRC last summer, Stephanie completed her most ambitious and rewarding year of running, one she claims will be hard to top. She ran the RAGNAR Madison to Chicago relay race, the Chicago Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon (her first half marathon), and Fort 2 Base – a 10 nautical mile race. She credits the Club’s summer speed workouts for a successful Fort 2 Base race in which she felt as strong at the finish as she did at the start!
Stephanie is currently student teaching to receive her master’s degree in teaching and a certificate in secondary education. Given her busy schedule this winter, she has become more creative in maintaining her fitness routine; she relies on the treadmill and various conditioning classes at the gym along with the occasional Jillian Michaels video. Once she completes student teaching, she looks forward to having more fun with running in 2015 and going back to Fort 2 Base to top her 2014 performance.
Three cheers for Stephanie on a successful 2014! We look forward to making 2015 even better for you with 150% more fun (and a little bit of hard work)!