FROM THE GROUND UP
I am married to Rod and we farm in Delmar on the farm he grew up on. We have 4 children all together, Luke 19, Abby 18, Justin 17, and Sarah 16. I have worked at Fidelity BAnk & Trust in Maquoketa for 11 years. I am a member of the Maquoketa Kiwanis Club and am a Charter Member of the YMCA and currently serving on the Board of Directors. With 4 kids in college and high school I keep very busy with school events, fundraisers, athletic events and helping on the farm. It isn't easy to always find time to exercise but thankfully there is a wide range of classes and hours. I am able to do indoor cycling at 5:15am a few mornings a week. I was never a serious runner but used it as a way to stay in shape when the kids were younger. I have participated in various off road races and the BIX 7 for numerous years but never more than 7 miles. During a weekend at my sister's in Cedar Falls I noticed that there was a half marathon going on as part of their Sturgis Falls celebration. I had
always wanted to complete a half marathon but never thought I would be able to. Thanks to having taken Body Pump classes since they started at the Y, I had the courage to sign up for the Sturgis Falls Half Marathon.
I can honestly say that in my 40's, that is not something that I thought I would be able to do. Without Body Pump and all of the other great classes at the YMCA I don't think I could have done it. The day of the race the sun was shining and it was a cool
60 degrees. While running I kept hearing Michelle Wing and Sarah Nelson saying "you will be able to run farther and faster" (Body Pump quote) and "you can do anything for a minute" (I changed it to 10 minutes). Well it worked and I was able to run the entire 13.1 miles and average a 10 minute mile finishing in 2 hours and 10 minutes. I know I am stronger now than I have ever been and have all of the great instructors and staff at the YMCA to thank for it. We are truly blessed to have them in our community.
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