My name is Michelle and I live in Illinois. During the day I work in the accounting department for a very large insurance company – after work I spend my time hanging with my 8 year old son, doing homework to finish up my Bachelors and traveling with friends and family. I also love sports! Some of my favorites are:

Skiing (water and snow)
ATV Riding
Horseback Riding

My love of sports started at an early age when my parents enrolled me in tumbling and dance. Once I got a little older I started competitive gymnastics, which I kept doing until I was 16. The highlight of my gymnastics career was getting to train with Bela Karolyi at his camp in Texas for a summer. Having a gymnastics background kept me in physical shape for most of the other sports I played in school. In sixth grade, most of my friends joined the track team… so of course, I did too. I started out running the 800 m distance, which I didn’t particularly enjoy. I don’t remember exactly how it happened but my seventh grade year I started doing sprints – my events for every meet were the 100 m hurdles, 200 m, 4×200 relay, high jump, and long jump. My eighth grade year my 4×200 relay made it to the State Championships and we ended up placing 2nd. During jr. high I was also a cheerleader, gymnast, and played summer travel softball.

Once I got to high school, track wasn’t as popular and there weren’t many girls that were on the team so I ended up quitting after my freshman year. I did start horseback riding though and enjoyed showing in English, Western Pleasure, and Barrel Racing. I was still training in gymnastics and cheerleading.

In 2008, I decided to run a 5k.  During the summers I had been playing softball, 4 wheeling, golfing, and wakeboarding, so I was fairly active. I ran that 5k in 28 minutes in some Nike Shox and the t shirt I received at the race – it was one of the toughest races I’ve ever ran. I learned that being active doesn’t mean you can run 🙂 The week prior to the race I had probably run 5 or 6 miles.. not near enough for me to actually feel comfortable while running the 5k. I ran off and on for that summer and participated in a couple more races. 2009 and 2010 went the same way… I ran a couple races, nothing serious. This year though I am sticking to a training plan and making running a priority in my life.

Dylan and I after his soccer game


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