Me

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:

Running
Wakeboarding
Softball
Skiing (water and snow)
ATV Riding
Horseback Riding
Ballet
Gymnastics
Golfing
Cheerleading

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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