Our May Athlete of the month is no stranger to anyone as she is one of the most outgoing, friendly and supportive people we know! Pam Parker is quite a success story if I ever heard one. I love how she fearlessly shares her road of travel to get to where she is today. As we come up on running season, we could not think of someone more deserving of the title Athlete of the Month. Pam, you are amazing!
Here is Pam’s story….
“I had never worked out until I was 48 and I was a 6 pack of Pepsi and 3 snickers bars a day. I had done some boot camps with a trainer, joined a gym and done classes there but I was bored. One day a friend, Ginny, said come try Crossfit which to me was the “dark side” and I thought I would never to. I arrived for my on-ramp and there was Zack the trainer who was one of my favorite for the few classes he taught at the gym I was at then. I looked around and I thought to myself I can never lift like these people while watching them as I did the on ramp as they all introduced themselves to me and made me feel right at home.
- I have done 2 rugged maniacs with a group of like minded maniacs,
- A tough mudder last June with my oldest son and an amazing group from MidCoast,
- 2 1/2 marathons (I now have a goal with my husband to do a 1/2 marathon in every state before I can’t run anymore) my 3 coming up this June.
- AND St. Jude’s marathon last December!!!! Never have I felt so prepared for anything in my life. Never did I doubt that I could do this. I trained hard with my running coach Wendell Webber and never did I cheat on the training (yes there were those days). Crossfit had taught me that no matter what happens fight mentally through your brain stopping you and I applied this to my training. There were days I wanted to text Wendell and say my watch died mid run (LOL) but I didn’t (he knows I am too type A to go out with a low battery anyhow). At mile 16 my left knee started to hurt more than I can tell you but yet my legs felt tired but great. So great that I could have done 5 more miles when I finished if not for my knee. Had I not joined crossfit and met Wendell and learned how to not mentally stop myself when I could do so much more never could I have done this race much less finish. I loved it so much I am already signed up for this year.