This month’s Friday Feature Interview is not just a running inspiration, but an overall fitness inspiration. I met Christina through this wonderful community of blogging! She taught some of the group fitness classes I took at StudioME and she is very motivating and inspiring! She just moved to Colorado in order to pursue a fitness career and athletic events. I can’t wait to see what all she accomplishes!
Tell me a little about yourself.
I am 31 years old. Born and raised in Minnesota but just moved to Colorado as my one year social media contract position with 3M expired. I knew my job was coming to an end so I decided to pursue a new lifestyle. I am very into athletic events, snowboarding, and the outdoors so CO is perfect! I also teach group fitness classes on the side and have a blog of my own – Four Season Fit!
Why is fitness important to you?
Being a collegiate athlete I’ve always been athletic and driven to stay fit. I was always used to having a sport to keep me in shape so after college I turned to athletic events to keep me on track. Training for races is like practice and staying fit keeps me motivated and happy!
What motivates you to stay healthy?
I want to lead a long and healthy life and motivate others to do the same along the way. Gotta walk the walk if you’re gonna talk the talk!!
What is your favorite type of exercise?
Ooof. Hard for me to pick! As a triathlete I’m all about swim/bike/run but running is definitely my strong suit. I also love yoga, strength training, snowboarding, and surfing!
How many races have you done?
This many: Athletic Events
What was your favorite race and why?
Definitely Ironman 70.3 Miami. It was my first half Ironman and one for the books! Five jellyfish stings, 30 MPH headwinds, terrible leg cramps that I had to start the half marathon by literally picking up my legs with my hands, and not to mention crazy heat and sun. No excuses though – I crossed that finish line and it was one of the best moments of my life. Ready for redemption in 2016.
What is your most memorable race experience?
Everyone helping me out at Ironman 70.3 Miami. People did not have to stop their race but they did. Helped me stretch, offered me salt, threw water on my head, walked and talked with me. I tell ya – the triathlon community is one of a kind. I felt at home 🙂
What is your favorite race medal/memorabilia?
Again – sensing a theme here – Ironman 70.3 Miami’s medal is so freakin gorgeous!
Do you have any fitness goals?
Redemption at a half Ironman 70.3!
Are you currently training for any races?
My next big event is Ironman 70.3 Boulder, which will be my second half Ironman. Unfortunately the race was full when I went to register but there was still an option to participate if you raise money for charity. I need to raise $2,000 by June 1st or it comes out of my pocket. That is how bad I want to tackle this race! Proceeds go toward fighting prostate cancer and I really appreciate ANYthing you can give to help end this awful disease. One in seven men get prostate cancer. Eye opening! So please help 🙂
How has fitness made an impact on your life?
I would be lost without fitness. It keeps me on track, motivated, healthy, and happy. I would love for my career to be in fitness and motivating others. I live and breathe for it!
What do you want people to know about you/your fitness/fitness in general?
I genuinely love motivating and inspiring others. Whether it is teaching them different exercises in class or online – happy to help!
Anything else you want to add?
Stay tuned for the launch of my YouTube channel! I will be posting videos about my main themes: fitness, healthy lifestyle, and adventure. I also wore my GoPro for both the MS 150 bike ride and Grandma’s Marathon – the footage is super fun!