BENEFITING: LINCOLN PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
ORGANIZER: LINCOLN PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
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As a former exercise hater...gym class was the only exercise I participated in. I began exercising after the birth of my second daughter Kaia. Kaia had major issues and lived w/a colostomy bag her first year of life. I would read all the fashion magazines that lay around the hospital and dr offices and think I never had a fit body before kids and that I never would ever have one after. I started walking the long hallways at the hospital and then joined the local ymca. I took all the group exercises classes slowly and found that if I stood in the back and got sweaty the stress of a hospital baby lessened. I found that cardio increased my energy and inner happiness and any form of body strength exercises helped shape my figure. I grew more and more in love with my body and learning how to create the body I dreamed of with not much time and two toddlers. I attended Pilates Chicago instructor training and became a pilates instructor. The anatomy I learned in pilates instructor training and the movements became a part of my muscle memory. I took my knowledge and applied it to cardio. I began on the stair machine and noticed the fittest gym goers ran on the treadmill. Slowly I began to run and walk until I was fatigued. I got bored and took myself to the track and sprinted in my limited free time. Since I hated running w/a passion I realized I could sprint walk and repeat. I live in Evanston by the lake and have always noticed runners. I took my running from inside to outside when I grew more comfortable and realized it didn't matter If I was run walking or sprinting.. I was exercising. I learned to love running outside feeling the fresh air, freeing my thoughts, not having to pack up and go to the gym and it consumed less time. Not until I met my fiance did I ever think of running a marathon. Last year on Mother's day he signed up myself, my daughters and himself and his kids up for the race against hate. I ran my first race a 10k without any real training sporadic running and then did the kids mile right after. I felt when it was over that I could have done so much better If I'd trained and that the energy of the community feeling was wonderful.. something I never understood prior. I felt part of a bigger picture. I wanted my girls to grow up feeling the same way. Running is natural exercise all you need is yourself and proper footwear. I grew increasingly excited to be part of my fiance running his first marathon. I didn't register or train so after dropping him off early in the morning at the start.. I went all the way home and trained it back to the city to watch for him and join him at the end of the race. I chickened out at the end and lost him, but when we finally found each other at the end my heart was so full of love having witnessed him run prior and achieve his goal. I realized I someday wanted to run a marathon. I took a chance and applied to run the chicago marathon for lincoln park zoo.. and here I am. I am passionate about exercise, eating healthy and living balanced. (pizza and a good beer won't kill me, neither will garret's popcorn).
I am running for Lincoln Park Zoo because the Zoo has always been a special place for me. I grew up as a child going to the zoo with my mom and hearing about her adventures going to the zoo as a child. My oldest daughter gets a zoo membership every year since her birth for her birthday. My youngest daughter cannot visit the zoo without riding on the carousel we often call it "our" carousel. We all have our favorite animals that we must visit each trip to the zoo.. mine are the gorillas, used to be giraffes. Ella my 8yr old loves the gorillas( wonder where she gets that from) and polar bears, Kaia my 7yr old loves the lions. There isn't a zoo trip without learning something new. We recently found the sea otters in the children's zoo and spent hours watching them perform tricks for us. The seals are also the first stop at every zoo visit. I often dream of attending a summer party at night at the zoo under the beautiful new sculpture.
My fundraising goals have gone this far.. I believe that if every person I come into contact with share my passion of the zoo with.. and shares their passion for the zoo with me.. and donates even just one dollar. I will raise enough to reach my goal of 2k. I hope to visit the zoo more than we have in the past and let my daughters be a part of the fundraising process and even the running. They both are excited to participate in the children's run for the zoo. By teaching them and sharing my passion for running and reaching a goal with them they'll learn at a young age how just one person can make a difference and how supporting something you love feels good intrinsically.