Not too long ago Patty came into my 7:30 class with tears in her eyes and a smile from ear to ear. She gave me the biggest hug ever and whispered in my ear, “65 seconds”. What she was talking about was her recent 5K PR. Patty has been running the Stiftungsfest 5K in Norwood Young America, MN almost every year since 2010. She ran it again on August 27th after several weeks of working through recovery from foot surgery. Her previous 5K best was 29:35 and her goal was to beat 29’. Well, this year, she ran it in 28:30!
Patty told me about this goal months ago and has just been chipping away at making progress toward getting faster since she joined shortly after we opened. When I asked her what her thoughts were at the starting line she said, “I just kept thinking I’m gonna do it, this is gonna be it. It’s gonna work today.” The race started 12 seconds late because the Stiftungsfest Princess couldn’t get the gun to work. That might have been something that distracted her in the past, but it didn’t throw her this time. She kissed her husband and took off after the gun - they both run this race and her new goal is to beat his personal best at 26:15!
1/8th of a mile in, a woman fell in front of her - still, she wasn’t thrown and she kept going. She just kept the FFR coaches’ voices in her head, “You got this - you can run faster Patty.” In her last .25 mile she had to count down from 10 several times, but kept it going until finally she crossed the finish - as expected with hands on knees and chest pounding. Just like she practices in the studio.
It’s been a few weeks, but she’s still riding the high and can’t wait for the next one. Not only is this woman a total goal crusher and dedicated member of the #treadmighty, but she is also one of the sweetest and generous people you’ll see come through our doors. If you haven’t met her yet, come by for a 7:30am class. She’ll be there handing out high 5’s and hugs. :)
And just in case you want to know more, here's a little bit of what makes one of our faves tick...
Tell us a little bit about you in a couple sentences.
I’m a born and bred Minnesotan through and through. My career is best described as a Project Manager with an emphasis on continuous improvement and business metrics. I love to knit and crochet - I make lots of baby hats and blankets for women's shelters, cancer patients and hospitals for preemies. I also love to garden both flowers and vegetables, but I enjoy vegetables more. I travel when I can and drink wine often.
How did you first hear of Fly Feet and what got you in the door?
Walking past it on my way to work. The big balloons at the grand opening intrigued me but I still didn't get in until one day I needed a walk break from my desk so I walked over and checked it out. I thought it was a running apparel store (I LOVE running apparel stores!) and Ben set me straight telling me about the classes and the real sweet spot of FFR - Tread & Shred.
From class #1 to today - what has your biggest takeaway been?
I really can do more than I thought. The best thing I’ve learned has been, "You can run faster than that, Patty" stated by Heidi in my ear while running a 60 second sprint on the treadmill.
If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be and why:
- Efficient - I get the task done with accuracy and speed.
- Trustworthy - Oh the secrets I could tell! But I won't. Ever.
- Fixer - You got a problem? I can almost always find the resources to help fix it.
What is your favorite part about coming to Fly Feet?
The people, both the staff and the fellow members. The staff are really a truly incredible bunch of very special people. I've never met people in a "fitness" center that are so engaged, so tuned in to each member, and so genuinely excited and happy for every little achievement a member makes. The fellow members - without them and their enthusiasm, their support during class, their hugs before class and the high 5's after class I would never have achieved what I have so far!