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Fly Feature: Marcia, MARCIA, MARCIA!

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Marcia is a regular Flyer that doesn’t shy away from hard work and embraces the challenges that come her way. She is loyal to her family, her health, and her community. She is an inspiration to us and all that know her for so many reasons and several that you will discover for yourself as you read on…

YOU’VE BEEN A FLY FEETER SINCE DAY 1 OF OPENING IN WAYZATA. TELL US WHAT GOT YOU IN THE DOOR AND DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT SO FAR.

It was my daughter who got me to join Fly Feet!  She is a founding member of the downtown location and I would periodically sign up to work out with her on a Saturday morning.  They were great work outs!  When the Wayzata location opened, I knew that I would be joining too.  

Generally the workouts that I like are the ones that push me and make me work really hard, by switching back and forth between the treadmill and floor exercises.  I am typically concentrating so much on what I am doing that I am always surprised when the class is over.  Then when I am driving home and still having to take deep breaths as I cool down, I know I gave it my all. 

IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE RESTAURANT TO SPONSOR YOUR LIFE WHAT ONE WOULD IT BE?

My truly favorite restaurant is Murray’s downtown.  It holds a very special place in my heart and feels like going home.  We have enjoyed dining there since 1980 when we moved to Minneapolis after college.  We even had a small, intimate wedding reception there in 1982.  It was back in the day when they had a 3 piece band and even a dance floor, so we enjoyed dancing at our wedding.  What makes it so wonderful are not only the special times we have spent there and all the memories we have created, but the fact that it is a family run business and we are on a first name basis with many of the staff.  As a matter of fact, we have a special area that we like sitting in so we can see our favorite waitress.  I love our waitress not only because her name is Marcia too but more importantly she was one of the waitresses that served our wedding party 36 years ago!  Imagine that!


YOU’RE AN AVID RUNNER, BUT IF YOU COULD BECOME A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE IN ANY OTHER SPORT WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

My other sport would probably be something I would do as an individual vs a team sport.  When I was young there weren’t really any girls’ sports.  Title IX wasn’t on the scene until I was in High School and I was already very involved in the music program (flute player).  But if I were to pick something other than running, my sport would be swimming.  

I enjoy swimming, once I get used to the water temperature, that is!  I like getting in “the zone” and let my mind wander as I get into the rhythm of breathing and swimming stroke after stroke.  It is interesting though that I am picking swimming as my sport since I had a scary incident when I was child (I thought I was going to drown).  You would think that would have turned me off to swimming.  But I think now that I have more strength and confidence in the water, I like it.  The funny thing about me saying I would be a professional swimmer is not only haven’t I mastered all the strokes but I also don’t even know you to do a flip turn at the wall!

IF YOU COULD PICK ONE OTHER COUNTRY TO GROW UP IN WHERE WOULD IT BE?

When I was a kid, things were much simpler and we weren’t as sophisticated or worldly as kids now and didn’t necessarily think in those terms.  The neighborhood kids played tag in the front yard or the yard game red light, green light.  Now young kids are not only learning about other countries via the internet but traveling to them!  

But one country that means a lot to me is the Netherlands.  My dad’s ancestors are from there so we would often talk about the customs, canals and certainly the wooden shoes!  Last month my husband and I decided to travel to Amsterdam for our vacation.  We had a wonderful time visiting the museums, seeing the canals and enjoying the cuisine.  But one of the highlights was traveling out of the city into the countryside visiting several villages where my ancestors are from.  That was pretty special.  Based on some family tree research, I can go back 7 generations to the mid-1700s documenting my ancestors.  

WE ALSO KNOW YOU HAVE A TRUE PASSION FOR VOLUNTEERING. IF YOU COULD START YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION WHAT KIND OF WORK WOULD YOU FOCUS ON?

There are so many wonderful non-profits it would be hard to come up with something unique.  However, if I were to start a new organization it would be somehow related to reading and writing.  Reading is such a critical skill that needs to get more emphasis not only in school but also at home.  I once heard that in Grades 1 -3, kids “learn to read” but after that they need to “read to learn”.  It is so important and such a critical foundation for everything else.  I would then take that reading and writing opportunity and create some games with it so the kids can excel at it while having some fun.

AS WE’VE DISCOVERED YOU ARE A VERY ACCOMPLISHED WOMAN, BUT SOMETHING THAT HAS MADE AN INCREDIBLE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN YOUR BATTLE WITH CANCER. CAN YOU SHARE SOMETHING THAT HAS STUCK WITH YOU THROUGH THESE TRIALS?

In June I happily celebrated my 5 year “cancer-versary” from ovarian and uterine cancers.  I was very fortunate that the cancers were discovered early so that we feel that after surgery and chemo I am cured.  That isn’t typically true of ovarian cancer.  It is usually discovered much later after it has spread and it is harder to get under control.  

I am very involved in the ovarian cancer community.  I am currently serving my 5th year on the board of directors for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA).  We just had a huge walk/run in Edina 2 weeks ago called HOM Teal Strides, to raise money for research, provide support to women and caregivers and spread awareness about the disease.  It was a very hot Saturday morning but I ran hard to be the 2nd survivor to cross the finish line in the 5k race.  I have formed a team every year since my diagnosis and raise money for MOCA.  

I think the 3 things that really helped me through my chemo were my attitude, hope and running.  During my treatment, I tried to always find something good to be happy about to help keep my spirits up and to look for something to provide me with hope for the future.  Plus I continued to run during my chemo treatments.  Although after my surgery of course, I had to first start out with being able to just walk down to the end of my driveway and back!  But I eventually kept getting stronger and was able to go farther and faster so I was able to run my first MOCA’s Teal Strides event in September 2013 while I was in treatment.