It's time for another installment of the Thumbs Up award!!
This month's recipient is Erika from This Spartan Will!!
There are a number of reasons I'm giving Erika a big ol' Thumbs Up:
1. I met her online, but when she moved out here we became friends immediately. She is a real person from the moment you meet her. I love her openness and was pulled into her vortex from the start.
2. She is the athlete I want to be...I will never be that person, because she has been an athlete since she was a zygote. She did her first Ironman in Arizona in 2012, and finished it in 12:19:04. She crushed it!
3. She's also "wicked-smaht". She has a very important job at Stryker and does fancy things like teach doctors how to use their equipment.
4. Erika is always up for a good time (in a grown-up sort of way...not in a Girls Gone Wild kind of way). She and her husband are so fun to be around, and even though she might argue it, she amazes me with how she juggles work, marriage, a fun and high-spirited 3-year-old, and exercise!
Aside from all those things, there is one more reason Erika gets a Thumbs Up:
If you read my last post, you saw that she ran with me and paced me to a half marathon PR. After that race said that I *might* sign up for a marathon...and then I did.
When Erika found out, she said that if I wanted her to come out and run it with me she would!! (Did I mention that she just moved back to Michigan?) So now, I will be running my first marathon with my trusty pacer and unofficial coach by my side!!
Erika, this is for you. You rock.