Athlete of the Month, RaceStart Training Milwaukee

RaceStart Athlete Of The Month, Alisha K

Alisha has been recognized as our athlete of the month for her strong work ethic, positive attitude, determination, and drive.

Alisha’s positive energy is infection to all those around her. She has definitely had an impact on our RaceStart community, and for that we are thankful! You are truly an inspiration to us all- Keep up the great work!

Alisha, training at RaceStart in MilwaukeeI am social worker and substance abuse counselor for the Department of Corrections at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, working with adult male offenders,and I work part-time as a therapist for a residential treatment facility, working with adolescent girls.

Tell us something we may not know about you?
I worked at an orphanage in Thailand, which sparked my interest in social work. And I love Eminem 🙂

When did you start training at RaceStart?
I went to my first Warrior class in Spring 2013 and started going consistently in December 2013.

Main reason for joining RS?
I was training for a half marathon and was looking for something other than just spending 60-90 minutes on a treadmill, running each day. I wanted a more enjoyable way to prepare for the race…boy did a get a lot more than that.

What were your thoughts after you completed your first RaceStart workout?
Unfortunately I went to my first RaceStart workout and did not return for 6 months. Honestly, after that first workout, I felt pretty discouraged. I could run 8-10 miles without a problem and struggled through that first workout. I was embarrassed and mad at myself. I wish I wouldn’t have allowed myself to get so discouraged, because I haven’t felt that way since that first class. Now, I have basically the same thought after each workout…”That was sooo hard, and I feel sooo good!”

What is your fitness background?
I was an athlete in high school and stayed in fairly good shape during high school. Once college started I only worked out (elliptical, treadmill, and fitness classes) 2-3 days per week. During grad school a friend convinced me to sign up for a half marathon. This is what kick-started my work to start feeling good about myself and get back into shape.

What’s your biggest fitness accomplishment?
Feeling proud of myself! Of course there are things that I have done since beginning RaceStart that I never thought I could do, but even more than those things I never expected I would feel so proud of myself.

Has RS affected your life at home, at work, with friends, family life, etc? (circle all that apply)
explain….Racestart has affected all areas of my life…I am healthier, I enjoy working out, and it is a part of my everyday life. I eat healthier, I am positive and energetic at work, I try to convince my friends to come to Racestart workouts, and I tell my family and friends about my workouts and new PR’s on a regular basis! Like I said above, I’m proud!

What results have you seen since your first RS workout?
I’ve seen quite a few results since beginning Racestart. I’m not a big scale person; however I know my body has changed…it looks different, feels different, and my clothes fit different. The most obvious results are my attitude and my feelings about myself. I am much more confident and comfortable with myself than ever before.

What are your future training goals?
I recently reached a goal that I set quite a while ago…I am finally off of the rings and am doing pull-ups on the bar. Now, I would like to keep working on my push-ups, dips, and continue working at getting new PR’s. Anything with a kettlebell I dread, so I guess I need to keep working at those too…there’s got to be a reason I hate them!

What is your most memorable experience with RS?
The first RaceStart workout I went to we had to do crabwalks, which was the most discouraging thing I ever did. I could barely go 3 feet without falling and my wrists were in pain immediately. My most memorable moment was being able to do those same exact crabwalks down and back, across the gym without stopping or resting. I was so proud, I cried (that never happens)!

What advice would you give to a “Newbie” or someone considering joining the RaceStart family?
Keep coming back…I keep seeing this phrase “your hardest workout will eventually become your warm-up” and it’s true. If you can’t do something, it’s okay, there are modifications. If you stop going, you will never get it and if you keep working, eventually you will (and it feels GREAT when you do). Those difficult, challenging workouts make the PR’s and new abilities feel that much sweeter 🙂

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I like…all the friends I have made since joining RaceStart…they are an amazing group of people!
I eat…healthier than I used to, and I still have some work to do! I like….pizza and beer 🙂
I do…feel good about myself!
I am…confident and excited to see what I will be capable of doing in another year!
To be fit is to be…aware of how powerful your body is and proud of everything it is capable of doing 🙂