Baker, Jackie

Having never liked long distance running, I decided to give myself a challenge.  In 2011, I began running. I started with 2.5km working my way up to 5, 10, 15km and finally accomplishing my goal of a half marathon – 21km.  This was no easy feat for me, as I honestly only ever did sprinting for running.  With much hard work and determination, I was able to achieve my goal.

Training for a Spartan race was a new experience for me. I had been running long distances for a couple of years now, and I felt needed a new fitness goal.  Having the obstacles mixed in to a 5km hilly race was MUCH more challenging!  Training for an obstacle was definitely more diverse.  Much more strength was needed.  I felt a great sense of accomplishment in completing this goal. I learned so much about myself during the training and running of this race.

In 2014, I was watching a good friend of mine at her first powerlifting competition.  I was so intrigued with the sport that I knew this was something I wanted for myself. I hired a personal trainer and it progressed from there.  I competed in two powerlifting competitions in 2015, and I loved every minute of the competitions and the training for it. Training hard 4 days a week was humbling but competing was something I envisioned for myself so I never gave up.

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