November Athlete of the Month: Stephanie Richards

Congratulations to Rising’s November athlete of the month, Stephanie Richards!   We all know that CrossFit is not a magic pill and that everyone has to make the decision, each and every day, to show up and get after it.  Day after day, week after week, month after month, Stephanie continues to be a perfect example of consistency, dedication, and good old fashioned work ethic and we are so proud to call her a Rising athlete.  Get to know her a little better by checking out her answers below.

Date you began crossfitting: November 2013

Athletic background: Through high school I danced and played soccer. While living in Baltimore I took trapeze lessons, there once was a time that I was quite flexible! It’s hard to believe considering how taxing a 400 is these days, but I used to run a lot before starting crossfit!

Day job: Kindergarten teacher

Why did you decide to start crossfitting? 

I started crossfit at a time in my life that I needed a mental/spiritual outlet, more than a physical one. My husband and I were going through our first round at tackling our infertility issues when Rising opened it’s doors. I was on some crazy fertility meds that made me lose who I was completely as a person, wife, and friend. I can remember the exact moment when I realized crossfit was what I needed to get my life back. I’ve never told her this, but Rain’s blog post, Turmoil, ultimately led me to sign up for foundations. So thank you Rain for sharing your story! (editor’s note…love this answer and it made me cry).

Favorite thing about Crossfit? 

Though I suffer from a horrible case of RBF and am oddly shy at times, I truly love all the people that I have met at Rising. I get to work out with my best friends every day. As far as movements, my favorite is squatting, in any shape or form. It’s good to know these trunks are being put to use after all these years of being labeled as “big”. Also, I love how every day brings a new challenge to push me out of my comfort zone.

Least favorite thing about Crossfit? 

My self-doubt and comparison to others – those 4:30 people are no joke! I have to remind myself that no matter how fast or slow I go that I am making strides in my health.

If you did not spend so much time exercising, you would probably…..???? 

I can’t imagine a world where I didn’t spend a lot my time working out. I’d like to say that I’d relax and read a book….but that’s just never been me!