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The peak of our hike: The top of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park.


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I am a 30-something Wisconsinite who, despite growing up and living in this bucolic state, was not an outdoorsy girl. Thanks to my husband, I gave camping a chance. Now I'm hooked on endeavors into nature and the health benefits it brings.

Now that I've discovered this new interest area, I want to improve my level of health and well-being in order to more fully enjoy the activities I take part in. I lost about 55 lbs after college and through grad school, but I gained back about 30 lbs after starting to date my now husband. My body doesn't function well most days, and I want to start feeling better both inside and out.

My Journey...

7/30/2010: Joined SP

9/19/2010: Completed The North Face Endurance Challenge 5K. Time = 36:45 (both jogged and walked)

11/28/2010: Completed the Couch to 5K program (GOAL ACHIEVED!)

5/7/2011: Completed the Nicolet Bay 5K (Door County, WI). Time = 32:31 (all running!)

5/5/2012: Completed the Nicolet Bay 5K, second year in a row. Time = 30:33


Member Since: 7/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 11,633

My Goals:
Goals for 2013
(updated March 3)

- Lose 10 pounds by June 1

- Complete a 10K in the fall

- Play golf once a week this summer and improve my game


My Program:
5K Your Way Walking Program: 3 days per week

Pilates: 3 days a week

Flexibility: 1 day a week



Personal Information:
I am happily married Wisconsinite and proud "parent" to two beautiful dogs, Thea (an adopted coonhound mix) and Bailey (a black lab). For my day job, I am a career advisor at one of our state universities. Personally, I write my blog, First Class Great Outdoors, where I share my adventures in camping, hiking, and national parks travel. You can follow me on Twitter: @LauraFCGO.


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"It is never too late to be what you might have been. " - George Eliot

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity..." - John Muir

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller




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