Bridget McCullough never ceases to amaze us. We are so blessed to have her here and it's been our pleasure watching her progress in the gym. In April, she did something she never dreamed she would do. Being such a modest person, she was apprehensive to share our story with us. She eventually gave in to her threatening coaches. Bridget, by telling us this story you inspire people…even some that you may never meet. Here are her words. We thank you.
"First of all, I would NEVER have even thought about doing any running/jogging if it wasn't for CrossFit. CF pushed me into it-but it's through CF I learned to push through self imposed limits. The only running I had ever done was in high school softball. Thank heavens I could hit the ball far enough that I had time to get to the base. The next time I did any running was when CFVP told me I had to run 400 meters!! I HATED IT-DESPISED IT. After months of this rotten attitude I decided I had to overcome this hatred. Probably around December I started doing the "Couch to 5K" and was pretty consistent with the training for the 1st month. My plan was to do a 5K run in the spring. In January a friend suggested doing the Go St. Louis 1/2 marathon in April. I figured I had plenty of time to prepare so I registered for the event. Winter hit hard and snowy. Training was cut considerably and my only option was to use the treadmill. I had never been on one and had to have someone show me how to use it. The treadmill only increased my hatred of running. I decided the cold was less hateful and went back to running outside. By the week before the event I had only walked a total of 3 miles and ran only 2. I decided now what not the time for the event and decided I'd try again in the fall. The night before the run I found out my friend would be alone if I didn't participate. She assured me she'd be ok. However, she also convinced me it could be done. So at 5:30 a.m. the next morning, we were on our way downtown. My 1st goal was to complete the run and secondly to complete it within 4 hours. When you complete a WOD, especially one you consider hard, you have a sense of accomplishment. I wanted that. I kept thinking of how it would feel crossing the finish line. I've got to tell you, there were moments where I thought of cutting it short. We were still heading west when I could see the faster runners already heading East towards the finish line. Then I thought about how I would be cheating myself, just like in a WOD when you don't get your knee to the floor in a lunge or your chin above the bar in a pull-up. You are just cheating yourself and your sense of accomplishment diminishes. I knew I wanted that great feeling I get when I finish a WOD correctly. Understand, I am still not running. My run is really a slow jog. My hatred has diminished to a dislike but I am continuing to do it 2-3 times per week. Thank for what you do, Herb, Brandon, and Dan, for teaching me and inspiring me to accomplish this goal."