Kathy Dunn

1. Tell us a little about yourself?

I am 46 years old and have lived in Hull for the past 10 years with my husband David and three kids ages 15, 13 and 10.  I love being close to the beach all year round and taking the commuter boat to Boston every day.   My hobbies are reading, movies, eating, sports and anything outdoors (skiing, skating, walking, biking, swimming, soccer).  I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and have also lived in St. Louis, New York and Providence.  I have lots of extended family across the US and love to travel and spend time with them.

2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)

I started swimming, running and playing tennis as a kid as my parents became more physically active in their lives and brought their 5 kids along for the ride.  My mom, my sister and I ran our first 10k together in an all-women’s run in downtown Chicago when I was 11. I remember I walked a bit in the second half and was thrilled with the Bonne Bell lip smacker that came in the gift bags and the finisher medal!  I stayed active in High School and then became a couch potato in college!  Luckily “Step Aerobics” came along and kept me going through my 20’s with occasional running thrown in.  After kids, I was too heavy to run and was happy to find Spinning – awesome music, darkness and lots of movement without killing my knees.  Then in my late thirties and early forties went back to running, completing first a half marathon in Boston, then two Chicago marathons, a reach the beach relay in NH and two Tough Mudders in Vermont.  I heard friends in town talking about RCFBC before it opened and although it sounded interesting, I thought it would be too intense for me.  Then last December, I decided I was really not enjoying running anymore and needed a new challenge and so signed up for the first on ramp last January and have been hooked ever since.

3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?

I love the spirit and encouragement of all of the coaches.  Their commitment to helping everyone at an individual level wherever they are in their ability level is amazing.  I don’t know how they remember everyone’s names, but they always greet everyone by name and know what is going on with everyone. 

I also enjoy the community of the 5:30 am class, not much talking that early but lots of non-verbal support and encouragement!  I also enjoy Saturday classes with the team workouts, everyone is very welcoming and you see people working together at all levels of ability.  From my very first Saturday where I joined a very accomplished all-male rowing relay team who cheered me on to complete my part of the row,  to the times where I have had a chance to encourage someone who was even newer than me, it is always a great experience!

4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my progress at double unders!  When I started last year, I couldn’t do any.  In the open last March, I got my first one and then was happy to get two or three in a row after that.  Then late this summer, I got to 10, then  13, then 18…..and then one day I did 38 in a row!  I am still inconsistent, but love the feeling of being able to do this many.   Also, I can finally do the junkyard dog warm-up without making my partner lie flat on the ground so I can jump over them. 

I am also proud in general of being able to continue to slowly increase the weight I can lift and the increases I feel in the strength and flexibility of my body. 

5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?

I really want to be able to do a toes to bar and be able to jump on the 20 inch box. 

6. What is your favorite benchmark workout. Hero or girl WOD?

I don’t know if I have a favorite yet.  I enjoy the challenge of keeping myself going on the longer hero workouts and prefer workouts with box jumps or kettlebells vs anything that includes burpees or pushups.

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