Courtney came to us with the straightforward goal to run a half marathon. But straight forward goals are not always the easiest goals and completing a half marathon is a tall order. So we developed a plan with an eye on injury prevention that would allow her to complete her training runs as smoothly as possible. After a few false starts, Courtney rededicated herself, showed outstanding commitment to her training despite a busy schedule and continually improved her pace and running mechanics. When it came time to signup and complete her race, she did so with confidence and determination. So we’re happy to celebrate her accomplishment by making her our Member of the Month.
What drew you in to BlackBox? What about this place keeps you coming back? Last year I was searching for a gym that didn’t seem like a cattle-call. I’ve been to big famous gyms before, and they always felt like the trainers were in a rush to see trainees, get them through a workout, quickly respond to a few questions, and move on to the next person. I hate that type of experience. When I walked into BlackBox, I immediately felt the professionalism, but more importantly, the relational aspect of the gym. The trainers are super relaxed and real, which makes the atmosphere seem more like a family of experts than a gym for profit.
How has Coach Lennon helped you reach your goals? Have you noticed improvements in other areas that you weren’t even expecting?
Lennon’s knowledge of running, strength and conditioning, and the body really helped drive my motivation and stamina to reach my goals. Here’s what I mean by that: While training with Lennon, I always had an immense amount of questions, and shockingly, he had truly expert answers to everything. He’s like a textbook. Those answers helped me fully understand what was happening with my body when I ran, did new work-outs, or neglected to work out. Today, I know more than ever about my body and how it adjusts and changes when I exercise. I even know what exercises I need to do if I’m hurting.
As far as improvements in other areas, heck yes. I am stronger and more knowledgeable than ever before in my life. I understand why I need to stretch or foam role, and how it will improve my physical condition. Lennon helped flesh out the mystical myths of exercise so that working out is way more practical. By the way, other than being an expert trainer, Lennon has a philosophy degree, and it shows in his training; when you walk away from a session with him, you will understand more about grit, David Hume, and foam rolling than ever before.
Tell us about your last race; it was a pretty big deal! Do you have any other races or big athletic/fitness goals lined up for the future? The race I completed was The Dallas Arboretum’s Tour des Fleurs Half Marathon. I came to BlackBox for training to complete my first half marathon, and I did it! My next goal is to simply stay consistent with my new exercise routine.
You teach high school rhetoric. If you could give one piece of life advice to your students, what would it be?
“Maturity has nothing to do with age. Maturity is a commitment to the process.”
Also, and I just read this from author Mel Robbins this morning, so I want to add it because it’s great: “Successful people generate big numbers. And by big numbers, I don’t mean money. I mean the number of attempts that they try, picking themselves back up even after failing.”
Do you have a playlist that you listen to when you run or a playlist to get your pumped for your races? If yes, what are some of your fave songs on it? Or do you prefer silence and get zoned in on your own? Every day I’m constantly stimulated by extremely loud noises in classrooms and hallways, so when I run, I like to simply listen to the gentle sounds of nature and quiet around the Trinity Trails.
What person (non-family member) has had the biggest positive impact on your life. I would say Larry Adley. He’s been my mentor for over ten years. He’s the one who taught me that maturity is a commitment to the process. He’s like a dad.
What does your “perfect day” look like? Here is a description of my “perfect day”: I sleep in to about 8am, get a cup of coffee in my favorite Christmas tree shaped coffee mug, get back in bed to drink coffee while reading a book for about half an hour, get dressed, and go hiking with Alex, my amazing boyfriend. Then, have a nice dinner. SIMPLE.
What is something (unusual or normal) that you recommend everyone try or do at least once in their life? Visit Big Bend National Park, and while on your way, stop in Terlingua—it’s a neat old hippy town —rarely visited, but full of character and colorfully delightful people.
Tell us something about yourself that we’d probably never guess. Apparently, I’m a pretty good poker player. I learned the game last December, and since then I’ve played with former NFL players, and I’ve even won around $800. It truly is a game of making inferences, interpreting multiple levels of data, and critical thinking skills.
Leave us with your favorite quote, lyrics, or anything you’d like to add! Favorite quote: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” –Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird