Weekend Warrior: Kimberly Young ~ runner + CrossFitter

AGE: 52

BIRTHPLACE: Memphis, TN

OCCUPATION: Chief Financial Officer, Baptist Medical Group

SPORT: Running & CrossFit

FAMILY AND PETS: Husband, Tony; Two sons, Hunter (24) and Jake (21); and dog, Jack

FIT CLUB: In the past I’ve run with Memphis in Motion (Mark Higgonbotham’s group) and with the Breakaway group in Germantown, but due to my work schedule, I mostly train solo.

WW BRAGGING RIGHTS: The first half of 2016 was a great running year for me. I started with the Los Angeles Marathon in February the day after watching the USA Marathon Olympic Trials. I got PRs in several of my favorite spring races (Shiloh Park 4 miler 1st Place Female overall and Coca Cola 10K in Corinth 1st Place Female Grandmasters Overall) and ran the Brooklyn Half in May. I ran my first 25K Trail Run in Mountain Home, AR (David’s Trail) in January.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: My St. Jude Half Marathon time in 2015 qualified me to run the New York Marathon.

MOST MEMORABLE WW EVENT: I competed in a CrossFit Competition partnering with my sister, Brittany, in Nashville back in November. We placed 2nd in our combined age group (90-99). My sister has been doing CrossFit for many years and is such an awesome teammate and competitor. This year we plan to crush the 100 and older age group.

“Being fit changes my whole perspective on life.”

I RUNNING & CROSSFIT: Running is such a stress reliever. It really calms me down before or after a stressful day at work. Cross Fit “fits” my personality. It changes and is challenging every time. It provides the social atmosphere I don’t have with running.

FITNESS MOTIVATION: Being fit changes my whole perspective on life. It inspires me to eat better and gives me confidence to deal with the stressful parts of my career. I was very athletic growing up and participated in just about any sport I could find. Running and doing CrossFit gets me back to the days of having “practice” after school and “games” or races to plan and train for.

CROSS TRAIN: I do CrossFit 3 times a week at CrossFit Collierville

PRE-RACE RITUALS: I have to lay out my clothes, pin on my bib, and lay out my fuel. I am very organized and not a happy camper if I feel disorganized or rushed before a race.

WW MUST-HAVE’S: Brooks Ghost Running Shoes, Garmin 610 for long runs, Apple Watch for shorter runs, Nike Metcons CrossFit Shoes, and anything from Lululemon!

NEXT WW CHALLENGE: Coca Cola 10K in Corinth

MOTTO: “Teamwork makes the Dreamwork.” I stole this from a coworker several years ago, and I have to admit it’s one of my favorites.

Interview by Hailey Thomas.

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