One of the things I have been dreading about this move was saying goodbye to my SLAM Leavenworth family. Well, today I have to do just that. I would have never thought that this group would change my life in the ways that it has. Not only has it enriched me so much as an athlete and changed me but it has provided me with friendships that will last a lifetime.
I remember coming to SLAM late last July at the insistence of my friend, Lauren. I was absolutely terrified. I had never been to an organized fitness class and I had no idea what to expect. I was intrigued though, because I could bring E with me and I didn't have to throw her into daycare. Before here I had never heard of Stroller Strong Moms. I went in completely blind. However, it wasn't what I thought it would be. It was far better. I was instantly welcomed into this community of women and encouraged every step of the way.
SLAM is exactly what I never thought I needed. I have found that in order for me to support and nurture those around me, I have to do the same for myself. Having that hour for me in the morning with other like minded people has been life changing.
Not only did they embrace me but they embraced my family. Welcoming E and Kyle into the family was icing on the cake. I know these workouts make an impact when Kyle is sore the next day and raves to everyone at how butt kicking they are.
I realized through the HIIT workouts that I was so much stronger than I thought, but that I had so much that I could work on to improve and get better. I had no idea how important core workouts were when it comes to running. Solely because of SLAM I was able to over 10 minutes off of my run times for every distance (5k, 10k, and half). I knew that I had made the right choice by joining. Also having the option of Track workouts as well as Yoga is so beneficial. You also can never go wrong with themed classes haha.
What I never expected were the friendships. These women are incredible and at a moments notice they are willing to drop everything to help each other out. To pick up kids, make meals, pick up slack when needed, be a shoulder to cry on, and someone to have a drink with. It is going to be hard to keep my emotions in check during class this morning because at the end of that hour, it will be all she wrote for me here. I will never forget this group of remarkable women and I know that they are friends for life.
There are 11 SLAM affiliate locations around the country and I highly recommend it! Please check it out if you have one in your area. Stroller Strong Moms will change your life. I am lucky that I will get to join another location when I arrive in NC and I'm looking forward to making lasting friendships there as well. However, I will be sad about saying goodbye to this incredible family I've been a part of for the last 10 months.