My CrossFit Story: Emily Thurman

Believe it or not I used to be in great shape (at least this is what I keep reminding myself). I first learned to Powerlift from my dad in high school and then the great Judy Gedney when I went to college. But time happens… I even forgot I once majored in Nutrition! But it’s all starting to come back to me now.

When I first came to CrossFit almost two years ago I knew I was searching for something. I just wasn’t quite sure what it was. I realize now I came to fight my way back from having my second child, from battling years of infertility drugs, failed pregnancies and adoptions, and from the lost sense of identity I found when I left my job eight years ago to first become a stay-at-home mom. What I found in CrossFit was bigger than just something physical. I began to find myself again. CrossFit is the one thing I do where for one hour my mind shuts off. All the noise of life goes away.

Fast forward to today. I just had my third child.

When I was pregnant with Crosby (my second), because it took an awful long time and many, many fertility drugs I spent most of my pregnancy scared to do anything and I stopped exercising. Resulting, I believe, in a very long 36-hour labor. This time, after even more fertility drugs than last time, I knew I was given a gift to be able to experience this again and wanted to do things much different… all with the great hope of not having another 36-hour delivery! As much as I would have liked to have stayed at CrossFit my entire pregnancy, I made it six months. And I continued to do what I could on my own from there. I spent less than six hours in labor this time! In fact, we barely made it to the hospital as Genevieve was born (naturally) only 40 minutes after arriving. I’m not sure if it was the physical aspect of CrossFit that attributed to a speedy delivery and even faster recovery this time but I like to believe it had something to do with it. Most certainly the mental and emotional changes that have occurred after having been here for over a year certainly made a difference!

It’s been three months now since Genevieve was born. I’m not going to lie, coming back is hard. Gains were lost and everything hurts. Some days I’m here, some I’m not. I’m realizing it’s going to be a slow comeback. But it is going to be a comeback!

To my CrossFit coaches, thank you for all you do making all of us, no matter our fitness level or ambitions, feel our lives can be stronger, happier, and better for being a part of the Union Fitness community. Thank you for coaching someone like me, whose ambitions do not include being the next Ms. Fitness America, but rather just wanting to make sure that big birthday looming around the corner is not going to be the top of my hill!

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