Athlete Highlight: Stephanie Johnson

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Post Boston Marathon this past April!

Starting this June, the staff of FAST thought it would be a great idea to share different things our community members and athletes have been up to. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing group of athletes that we want to share your stories!

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We hope everyone enjoys getting to know our first athlete, Stephanie Johnson

  • How did you find FAST? What did you like most about the facility?
    • After moving to the area from Chicago, I went to a few gyms in search of a ‘runner friendly’ facility to start training for the Boston Marathon. By runner friendly, I mean a gym with knowledgeable coaches and diversified workouts that included strength training, endurance, and mobility. FAST went above and beyond all my expectations. I think my favorite part of FAST is the option to do adult performance or crossfit, with a yoga class on the weekends. The coaches put so much thought and care into the workouts and their athletes every day and it is sincerely a great community to be a part of.
  • What is your fitness background?
    • I’ve been an athlete my whole life, including running cross country and track for a division 1 college. After I graduated, I missed the feeling of being part of a team/family suffering together, being awesome and conquering life. I started doing CrossFit about 3 years ago to fill the void and have since been in the best shape of my life.
  • What do you like to do outside of the gym?
    • Outside of the gym you can almost always find me in the mountains. I’m a junkie for hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, camping, skiing, fresh air and mountain views.

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  • You recently completed the Boston Marathon. What drove you to try and qualify for such a notable race and how do you feel about your performance?
    • As a runner, completing the Boston Marathon has been a lifelong dream of mine. I watch the race on television every year, mostly in disbelief of the physical capabilities of the top runners. Though I’m not a fan of the 26.2 mile distance, I decided to finally run my first marathon last year. I ran well under Boston Qualifying time and knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime race I had to take on.
      Completing the Boston Marathon was an amazing experience, but I was not completely satisfied with my performance. The hot day and tough course made me decide to just have fun with the race and enjoy the experience. I finished about 45 minutes after my goal time.
  • What are your goals for the upcoming year?
    • In this upcoming year I have decided to focus on half-marathon races. My goal is to improve my strength and speed specifically for this distance and start hitting times under 1:35.

We wish Stephanie all the luck in the world for any upcoming events and we absolute love having her as a member of our FAST Family!