In 2010, I received an email from a friend of mine who moved away from the DC area but still likes to keep tabs on local events. My friend shared a link to this Cupid Undie run event and was like “I know you are somehow responsible for this in some way”.
It turns out, I wasn’t but it truly did combine so many things I love- working out, minimal clothing, good causes, medical conditions (well, I don’t love those but my educational background indicates I’m interested in learning about them). Three years later, here I am, a proud participant of DC’s Cupid Undie Run since its inaugural race in February 2010. Four years in a row is a pretty good “streak” if you ask me.
Every year is bigger, fitter (due to the growing number of CrossFitters participating…you think they would pass up an opportunity to do something athletic and half naked with cameras around?!?) and more flamboyant than the last. The fanfare, fundraising, undies and glitter all come together in an effort to raise funds so kids can grow up happy and healthy.
We are in a race to cure neurofibromatosis (NF). And by supporting Children's Tumor Foundation I believe we can do it! Last year, I pledged 1 burpee for every dollar that I raised and I ended up doing 500 burpees, in the snow, on concrete in my hot pink underwear! This year, I doubled my fundraising goal and I had to do something to top 500 burpees. Pledge 1000 burpees? Booo-ring! Who wants to see me (do) that? So this year, I pledged to TATTOO (with a sharpie!) every person's name who donates $10 or more to this worthy cause somewhere on my body for the long cold run around the Capitol in my undies!
Always wanted to run half-naked around our nation’s capitol in February but just can’t find the time? Donate $10 to Children’s Tumor Foundation and you can come with me!
Incase you didn't know about Christy...
I believe that it is my life’s purpose to lead people to a healthier lifestyle. I earned my B.S. in Exercise Physiology from The George Washington University, which led me to working fulltime as a lifestyle and wellness counselor for older adults and part-time as a fitness coach. I walked on to the D1 lacrosse team at GW and it was the first time I was introduced to a formal strength and conditioning program. While I’ve always thrived off of competition and loved playing, I realized that I enjoyed the training in the gym better than the practice on the field. A couple years into my career, I went back to school and became a registered nurse. At that time, I also began training and then competing in CrossFit. As a CrossFit athlete, you learn again and again in a very physical and objective way that you get out what you put into your training. I believe participating in CrossFit brings out the best in people. I want to inspire others to make their health a priority and I know that being active can do that for them. As a nurse, my clinical knowledge and experience allow me to have an even greater influence on the health of the people I work with. I am grateful that my passion for athletics and my professional career are able to align to positively impact others. I have competed at the Reebok CrossFit Games for four years in a row and my training goal this year is to get back to the games at the strongest and fastest I have ever been!
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5 min EMOM
5 Front Squats (50-60% 1RPM)
5 min EMOM
5 Pull ups
5 min EMOM
5 Front Squats
5 min EMOM
5 Pull ups*Modifications Always listen to your body. This is a workout so that you work on form and forced to rest. Pulls ups can be done with bands, strict, or ring rows. Add even more rest if you need.