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This week we check in with another five year member (and Birthday girl!), Mary Pelkofer! — Crossfitting since: 2012 — A little about yourself: Where do you even start with this question? Well I am a Hales Corners native and married to Jarrod a BCF coach. We met in elementary school on the playground where I am sure it had to be love at first sight. We've got one dog Clay, a resident BCF canine. I love them both dearly. I work at Northwestern Mutual in a role focused on business consulting but I am a recruiter by trade and love helping people find out what their passion is and connecting it to their work. Outside of my day jobs, I am active in the community and am a founding member of a young professionals group focused on ending homelessness in the city. I try to leave the world a little better each day. I've been an athlete most of my life playing basketball growing up, rugby in college and then moving into the marathon thing as I realized that you can't keep eating tortilla chips and hoping your jeans will still fit! — How did you get into CrossFit? Jarrod actually got me into it. He was looking for something to do outside of personal training and stumbled across it. I loved the competitive nature of the workouts and it allowed me to add something to my running schedule. I realized quickly that I was horrible at it. I still remember my first class where I just wanted to test out and Tyler told me to row. I think I rowed 200 meters and wanted to die. I've been in love with it ever since. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? CrossFit has challenged me every day. Sometimes just to get up in the morning, and sometimes with things bigger than workouts. I can tell you when I first started, I thought for sure I was going pro. Whatever the games were, because I had no idea at that time what they were, I was making it. Quickly I learned some valuable and humbling lessons. I saw that unlike any sport I've played or race that I ran, CrossFit would throw something at you that you hadn't seen before and you'd have to react. That whole, constantly varied part, super true.