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This week we check in with one of our early risers, Sherley MacLean! — CrossFitting since June 2012 — Little bit about yourself: I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Elkhorn, so you learn the definition of what hard work is, at a young age. As a kid, I was very active in 4-H, training and showing my animals for the county fair. I never participated in any specific sports in HS or college, but started running after college to help manage my health and deal with life's stressors. I started participating in local 5K's, 10k's and eventually fell in love with the marathon distance. I have completed 20 marathons, and enjoy traveling and combining running a half or full marathon with friends. I truly enjoy the outdoors and being active; kayaking, biking, camping and hiking in National parks. I work as a physical therapist assistant treating patients who are critically and chronically ill. At times, it can be both physically and mentally challenging, and most often rewarding, watching my patients progress with their mobility and regaining their strength. — How did you get into CrossFit: I literally drove by the building and stopped in one day to check it out. I thought it was a business that sold fitness equipment, and was surprised to learn that it sold "fitness" called CrossFit. I was not at all familiar with the CrossFit world, and couldn't believe what an industry it was! I fell in love with the sport immediately. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym: Clearly CrossFit has helped me gain overall strength and has improved my mobility in hopes of slowing down the aging process. I found that I didn't have to put in all the miles each week to train for a marathon because I was cross training with a variety of functional movements during class. It feels great to have muscle definition in your arms and legs, it builds confidence. — What makes Badger CrossFit unique: Hands down, the BCF community and my 6:00AM CrossFitters along with awesome coaches. It's a no brainer to get myself out of bed when the alarm goes off, knowing that it will be the best part of my day. I will have invested 60 minutes of exercise for both my mind and body.