Continuing with our weekly column, “That Girl”, we are celebrating the accomplishments of real women who make health and fitness a priority because we know that true athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and athletic abilities from around the world. So this week we’re celebrating Angie Crawford, a Florida triathlete who just completed Ironman Florida–a grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run–and set a personal record while doing so. Sports, she says, have taught her the true meaning of balance, gratitude, health and happiness.
Jacksonville, FL (originally from Viburnum, MO)
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
3 Ironmans, 9 half Ironmans, 6 marathons, countless half marathons…..and a 11:26 at Ironman FL last weekend! What I’m most proud of is that I stay balanced in life while training and that I keep the fun in training and races! I am also proud to say that my husband and I have raised over $40,000 for various charities through marathons and triathlons.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
Seeing my patients who have health problems early in life because they don’t exercise, and seeing my parents who eat healthy and take no prescription medicines. Wanting to live a fun, long, happy, healthy life with my husband!
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
I go ahead and get my workout clothes on, get some other things done and then I feel bad if I have to take them off without working out Plus, now that I moved to the beach, I just start walking on the beach, and it usually turns into a run.
Favorite energizing meal:
Eggs with baby spinach and avocado with feta cheese and grape juice.
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
Sipping on a protein shake and stretching on our balcony overlooking the ocean, and planning with my husband what we will do the rest of the day or the rest of our lives!
What is your top kick-ass workout?
Trying to keep up with my husband on a run.
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
I really enjoyed running in the hilly Northern California trails, but when we move, I will really miss running on the very flat beach that goes forever in Jacksonville!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
Sports helped teach me a healthy lifestyle at a young age and being competitive continues to help so many aspects of life including my relationship with my husband. I’ve met so many people who aren’t able to do participate in sports, so I never take for granted my ability to compete and if I have an injury, I always keep in mind that it is short term and it’s not the “end of the world”.
Calling all female athletes (that means you!): Do you surf, ski, swim, climb mountains, mountain bike, compete in races or stay fit with any other sport? We want to inspire other women with your story. Send an email to editor@Blisstree.com with the subject “That Girl”.
Photo: Angie Crawford