Athlete Profiles: Meg Paszko
Meg – best time and hardest women’s scale of yesterday’s “Pushing Helen”
1. When you’re not in “Superman” mode, what’s your Clark Kent job?
I work at MANNA (a non-profit in Philadelphia that delivers meals and nutritional counseling to people living with life-threatening illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes -www.mannapa.org). I also work some nights at a club – bar-backing (can i call this an extra workout? I guess not compared to cross-fit).
2. How did you find out about CrossFit and why did you decide to do it?
My brother said I had to try this new thing he was doing and check out some blog – i ignored him for a couple months but during a visit home he had me do a tabata (squats, push ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups) and in about 15 minutes I felt like I wanted to die – I was hooked. Have played sports all my life and considered the 1 hour workout/2 hour practice the norm, so when 15-20 minutes beat me up – I decided there’s a reason for this crazy cult.
Long term – To be able to do the workouts Rx’d – like no more rubber bands for pullups – consecutive sets of straight pushups – women’s weights on thrusters/push-presses etc. I guess for a shorter goal – I’d like to get a pretty solid kipping pull-up in the next month or so and decrease my 5K time to sub 27m.
4. Favorite CrossFit moment so far?
First pull-up for Kar and I. And in a strange way, getting my butt handed to me when we did a running/squat thrusters (can’t remember the name) workout outside – made me realize breaks aren’t worth the first workout back’s pain and reminded me there’s a long way to go. Crossfit is humbling – that’s one of the great parts of it.
5. Favorite place to get a meal in Philly?
With friends at my apt.- potlock style. I guess restaurant-wise I’d have to say Govinda’s, Adobe, or the Belguim Cafe (all with great Veggie options).