Fit Milwaukee (FitMKE) is a group of individuals who are focused on living a better, healthier life by promoting fitness in the Milwaukee community. Founded in Fall 2009, we started as a blog that highlighted our own fitness journeys and featured events and stories from other like-minded people in the Milwaukee area. We are not doctors, personal trainers or professionals but we DO consider ourselves and everyone who participates to be athletes in their own right. By sharing our personal experiences we hope to motivate and inspire others to get in shape and pursue their own fitness goals. Our mission is to support the everyday person trying to incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyle.
One of our goals is to sponsor fitness-related events that can further our goal of promoting health and fitness within the Milwaukee community:
Do you have a story you’d like to share? A weight loss success story or a race report? While we appreciate and consider inquiries from all guest authors, we encourage our authors to keep content Milwaukee-based and prefer the author is a Milwaukeean or Wisconsinite to keep unique local content on our site. Contact one of us below:
Tracey is a mom, runner, chronic volunteer and general fitness nut. A former dancer, she took up running because she wanted to prove to herself that she could do it and since
then things have kind of spiraled out of control. In the past three years she has completed six marathons, a 50-mile ultramarathon, and currently has no plans to slow down. She has also coached for Girls on the Run Milwaukee and blogged about her training for the Dirty Girl Mud Run. She is quite frankly, addicted to endorphins.
The way to Tracey’s heart: good food, wine, old timey music, modern dance, running gear, and Doctor Who.
Anne Munkwitz made a commitment to get fit, changed her lifestyle, and lost the extra weight she’d been yo-yoing with for most of her life. She went from 0 to marathon over the course of 2009, and now runs 4-5 days per week and participates in countless races and events year-round (yes, even in these brutal Wisconsin winters!). She believes that the keys to success in fitness lie in surrounding yourself with positive energy and a good support system. Getting and staying fit is a journey, and it is just as much about your trials as it is your triumphs. She is a fitness fanatic, Twitter addict, and a coach with Team Challenge Wisconsin — a half-marathon training program that raises money to find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis.
Marty is a runner from Milwaukee. His initial running goals included running one mile non-stop and then running a 5K without walking. When he first started running, Marty weighed 230 pounds. Since then, he has lost 60 pounds simply by making smarter food choices (and keeping a food log) and making regular exercise part of his life. He regularly runs in the Wauwatosa area or on the lakefront, and is always happy to run with others (of any ability).
Amy is relatively new to the fitness game, but is committed to changing her unfit ways and getting fit with the rest of Milwaukee! After a scary warning from her doctor in December 2009, Amy decided she couldn’t yo-yo diet anymore. She’s working hard to lose 100 extra pounds while making little life changes she can stick to. Her original goal was to run a 5k sometime in 2010, but she decided to dream big. In the last two years, Amy has finished four half marathons and has her sights set on a marathon in 2012. Amy enjoys yoga, acupuncture and going for runs with her little dog named Beep. She is documenting her health struggles, training and weight loss journey on her blog: Losing it Without Losing Me. Follow her on Twitter: @amykant.
Reconstructing a Beer Runner
Sara Santiago underwent multiple major surgeries in 2010 to treat several physically debilitating neurological conditions. While her prognosis is good, and she gets stronger each day as her body continues to heal from her surgeries, she knows that the road back to physical fitness will be challenging. The Reconstructing a Beer Runner series will take readers through the ins and outs, ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks of rebuilding physical fitness after a long illness and treatment. Sara decided to write this series because she knows she’s not alone. Many people struggle with getting back into a fitness routine (or starting for the first time) after injury, illness, or a major life change. Join Sara as she tries to navigate the road back to health and fitness with the help of the FitMilwaukee community. You can read more about Sara’s condition and medical shenanigans here. Follow @SaraSantiago on Twitter.
Fit Milwaukee’s Madison Correspondent
With eight marathons under her belt, Krista will quit when it stops being fun. She grew up running, but didn’t put the pedal to the metal until 2005, when she finished the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, her first. She chased the sub-4-hour marathon dream for four years, finally conquering at the 2010 San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon with a 3:58. Is running her passion? Maybe. But passion’s a big word for what’s a simple pleasure. Krista has already logged a thousand miles in 2010, and will keep plugging away at the miles in the months ahead. She’s a Twitter-fiend, blogger, self-proclaimed cat lady whose hero is Hal Higdon (pictured). She’s called Wisconsin home her entire life, but Madison’s been it for the last two years. She plans to stay. You’re most likely to find her running along Lake Monona. But be careful if it’s dark outside. She carries pepper spray.