Member Highlight: Lee Owens

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Middle and High school teacher at Youth Horizons Boys ranch. My wife JoAnn is a first grade teacher at Valley Center. I have two daughters Kalee and Katlynn. Kalee will be deployed to Kuwait for 10 months starting in July through the Army Reserve as a Pharmacy technician. Katlynn is in the Regular Army as a Par-legal. 
What I like best at Opti-Life: The variety of group classes, and the scheduling of classes allow me to take back to back classes. Wednesday mornings of Body Pump and Tread and Shed is my favorite day of the week. My favorites include; Body Pump, Triple Time, Tread and Shred, Race day, Pilates, and CX Worx. If I had to pick my favorite class, it would be Triple Time. I enjoy the variety of spin, running and core exercise all in the same class. I also have to give a big shout out to all the trainers that push me and keep the energy at a high level throughout class. My tired and sore muscles want to say thank you for making me a healthier and stronger person.Last but not least, the employees that work the morning front counter are awesome. Lexi, Alesa, DJ, and Lindsey, They always laugh at my jokes, even though they are not always funny. They always smile and give me energy when I walk into the door. They tell me to have a great day when I leave.
Fitness Journey: I am an example of how it is never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t start running and exercising until I was 40 years old. My first run from my house was 1 1/2 mile, and I almost had to walk. Fast forward 8 years, and over 10,500 miles later, I am training for marathon #11 on March 24th 2018. I still have my #1 running goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. In order to achieve this, I will have to run in under 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Challenge to all members: Join a “Tribe”. I am part of the faith and running tribe. We are just getting started, but I have already met many new members and have plans for workouts and group runs this summer. The more people that join, the more fun and beneficial it will be to everyone.
Thank you Opti-Life for a chance to share my story. I am excited to be a member and look forward to meeting and working out with everyone. Open invitation to everyone to say hi and introduce yourself.