Dusty has been married to her Marine since 2007 and has two beautiful daughters. She became a Stroller Warrior early in 2012 in Okinawa, Japan. However, she wasn’t highly active due to her work schedule. She had just a sampling of SW at the time, and when she moved to Monterey, CA and heard there was an SW chapter, she jumped right in. “It was in Monterey where I flourished with SW. I quickly felt like I had found my fitness peeps! And it continued to grow. I found a group of women who weren't intimidated by my passion and intensity for fitness, which can be a bit much. I attended every meet-up religiously. I participated in everything I could.” Shortly after joining, Dusty became a workout leader and was a co-captain for two Ragnar teams. “While we were in Monterey, my world revolved around SWM. I mean, where else can you go to spread your passion, workout with your kids, and be supported in every possible way?”
Dusty knows all to well how much a Stroller Warrior family can impact your life. While in Monterey, she dealt with two surgeries and the birth of her second daughter…all in a short 18-month span! “My friends from SWM made all that bearable. Being away from family, I was supported by my SW family. They helped with meals, car rides, shuttling my kiddo to preschool, but even more than that they helped keep my spirits high when I was restricted from working out for eight weeks post-op, the absolute worst part of recovery for me. Nothing can replace my SW Sisters!”
My greatest running accomplishment is running 250 RTW miles after having a baby, and two surgeries in less than a year. I didn't start running until March 2015 post baby girl number two. Then I had surgery on my leg in June and six weeks later I had major pelvic surgery that kept me from running or working out for eight weeks. But with all that I was still able to complete 250 miles before Thanksgiving 2015. They may not have been many miles, but they were miles I struggled for every single step of the way. And I am darn proud of my 250 mile RTW shirt!
(Psst…you can earn a RTW shirt, too. Check it out here.)
What is your favorite experience or memory with SW so far?
Hands down my favorite SW experience was co-captaining SW Ragnar Napa! You ladies ROCK!!!!
What is one piece of advice you would give to a new military spouse?
One piece of advise I would give to a new mil spouse is to do what you like in your military community. If you like sewing, find a military sewing club, or military spouses book club. It is so vital to our survival in this lifestyle to have friends who support us in our own likes as well as the lifestyle we live. Don't expect it to come to you, go out and find it, then ROCK IT!
(If running is your thing, check out this link to find a Stroller Warriors chapter near you.)