Marie Hall completed the Lincoln Half-Marathon course on Sunday in a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes – an improvement over her first-ever half marathon time last year, and a commendable effort for a young mom who juggles helping raise two children under age 4 and a position as a full-time manager for a Lincoln corporation.
The 28-year-old Lincoln woman is a self-described “competitive person” whose conditioning has been under the direction of Fit4Lincoln owner Matt Priess since the two first met in 2011. Hall became one of Priess’s first two students when he introduced Fit Body Boot Camp lessons in a workout area of the Center for People in Need building on North 27th St.
“That was before he opened Fit4Lincoln on South 33rd,” she said.
When she became pregnant with her first child (Josephine, now 3 ½), she discontinued her workout regimen. After the birth of her second child (Beau, now 2) in 2014, she reconnected with Priess and joined his Fit Body Boot Camp classes at Fit4Lincoln, north of 33rd & A streets.
Working out on her own at another gym just wasn’t working out, she said.
“I liked the Boot Camp classes that were being offered at Fit4Lincoln, and my parents live right down the street from Matt’s gym, so it was convenient to drop off the kids and go to class,” she said.
Marie says she was “hooked” by the welcoming environment at Fit4Lincoln and immediately became a regular. Marie, her husband and their two children have since moved into a new home. The move has resulted in splitting her 5-to-6 workouts each week between Fit4Lincoln and the Northeast YMCA.
Competitive by nature, the former Marie O’Shea-Creal was a member of the trapshoot team at Lincoln Pius X.
In recent years, she’s stayed busy pursuing career goals and starting a family. Having earned a bachelor’s degree at Bellevue University and a Master of Arts at Doane College (last December), she recently accepted a project manager’s position at National Research Corporation after 9 years with Saint Elizabeth and CHI. She’s excited to be back in her fitness routine.
“I want to be in a condition that allows me to keep up with my kids,” she said.