December AOM – Julie Moul

We give you the December Athlete of the Month … Julie Moul.

What have you accomplished in your life that you’re most proud of?

My family. It’s been incredible to watch my boys grow into amazing, independent, young men. It also reassures me that I didn’t mess them up too badly!

If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?

I’d love to go to a cabin in the mountains with my family, no phones allowed, and go hiking and trail running with my dogs every day. There would be plenty of good wine involved.

If you were in a band what existing band/group do you see yourself in?

Back-up singer for Lyle Lovett or Lucinda Williams

Favorite place to travel to?

Telluride, CO

What do your kids remind you that it’s OK to do?

Sleeping in can be wonderful, the world won’t end if your bathrooms aren’t spotless, and you should always invite friends over, even if your house is messy … friends don’t mind the dirt.

What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?

Moving our family every five years or so has been my greatest challenge. It is stressful and emotionally exhausting to start over again in an unfamiliar location. But it’s taught me that there are wonderful people and places everywhere; you just have to be willing to seek them out.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?

James’s mustache and his sock collection

What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?

I don’t camp, but I would go GLAMPING (i.e. Glamorous Camping … toilets that flush, hot showers, king sized beds, and executive chef service). I’d love to gather all my friends, who are scattered across the multiple states I’ve lived, so everyone can meet each other, and we can just hang out and have fun.

Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?

Spelunking

Funniest things you’ve seen your kids do?

This is going WAY back. During instructional soccer games, Jordan would stand in the middle of the field singing “I’m a Little Teapot,” complete with arm motions, while the game went on around him. After singing, he would pretend he was a T-Rex and chase the other players around the field while roaring at them. He never kicked the ball but he had fun!

Favorite movie?

Gladiator

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Make the little decisions with your head, but make the big decisions with your heart. Thanks, Dad!

At what age were you in the best shape of your life?

I used to say 38, but now I think it will be Spring 2017; I’ll be 49-½ and ready for Senior Olympic track season.

Goals … personal, professional, family?

I just hope that I will have made a positive difference in the lives of my family, friends, and community.

Words to live by or favorite quote?

Work hard and good things will happen.

What adventure do you plan to have in the future?

A trip to Napa or Italy with our good friends from Toledo.

Favorite book and why?

The “Junie B Jones” series of books. It reminds me of giggly, bedtime stories with the boys.

Something interesting we don’t know about you?

I’m claustrophobic. The blacked-out tube slides at water parks scare me to death, and I nearly had a panic attack while trying to walk through an abandoned train tunnel on a “Rails to Trails” path in Pennsylvania. I think Don still has bruises on his arm from my death-grip.

What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?

I originally joined TrAk because it was something Don and I could do together. But I love working out with a group of like-minded, supportive people and being guided by knowledgeable coaches.

Biggest accomplishment at the gym?

I can now do three legit pull-ups!