Taking Care of Our Ocean

Taking Care of Our Ocean

Each and every one of us are responsible for the marine debris problem in our waterways and ocean. Each choice we make to use a piece of plastic means we are potentially contributing to a problem that has a solution well beyond the scope of any individual person. But each and every person can be their own tiny part of the broader solution. We must think clearly about the choices we make each day.

Always Prepared

I have always been one to think ahead. Planning is my modus operandi, it’s what gets me through my days. Some of that is pure anxiety – I can’t handle not planning for things, because it stresses me out. If I plan to not have a plan, then I’m OK – but I still have to consciously say ‘Katie, you’re going to NOT plan something and just go with it today’. 

It's been a crazy few months

Wow, what a crazy few months it has been. So crazy, in fact, that I haven’t updated this site since January. JANUARY! For that, I apologize.

It’s not that I haven’t been running. Quite the opposite in fact.

I’ve been running more in the last few months than I have in my entire life.

I trained for and ran in my first Ultra marathon (I’ll put up a race recap soon, for posterity sake)

I took a month off in May. Not because I was injured. Not because I was in a running slump. Simply because life had other plans for me. You see, I work full time and am a grad student part-time. And you know what May is? Finals time. This year, May was also the release of a major plan for the ocean off of New England, which is what I happen to work on in my day life. Sleep was hard to come by. I ran maybe a few times, nothing exciting.

But now I’m back.

I’m taking one class this summer, and my final paper is due tomorrow (hello, procrastination!)

I’m training for the New York Marathon in November (hello, excitement!)

I joined the DC Road Runners, and have never felt more connected to the running community (hello, happiness!)

I have so many updates, so many stories, and so much to talk about.

I can’t wait to share it with you.

Join me as I try to get my life back together, and share my exciting running stories with you. There sure are a lot of them, and I would hate to not share



Distance Goals

For many of my fellow distance runners, it is not uncommon for yearly mileage to well exceed 1,000 miles. For some of you, its over 2,000 or even 3,000 (GRACIOUS!).

This past year, I truly got in to distance running at its heart. Long, deliberative runs that connect me with my mind and my body better than I've ever been in my athletic career. I started running 10 years ago now, but it is just this past year that I've truly felt strong, confident, and able to accomplish goals that I never would have thought possible.

At the start of the year, I never thought I would run 1,000 miles by December. Well, here we are, and I am 17 miles away from breaking that first barrier. If I'd been more in tune with my body in the early months of this year, I may have broken 1,200+ but that just gives me a goal for next year!

Just wanted to share my excitement :) I have a half-marathon on Sunday, which means by Monday morning, I will be over the threshold I never thought was possible