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Catching up with SlimKatie

The basics: 30 year old blogger/stay at home mom from Southeast Michigan

When/How did you start running?
I started running in March of 2010. The only reason I started was to fulfill a bucket list goal of running a 5K race. I had never run a mile in my life, so it was a challenge. But as I started running farther distances, I became hooked on the sport.

Why do you run?
I mainly run to maintain my 120ish pound weight loss, but I’ve also discovered that running helps my mood. I used to have drastic mood swings, and with regular running those have stopped (most of the time!). I also run because it gives me goals to work toward–a new distance, a new PR, etc. I’m always working on something!

When do you prefer to run?
I live in Michigan, so we have some pretty drastic weather changes. During the summer, I prefer to roll out of bed and go first thing in the morning, before it gets too hot outside. In the winter, I like to wait until mid-morning, after breakfast. Occasionally (and I mean VERY occasionally!) I get the urge to go for an evening run, just for the heck of it. There is something magical about running at sunset.

When/Where was your best run ever?
My best run ever… this is a tough question! It wasn’t my fastest run, or my farthest run. It was probably the first leg of The Ragnar Relay Great River in August 2010. It was my very first road race (I hadn’t even run a 5K race yet), and I was extremely nervous as my leg approached. The sun was just starting to go down, and I was out in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. There was nobody else around me for the majority of my first leg, and the whole experience felt surreal. The scenery was beautiful!

What is your proudest moment in running?
The proudest moment I’ve felt while running was probably the first time I ran 8 miles. I had attempted an 8-mile run twice before, and fell short. Finally, I bought a big piece of carrot cake and told myself I couldn’t eat it until I ran 8 miles… and I did. That very day!

What is your biggest running disaster/embarrassing moment?
I was running through a neighborhood one day with my iPod, feeling great. I had to cut across a grass median to cross the street. As I ran through the grass, my foot went right into a little hole in the ground that was covered with grass–and I flew forward in a face-plant right on the cement. There were a bunch of men working construction who turned to look at me, and I was horribly embarrassed! I got up, brushed the dirt and gravel out of my skinned knees and elbows, and kept on running. I’m amazed I didn’t break a bone!

What are your running goals?
I just ran my first marathon, so I was able to cross that off my list. I’ve had two goals that I’ve been dreaming about for a while–the first is to run a sub-26:00 5K (my PR is 26:57); the second is to run a sub-2:00 half-marathon (my PR is 2:02:57). I despise 5K races, because it feels like a 3-mile sprint–completely miserable! Once I cross that goal off my list, I’ll retire the 5K ;)

What is your favorite type of cookie and who bakes them?
My very favorite cookie is actually made by yours truly. I make oatmeal cookies (no raisins) that have a crisp exterior with a very chewy texture inside. I don’t bake them very often, because I will eat the whole batch!

Your weight loss story is becoming famous – even Dr. Oz featured you… Have you heard from others who are inspired by your story?
This is one of the most humbling parts of being a blogger… I get many, many e-mails from people who say that I inspired them to lose x number of pounds, or to start running. Obviously, it wasn’t ME who accomplished those tasks for them, but I love that I seem to have inspired them to take charge of their health! I love to read about the success of my readers. Sometimes people write me to say that they finished a 5K, or they lost 10 pounds, or they ran a mile for the first time–and I find that so exciting!!

I love the list on your site of things that are easier for you now that you’ve lost 100 lbs. Is there anything that has gotten hard in the past 2 years for you?
Keeping the weight off is hard–it’s a struggle every single day. Cooking has gotten harder–I have to be careful about the ingredients I use so that I’m not packing a ton of calories into my meals.

What is a typical dinner for you?
I love casseroles and skillet meals–basically a bunch of different foods mixed together, the messier the better. One of my favorites is shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and salsa piled on some brown rice–topped with a little cheese and sour cream or guacamole.

What advice would you give to a beginning runner?
Don’t compare yourself to other people! I like running because the only person you are competing with is yourself. Just keep working on improving your own times and distances, and forget about what other people are doing.

What do you bring to every race?
My Garmin Forerunner–I cannot run without it! If I’m running a half-marathon or marathon, I’ll bring Gu. Other than those two things, I’m pretty minimal–just my running clothes and shoes.

What do you listen to when you run?
My breathing, hahah! Seriously–I very rarely bring my iPod with me when I run. When I DO listen to music, I choose Eminem. Listening to him makes me feel empowered. My favorite running song is “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.

Runs for Cookies InterviewWhat is something most people don’t know about you?
I have an addiction to chewing ice. When I’m at home, I am constantly walking back and fourth to the freezer for an ice cube. I’m sure it’s terrible for my teeth, but I can’t stop! When people learn this, they inevitably ask, “Have you had your iron checked? You are probably anemic.” Yes, I’ve been checked, and no, I’m not anemic. Just addicted!

Have you ever met Cookie Monster?
No, and I’m sure that’s for the best. Cookie Monster and I would probably butt heads–fighting over the last cookie, arguing over which cookies are the tastiest… it’s probably best that we stay away from each other!

Follow SlimKatie on her blog “Runs for Cookies” to read about her weight loss maintenance, running and her love affair with cookies. You can also catch her in the July/August issue of Fitness magazine. Katie will also run one of our favorite relay races, the Ragnar Relay Florida Keys, in Jan. 2013 with 11 teammates who have each lost at least 100 lbs – while making a documentary about the experience.

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