About Me

Preston and I at Disney World in January 2013, which is where my inspiration for running began

My name is Kathryn and in March 2013 I started running. Since my mom signed me up for my first dance class at age four, most people have associated me with dancing in one way or another. Throughout my childhood I was enrolled in several dance classes a week. Starting in sixth grade, I joined a dance company, and the amount of time that I spent dancing each week increased dramatically. By sophomore year of high school, I was dancing up to seven days a week as a result of my involvement with both a dance company and my high school’s dance team. My life was eat, sleep, breathe, dance. I continued to dance recreationally during college through my participation with AU in Motion, a student run organization at American University.

Because I’ve always been told “Dancers don’t run,” I previously had never taken on the challenge of running as a sport. My husband’s completion of the Walt Disney World Marathon in January 2013 inspired me to try running for myself.  I signed up for and trained for my first half marathon, the Disney World Half Marathon, and now I’m hooked!

Preston and I after I completed my first half marathon

Preston and I after I completed my first half marathon

As of September 2014 I’ve completed three half marathons, a ten miler, as well as a handful of 10ks and 5ks.  I have many more races on my bucket list that I hope to eventually add to my running resume.

Outside of running, I am a high school Social Studies teacher. I am currently in my seventh year of teaching.

My husband, Preston, and I were married on July 30, 2011.  We currently live in Northern Virginia with our dog, Riley.

For answers to some of my readers’ most frequently asked questions, be sure to check out my FAQ post from February 2014.

18 Responses to About Me

  1. Nicole Henry says:

    Hi Kathryn! Just started reading your blog! I live in Baltimore but I grew up in NoVa. Where do you teach? You will love competing in a RunDisney race- I did the Princess Half and ToT and they were so much fun!

  2. Hi Kathryn, I just found your blog. I danced all my life through high school and I can totally relate to the thought that dancers don’t run. I definitely think that dancers have a lot more awareness of their body position and movement when they run and I think this leads to having better running form and thus decreasing injury. I’ve been running for over 2 years and I love it! Good luck with your training!

  3. I am glad I found your blog. We have so much in common! I am an elementary teacher. I grew up dancing and hearing that running would completely ruin your flexibility. I have been running for the last 2.5 years and loving it so far…mostly!

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  5. I am a former dancer turned runner! So fun to find others who are too! I now have the tightest hips/hamstrings ever known to a dancer, but like you that is mostly from not stretching enough.

  6. Hi! I am also a dancer turned runner :) Right now, I am lucky enough to do a little bit of both. I began running last year and was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. Completely surprised after years of dancers don’t run thinking. I’m looking forward to following your blog!!

  7. Jason says:

    Do you think you’ll try a marathon one of these days?

  8. Melissa says:

    Hi! I found you on Through Heather’s Looking Glass and I’m so glad I did! I’m also a dancer since age 4 turned runner/fitness freak. I’ve also run done Disney races and my husband and I have a dog named Riley! So glad to have connected!

  9. Hi! I’m a fellow GGS ambassador in NOVA :) I love your blog! I’m a 15 year dancer turned rower turned runner! Dance still has a very big place in my heart but running sure does help!

  10. Hi! I am a terrible runner & dancer but I try as best I can. :)

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