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 December 2015 I’ve completed six half marathons, three ten milers, as well as a number 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 ninth year of teaching.

My husband, Preston, and I were married on July 30, 2011.  We currently live in Northern Virginia with our infant son (born in December 2015), and 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.

29 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 runner๐Ÿ™‚ 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 NOVA๐Ÿ™‚ 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.๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Katie's Keys says:

    What kind of dance? I’m a competitive highland dancer.

  12. Hi! Just found your blog! I’m a former dancer myself and believe me, running is still a very love/hate thing for me! I would love to dance more, but my workouts consist mainly of weight training, running and barre (gotta have a little dance-related stuff!) these days. Look forward to reading more…hope you’ll check out my blog, The Gym Bunny!

  13. Kristen Harrell says:

    Kathryn,
    I think I was absolutely meant to find your site! I just came in from a tearful run (yes, those happen) and decided to search online to see if there were any other former dancers who are now attempting to run who find it as challenging as I do. I started running just a year ago. I’ve completed two 5k races, a 10k race and have now caved to brotherly peer pressure to run my first 1/2 marathon!!

    Like you my life from age 4 til pretty much the end of college was eat, sleep, work, dance. I now teach AP European History and AP Government! How’s that for similarities???

    I really wanted to ask you about what you said about finding great success with interval training. I’ve been trying it, but feeling like a failure. What did you do at the beginning of those long run training days? I have apps out the wazoo, but I really want to know what worked for you. Hope you have a Merry Christmas! God bless,

    Kristen

    • Hi Kristen, Sorry to hear you had a difficult run. Its always frustrating when those happen! When it comes to interval training, I’ve found that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach. You have to test out different times for the intervals to find what works best for your body. I usually find that I’m able to make the “run” part of the interval longer when the total distance that I’m running is shorter. I don’t use any of the apps to time my intervals, I just self time them using my Garmin. I hope your running becomes easier, and good luck with training for your first half marathon!

  14. Darlene says:

    That’s so great that your husband inspired you to run. I wish mine would.

    I was a HS French teacher for over 20 years. Unfortunately, I was not a runner then. I wish I were because of the vacation time. But then again, teaching was my hardest job (but most rewarding.)

    Good luck with your bucket list.

    Nice to meet you.

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  15. Hi from the blog hop.

    I great story!! You showed them…..dancers can run!!! Way to go!

    I so need to do a Disney race!!!

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  17. Christine says:

    Just found your blog through the Weekly Wrap link up! This dancer runs, too! I didn’t dance quite as much as you, but did participate in gymnastics and musical theatre as a kid and high schooler, then in college I did theatre and dance. It’s always been an odd combo, though, right? Yoga and barre instructors are always surprised by my flexibility (and dance skills) after I’ve told them I’m a runner. They expect most runners to be stiff and inflexible. Personally, I think dancing is a great complement to running!

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