I met Kara in our ONMC years at the track. Kara is filled with energy and is one of the nicest women I know. While she was starting her running journey, I kept looking at her saying WOW…she is doing it. Kara is now coaching many runners in the Charlotte community. I love seeing her Facebook page filled with her student’s praise and gratitude. She truly is an inspiration. I am very proud to welcome Kara to the CC’s Coach’s Corner!
Here’s her story:
Milestone and Accomplishments: Lost over 50 pounds since 2009.
Ran 5 marathons (26.2 with Donna- 2/09, Marine Corps-10/09, Thunder Road- 11/11, Myrtle Beach- 2/12, Tobacco Road- 3/12).
Ran 6 half marathons (Myrtle Beach- 2/06, Thunder Road- 12/06, Racefest- 4/11, Rochester- 9/11, Rock and Roll LV- 12/11, Racefest- 4/12)
Competed in 2 70.3 half iron distance events (Beach to Battleship- 11/10, White Lake- 5/11)
Numerous sprint triathalons, 5ks, and 10ks.
Your Motto: It’s you Beach (but using another word)!
Why did you decide to start training?: I always hated running because it was always used as punishment for my sports that I played. When I moved to Charlotte, everyone else was doing it, so I did too! After my first 2 half marathons I continued to run, but started working with NASCAR and traveling every weekend and going to school. Needless to say, I started eating horrible and gained weight. My 5’5″ frame weighed in at 175-178 pounds through the years of 2007-2008. At the beginning of 2008, I started working at RFYL and met some pretty awesome people who were very healthy and I got hooked. Training became a huge part of my life because I wanted to hang out with my friends who were big runners. Since the Shamrock 4 miler in March 2008, I haven’t looked back. I am now training for my first Iron Distance Event (140.6 miles in October)!
How did you get to the start line? What kept you going during your training?: My friend Alice talked me into my first marathon and we picked 26.2 with Donna because it was the breast cancer marathon, and my mom is a 2 time survivor! So the race would mean something to me!
What was your first thought after crossing the finish line?: I did it…I did it for my mom, my hero! (And I will NEVER do that again. And I signed up for my next one 3 weeks later!)
Come back next week for Kara’s Three Tips!