Our Meet the Runners series continues this week and we’re introducing you to the lovely Katrin! Katrin is a fifth grade teacher in Tampa, Florida but she grew up living in Virginia, Kansas, and Indiana. She attended Ball State University and double majored in Elementary Education and Spanish, and earned her Masters’ degree from Nova Southeastern University. She’s flying all the way out here to run the LA Marathon with us and we’re thrilled to have her on our team—and so glad she had time to answer our top 5 questions:
Q: Hey, Katrin! What made you lace up your running shoes and join our team for the LA Marathon?
It has always been on my bucket list to run a marathon before I turn 30, and since I turn 30 in July, I was running out of time to meet my goal! My friend Adriana mentioned that she was going sign up to run a marathon and I told her I would love to do it with her. So I signed up and have been training ever since.
Q: How’s your training going so far and what keeps you motivated?
My training is going very well. At times, it’s hard to get out there and run the miles but I love a challenge, and when I say I’m going to do something, I give it 110%. Training for this marathon is no different. My goal is to run the whole marathon without walking, so that’s what gets me out there every week to do my super long runs. I just hit the 20-mile mark and it was an amazing feeling to run that far. It helps that I have a lot of great friends and family from all over that are supporting me and keeping me motivated—as well as Ryan Gosling pictures to look at during my long runs.
Q: What do you love to do in your free time?
I love traveling, watching sports, working out, hanging out with friends and family, watching my television shows, and reading.
Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
I’ve been lucky to have visited over 20 countries! I love to meet new people, see new things, and gain new and unique experiences. My big dream is to one day be on the TV show The Amazing Race.
Q: And lastly, what drew you to our Project Cookstoves?
Adriana told me about Good Neighbors and their Project Cookstoves, so I looked it up and could not believe the startling facts that I read, such as children spending their days collecting firewood instead of going to school. As a teacher, this really resonated with me because I believe education is so important. I want to do everything I can to make sure children everywhere can get an education and live a happy, healthy life. I’m very happy that I signed on to run the LA Marathon as part of this charity team because I really want to help fundraise and support this cause.