Age: 26 State: WI
Experience: Iron Woman
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New Mexico native and Colorado transplant Kait is no stranger to the high altitude lifestyle which lets her actively pursue her favorite sports: running, swimming and mountain biking. When she’s not writing or studying her International MBA, she spends her time doing all the things the outdoors has to offer. The mountains are her training zone.
The time is finally here. A couple months have turned into a couple of weeks and now only a few days until the coolest thing I will do this summer: the Dirty Girl Mud Run. All the running and training the past few months my sister and I have been doing will finally pay off… Or will it?
Can I be honest? I’ve let life get the best of me the last week or so, and we haven’t been running or training like we had originally intended. So needless to say, I’m a little nervous about how I’ll do, and with my active imagination, I’ve envisioned every possible situation in which I fall flat on my face during some important obstacle and let my team down. My sister on the other hand, appears completely fearless, and when there was a slight possibility she wouldn’t be able to run because of a figure skating competition, she begged my mom to let her run with me.
Because she is a competition pro, I thought I could probably stand to learn a few things from her when it comes to turning jitters into excitement. So, I asked her what she was thinking about the race and being nervous and she looked at me like I was crazy. She’s not nervous, duh. However, I was able to get a few words of wisdom from her and here’s what she said:
“It’s only a race, so if you don’t finish first it’s not the end of the world.”
“You won’t die by running a 5K, so just do it.”
“If you’re confident you can do it, you can, so don’t worry about it.”
Pretty smart for a 14 year old huh? Oh and she “maybe, kinda” wants to beat her big sister.
Since I’m running with my baby sister, I also asked her what she wants to do when she’s finished the race. Of course, she wants to try a virgin Cosmo – I hope they have them! – and see what other cool stuff is there. As for me, I’m going to give her the biggest, muddiest, bear hug ever, whether she likes it or not! (Shh! Don’t tell her I said that!)
What are you going to do when you finish?
September 21st, 2011
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