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Brief Introduction:

Welcome to The Singing Runner! My name is Katy and I am a 20-year-old college junior/senior living in the sunny state of Florida! The purpose of this blog is to document my current lifestyle change, fitness goals, and hopefully inspire people to live a happy, healthy life!

I am pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre with a double minor in Marketing and Communications (specialization in Public Relations). In addition to my crazy class schedule I have rehearsals, sorority events, and of course, my daily workouts, to juggle around! My life is crazy and hectic, but I would not have it any other way!

My fitness story:

Growing up, I was the textbook definition of a “tomboy.” I hated ANYTHING girly (I even refused to wear dresses for over 5 years!) I was always active and played sports. In elementary and middle school I played soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and gymnastics (only for a year!).

In high school I was a three sport athlete for my freshman and sophomore years. I was the starting setter on the volleyball team, starting guard/forward on the basketball team, and I threw the discus and shotput on the track team.

During my junior year, I had a falling out with the volleyball coach so I switched to cross-country and I HATED it! I also quit the basketball team to focus on the discus throw for the track team. I had a big goal: to be the first person in my high school to make it to a state event in ANY SPORT. I trained hard and made it to the Class 1A state meet my junior year! However, I came down with mononucleosis a week prior to state and performed poorly.

For my senior year, I only focused on discus and shotput. I had gone from being a three sport athlete to a one sport! However, I trained year round lifting weights and throwing at least 4 times a week. All my hard work paid off when I made it to the state meet again, not only for discus but for shotput too! At the state meet I ended up throwing a PR of 111′ 4″ in the discus which put me in 4th place overall for my division!

I started college in the fall at my first school in South Carolina. I never gained the dreaded “freshman 15” but my active lifestyle took a step back. I did not work out as often as I did in high school. I worked out about 2-3 days a week with one day of weight training. I started to lose the figure that I had worked so hard to get in high school.

I ended up transferring schools and started my sophomore year at a new school a few hours away from home. During my sophomore year, I was so busy with classes and rehearsals that I rarely took the time to work out. However, with my VERY hectic rehearsal schedule, I lost 10 pounds in the spring semester.

Struggles with eating:

Growing up, I never had any huge struggles with eating. I was a vegetarian for 7 years, but eventually went back to eating white meat (but I am now a pescatarian!). As a kid, I wasn’t a huge fast food eater (and I’m still not) and I drank soda on rare occassions.

In college, this would all change.

During rehearsals for the Spring 2010 musical, I lost weight by not eating enough. Once the semester came to a close, my schedule died down and I started to eat more. When I gained back 5 pounds in the month of May, I freaked out and wanted to make a change. I changed my diet and started restricting myself to certain foods. My diet, which used to be pretty well- balanced, became very limited. I only ate vegetables, egg whites, and low calorie/ high protein foods such as Boca Burgers. I developed “fear foods” such as peanut butter, egg yolks, almonds, good oils like olive oil, etc. I became obsessed with calories and limited myself to a ridiculously low number per day. If I went over my calorie mark, I would feel guilty and restrict more the next day. I took up running initially to lose weight and I hated it at first. It was a chore to me. My life became an endless cycle of calorie counting and running. I felt like I was never going to get out of the grips of my restrictive eating.

The turning point:

While browsing the web one day in October 2010, I stumbled upon Caitlin’s blog. I was hooked immediately! I spent the rest of the day reading her blog, and the blogs of other women who were living healthy lives. Something went off in me and I knew that I had to change. As I continue to read, I saw that many of these women were marathon runners. At that moment I realized that I needed to do something for myself. On October 12, 2010, I signed up to run the Walt Disney World Half- Marathon on January 8, 2011.

Recovery:

I am very thankful that I was able to essentially break out of my restrictive eating habits with no therapy. I am re-developing a healthy relationship with food and I am now in LOVE with all things fitness, ESPECIALLY running!

I have recently opened up about my struggles. I still have more to share, but I know that in time, I will have the courage to share my whole story. I have struggles everyday and the old habits like to creep up, but I am working on becoming a stronger person everyday. I have the great support of my family, friends, and the amazing bloggers I have met here to pull me through this.

Looking ahead:

I am now in the middle of my fall semester of my junior/senior year! I am keeping up with the running and have set a new goal for myself. I am currently training to run the Walt Disney World Half- Marathon on January 8, 2011! My family and friends think I am crazy, but I am more determined than ever to go for it!

I hope to train and run in a Marathon (I’m looking at YOU Chicago!) and a Sprint Triathlon by the end of 2011!

Finally, I am working very hard in college to graduate in December 2011- a whole semester early! I hope to move to Washington DC soon after to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I know that I can achieve anything I put my mind to! 🙂

What’s in a name?

You may be asking, “why is your blog called ‘The Singing Runner’?” As I stated above, I am a music theatre major. In addition to fitness and health, musical theatre is one of the MOST important things in my life (behind my family of course!). I have been in musicals ever since I was 5 years old. I feel so blessed that my parents have enough faith in me to let me pursue this “risky” major (even though they made me promise them that I would pursue a minor in another academic major!).

A lot of times when I run, I mentally sing through some of my favorite showtunes. It helps me focus and some songs even help me keep a particular mile pace!

And thus The Singing Runner was born! 🙂

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Taylor A permalink
    October 15, 2010 10:23 pm

    I don’t think you’re crazy!!! I think it’s really great. I wish I could do something like this. I seriously don’t know how you find the time.

    Miss you much!

    • October 16, 2010 10:48 am

      ANYONE can do this! I’m serious! All I did was change my lifestyle- eat healthier and workout more! Find something active that you love to do and you only have to devote 30 minutes to it a day!

      I know that once I get up in miles my workouts are going to get longer, but in reality, my longer runs are on Saturdays.

      Thank you for commenting! I miss you too!

  2. Mary Sputo permalink
    October 19, 2010 11:25 pm

    Your bio is fantastic. I love your name choice for your blog… it fits you to a tee. Wishing you lots of love and encouragement as you stay the course to your goals! Hugs sweetie!

  3. Cathy permalink
    October 21, 2010 4:18 pm

    Katy, I think you are a beautiful person inside and out and I see where you get your strengh from (your Mom) I wish you all the luck in the world in every thing you choose to do, you sound like you are on the way to a perfect career, Keep Singing my Love, stick to your goals, and you do look just like your Mom you are a beautiful woman……by the way some of your meals look quite good…..

    • October 21, 2010 4:54 pm

      Aw thank you so much for commenting on my blog and for your kind words. 🙂

  4. October 21, 2010 10:07 pm

    Katy – I am a past high school classmate of your Mom who reunited at a recent reunion. I am also her current TLS Coach where we are building a whole new relationship. I am honored that she felt I was someone who was worthy to share your blog with. And I have to say WOW – you are an amazing girl and I look forward to hearing about your journey through the life track you have chosen. In addition, you are a girl after my own heart – may you be an inspiration and a guiding beacon for other young women knowing it is not only okay but an amazing decision to take action to be healthy and happy — Bonnie

  5. Jody Worthington Sterling permalink
    October 24, 2010 4:40 pm

    Hi Katy! I, too, am a high-school friend of your mom’s…so glad we’ve reconnected!! And I, too, have a 20yo Katie, also a Jr. in college and who played many sports in high school…she now plays softball in college! 🙂 This is an amazing blog and you sound like an amazing young woman! Keep up the good work!!! I’ll stop by from time to time to read your updates. You’re an inspiration to all of us to live healthier lives! Take care, Jody

  6. Donna Davis permalink
    November 6, 2010 3:42 pm

    Hi Katy –
    I’ve visited your site several times but each time had to log off before writing. I don’t know whether your site is site is too cool for school (Fountains of Wayne) or you’re too school for cool (Pink), but I’m raising my glass to you!

    Like Jody, I’m also a fellow classmate & friend of your ma…growing up in the same town. She’s just as terrific and dynamic as you are. I have a 26 year-old daughter (Allison, a middle school teacher) living in Aventura, FL and a 23 year old son (Justin) here in VA.

    Am also into eating healthy and I really enjoy your blogs/site. Love, love, love your pictures and culinary creations. Thank you for posting recipes. (BTW, you are even making tofu look delectable). Anyway, I think you are terrific. Keep on keepin’ on. Great work.
    Donna Davis

    • November 6, 2010 6:28 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  7. November 11, 2010 4:46 pm

    Hi Katy,
    I’ve continued following your great posts — thanks for always brightening my day! I’ve been meaning to ask if you’d ever consider authoring a guest post for the SunButter blog. Something in your own words that shares your story, tells how SunButter fits your lifestyle–really whatever you’d like to share in your own words. With full credit and links to your own great blog, of course. I just think your experiences could really help others (and I’d love to broaden your fan base before the 1/2 marathon in Jan.) Give it a little thought and let me know. You can email me at sunbutterelizabeth@gmail.com Thanks. Take care! “Break a leg!” as they say.

  8. November 13, 2010 6:03 pm

    Hey Katy: I just discovered your blog from Tina’s at Faith, Fitness, Fun. You and I have a lot of similar things in common! I was a theatre major back in college myself. After many years of performing, I decided I wanted to focus on non-profit administration. After college, I got super lucky and was in the right place at the right time when I started with a local Shakespeare based theater company. I spent 3.5 wonderful years there before moving on to my current job with the Arthritis Foundation.

    With my new job, I had time to peruse new passions including running. Through my employer, I discovered their Joints in Motion fundraising program. With that program, I am now training for the Walt Disney World half marathon also! Maybe I’ll see you down there in January!

    You’ve got a lovely blog here. Keep up the great work and your readership will grow! All the best!

    • November 14, 2010 9:19 am

      Thank you for commenting! I am so glad that there is someone like me out there! Thank you for sharing your story!
      Good luck with you training for WDW too! Maybe we could schedule a meet up down in Disney!

  9. November 16, 2010 1:30 pm

    Thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll! I just finished perusing your blog and I already love it. I”m a bit opposite of you academically; I’m a Public Relations major and a Theatre Arts minor!! (Plus you’re in warm Florida and I’m in cold Boston, haha.) I totally get how tricky it is to balance eating well, schoolwork, and working out when you also have rehearsal hell weeks to deal with too.
    Looking forward to following your posts!

  10. December 1, 2010 2:41 pm

    I am so glad you commented on my blog so that I could find yours! And I am so flattered to be on your blogroll!!! Your story, I think, is quite common among college women. Thank you so much for your honesty 🙂 I look forward to following you and your blog!

  11. December 15, 2010 7:25 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog and love it! 🙂
    I was totally like you in high school–I played basketball, softball, and volleyball and would rather do ANYTHING in the world than wear a dress! And of course, now after being in a sorority for a few years I practically live in one and have let go of most of my tomboy-ish ways. I will definitely be coming back! 🙂

  12. December 25, 2010 5:13 pm

    Great Blog Katy! Looking forward to reading more!

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