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.
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.
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! 🙂