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Put Your Running Where Your Mouth Is

Kathleen Miller

Kathleen Miller

In the last eight months, I've totally changed my lifestyle. I've gone from being mostly sedentary, overweight, depressed, and generally unhappy... to believing I can achieve the things I'm willing to work toward. I'm down thirty pounds and in the best shape of my life.

Time to push that limit.

This year, I'll be competing in a half-Ironman to raise money for the Sierra Club. For those unfamiliar with this type of triathlon, it consists of:

Swimming 1.2 miles (in open water, in this case)
Biking 56 miles
Running 13.1 miles

... back-to-back-to-back in under 8.5 hours.

I'm not competing to win, but I do want to push myself to do the best I can and finish well under all the cutoff times. I'm also participating in the Rocksylvania Trail Series throughout the season in preparation. Maybe I'll run into some of you on the trails!

One of the biggest drivers in this race is my dedication to the Sierra Club. For the past 125 years, the Sierra Club has been working to protect our natural resources and wild places, advocate for clean energy, and protect endangered species and their threatened habitats. For the last handful of years, they've also received the maximum four-star rating through Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates how efficient and responsible nonprofits are with their donations... so not only is the Sierra Club doing great work, they're doing it effectively and transparently. I'm proud to be able to represent the Sierra Club in the Maine 70.3.

My goal is to raise $3,000 for the Sierra Club, and I can only do that with your help.

In addition to this, I'm trying to minimize the number of chain-store and online purchases I make in preparation for this race. Just to be clear: your donation doesn't fund any of my gear or transport; this is a personal goal of mine, because I believe that we benefit from having specialists who can help point us in the right direction. I'd rather pay a little extra for the advice and get the gear that's right for me. For some of the purchases I can't make in town, I'm looking at online startups first.

My awesome Cannondale and bike accessories come from The Bike Shop, a privately-owned business staffed by some amazingly helpful cyclists. You can check them out at: thebicycleshopinc.com

I'll keep you posted on how everything is going, especially once the weather warms up and I get to work out in parks and on trails instead of on treadmills and stationary bikes!

Thank you very much for your support of the Sierra Club.


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Update: 2/22/19

A little advice from the training trail…

When I start something, I want to be the best at it. I want to earn an A. (Well, let’s be honest, an A+.) I’ve spent a lot of time avoiding things I’m not good at.

I can’t run, I’ve told myself many times over the years. I’m slow. I’m out of shape. That’s just how it is.

Last Saturday, I ran eight and a half miles. So much for that theory.

One of the things I’ve had to learn to do while training for this triathlon is to teach myself to say “yet.” As in, “I can’t run ten miles at a time… yet.” Or, “I’m not fast enough to beat the time trial on the bike… yet.” And just about every day, I get closer to my goals.

But if that makes things sound easy, it isn’t. Today, I had to admit to myself that I needed to ask for help, because not only am I not a great distance swimmer “yet,” I can’t even do a full length in the pool in any recognizable freestyle form without inhaling a bunch of water and flailing around frantically. I’ve got a great backstroke. But while that will keep me from drowning, it really won’t get me where I need to go. I’ve been wallowing in despair. So today, I bit the bullet and signed up for swim classes.

To part of me, this feels like defeat. Another part of me is excited, because I’ve forced myself to learn something new. Someday (hopefully soon) I’ll be able to say, “I’ve got a solid freestyle swim form!”

On the soc’, we’re really good at bragging about what we’ve achieved, but it’s hard to admit when we’re in freefall. Friends, I’m here to tell you that change is hard. Growth involves struggle. But it’s worth it.

So. What aren’t you good at… yet?


raised of $3,000 goal


Recent Donations

1. Nathan Roe
I'm also trying to be more healthy! No iron mans currently in my future, but you're helping to keep me focused. Good luck!
2. Rachel Winograd
Get it!!!
3. Diane E Telgen
Go get it, Kat!
4. Shanna Edwards
Happy birthday, Kat!! You inspire me!! 🖤
5. Susan Pratt
You got this!
6. Jim Hill
Good luck and yay for you! Kick Ass Every Day!