My name is Kata and I am a recent graduate of Duke University’s School of Nursing (Go Blue Devils!). My husband is in graduate school at the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) so we have relocated from our home in NC to the Nation’s Capital. I love to be outdoors, explore cities, and run; so I thought I would add all three of these things into a blog to help you discover new places to check out. Also, when I started running a couple of years ago, I could never find a website that would give me a good idea of where to run… so if any of you out there are in the same boat, hopefully this website can shed some light on places to check out if you want to get out of the city blocks.
I also wanted to highlight the running clubs DC has to offer as well as the weekly running options if you are a solo runner. These can be found under “running clubs” on the menu. This is an incredibly active city, so its always nice to know what running groups welcome all levels of runners and which ones want the elites. Hopefully I can highlight this as well!
Lastly, we all start as beginner runners (no matter what the pros tell you) and like all things, there is a lingo and way of life that comes with this sport. I wanted to help those out there who have no idea what “gu” is, how to dress for all seasons of running, PRs, the right running shoes for you, etc. I want this to be your “go-to” quick and dirty of what the heck all these runners are talking about when they speak their own language.
Now, a little about me. Like I said above, I love to be outdoors and in nature. Its my sanctuary, my therapy, and brings me back to what is important to my soul. Nursing is a second career for me. I served in the Peace Corps (Guatemala) and AmeriCorps (Alaska). Through these experiences I learned how to love everyone for who they are and how to meet them where they are at. We’re all on a journey and we need to help pick each other up. That being said, I am a fierce believer that everyone deserves the best opportunity to become the best version of themselves, which is why I work as a labor and delivery nurse. I love the mama’s and the babies and want to make the world the happiest place it can be. This may be through education, support, or advocacy- all of those hats I wear proudly as a nurse. When I am not outdoors running and smiling (lets be honest, only sometimes), at work in the hospital; you can find me with my husband, our huge golden retriever (Keenie) probably drinking craft beer and eating!
I hope you all find this site helpful! Any feedback is always appreciated! So until next time, STAY SWEATY!