My name is Katherine.
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL where I currently reside today. I am a Market Strategy Analyst for an aerospace company by day, but my true passion in life is running. I have been running for over 10 years. I started out as a soccer player, but I realized that I was enjoying the running part of soccer a lot more than the sport itself and transitioned to cross country and track and field halfway through high school. It was there that I fell in love with distance running. I participated in lots of road races throughout college, including my first marathon at the age of 19. The marathon humbled me, but I loved how much room for improvement there was over the course of a 26.2 mile race. I took my marathon personal best from a 4:10 to a 3:38 in the pursuit of chasing a Boston qualifier. However, it wasn’t until I started working with my own running coach, Jessica (aka Sugar Runs), that I was finally able to achieve my goal of a BQ by running a 3:28 at the Berlin Marathon. Working with a running coach can change the trajectory of your running journey forever. I’m so thankful I entrusted my training to a coach who pushed me outside of my comfort zone and helped me realize the possibilities are endless; all you need is a big dream, determination, hard work, and a plan to get there.
In October 2018, I became an RRCA Certified Running Coach so that I could help others succeed in their own personal running journeys. I started coaching because I love helping athletes of all ages and abilities set goals and chase down their dreams with carefully thought-out training plans. I believe that every goal and journey is unique; whether that be achieving a new lifetime best at a specific distance, a PR, a Boston qualifier, or running for the pure enjoyment - each goal is equally important. You can read more about my personal running journey on my blog. I am excited to provide run-coaching services to Sugar Runs’ athletes and look forward to working with you to achieve your goals!