Meet Katie Oberg
My running journey started 20 years ago at the ripe age of 13. Growing up in South Dakota, I needed something to occupy Sent from my iPhone cars (not that either of these actually happened). On a whim, I tried out for the high school track team but comically thought I was going to be a thrower. At the first try out, I was laughed off the field, then the running coach asked me to come over to the sprinters’ try outs. It was a much better fit, and my forte ended up being the 800 m with an occasional 400 m thrown in for good measure. I also joined the cross country team to stay fit in the off-season, but I really hated the long distances associated with it. I took time off in college only to pick up true long distance running in grad school. I started with mostly 5ks and 10ks but ran my first half marathon in 2007 and then tried a full marathon later that year. They must have spiked the Gatorade with something because I became hooked and have completed 8 full marathons since then plus countless half marathons, 10ks and 5ks.
I’m currently training for the Chicago Marathon, my first full since having my daughter 2.5 years ago. I noticed about 1 month into training that I was hitting PRs and running faster than I had ever run during training. A runner friend suggested trying to qualify for Boston, a life goal of mine, but one I was never entirely sure I could pull off.
I reached out to Ron to ask questions, explain my goal and determine a plan of action. I officially signed up with Mile to Marathon in mid-July and have been so pleased with the results. I’m running faster, stronger and smarter than I ever have. Ron’s coaching and training plan, combined with biweekly barre workouts, have completely changed my body and running efficiency. Working full time, being a mom and training for a marathon has had me questioning my sanity at times, but it’s been worth every hour, every step and every 4:30 a.m. alarm clock.
I am toeing the line in 9 days, trusting my training and ready to rock Chicago!
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