Author Archives: Kate Penn

About Kate Penn

I've been a staff photographer at YDR for about 6 years. I'm into visual media, running, and food. Reach me @k8penn

Always run BEFORE eating your face off

Thanksgiving is a funny holiday. It’s a day for parade watching, family, football games, and OMG all of the food smothered in gravy, but it’s also a day for racing. Turkey trot 5K and 10Ks have become super popular, and … Continue reading

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Oh, hey there winter

What happened? I was minding my own business enjoying pumpkin spice lattes, foliage, and not being drenched in sweat every time I left the house, and WHAM! Out of nowhere winter came in like a freight train, ran over my … Continue reading

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Fit in 15 – Core

Personal trainer Robert Williams Jr. finishes his “Fit in 15″ series with core work. Williams says some of the benefits to this core workout come from rotating your body past the normal axis. When you do the lean back crunches, … Continue reading

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Race Spectating: Cheer like every runner is your best friend

This weekend I switched gears from runner to spectator. My friend’s sister was running her first 15K, which is kind of a big deal. That jump from 5 or 10K to 15K is not only a physical leap but a … Continue reading

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How early is too early to run?

Answer: 2:30am. That is just too early. I’m a morning runner. Even though I work second shift, I am usually up by 7:30 to run. Days when I have earlier commitments, I just shift my run up. 5am, 4:30am, these … Continue reading

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Fit in 15 – Explosive Exercises

Personal trainer Rob Williams Jr., uses the medicine ball in explosive exercises to get that fast twitch muscle going. “Sprinters have these real classic physiques,” says Williams. “They don’t do a lot of weight room training but they have really … Continue reading

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Prepping for winter running… like an adult

Last winter I had several close calls involving sidewalks that had turned to ice rinks. My face and pride were saved only by swearing, serious butt clenching and some sort of guardian angel who, by now, must be exhausted. On … Continue reading

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Race Recap: Chicago

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned on this blog that my marathon was coming up. Maybe once in passing? Or every day all the time for the last 4 months … one of those. As such, I’m sure you’ve been glued … Continue reading

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Fit in 15 – Dynamic Stretching

Personal trainer Robert Williams Jr. stresses the importance of a dynamic workout. The purpose of a dynamic warm-up is to get blood flowing through the body, and get the body ready to do work. You’re preparing your body for movement, … Continue reading

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The waaaaiting is the hardest part

You guys, Tom Petty totally gets me. Waiting is the PITS. I am officially out of things I can do to prepare for my marathon this weekend. Miles have been logged, suitcases packed, all that’s left is getting on the … Continue reading

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