Quick Overview

  • Average athlete training in the real world with family and work
  • Over 40
  • Wife and Mom
  • Ran my first marathon at 41 and 5 months pregnant
  • Motivator; Leader – love to encourage and inspire
  • Living my dream in Bend, OR (from AZ)
  • BAMR (I’ll let you figure it out!)
  • Listen to my interview with Mary E. of ArtSees Diner
Havasu Hustlers Run Club

Havasu Hustlers Anniversary Run 2011

 

My Passion for Life and Fitness

Originally I had just wanted to journal my daily activities. I’m a pretty active person and I thought this would be a great way to help me remember all the fun things I do every day. Richard, my loving husband; wonderful father to our beautiful daughter Gracie; and all around tech guy, thought I should start a blog instead of just keeping it saved on the computer somewhere. So started Karen Loving Life – and a little about me.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington I left the grey, wet skies of the Pacific Northwest and moved to beautiful sunny, Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  I am a very active person and love to encourage and motivate others to be active as well.  I started the Havasu Hustlers Run Club in 2007 and grew it to more than 200 members and over 400 likes on Facebook. For a few years I held a free 10 week beginners run program. Once the program ended, most of these beginners ended up running their first 5k race just a week after the class which was such a reward!

Beginner Run Program

Beginner Run Program Graduates complete their first 5k!

After a fulfilling 12 years in Lake Havasu, it was time to leave the heat and move to our dream place and raise our daughter, and so in 2014 we made the move to Bend, OR.

I’m what I’d consider the everyday athlete.  As much as I would love to make running and cycling a career, it’s just not in the cards for me so I do a little every day – more when there is a race I’m gearing up for.  But in general, I’m like most of you out there – trying to fit running and exercise in between family and work, dealing with the weather and time constraints.

5k Female Winner! 23_21

1st Place Overall Female 5k Race

Although not the fasted female runner, cyclist or triathlete I am competitive by nature and in the small town of Lake Havasu, was often an age group winner at most local events. However, with so many more active and retired athletes in Bend, I’m quickly learning that’s not the case here.  A finish time that would get me in the top three age-group in Havasu might get me in the top 10 in Bend!  I love life and enjoy time with friends along with a cold beer or glass of wine so I don’t take it to seriously when I don’t place. Life is about enjoying the things you do and I love training; when I place or podium it’s just the icing on the cake.

1st Place Age Group

1st Place Age Group at local Turkey Trot

I am the mother of a beautiful girl Gracie.  I ran my first marathon when I was five months pregnant (and 41 years old) with her and managed to finish in a respectable 4:34:26.  I ran my second marathon the next year, just 8 months postpartum, and knocked 18 minutes off, running a 4:16:24, all while being sleep deprived from nursing through the night.  I’ve been running for over 30 years (I entered my first 12k road race when I was 13) and I love running the half marathon distance or less.  My PR for a half is 1:51:43, 10k PR is 48:49 and I have a 22 minute 5k PR.  I prefer short and fast as opposed to long and slower.  I also love, love, love triathlon!  I did my first sprint triathlon at 37 years old, I have a 2:54:59 Olympic distance PR and completed my first 70.3 in barely under 6 hours and good enough for a third place age group finish!  I love training for triathlon.  Nothing like swimming, biking and running to make you feel super fit and boost your confidence.

Gracie's first triathlon at age 1-1/2.

Gracie’s first triathlon at age 1-1/2.

Now that you know a little about me, it is my hope that by you reading my posts; giving my opinions on certain training programs or products; experiencing training for and completing a race; it’ll help motivate and encourage you to get out there and do it too!

Welcome to my blog – enjoy the journey!

PS – For real-time updates, follow me on twitter @kareniddings!