Katie Bennett: Race Ambassador
New for the 2019 Reebok Boston 10K for Women, we are pleased to introduce you to a group of fun, strong, creative, and powerful women that you should know. They are our Official Race Ambassadors!
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t running. Boston is a special place in my running life, as I ran at BC, and now I run from the summer heat down in Atlanta. You better believe I will never forget my New England roots and you can often find me rocking my city of champions gear.
What is your favorite distance to race?
Half Marathon—requires a mix of speed and endurance!
What events are you running in 2019?
Feeling extra patriotic this year as I am set to run the Peachtree Road Race on the 4th of July and the Marine Corp Marathon in October. Of course, in addition to the Reebok Boston 10k for Women. I’ll throw a few other races into the mix as well! I have a few key races I know I am doing and then choose other ones if they seem fun and training permits.
What is your favorite post-race meal?
Gimme a nice cheeseburger and some tots. For the sweet tooth, celebratory donuts or ice cream.
What do you believe in?
I believe in working hard. Success is never given, always earned. The only person that controls your destiny is you, so make it happen. I know in the end if I work hard, that’s all I can ask for. It’s not always easy, but it shouldn’t be and that’s what makes success so sweet.
Do you have any advice for first time runners?
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Focus on your goals and what brings you joy with running. Its easy to get caught up in what others are doing and fall into the comparison trap. Do you and know that the progress won’t be linear, so expect some peaks and valleys. But if you put in the work, you will see the results.
What’s the best training advice you have ever received?
It’s the little things. To succeed in running you can’t just run. Spending time on the little things pays off big time later. Remember to focus on strength, proper warmups, sleeping, nutrition, etc. Also, it’s better to be undertrained than overtrained.
What’s the best race-day advice you’ve ever received?
Run with your heart when you have nothing else to give.