Profile – Katie Baker

Photo of Lorraine and Abbey

Introduction:

Katie Baker, 51, is the first 2022 and very welcome addition to our portfolio of runner profiles.

Katie is a native and longtime resident of Athens, and has been a runner since 1998.

Katie principally runs for health and fitness but does very much enjoy racing in the club’s annual Freeze Your Buns 5K series.

Based on her personal experience as a runner, Katie has some words of wisdom to pass on:

  • Be careful running on ice
    and
  • Double knots always in your laces, especially when racing!

Now read on below and learn more of Katie’s background and of the impressive number of activities, other than running, she is involved with.

Questionnaire:

Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?

I am from the village of Athens and I have raised my family and still live in the house that I grew up in.

How long have you been running?

I have been running since 1998. Previous to that I always believed that I couldn’t run (because it was hard!). I started running when my oldest would not stay in a stroller for walks anymore. I needed to go out and exercise when she was sleeping, and I needed to fit it into a busy day, so I ran to fit in 5 kilometres in less time. I have been running ever since.

Do you run for fun or competitively?

I run for health and fitness, for mental wellness and stress relief, and because I am goal oriented.

Why do you run?

I like the feeling of physical and mental strength that running provides.

Recent memorable running moment? Not necessarily in a race.

I love the encounters with wildlife while running, and my most memorable such encounter was startling a large buck out of the bushes to cross my path.

Best running achievement?

With some talented running partners helping me to train, my biggest achievement was breaking 26 minutes during a 5 kilometre roadrunners event.

Greatest running disappointment ?

I was probably most disappointed during one of my first roadrunner races when I learned the importance of double knotting my shoes.

What is your favorite race distance? Why?

Although I have tried running longer distances, I prefer a 5 kilometre run because I can fit it in to my life easily and my body is happier.

A notable race moment or most memorable race?

My most memorable race would be my very first one back in the late 90s. A roadrunner helped me warm up, and another one helped me pace. I made lifelong friends that day.

Why did you join BRRC?

Although I do not live in Brockville to run weekly, I joined BRRC for the challenge of races and the social benefits of meeting people with similar interests.

Ever been injured? How did it happen?

I have fallen on ice during the winter and since then I use the treadmill when necessary.

What is your favorite race?

I love the Freeze your Buns series because of the extra challenge, and the fact that it helps spring to come quickly (I also love the long sleeved T-shirt).

What does your daily or weekly workout consist of?

I usually run 3 times per week, along with other workouts including weights, exercise classes, summer cycling, walking, and yoga.

Additional input or comments?

I loved the Fun 2 Run program that ran in the past, and enrolled our girls (now grown) in the program regularly. They met friends and had fun. Also, yoga is a very large part of my life and I guide classes in Athens.