1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am Kathy Morgan, a 32 year single female. I have an undergrad in Physical Education and Adapted PE. Two masters degrees in Health Education and one in Wellness and Fitness. I teach Adapted Physical Education to students in k-12 grade. Basically, I teach students with mental, physical and emotional disabilities PE skills. It is a super hard job and it takes a lot out of me. That is why my fitness life is so important! It allows me to have the strength to life students out of chairs and mentally allows me to be strong for all of them.
I beat obesity 10 years ago! The scale was 195 when I joined Weight Watchers my first time. Thankfully, I have been able to shed 50 pounds and inspire others to do the same. I now eat a clean diet, workout 6 days a week and push myself every single day to be amazing! I take negative energy and throw it into workouts…leaving me with probably the most positive attitude out there!
I have ran 3 marathons, 19 half marathons, 4 Tough Mudders and a few triathlons. I am such an endurance junkie! I love racing because it allows me to be around positive people and pushes me physically, mentally and mostly emotionally. Every race is a new obstacle because my mind is NEVER the same.
I am currently getting ready to get my group fitness certificate! I will be able to inspire others by teaching classes and motivating them to keep going when they want to quit. I truly believe I was put on this earth to make people see that dreams can come true if you work hard for them. That is why I am a Beachbody coach, have my own blog and Facebook page. I want to reach out to anyone that will listen! I can’t stand when people don’t believe in themselves….so it is my goal to change that attitude and make them belive that the MISSION is POSSIBLE! You can follow my blog by clicking here and on Facebook here.
2. What Mud runs have you done?
1. Tough Mudders
2. Hell Run
3. What one was your favorite and why?
Of course, my favorite mud run is the Tough Mudder. The Tough Mudder is like NO other race out there. It is where strangers become family and obstacles become possible. There is NOTHING that I don’t love about this race…well minus the electric shock Can’t get up a wall? There is always someone there to lend a hand or a shoulder. Beat down? Someone will carry you if that is what it takes. Every time I leave this race I am filled with hope that the world can be good. I am filled with the good in people and the love someone can give a stranger. I have met a ton of WONDERFUL friends from the Tough Mudder. One’s I know that if I was in serious trouble they would drop everything to help out. The course is AWESOME but the people are what keeps me going back!
4. What one was your least favorite and why?
I wasn’t too thrilled about the Hell Run… it didn’t really push me that much. It was kind of like a one man team event, NOTHING like the Tough Mudder. They had maybe 4 obstacles and not that much mud. Two thumbs down on this event
5. What is it about mud runs that appeals to you?
I would like to try the Spartan Race. Same as the Tough Mudder but a little different because it is a timed event. My goal is to push myself in the Tough Mudder to qualify for World’s Toughest Mudder!
6. How do you train for mud runs?
I do a lot of weird training when it comes to Mud Runs. I do a lot of heavy lifting, Insanity (to keep cardio up) and running. On my longer runs I will do small obstacles every half mile. Such as pop squats, push ups, jumping onto objects, use play ground equipment…basically I use whatever is around me as my obstacle! I have pulled tires, jumped in ice baths and have carried sand bags. I make it fun but challenging
7. Do you have a special diet?
I eat REALLY clean when it comes to training and I always have a Shakeology shake for lunch to keep my nutrition in check. I sometimes fail to eat veggies and the shake allows me to have the veggies I need for the day.
8. What is the craziest thing you have seen at a mud run?
I saw a guy with one leg make it up Everest! They made a human chain and he crawled up them. AWESOME and yes I cried!
9. What other mud runs do you have planned for this year?
I have Michigan, Pittsburgh and Kentucky Tough Mudders on the list. No other mud runs as of now! I am training for another marathon and the Dopey Challenge in Disney as well.
10. Any advice for someone who is thinking about running their first mud run?
If you are wanting to do a Mud Run…I HIGHLY suggest you do one. I of course would say do the Tough Mudder because it is such a different race. Get a LARGE team together or better yet find a team on Facebook like I did for Ohio. That is how you make mudder friends. Train at least 20 weeks out from race if you plan on doing the Tough Mudder because of the length. Find a friend that has done this race and ask questions. From one Mudder to the next we LOVE helping people out! My best advice is… don’t be afraid! Take on the challenge because all things are possible when you believe!
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