Episode 185: Katie Arnold
Katie Arnold is the 2018 Leadville Trail 100 Champion and the Author of the new book “Running Home”. She is the mother of two and is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine. She is the creator of an amazing column for Outside called “Raising Rippers” which talks about raising adventurous kids.
Katie, who is an elite ultra runner talks about becoming a runner by accident – she never competed as a kid or a young adult- aside from the 10K she ran once a year as a kid (which also happened by accident). Once she started running trail races and winning she realized she had a real gift for running fast- she ran her first Ultra at the age of 40.
Some of Kate’s most notable accomplishments include winning the 2018 Leadville Trail 100 Run, where she finished 11th overall in field of more than 700 runners. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run, Jemez Mountains 50K, the Mount Taylor 50K. She is two-time overall champion and course record holder at the Angel Fire 100K.
Katie lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico and loves to be outdoors – she loves biking, skiing, going on river trips, hiking and of course writing. Though her first book is a memoir, she hopes to write a fiction novel one day. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, Marie Claire, Runner’s World, Elle, and Sunset, among others.
I felt a really strong connection with Katie in this episode and felt like we could have talked for hours. In Katie’s book, she writes about losing her Father and how she dealt with extrememly intense anxiety for an 18-month period after losing him and how running ultimately became a really great coping mechanism for that. Running didn’t cure it but it helped. Being someone who has dealt with anxiety quite a bit, I had a lot of questions. We also talk a lot about what it’s like to be a top ultra runner while also living moment to moment and not overthinking things. It’s a lot of good stuff. I can’t wait to hear what you all think.
The Another Mother Runner Podcast is like a best running friend who keeps the conversation going–even on the uphills!