So if you are a reader of Katie's blog, you know she's in Portland for a few days. The original intent was to run the Shamrock, but since she was injured she decided just to spectate. She was gracious enough to put out the opportunity to come have coffee with her at Starbucks if any of us local readers wanted to join.
I have several people who have inspired me on my journey thus far, but as far as running goes my two top inspirations have been the Two Gomers podcast and of course, Katie. The thing they both have in common are they're all just normal people. When you're a newbie runner you feel so terrified and like you're not a "real" runner. But seeing regular people like Katie or Steven/Anthony out there running makes you feel like less of a fraud. Or at least that's how I felt anyway! Reading Katie's blog is a daily habit for me, there is just something about the way she writes that is so easy going and makes you able to relate to her. Anyway without going full fan girl, I was very excited about the opportunity to meet Katie and chat with her, so of course I reached out to her and asked to join the coffee meeting. (I would say coffee date, but that sounds creepy.)
When I got there it was just Katie and another reader, Laurel. Katie is just as she comes across in her blog, very nice and approachable. I am usually very nervous about meeting new people, especially if they are women (thanks middle school bullies!), but I felt very at ease right away with Katie and Laurel. Katie and I actually hugged hello, and Laurel was also very welcoming. Two more readers, Emma and Katie, showed up, so we had a nice small little group. Everyone was super cool and conversation flowed pretty well. We chatted about our pets, weight loss, running and various other small talk. We all hung out for a little over an hour before Katie had to get going with her other plans for the day.
And because Portland is the smallest town ever, Laurel and I actually both know mutual people (Thomas, the dude Katie is hanging in Portland with, and my old coworker Libbie). And then the other Katie in the group actually reads my blog from time to time, and I had actually exchanged emails with before, so talk about small world! I felt so silly, I didn't get any emails of the other girls and should have! We did grab some pictures before parting ways:
|Katie, Emma, Katie, Me, Laurel|
|Me and Katie!|