Monday, March 16, 2015

Coffee with Katie!

So an awesome thing happened this weekend, and that awesome thing is that I got to meet Katie from Runs for Cookies!  Yesterday's post was so long and I was feeling so grouchy that I decided to hold off on my recap of meeting Katie until today.  It was such a big deal that I wanted to give the moment its own special time and attention.

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!
It was a great experience, and I am very thankful that Katie was so gracious for taking time out of her day to meet with us!  It was also great to meet some cool local ladies and chat with them.  Hopefully we can all cross paths again soon!

13 comments:

  1. Very cool! Glad you got to meet and hang out with them! Sounds like a awesome little visit! :)

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    1. It was great! Now next on the list is a meet up someday for the Lovely Ladies group. 2016? ;)

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  2. It was so awesome to meet Katie and it was fun to meet you as well!

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    1. Yes! We will have to get together and walk soon!

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  3. It's nice when people are as nice in real life as you expect based on their virtual personas. Very cool!

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    1. She is definitely just as she seems on her blog! A little shy I think, but I think it's hard to avoid that when you are meeting a group of strangers from the Internet!

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  4. I am super jealous. Glad you had a wonderful meet up and it wasn't as bad as you thought it was (stupid middle school bullies).

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    1. Yes, it was really nice. I just get more worried that everyone will think everything I say is dumb. It's totally an old habit.

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  5. I am glad you decided to save this for today's post :) I get super nervous meeting new people too. Way to go to push through and enjoy! I started reading Katie's blog about a year ago and it inspired me to start mine. I think Meg, Des & Tiina all found my blog through Katie's Motivational Monday. Hopefully I will catch up with her someday too :)

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    1. I think most of my people found my blog through MM too! I feel like I technically wouldn't have met all of you ladies if it hadn't been for Katie, I found Meg and Des's blogs through Katie! Des told me about the Lovely Ladies group and the rest is off topic, talking about Alan Rickman giving us the hots history. ;)

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  6. Awww, I'm so humbled by this whole post! It was fantastic to meet you. Yes, I am definitely shy (and I was SO nervous about the meet-up), but I am glad that you think I am the same as I seem in my blog :) I had such a great time in Portland that I'm already planning on going back next year, so we'll have to get together again!

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    1. Portland is so rad, I'm glad you had such a great time. It's a pretty wonderful place. It captured my heart as a kid and I always knew I'd move here, and found true happiness once I did. I totally get the shyness thing, I am a little bit of the same! Thanks for reading the fan girl recap. ;)

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