Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tri-Friend: Kelly Janowski (Chicagoland)

Met Kelly through ChicagoRunningBloggers group and have loved becoming friends over the past year. I have shared her recipies on the blog before but wanted to feature her as a tri-friend Wish her luck on her road to IMWI!

1. Tell us a little about yourself in a few sentences
I'm a suburban wife and doggy mom working in social media and public relations. I love to bake, run and write! I started blogging in 2007 and realized it I wanted to keep eating decadent desserts and hearty crock pot meals, I had to get active. I started running in 2010 to lose weight and eventually found an activity I enjoyed (and so did my pants).

2. How has blogging changed your endurance life
I blogged for years before I started writing about my running. It was only when I started blogging about active living that I started meeting real people in real life. I met bloggers for runs, saw them before races and grabbed celebratory drinks after. It's hard to make friends as an adult without kids, so this has been a game changer for me.

3. You signed up for IMWI, how is your training going?
When I first started running in 2010, I was only vaguely aware of triathlons. I saw a video on YouTube of an Ironman and decided that was what I wanted to do. I didn't want to just get skinny. I wanted to become a badass. And I've been chasing that ever since.  My training so far is in the base-building stages. I have two marathons this spring - Circular Logic in March 29 and the Vermont Key City Marathon with the Cabot Fit Team. I run three days per week, CrossFit twice per week and cycle or spin one day a week. I'll shift to more swimming and long-distance cycling when Chiberia retreats and my second marathon is over with.

4. Favorite or funniest race moment.
The first time I placed at a race was a huge moment for me. I won a race entry to the Karhu 5K in 2012 from a fellow blogger. I was training for a marathon and hoped to PR, but had no expectations for the race. Winning my age group was amazing. It made me realize I was making progress and maybe there was something to this whole training and goal-setting process. I floated home on a cloud of my own self-confidence.

5. What is your advice to triathletes new to blogging
Write race reports in a timely fashion. People love reading them and they really help drive traffic. It's also great to be able to look back at past races and remember all the details while they're still fresh. Also, people love reading posts about fueling strategies, training plans and favorite gear.


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