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August 22, 2011 / kat uppman


Updated pictures!  I take them after each race and compare them to the last round:

July 18, 2011 (almost 1 month ago) vs. Today

Slowly trimming down! Sorry for the awful cringe in the recent ‘front’ picture.  Erik caught me mid-sentence.

Goal over the next month?  ABS!  Hence the picture of the stomach this time around.

August 19, 2011 / kat uppman


While searching Etsy for running jewelry, I found a great medal holder.  I’ve been thinking about getting one of these for Erik’s medals, as he has quite a few.  But now-I want one, too. 😉

I liked what I saw, but at $26 each, I thought I could make it for less.  This weekend I finally had time to run to Michaels and pick up wooden plaques, stain, varnish, paint, stencils and hooks from Home Depot.  The result is below.  And no, I did not get them made for less than $26 each.  I do, however, now have the supplies to make these as Christmas gifts.  So watch out family runners-you just might be getting a medal holder this winter!

Apparently I have a long way to go in catching up with Erik….

Today’s miles: 4

Pace: ~12

Total weekly miles: 11

Total miles since getting back on the bandwagon: 53

August 18, 2011 / kat uppman


Song of the day: Don’t Need a Man by the Pussycat Dolls

I don’t need a man to make it happen
I get off being free
I don’t need a man to make me feel good
I get off doing my thing
I don’t need a ring around my finger
To make me feel complete

While I appreciate the sentiment (and beat) of this song, it made me realize that I DO need a man.  My husband, to be more specific.  He’s my everything, and he’s one of the best reasons for me to run.  I love when he tells me that he’s proud of me, and I love that he supports every crazy idea I think up.  While he does occasionally voice rational concerns, I know he knows I can do anything, and that makes me the woman I am right now.  So, darling Erik, I DO need a man, regardless of what my playlist tells me.  Love you.

Running on a Wednesday morning when all the yard and handy men are out working gives you a pretty steady cheering section as you circle the neighborhood five time.

I passed a woman walking her dog three times this morning, and each time her dog tried to bite my feet off.  Later in the run I passed her without her dog.  She finally smiled at me and said ‘You’re a real runner’.  Funny how that can boost your pace by about a minute.

The running shorts I grabbed this morning have an awful seam running just outside the crotch area on both legs, and now I have red welts.  Note to self: get chaffing gel stick ASAP, and use it EVERYWHERE.

Time to hop in the shower and speed through getting ready for work.  Meeting with the company founders this morning-eek!


Today’s miles: 5

Pace: Just under 11 minutes

Total weekly miles: 7

Total miles since getting back on the bandwagon: 49

Crosstraining: 3 miles on the bike

August 17, 2011 / kat uppman


Ok.  I just did.  Breathe in, breathe out.  Just register Erik and I for all the open Disney races in 2012.  It’s go time.

I’ve been saving for this for a long time.  I used money I made in my personal business this summer to cover the registration costs, which are a bit costly.  Now I have to get serious about a budget to get us out to the parks and cover our hotel costs while we’re on the property.  Taking a taxi to a 4:30 start time is no fun.

We are now officially committed to running all the Disney races in both January and February, which will add up to three half marathons and a full marathon.  I can’t WAIT!  I’m toying with the 5k the night before the Tinkerbell half, as it will be at night through Disneyland, and a great warm-up for the race on Sunday.  Besides, I’m really excited to find some light-up wings to wear….

There is also a half marathon in Disneyland in September 2012 and a Disney World Wine and Dine half marathon in October, but the registration is not open yet and I want to see where we are in our life plan before I commit us to those.

Anyone else signing up for any big races lately?  How do you save to cover the costs?

Interested in joining us?  Click here for more information!

Can we pretend that’s me?

August 16, 2011 / kat uppman


One of my third quarter goals at work was to help get an endurance race team started.  I wanted co-workers who had never done a longer race to be able to talk with those who had, finding mentors and training buddies.  While this was approved by our founder, it’s still in the production phase.

Meanwhile, we had a representative from St. Jude’s Hospital come in and talk with us today about forming a corporate team to run the upcoming US Half Marathon in San Francisco this coming November.  I’m already plotting with my delightful partner-in-crime, Brittany, about how to raise the needed funds.  While there is no minimum required by our company, we want to go above and beyond in this endeavor, just as we do in our everyday positions.

We’re already planning bar nights, dinner parties, a clothing swap and possible donation-based office lunches.  What are your best fundraising ideas for cause-based races?  Have you ever done one?  If so, were you successful in reaching your fundraising goals?

In other news, Erik and I are being featured in two press releases about this coming Sunday’s Escape from Alcatrez race.  I have to laugh because I’ve watched his company support corporate relay teams for years, always wanting to join in from the sidelines.  Now that I’m finally at a company that is jumping on board, we get articles written about us!

‘Some of San Francisco’s finest businesses have also committed to completing this epic race. Including three relay teams from Butler, Shine, Stern, & Partners. When not on his respective course, Erik Uppman, Account Supervisor at Butler, Shine, Stern, & Partners, will be cheering on his wife, Katie, who will also be competing in the race as part of a relay team with Eventbrite. For continued support, Katie and her team will be joined by several employees’ of Eventbrite who will be at the lifestyle expo with a photo booth to capture all of those great memories. ‘


‘Also ready to willingly jump off the boat, and into the feared waters of the Pacific ocean, is couple Erik and Katie Uppman. Erik is currently employed with Butler, Shine, Stern, and Partners in San Francisco and will be competing in a relay with his coworkers. Katie will also be competing with her employer Eventbrite—also located in San Francisco. The company focuses on creating tools that make it easy to sell tickets to all kinds of events, helping organizers, like Tri California Events, Inc. become more efficient and effective when bringing people together. ‘

The couple that competes together, stays together?  Let’s hope so!

Today’s miles:


Total weekly miles: 2

Total miles since getting back on the bandwagon: 44

Crosstraining: 3 miles on the bike

August 15, 2011 / kat uppman


I’ve been working on updating my workout wardrobe, seeing as I was running out of running gear mid-week.  Not good.  I’ve been hitting eBay,, Craigslist and Ross.  And I can now safely say I think I have enough tops and bottoms to get me through two weeks without laundry (our usual timeframe).

The problem?  My pants are creepin’ down and my tops are creepin’ up!  While both fit just fine when I put them, they start moving away from their proper placement the moment I start my run.  Last Thursday I put on a pair of pants that I had to keep pulling up the entire three miles. Yesterday and today I had to tuck my running shirt in to my pants so it wouldn’t end up above my belly button.

I’m about to break out the safety pins!  Does anyone else have this issue?  If so, how do you keep your clothes from stretching out and down/up while you move your booty?

Perhaps if I got rid of the muffin top, my tops would stay down?

Today’s miles: rest day

Pace: n/a

Total weekly miles: 2

Total miles since getting back on the bandwagon: 44

Crosstraining: 3 miles on the bike

August 14, 2011 / kat uppman


Usually I take the ferry to work, but occasionally I drive.  When this happens, I pass both the Marina and Embarcadero in San Francisco.  If you’ve ever been to the city, you might know these are both huge running areas.  They are also very slow driving roads, so you have lots of time to observe the runners.

As much as I try to curb it, my inner critic will often emerge and I’ll start thinking things like ‘oh my goodness-look how tense her arms are!’ or ‘sheesh-his feet are barely lifting off the ground!’.  I pass judgment of some form on just about every person who passes my car-sometimes good, but mostly bad.

And then there are the times when I’m out running and I see another runner on the path.  Usually they are faster than I am, or wearing a cuter outfit, or are thinner and prettier.  I immediately get self-conscious and silently defensive and think ‘they can’t possibly have run as far as I have’, even though I’ve gone less than a mile…

I’m really working on curbing this constant need to feel like it’s me against the world.  There is only one person who understands where I’m at right now, and that’s myself.  The girl in the amazing Lulu Lemon outfit running a 7-minute pace in front of me couldn’t care less about who I am or what my story is.  The most we can make out of our moment of eye contact is a big, heartfelt smile and a nod that says ‘Amen for getting your butt out and running today, fellow Girl!’  That guy who is barely getting his feet off the ground might be on mile 12 of his run, or is perhaps rehabbing from surgery.  Good for him for even getting out there!

I think this attitude of only worrying about what is necessary in the moment for ourselves should be applied to many other areas of our lives as well, such as work, our friendships and even online relationships with other woman through Facebook, forums, etc.  We are where we need to be right now, and only we can decide where our future goals should lead us, not our friends or acquaintances.  So this week’s goal?  To let go of the ‘vs.’ mentality and just enjoy my runs, knowing that the only reason I run is for me.

Do you ever feel competitive with others, even those you only pass on the trail in a split moment?  How do you deal with those emotions and focus only on yourself?

At least you’re not running with Heidi Klum.

Today’s miles: 2

Pace: watch died

Total weekly miles: 2

Total miles since getting back on the bandwagon: 44

Crosstraining: none