Do you like to run the IU campus?

Throughout my life I have always been athletic. Growing up I was a gymnast turned competitive cheerleader and girls gymnastics coach in high school.

Coming to college I was FREAKING OUT about the freshman 15. I decided that I had to do something to stay in shape.

Before coming to IU I was a frequent gym-goer after I finished cheerleading, and also continued to work out at the gymnastics center where I worked. However, I was now in a whole new place, and had no rutine.

First, I discovered weight training class in HPER. I signed up for this 1 credit hour. This class is awesome. You basically get credit to go work out twice a week. I absolutely loved it! It's not what you're thinking either... There is no heavy weight lifting or bench pressing required. I just did the machines and ran on the tredmill!

Then I discovered the SRSC. I was overwhelmed with how big it was and the fact that it was always crowded. I went for the first few months because it was in walking distance of McNutt but I just got so fed up of the crowds. 

That is when I started running. I had never been a runner before. The most I had to run a mile before practices and absolutely dispised it. The most I had run had been 2.5 miles and I'm pretty sure I was forced. Thinking back, I have no idea what inspired me to start running around campus, but I am so glad I did! It is a great alternative to going to the gym with a million people (although, sometimes the sidewalks can be very full). Running around campus is a fun alternative to going to the gym. You get to see parts of campus you don't normally walk by on your way to class and you can make your routes exciting.

After taking up running I decided I needed a goal. I signed up for some 5Ks like Hoosiers Outrun Cancer and the JB5K which are at Indiana University that start at Memorial Stadium and they are so fun!! Then I decided I needed a new goal and signed up for the IU mini Marathon! Ever since then I cannot get enough of running and I have run 6 half marathons so far! 

The reason I bring this whole story about running up is that this weekend, September 1st, I ran the Indy Women's Half Marathon and it was amazing! I suggest for anyone interested in running (or not yet) to pick it up and sign up for any race, big or small, to fight off that Freshman 15!!

Finishers!

About The Author
Katie MerkhoferAssistant Brand Manager

2016 update: I'm back!!

Why am I here? I stumbled across my old blog and thought - maybe there are others out there looking for some unfiltered professional advice. I am here to help! I will give you updates on life in the working world and how to handle life's challenges in the professional world. 

***Wow time really changes things doesn't it? I kept my former bio before as a reminder to always channel my inner student.

Former Bio from 2012:

My name is Katie Merkhofer and I am a senior at Indiana University Bloomington. I am currently perusing a major in marketing and a minor in German. I'm just your ordinary 21 year old from Cary, Illinois.

Although I spend most of my time in class, or doing class work, I am also the vice president of corporate relations and career development in the American Marketing Association Indiana University Chapter (IU AMA), in the marketing committee for the Kelley Retail Association (KRA), and I tutor for a finance course (Bus-F370).

One of my biggest passions is running. I have completed 6 half marathons! My favorite race was the Rock n' Roll half marathon in Las Vegas on my 21st birthday!

I can't wait to share my experiences at IU with you!

***Updates: I am now 25 and working in Brand Management living in Columbus,OH. I graduated in May 2013 with degrees in Marketing and International Business. I now spend most of my time at work, running or with my dog. I have now completed 12 half marathons and 2 full marathons!