Name: Karen Haddon

Age: 25 in a couple of weeks!

Location: Virginia


Years Running: I’ve been a (self proclaimed) athlete for many years, but have considered myself strictly a “runner” for the past 4 years… shortly after my first son was born.

Marathon: 4:05
Half Marathon (2009) : 1:42:14
10 Miler (2009): 1:17 **PR Update 2010 1:15:33
10K: **PR Update 2010 44:52
8K (2009): 37:275 Miler (2009): 36:08
5K: **PR Update 2010 21:22

Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Pre-Race Food: The night before I like chicken or salmon with veggies. Not too heavy. For the morning I like wheat toast with peanut butter.

Favorite Post-Race Food: That depends – A banana to refuel right afterward, but fish tacos and margaritas to celebrate later!

Favorite Running Shoe: Saucony Pro Grid Ride

How did you get into running: Initially, I got into long distance running because my husband (boyfriend at the time) was training for a marathon. Such is new love; I would join in on training runs even though I was in no shape to do so! I really found my own true love for it after I had my first son and began to hang with a fantastic group of mommy runners.

How do you find/make time to train with three little kids: I actually don’t own a jogging stroller or a treadmill, so I like to go quite early before the kids bat an eye. Thanks to some great running partners I am able to drag myself out of bed early.

You combine your love of running and food in your blog. Tell us a little bit about how you got into cooking: Cooking for me began as a means to an end. I love to eat. And I love to eat because I have always been pretty active, and therefore hungry.

Advice for those of us who can’t cook, but want to learn: The only thing you need to have to be a “good cook” is guts. It is the same as running. You don’t have to be a pro, you just have to be brave enough to get out there and try it. Start at your own level and work your way up. Use recipes as a guide, but don’t feel bound to them. Be brave enough to improvise.

A great tip is to take a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan a few meals. Start by trying just one new easy thing a week. And if dinner burns, well there’s always tomorrow.

Favorite Quote: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Accomplishment you are most proud of: Completing my undergrad with two kids while training for my first marathon!


  1. I love when you post the bios! Thanks for this one…and I new blog to go look at!!

  2. The Samsons says:

    great bio, great athlete, great friend :) congrats to karen on all of her running and life accomplishments!

  3. Jessica (one happy runner) says:

    i love all your bios too! karen is so inspiring. to have accomplished all that she has with three little ones and at such a young age – WOW is all i can say! i also love her blog and have been following it for a couple of weeks. we belong to the same CSA her family does and i always love to see the beautiful and delicious things she creates from the fresh ingredients that are sent our way each week!

  4. I love the bio!

    I love we covet [ok, I said that part] the Saucony pro-grid ride.

  5. Rebecca Samson says:

    Nice Bio! Can't wait to see what Karen accomplishes post baby 3!

  6. turnerlifearound says:

    ohhhh i love that i know this famous athlete from the bio :) what an inspiration for moms/not yet moms out there

  7. Because I too, LOOOVE to eat and love to run…and have 3 young children too…I've really enjoyed following Karen's blog recently!! not to mention, her recipes are INCREDIBLE!

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