kate grace

Sacramento, CA

elite Member Since: 2012

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born 10/24/1988
hometown los angeles, california


Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
“Give me speed, give me strength, let me fly." It's a mantra I used before high school 4 x 4's and has stayed with me ever since. Something about the way one approaches a high school relay - with excitement, naivete, camaraderie - seems to me a good thing to remember.

What is your favorite post-race meal?
Ice cream - it's my go-to comfort food. If I'm traveling for races, sitting in hotel rooms watching TV, I'll start becoming aware of the commercials for fast food ice cream creations. First time I was racing in the south, I remember the promos for Sonic desserts were almost too hard to resist. We drove to my first Sonic straight from the meet.

What is your must-have piece of running gear?
Layers. I have been wearing Oiselle's Stripey Scarf like it's my job. I guess it is. :)

Do you have a training philosophy?
It's classic advice, most recently popularized by Steve Jobs: look in the mirror every morning and ask yourself, do I really love what I'm doing? Not in the morning, but during the workout. Can I say to myself, for every practice, strength session, shakeout run, I really love being there. 99% of the time, that is the case. But if the answer is no, even just for two days in a row, it's time to take a rest, be it mental or physical. In the end, passion is going to be what separates competitors. It is the most important thing to nurture and preserve. My passion comes from my deep respect and gratitude for the people in my life, and a love of what I do. If I am resentful at being over-trained, or overly tired, those positive feelings can't come through in full force.

What is your favorite place to run?
Central Park. Yes, it can get messy and crowded. But for a feeling of community, of a shared pursuit, there is nowhere better.

Why do you run?
There is no time I feel better: happier, stronger, sexier, calmer. Those are very different feelings. Running is pretty cool that way.

What animal do you most resemble?
I don't think I've seen a gazelle run, but I imagine this flowing, effortless athleticism and beauty. And that's what I strive for. Though, I've watched the race videos. I know it's not always achieved. In my mind, I am a gazelle.

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
My most recent non-running activity discovery is Zumba. If only there were a video of my first few classes. Must have been awful, but I can't stay away. It's just so much fun.

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be...

I don't like watching movies twice. Except for Love Actually. But crime shows, that's a different story. Favorites: Psych, SVU, and Castle. I need a good stranding to have time to finish all the half-reads from the past year - 20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, A Potrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

personal bests

800m 1:59:47
1500m 4:05:65
Mile 4:28:30
3000m 8:55:06


racing highlights

2014 - USA Championship - 1500 meters finals
2014 - Oxy HP Invitational - 800 meters - 1st
2014 - Payton Jordan Invitational - 800 meters - 1st
2014 - IAAF World Relays - 4 x 1500m - 2nd
2013 - Meeting Areva Paris - 800 meters - 4th place
2013 - USATF Track and Field Championship - 800 meters - 4th place
2013 - Drake Relays 1500 meters - 3rd place
2013 - Millrose Games - Wannamaker Mile - 3rd place
2013 - USA 1 Mile Road Championship - Grand Blue Mile - 1st place
2012 - USATF Road to London Twilight Meet at Icahn Stadium - 1st place
2012 - Oxy High Performance Meet 800 meters - 5th fastest time
2012 - Payton Jordan Invitational - 800 meters - 2nd fastest time
2011 - NCAA Championship 800 meter final - 5th place

photo credit: Jeffery Corcoran