Member Spotlight: Kelly Randall

Meet NTC member, athlete and hula hooper, Kelly Randall! A Nashville native and attorney, she currently does contract work for Vanderbilt Medical Center. Kelly trains with Karrick Gianini of Karrick Enduracnce Coaching. ( Follow her adventures on Twitter @sallaboutme and on her blog Sallaboutme.

1. When and why did you start training for triathlons? 

I’ve always been very athletic. I was a figure skater growing up, and eventually did track in middle school and high school. I quit running completely in high school and didn’t run again for 13 years until I picked it back up again in law school.  After a couple years of running and racing, I decided I’d like to try a triathlon, mostly as a bucket list item. After completing the Rambling Rose Women’s Tri in May 2011, I was hooked. I loved it and immediately signed up for the Du Run Run and a couple other sprint tris. 

2. What is your most memorable/favorite race and why? 

That’s a hard one. I’ll always remember my first race, the Rambling Rose because it lit a huge spark under me. Some of my favorite races are the Du Run Run and my first Oly last year at the Buckhead Border Challenge Tri in Louisville. I like the Du Run Run because it’s a good local race and I like duathlons because it has a larger focus on running, which is my stronger discipline. The first year I did it, we had a terrible storm and everyone was soaked. Last year, I got my first podium finish as an adult, 2nd in AG. The Border Challenge Oly was great because you start on the Louisville side of the river, and swim across and down to Indiana and finish the race in Indiana. It was my first OWS and first mile swim in a race, so I was terrified, but I survived it and felt great afterwards, even though I fell on the run and crossed the finish with a bloody knee and hand. (pic attached from bike portion of Border Challenge race)

Last year was a good racing season for me so it will always be memorable too. I got my first 3 podium finishes as an adult in the 3 different sports. Duathlon (Du Run Run 2nd AG), Tri (Girls Tri It On Tri 2nd AG), Running (Shelby Bottoms Boogie 5k 2nd AG).  I started working with Coach Kat and I think that made a huge difference.

Also last year, I decided to run 35 miles in 35 hours for my 35th birthday. For someone who’s never run more than a half marathon, it was a big undertaking. I ran the Ragnar TN relay as a kind of training run for it, but otherwise did not specifically train for it.  I sent out an invite to friends to run various legs of it with me and completed it with about 3 hours to spare. Then invited friends to beers that night to celebrate.  It was a tough experience, but very memorable. I don’t plan to repeat it this year. 

3. What races are you training for/excited about in 2013? 

My big A race this year is Ironman Muncie 70.3. It’s my first HIM and I’m excited to tackle that distance. I’m also going to USAT Age Group Nationals (Olympic distance) in August Milwaukee. It will be a very competitive race, but I think it will be a great experience to race with the top athletes in the field.

I already completed the Race Judicata 5k (1st AG) and 10k (4th AG) in February and I’m running the Oak Barrel Half Marathon in 2 weeks (April 6). I’m also training for the Du Run Run, the Dickson Endurance Tri, and Fall Creek Falls Tri. There might be another running, tri, and/or du race added to that race schedule before the end of the year.

4. What is a fun fact about you that you want the world to know about? 

I’m a hula hooper. And I have hula hooped the Country Music Half Marathon twice. By the way, hula hooping a half marathon is much harder than running one, but it’s definitely more entertaining!