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Katie Mackey (Follett)
Seattle, WA
Blogging about all things running and health related as I run for the Brooks Beasts Track Club!
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Beasts TC warming up before a workout in Seattle, WA. Photo cred: Kevin Follett What are the benefits of a harder warm-up before a race or hard workout? This is a crude example, but think of how you feel when you roll out of bed and go for an hour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Katie Mackey
Amanda and Brie and I visiting my alma mater, Fort Collins High School! It was my senior year of high school, and I had one last chance to achieve my goal: winning a state cross country title! Things were looking pretty good, I had an undefeated year so far and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Katie Mackey
What is Nitric Oxide, why are beets so good for runners and what's up with BeetElite? If you've ever wondered these things, read on! BeetElite is a pre-workout shot that helps your body make more N-O, which promotes oxygen efficiency and endurance. I’m passionate about competing my absolute best using... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Katie Mackey
What is Cupping Anyways?! Cupping is an ancient bodywork therapy with its roots in Chinese Medicine. Cupping is the method of placing smooth glass cups on the skin, and using suction to increase circulation,decompress and release tight muscles, and alleviate adhesions in the fascia or connective tissue. How does it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Sometimes, you just don't have access to a weight room. Here is an example of a body weight circuit that requires nothing but space! 30 seconds single leg squat (each leg)- make sure to keep knee from dipping inwards while going down/coming up, and lock leg fully at top to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Katie Mackey
I recently read Matt Fitzgerald's book "Diet Cults" and really agree with his philosophy on healthy eating! The book looks at popular modern day diets and compares them with the ways people have eaten throughout history and across different cultures. There are many ways to achieve a healthy diet, an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Sometimes your goals off the track are just as important as the ones during the actual race, and can have a huge impact on performance! This was definitely the case for me this weekend at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships! These week-long events, with several races and lots... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Run, Watch and Win With Us at the 2014 Brooks PR Invite Spike up, runners! Brooks is taking a track meet known for stacked races, PR’s and breaking records and make it even faster. The 2014 Brooks PR Invitational moves outdoors this year and captures the perfect combination of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Interesting read, I have definitely found this to be true! The Psychology of mental toughness- Willpower, self-control, and decision making Posted by Steve Magness In the sport of distance running, we are used to embracing the idea of mental toughness. Whether it’s embraced through your standard Steve Prefontaine quote about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Katie Mackey
This was one of the coolest events I have ever attended, so I am going to interview myself about it. Read on if you wonder what it was like behind the scenes of the World Relay Championships! What was the event like? Well, Bahamians sure love track! And that means... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Katie Mackey
So you wake up on race day and your legs are telling you it’s going to be a long day. Good news: How your legs feel is out of your control. But you, as a seasoned athlete, know it’s useless to worry about things out of your control! I had... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Check out my trip to Camas, Washington to meet Alexa Efraimson- one of the fastest (and after this visit I would also add cutest) high school ladies in the US! She will be competing in the Brooks PR Invitational on June 21st, and I already can't wait! Learn more about... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Katie Mackey
When breakthroughs happen, it can seem magical! But it's not magic. In 2008 I ran 16:01 at Payton Jordan while at the University of Washington. Although I was excited about the personal best, I also remember being disappointed that I didn’t achieve my goal and break 16 minutes that day.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Your 1500m Cheat Sheet The 1500m has been called “the best event in Track and Field” (by me). Mostly because it’s an exciting combination of speed, endurance and smarts (and I am also a little bit biased). Do you want to set a PR in the 1500? Well, me too.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Katie Mackey's Beastly RAW Protein Banana-Coconut Oat Muffins Posted by: Garden of Life on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 I made these muffins last week and they were a big hit with the whole Brooks Beasts running team...meaning I made them at training camp and they were gone in 15 minutes!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Some great visuals for explaining proper running form using "hip proprioception" aka awareness of the hips! Thanks to my PT, Brad Ott of Rebound Sports for passing it along! It's All in the Hips Foot strike, the darling of minimalism, is overrated. Good form starts with the pelvis and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Major publications such as the Wall Street Journal are starting to pick up on the controversy surrounding Indoor Nationals, and bring up the interesting situation that we as track athletes find ourselves in this year, especially with no Outdoor World team to make. The article TFAA also released yesterday gives... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Alexa Severtsen of InHealth Sports Injury and Performance in Seattle has a unique approach to massage that has improved many areas of my overall health and wellbeing! She takes a few minutes to explain how massage therapy not only increases the body's resilience to injury, but also allows her to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Katie Mackey
In Africa Every Morning A Gazelle Awakens Knowing That It Must Outrun The Fastest Lion If It Wants To Stay Alive. Every Morning A Lion Wakes Up Knowing That It Must Run Faster Than The Slowest Gazelle Or It Will Starve To Death. It Makes No Difference Whether You Are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Katie Mackey
What are the physiological effects on the body from training at altitude? Altitude is a physiological "stressor" due to the lower barometric pressure, and your body adapts to this stress. Lower barometric pressure means there is "less" oxygen around. Although the perecentage of oxygen in the air is the same... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Katie Mackey
What a crazy weekend! I could not have predicted how much one indoor championship race weekend could imitate a lifetime tv drama and change the way I view a sport I’ve grown to love so much! My personal goals for the weekend coming in were simply to compete to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Brooks steps up to challenge Nike's hold on Northwest's elite running scene Seattle's Brooks Sports brings new running team to the track scene Two years ago, Brooks Sports, of Seattle, began creating a mid-distance training group, the Brooks Beasts, that has gone from concept to major player in a part... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Race video (flotrack pro) and post race interview (runnerspace) from season opener yesterday at Husky Classic! Link to post-race interview: Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Katie Mackey
Goal for 2014: Run like a Pronghorn I've always been infatuated with these incredible runners- they're fairly unassuming until you see them blitzing across the plains at full speed, with a VO2 max of 300 (Prefontaine's was reportedly 84.4) they can run a mile and a half in just under... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Katie Mackey