'Runner's high' can't be beat

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Kate Judy 
From: Chicago 
Resides in:  New Palestine
Occupation: Teacher at New Palestine HS
Q: Do you listen to music when you run?
A: I do. I find it keeps me focused. I don’t have any distractions to outside noise. I just really enjoy the time where I can get lost in my thoughts. It’s a nice time to be by yourself and kind of clear your thoughts. It’s a nice time to rejuvenate physically, spiritually, emotionally and all that. It’s time to be by yourself.
Q: What do you listen to?
A: I have a couple of different playlists for when I run. One is for when I’m trying to run in a race that keeps me...it has the same kind of beat, it helps me keep the same pace. But when I’m just out (running), I’ll listen to whatever. I like all different kinds of music, but usually classic rock or a mix between soft rock and classic rock.
Q: What type of running shoe do you use?
A: I use Saucony. When I first started, I didn’t really pay attention to that but I developed plantar fasciitis and realized that I had to get some orthotics, so I got some of those. I started paying attention to the type of shoe. I’ve tried a lot of different kinds, and I really like the Saucony.
Q: When did you run your first 5K?
A: The first 5K I ran in to get (a desired) time was one that goes with the mini-marathon the weekend of the Indianapolis 500. I didn’t do the mini; I did the 5K. It was a year after I started (running), and I started in April/May of 2009. Now I do one (5K) a month.
Q: When it gets cold, do you hit the treadmill or still run outside?
A: I’ve done the treadmill and to me it gets so boring. (But) this past winter, it was just too hard with all the snow on the ground and the temperatures, so I would run on the treadmill then. But the year before, when it was milder, I didn’t mind it. I kind of like it to run out in the cold and be the elements. The cold doesn’t bother me; I kind of like it.
NEW PALESTINE — Kate Judy wasn’t exactly fond of running as a youth.
(And in reality, what kid would trade in hopscotch or the monkey bars for jogging?)
“I always hated running as a kid,” Judy said with knowing laugh.
Things changed five years ago when Judy developed high blood pressure and it became clear that she needed to adjust her lifestyle.
What started out as a way for Judy to get healthy evolved into a way of life for the New Palestine resident. Once Judy started running, a friend encouraged her to start signing up for 5Ks, and a healthy obsession was born.
“I never thought I would be able to do it. Now, I’ve done one mini-marathon and I do 5Ks quite regularly,” said Judy, who tries to run one 5K a month, before joking: “I do it mainly because of health reasons, but then you get the runner’s high and you can’t help but going out (and running).
“I lost 35 pounds the first year I started running. And my blood pressure went down.”


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