Hi! I’m Kate. I’m recently graduated with my PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston College. I have a BA in political science and theology from Fordham University and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. I have been an avid runner for about 13 years. I ran cross country in high school, did a lot of charity races in college, and then started training for longer distances shortly after I finished my comprehensive exams back in 2015. Since then, I’ve completed a number of half marathons and three marathons, including the 2018 Boston Marathon. While training, I also have been teaching and doing research. In March 2018, I defended my dissertation, entitled“No Salvation Apart from Religious Others: Edward Schillebeeckx’s Soteriology as a Resource for Understanding Christian Identity and Discipleship in a Religiously Pluralist World.” I started this blog to talk about my combined love of running and theology, since I truly believe that both of these loves nourish each other.
I am originally from Nutley, NJ, where my parents live with our wonderful dog, Iggy, which is short for Ignatius (Jesuit education, what can I say?). At the moment, I live in Brighton, MA. I am engaged to my best friend, who is an avid weight-lifter and runner, who recently completed his PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard University. We are getting married in August 2018.
List of Personal Records:
5k: 21:05 (2018)
Half-Marathon: 1:37:37 (2017)
Marathon: 3:30:32 (2017)
Non-Exhaustive List of Recent Shorter Distance Races
Samaritans 5k For Suicide Prevention: 21:05 (tied PR)
Newton Village Day 5k (2018): 21:28 (3rd overall female)
Play Brigade 5k (2017): 21:23 (4th overall female)
Somerville Homeless Coalition 5k (2017): 22:21
Brighton Bangers 5k (2017): 21:41
Brighton Bangers 5K (2016): 21:13
BC Race to Educate (2015): 22:19
Colt State Park Half-Marathon (2017): 1:37:32 (2nd place AG)
Boston’s Run to Remember (2016): 1:43:43
BAA Half Marathon (2016): 1:43:24
Fools Dual Half Marathon (2017): 1:43:20 (3rd place AG)
Loco Marathon (2016): 3:33:27 (BQ)
Martha’s Vineyard Marathon (2017): 3:30:32 (BQ, 2nd place AG)
Boston Marathon (2018): 4:02:49 (hypothermia)
Loco Marathon (2018): 3:31:56 (2nd place AG)
If anyone wants to suggest a race to me, contact me and let me know. I am always happy to talk to new runners and put on my running shoes for a good cause. Even if I cannot run it, I am happy to help advertise it.