About Me

— The evolution of me (and this blog) —

Just blogging on a log!

Just blogging on a log!

  • When I created this blog (June 2010) I was going on Month 10 of being unemployed since graduating from the best university on Earth. (Best is relative, right?) I was living with my parents in Seattle. The blog was my 23rd birthday present to myself. It was called Quarter-Life Victory (quarterlifevictory.wordpress.com) only because another blogger had snagged Quarter-Life Crisis.
  • Then, I landed a full-time job (September 2010) and put my journalism major to good use by being a general assignment reporter for two weeklies on the west side of Puget Sound. I enjoyed scooping the local daily and talking to new people and sharing their stories. But, I missed my emerald city with its skyscrapers, traffic, parks — and of course, I missed my friends and family.
  • Later on, (April 2012) I started a new job in clinical research at a Seattle hospital. No, I didn’t have any medical experience what-so-ever but took on this new challenge.
  • 2013 was a good year for racing. I attained a 5K, half-marathon and marathon PR all in this year! However, I guess all that running caught up to me because in the fall of 2013, I was going though some physical therapy for an IT band injury. (This was my first ever running injury). I took time off and it paid off. I was back to racing toward the beginning of 2014.
  • Since I am no longer at the quarter-life stage of my life, I decided (on June 10, 2014) to change the name of my blog. Now we have Ready, set, KO! 
  • And, after about three years in the clinical research field, I moved on to a new job in marketing (June 2015) where I work with great people for a wonderful organization.
  • But, back to running … I completed my first ultra marathon, a 50K, towards the beginning of 2016. And then I had my sights on finally breaking 4 hours at the road marathon in June but instead got a stress fracture on the side of my knee. I somehow completed the marathon (not knowing I had a stress fracture) and have been out from running since August. It’s been a dark time for me.

Recurring topics in this blog include (but are not limited to) running and training for marathons, my travels and the awesome and strange people in my life. Or, it may just be all about me!

I go on hikes in running clothes because I own no other ...

I go on hikes in running clothes because I own no other …

And, my name is Kristin O. (Hence, Ready, Set KO!)

Thanks for stopping by!

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. i stumbled upon your blog via your nyt comment on high heels. i am also the editor and co-founder of the natural running center. http://naturalrunningcenter.com

    it’s a site you might like; we are always on the lookout for smart writing, and especially from women runners.

    it launched last july; about a million page views.

    i guess injured runners don’t want to run injured anymore

    many top footwear experts, docs, and coaches contribute essays here.

    i am a literary agent/author/editor….amazon.com will reveal this about me.

    bill katovsky
    katovsky.bill@gmail.com

    p.s the seamus2012.com blog is a recent diversion of mine.

  2. I found your blog by just looking for the “running” tag. There is a great running memoir I recommend called “What I talk about when I talk about running” by Haruki Murakami. Easy read and nice to listen to on long runs. Happy Running!

    • Hi Sonia, thanks for stopping by! I will definitely have to read that one. (I may also have to give audiobook listening while running a try!)

  3. I just looked here … and …

    You are a phlebotomist?!?!? Come and take my blood! (Haha … just kidding.) My doctor’s office always ends up sending me to the lap next door to them as they poke me about 2 or 3 times…then I go next door and whamo! First time hit 🙂

    I actually don’t mind getting poked … I am “used to it” now. Even when I had to go in for a surgery…they asked me if one of their interns could do the draw … the person had a hard time … but I let him continue … I figure, they gotta learn somehow!

    But seriously … phlebotomist totally rock in my book. 1 try and its done!

    • Ha ha! I’m more of the “back-up blood draw-er” if we are having a really busy day … so I’m not a true phlebotomist. But, thanks?

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