CAROLINE KEATING

Caroline works as a Client Lead at 84.51° supporting Kroger.  Prior to joining 84.51° Caroline spent 3 years working in market research at Ipsos working on both qualitative and quantitative research for P&G globally.  Prior to Ipsos, she spent 5 years teaching high school math at St. Xavier High School, where she also coached swimming (winning 5 state titles!).  Caroline attended Bowling Green State University for her undergrad and received her MBA from Xavier University in 2012.  While at BGSU Caroline was an All American Swimmer and set 3 school records.  After completing her college career in 2017, she started running. 

 

 

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In 2008, she ran her first marathon with her dad, Bill.  Always competing with her dad, she set out to qualify for Boston.  In 2017, her dad was diagnosed with Brain Cancer, but kept encouraging Caroline to chase her Boston dreams.  6 weeks after Bill passed, Caroline ran the Flying Pig and with her new guardian angel rooting her on she finally got her Boston Qualifier.  Outside of running and work, she  tutors high school students in math, volunteers with her dog, Albert, at the Children’s Hospital, serves on the development committee at LADD, co-chairs the Great Ohio River Swim, and spends time spoiling her niece and two nephews.  Caroline has been working with Eric Oliver since 2012.  She is coached by Anna Weber and is also an ambassador for Nuun and Oiselle.

What's your favorite pre-race meal? 

The night before I make potato gnocchi with pesto and ground spicy sausage.  The morning of the race I always eat Super Oats by Home grown with raisins, a banana, and honey.  And I always drink Nuun pre-race, the Ginger Lemon is my favorite right now. 

What's your favorite non-running or triathlon activity? 

Drinking wine or local craft beer and laughing with my friends. 

What's your preferred recovery activity?

Every Sunday, I sit with my legs up on the wall and listen to the Headspace app.  It is 10 minutes where I make myself sit and listen to my breathing, feel the training I've put into my body and be thankful for the opportunity to run. I try to do 10 minutes of Headspace every night, but I always do it on Sundays after my last run of the week. 

What motivated you to get involved in your sport and what keeps you motivated to keep participating? 

My dad!  I remember growing up and riding my bike around Lunken Airport trail while he ran 20 miles trying to qualify for Boston.  He always set high goals for himself and worked hard.  When I was a freshman in high school, my dad and I started a yearly competition at the alumni meeting.  We would race every year.  And when I hung up my goggles, we started competing in running.  Every time I would finish a marathon he would show up to dinner wearing his 1995 Boston Marathon jacket, and say “I was going to give you this jacket, but you just aren’t fast enough”.  He kept me hungry and while he isn’t around to trash talk me anyone, I feel him next to me when I run and he continues to push me to set high goals.  My only goal is that I am able to inspire others to get out of their comfort zones and live life to its fullest!


RACE HIGHLIGHTS:

Marathon – 3:32

Half – 1:35