Katie is a former local news anchor who quit her job to run the world, literally! Her mission is to inspire people to passionately live, run and travel.
You can find her somewhere between training for a marathon and eating her way through every carb in Europe. But hey –life’s about balance, right?
Katie Solove is a blog coaching client-turned-friend and Robin Scherbatsky doppelgänger who’s got a story that’s particularly interesting.
Where many travel bloggers aim to make it to television, she’s taking her TV career on the road to become a travel vlogger and entrepreneur at Live Run Travel –travel tours for marathon runners.
This is Katie’s Story
At the time of writing this, I’m a Morning News Anchor for one more week.
I spent the last 2 years as a News Anchor for Good Morning Kentucky, and as a lifestyle host for Good Day Kentucky at the ABC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky.
I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and went to The Ohio State University to study Mass Communications. Go Buckeyes!
I’m 29 and I think I’m suffering from a serious case of the impending 30’s.
For the last 10 years I have been pursuing a career as a local news anchor.
I had the job I thought I always wanted, but over the last year I hit a point in my life where I knew something wasn’t right.
I had some professional struggles, I was in an unhealthy relationship, ugh I gained a ton of weight.
I spent time doing some soul searching with friends and family and decided I had to somehow make my true passion of travel and connecting with other people a part of my career.
Sometimes in life I think we get scared to talk about what we really want, scared to say it out loud.
It can be scary if its different from the path you’ve been working for your entire career. I think my biggest hurdle was convincing myself that it was “okay” to make a change, “okay” to try something outside of the traditional news path.
What personal interests led you to journalism?
I got into journalism because of my interest in community advocacy.
As a local news anchor, I’ve had the unique opportunity to help, inform, and connect with my community.
I have been working in local news for 8 years. My first job out of college was producing a morning show in West Palm Beach.
I also worked in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis because my anchor job is in Lexington, Kentucky.
I will NOT miss the 3AM wake up call.
What’s the craziest thing that ever happened on the job?
When I was a traffic anchor in Indianapolis, I had an unfortunate moment when I tripped and fell off a riser. The clip still makes the rounds in blooper reels.
But hey –I made it to the Ellen Show!
Probably would never have happened otherwise!
How long have you been blogging for?
I’m a “newbie.” Although I’ve been writing news content for years; the launch of my website will be my first stab at blogging.
What’s your blog about?
My blog is about destination running and travel.
I want my blog to inspire runners of all levels to explore the world and connect with each other.
I hope to create a community of travelers and runners to share stories and support –and hopefully meet up for some races along the way.
Most vloggers are aspiring to have a career in television, and you’re doing it the other way around –how come?
I think it depends on your motives.
My driving force for getting into local news was to be involved in my community. I have truly enjoyed my career so far, and I might go back to news.
But for now, I want to be involved in a different kind of community.
A career in travel is something I’ve always thought about, and when I think about approaching 30, I think “If not now, when?”
What’s your plan for Katie on the Run?
I hope to make my blog an online community to bring runners & travelers together.
My hope is to go from traveling solo, to meeting up with countless people for international races.
Want to share a story behind one of your Instagram photos?
This trip was the catalyst for my blog Katie on the Run.
The Amsterdam Marathon (I ran the half) was my first international race. I connected with so many people who inspired me to travel more for running events.
Where do you plan to go in your first year as a travel blogger and why did you choose those locations?
So far I’ve only planned my first 4 months.
I’m starting with a base in Berlin and traveling around Europe for the rest of the fall. I’ll be running a half marathon in Budapest in September, a half in Lisbon in October, and the full marathon in Athens in November.
What is it about running that makes you so passionate about it?
I’m passionate about running because it has truly changed my life.
Before my mid twenties I had never run a mile.. In my life.
I lost almost 50 lbs when I got into running, but like most people I still struggle with accountability –at times falling on and off the wagon.
That’s the main reason I started my blog; for accountability.
Accountability to do what I love, stay fit and explore the world –all while inspiring other people to share their stories.
What are the 3 most important items in your suitcase?
Who in the blogging world influences you and what is it about them that you find interesting/influential or inspiring?
#1 Influence: Aggie from Travel in Her Shoes.
Are there any other popular blogs that journalists read?
If you could talk to past you –say, 2010 Katie– what would you say to her?
I would tell her to enjoy the ride.
10 years ago I did some really cool internships in places like ABC News in New York, and Turner Sports for March Madness.
I think I was too focused on “what’s next” to enjoy the moment. At the same time, I don’t have any regrets.