March 13, 2015


Hi Friends!

This will be my VERY. LAST. POST. on Keeping Up With Kimberly. I am so excited to announce the launch of my new blog, RUN WITH THE ROUSHES.

I am glad I can finally share this blog with you after working on it behind the scenes since January. I've been debating on whether or not to move to a self-hosted blog for a while and decided that there was no better time than right now.

I have a new post up on Run With The Roushes today explaining why I chose my new blog name and why I felt that now was a good time to update my blog.

All of my posts from Keeping Up With Kimberly were transferred to my new blog so you can still look back and read old posts! Beware – I didn’t go though the older posts and update the formatting so some things might be a little kooky looking. This site will remain live until Google deletes it, so you can also pop back over here to read the archives.

Here is the link to the new blog:

Feel free to send me feedback through the comments or the contact me page with any suggestions on how to improve your reading experience if you have difficulty navigating the site. As always, thanks for reading :)

March 11, 2015

Anthem 5K Recap and The Reverse Raffle

On Saturday, The Professor and I (along with our nearly 6,000 closest friends) ran the Anthem 5K in downtown Louisville. This was my third time running the race and The Professor’s first.

The Anthem 5K is the first leg of the Louisville Triple Crown, a series of three races that lead up to the Kentucky Derby Festival mini marathon and full marathon.

The course is flat and fast. My only complaint is that there were a lot of turns and the roads were still a bit snowy which made the turns difficult. I had to slow down a couple of times to avoid slipping in patches of snow from taking the corners too tight.

I think these was taken near the the 3 mile marker...I need to get those arms down!!

I was aiming for around an 8:30 pace, but knew I might be quicker than that given my 400 splits during my last speed workout. I started out too fast, but fell into a groove around the half mile marker. I slowed down a bit in the second mile because I was worried I would fall apart in the third mile if I held an 8 minute pace. Looking back, I wished I would have pushed through it. Oh well! I was strong in the third mile and even had a kick at the end. I had my eye on 3 people and I passed them all in the last quarter mile :) Thanks to the guy in black and yellow, my finish photo was not so great...but they never are. Believe it or not, this was the best one of three. Check out that beautiful elbow!

My Garmin clocked the course at 3.17 and my official finish time is 25:07. Here are my official stats:

Splits: 7:56, 8:15, 7:49 (and a 1:07 for the last 0.1)
Overall: 724/5,458
Gender: 151/3,203
25-29 Age Group: 24/440

On Saturday night, we went to a Reverse Raffle at my old elementary school where my mom still
teaches, St. Anthony. The Reverse Raffle is a fundraiser held every year for the school and The
Professor and I have attended the last few years and we always have a blast. It is really confusing at first, but once you catch on, the concept is pretty simple. They only sell 200 tickets and each ticket is numbered (1-200). Throughout the night, they draw numbers. When your number is called, you’re out! The goal is to be the last ticket pulled and you are the big money winner :) There are 3 different levels of tickets sold, so there are 600 possible chances and 3 big winners at the end of the night. There are TONS of other smaller prizes given throughout the evening and this year they gave away a total of $6,025 in prize money in addition to a TV and other smaller prizes.

We didn’t win, but my cousin walked away with over $250 in winnings and my other cousin walked away with over $100. No too shabby for the Huber family overall! They also had a silent auction. I bid on a kitchenaid mixer (and lost so please buy me one) and The Professor bid on a canoeing trip (which we also lost). There were tons of other cool baskets that were donated by local businesses and the school. Even though we didn’t win anything, we had a blast hanging out with my cousins and drinking for a good cause :)

So there you have it – two recaps in one post!

What types of fundraisers does your church/school/community host each year?
Did you race last weekend? Where at?

March 9, 2015

Half Marathon Training Week 5

Happy Monday, friends. If you're new around these parts, you can catch up on my training below:

Monday: 4 mile run, check!
I set my alarm early so that I could get up and run before work. I snoozed it twice and then gave up and reset my alarm for 7:30 and went back to bed. I prefer to run in the mornings, but I CANNOT drag myself out of bed early enough to do it. I ran on my lunch break and just barely had time to get a shower and get back to my computer. When my mileage increases next time, I’m going to have to run either before or after work. My lunch hour is not going to cut it.

Time: 37:41 Pace: 9:25

Tuesday: 7 x 400m, Check!
It warmed up to 60 degrees on Tuesday and there was a break in rain in the afternoon. I was so excited to hit up the track and do my speedwork outside. I even convinced The Professor to workout with me. We left our house and jogged the mile to the track. When we got there, we realized there was a lacrosse game happening on the field and we couldn’t get in. Note to self…check the athletics schedule next week… We opted to do our workout on the indoor track. Not as much fun, but a bazillion times better than the treadmill. My goal was to average 1:55 per 400. I took the first one easy and then laid the hammer down.

1 mile warm up
400m @ 2:00
400m @ 1:52
400m @ 1:50
400m @ 1:46
400m @ 1:43
400m @ 1:39
400m @ 1:39
1 mile cool down

Wednesday: 3 mile run, check!
It was POURING rain all day Wednesday. I did a 10 minute stretching video in my living room, turned on HP7 and hopped on the treadmill. The miles went by quickly and I wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be. Maybe there is something to this “stretching” thing ;)

Time: 28:55 Pace: 9:38

Thursday: 2 mile jog, check! (switched with Friday)
We got EIGHT INCHES of snow on Wednesday night and woke up to another winter wonderland. I wasn't able to convince The Professor to play in the snow with me, but I was able to convince him to go on a snow run with me. The roads were slick in some spots, so we kept our pace at a nice easy jog. It was cold, but an absolute blast to run/play in the snow. 

Time: 23:47 Pace: 11:53

Friday: Rest Day, check! (switched with Thursday)
My friend posted this article on my Facebook wall: The Typical Couples You See at Races. The Professor and I are a 5/6 combo thanks to this blog and my need for selfies ALL.THE. TIME….although there was that one time that we wore matching blue shirts for our speed workout on Tuesday…

Saturday: Anthem 5K, check!
My first race of the season! Even thought it was a frigid 22 degrees and the roads were slick, we were out there for the first leg of the LouisvilleTriple Crown. I had really weird goals for this race. I was aiming for an 8:30 pace but I told myself that I would have been happy anywhere between an 8:00 and a 9:00 minute pace. I’ll post a full recap later this week, but for now. Splits: 7:56, 8:15, 7:49 (and a 1:07 for the last 0.1) 
Before the race

and after the race!

We did a 1.4 mile warm up and a 1.5 mile cool down to make it a 6 mile day.

Time: 25:07 Pace: 8:06

Sunday: Rest Day, check!
Sore. Oh so sore! I did my 10 minute stretching video and felt somewhat better. I also got to eat cake from my favorite bakery and that made my muscles feel much better. My cousins both had birthdays last month and my grandma's birthday is this week so we had a celebration on Sunday afternoon. Everyone send my grandma Happy Birthday wishes this week :)

Did anyone else race last weekend?

How is the weather where you are?

March 6, 2015

The Boy Behind The Blog

If you didn't get a chance to check out my interview, you can read it HERE. The Professor and I had so much fun interviewing each other and bantering back and forth about our answers. Hopefully, they help you all get to know us a little better too :)

Here we go!

K: If you could have an endless supply of one food, what would you get?
Chips and Salsa…for sure!

K: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning person.
I know. It drives me crazy how chipper you are in the morning, even before coffee.
Mornings are awesome. It’s like, there is so much that can happen in a day.

K: What’s your favorite hobby?
I like to do cardio –swimming, biking, and running.
Oh – are you a triathlete?
Yea – I like triathlons. Can I buy a new bike?

K: Negative. If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, they would be…
3 individual words or 3 words that go together and make sense?
3 individual words. Don’t overthink this!!
Goofy. Gassy. Smart. In that order.
I would put gassy in front of goofy…but your call.

K: Next Question: If you won the lottery, what are the first 3 things you would do with the money?...and you can’t say invest it.
I would give a big portion to charities, I would buy a triathlon bike (the very best one) and all the best triathlon stuff, and my third one would be to put some away.
That’s not an option for this interview!
Ummm. Charities, triathlon stuff, and beer. I would buy beer.
Nothing for me?
I won the lottery, not you!

K: Tell me one that that most people don’t know about you.
9 times out of 10 I text people when I’m on the toilet. So now ya know where I am if you get a response from me…delayed or immediate.
Oh geeze. Don’t ever text me!

K: What do you consider the most important event in your life so far?
We’re not married yet…MAYBE that will replace the job thing in June.

K: Do you have a favorite article of clothing?
My Columbia jacket.
The one you wear every single day
Yea. That one.
We should probably wash that.
Yea - it's been a while. Also – my watch.

K: What’s your favorite sport to watch?

K: Favorite sports team?
What sport?
Pick one.
My favorite sports team of all sports…Arizona Cardinals. 

K: What’s your favorite board game?
I hate Monopoly.
Really? You spend three hours playing a game and only one person is happy and everyone else is ticked off! You get so mad when you don’t win!
But I’m oh so happy when I do win!
Back to me – I like Balderdash. Although everyone knows when it’s my definition because i'm so hilarious!
Ok Chandler – chill – you’re not THAT funny.
See, I’m a Chandler.

K: Next Question. If you were in a Miss America talent competition, what would your talent be? Also, before you answer, let’s a take a moment to reflect on the fact that The Professor once won a Best Legs Award in a beauty contest.
Hey – I won the whole da$% thing. I was Mr. Nelson County High School!
You’re awesome.
I know. For my talent, I would play the guitar and make up a song. A funny song.

K: If you could have a condiment dispensed from your belly button, what would it be?
Seriously? Is that really your question? What's wrong with you? Hmm. I’d want it to be a condiment I use a lot. OH WAIT. Do you remember that canned cheese stuff you can put on crackers?
Cheese Wiz?
YEAH CHEESE WIZ. It would be freakin’ awesome! Anybody got some crackers? Cheese Wiz is here! I’d be the life of the party.  

And now that you have that image in your head...I’m going to wrap it up! I hope you had as much fun reading out interviews as we did conducting them. Now, it’s your turn:

What’s your favorite board game?
If you could have a condiment dispensed from your belly button, what would it be?

March 4, 2015

The Girl Behind The Blog

When I told The Professor I wanted to do a “behind the blog interview” for both of us, he looked at me like I was crazy. I was updating my About Page on my new blog that I’ll be launching this month and wanted something more exciting than the normal boring paragraphs about my life. Eventually he got on board with the interviews and we had a blast doing these over dinner one night. We recorded our interviews so that I could go back and transcribe them in all of their wonderful detail. If I can figure out how, I’m going to add some sound clips, because it was hilarious! 

Without further ado…here is my interview:

J: What is one goal that you want to accomplish in your lifetime?
K: One that’s top of mind right now…is to publish my writing. So whether it’s an article in a newspaper or magazine…something… Nothing scholarly, just writing for total fun on a subject I love. And hopefully a topic that other people appreciate reading about and learning about.

J:  What is one thing I (The Professor) do that bugs you the most?
K: [Zero hesitation here, people.]
J: They’ll make it to a trashcan eventually!
K: Boys are disgusting.

J:  What’s your favorite cereal?
K: Lucky Charms
J: Why?
K: Marshmallows. Duh. 

J: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you take with you?
K: Do I have internet access?
K: Hey bro, wifi goes far.
J: [Glare. A loving glare, but it was still a glare :)]
K: Fine. I would take a scrunchie because if it’s an island, the humidity probably has my hair out to here. And I would take my iPad, preloaded with tons of books from the kindle library.
J: [Insert mumbles here about battery life and no chargers on the island.]
K: Well fine then I would take a book…ohhh…I was about to say Harry Potter but I can’t pick just one. Can I take ONE set of books?
J: [Insert another glare here]…that’s fine.
K: Alright! A scrunchie, the complete set of Harry Potter books, and…I would also take a jumbo bottle of sunscreen.
J: Good idea – you would be like human bacon out there.

J: Name one thing you miss about being a kid.
K: Family vacations, swimming in my aunt’s pool, and eating lots of popsicles…and barbies and being a Girl Scout. Can that all count as one thing?

J: What song are you listening to on repeat right now?
K: Katie Perry, Roar. I’ve listed to that song like, a THOUSAND times since the Super Bowl.

J: What is your favorite drink? Alcoholic drink?
K: My favorite drink is unsweet tea from McAllister’s with 5 spenda
J: So…sugar water…ok
K: And my favorite alcoholic drink is Long Island Ice Tea.

J: What punctuation mark best describes your personality?
K: An exclamation point. Because I’m loud and easily excitable :) Also because I'm passionate about everything I do and always put forth my best effort. Plus,  I always try to be smiling and putting good vibes out in the world.

J: Which Friends character are you?
K: Monica. I’m weirdly organized and a bit of a control freak.
J: This is true. You’re definitely a Monica. You plan everything. Which Friends character am I?
K: You’re like a mixture between Chandler and Ross. You’re a Chaross. No – you’re just a Ross. You’re a huge nerd, but a a very lovable nerd. The only difference is that you're not allowed to have three divorces. You're stuck with me FOREVER.
J: This is bull. I’m Chandler because I’m HILARIOUS. I’m funny and nobody knows what I do for a living!
[And this argument conversation went on for another 5 minutes before we got back to the interview…]

J: If you had a pet monkey and you could train it to do one trick, what would it do?
K: I would train it to go to Orange Leaf and bring me FroYo every single night.
J: Yea –well. I would train it for you to do the dishes because I know you hate the dishes.
K: …yea…that would be nice. We need a dishwasher in our next house fo sho…hey – can you go get me some FroYo after this, monkey? And then maybe finish up the dishes?
J: ......

Stay tuned for Friday's post. I interviewed The Professor so that you all can get to know him a little bit better too! In the meantime, it's your turn:

What's your favorite cereal?
Which Friends character are you?

March 2, 2015

Half Marathon Training Week 4

Click below to see my 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival Half Marathon training recaps:

Happy March, everyone! Finishing up with Week 4 means that I'm a third of the way through my training plan. There are less than 8 weeks until the half marathon! I am starting to feel much stronger on all of my runs and its great to be back in a training groove.

Monday: 3.5 mile run, check!
I felt good during my run on Monday, which was surprising because I was worried I would be sore after my Sunday long run. I thought I was in the clear BUT my entire body locked up on Monday night while I was working my way through a carton of ice cream and watching The Bachelor. I started YouTubing stretching videos right away!

Time: 33:47 Pace: 9:39 

Tuesday: 35 minute tempo run, check!
I did a 12 minute stretching video before my run that focused specifically on IT band, shin splints, and hip flexors. It was so painful and I loved it. I felt much better afterwards so I hoped on the treadmill for my tempo run. I did not work hard enough. I was on my last 5 minutes and wasn't breathing any harder than an average run. I know to SPEED IT UP next time.

10 minute warm up @ 9:41 pace
5 minutes @ 9:32 pace
5 minutes @ 9:23 pace
5 minutes @ 9:14 pace
5 minutes @ 9:05 pace
5:31 minute cool down @ 9:41 pace

Distance: 3.75 miles Time: 35:31 Average Pace: 9:20

Wednesday: 3 mile run, check!
I did my stretching video again before my run and then popped in HP 7 (part 1) and got to runnin'. Seriously people - if it doesn't warm up soon, I'm going to need some movie recommendations.

Time: 29:24 Pace: 9:48

Thursday: Rest Day, check!
I was glad to rest. I'm definitely starting to feel sore all over, but it is a really good sore feeling (not a painful sore feeling!). This is the sore that I love - knowing I'm working hard and continuing to improve every day.

Friday: 3 mile run, check!
Rest Days are like a warm hug from your best friend. I felt great on Friday and rocked my run.

Time: 28:24 Pace: 9:27

Saturday: 8 mile run, check!
I misjudged the temperature on Saturday morning and it was pretty cold (22 feels like 13, yikes!)...but there was no way I was getting on the treadmill. I convinced The Professor to bundle up and run outside with me. 6 miles for him and 8 miles for me. I had every intention of sticking back with him, but my legs were SO FLIPPIN EXCITED to finally be outside that they just took off. I felt strong and wanted to see what I could I did! Splits: 9:51, 10:21, 9:25, 9:34, 9:30, 9:18, 9:05, 9:05.

I felt a little twinge in my hip during miles 7 and 8 so I stretched A LOT when I got home. My new favorite stretch is the pigeon pose. I have a whole post planed for my favorite stretches but I have to blackmail ask The Professor to take a few hundred pictures of me before I can finish it up and get it posted.

Time: 1:16:13 Pace: 9:31

Sunday: Rest Day, check!
We celebrated my bestie's birthday on Saturday night so I was extra thankful for this rest day. How cute is it that her boyfriend's birthday is the day before hers? They're adorable and I love them.

I thought a good way to end this week's post would be a little comparison chart of my training weeks so far, so here ya go:

How far was your longest run last week? 
Which workout are you most excited for this week?