Runner Rebounds To Complete Her First Marathon
June 8, 2016 by Alissa Hazlett
Three years ago, Kate Sabin was excited to run her first marathon − especially in her hometown of Akron. However, 6 weeks before the race, a car accident changed everything for the then-recent high school graduate.
“I knew right away my clavicle was broken, but figured I could still run so I would be OK. As I got out of the car it didn’t take me long to realize that I had a huge gash on my knee cap and a twisted ankle,” Kate said. “I tried to reassure myself that I would just take the rest of the week off from running to let my body heal and I’d be perfectly fine by the time the race came around.”
Further examination found that her knee injury required surgery, meaning her dream of running the Akron Marathon had been stopped in its tracks.
“I went home in a sling for my clavicle, bandages around my knee and in a boot for my ankle,” Kate said. “It was hard to believe that less than a week before I was running 15 miles.”
Kate started running in 7th grade when she joined her school’s track and cross country teams and originally joined to be part of a team. But then she fell in love with running.
Her love for the sport meant she was determined to recover from her injuries and complete that first marathon.
She started physical therapy at the same time that she started college at Kent State University, and after a month got the OK from her doctor to start running.
However, another month later Kate began noticing pain in her knee. She went in for more X-rays and the doctors discovered more cartilage damage in her knee, which meant another surgery.
“This surgery came with a much longer recovery time,” Kate said. “The surgery was scheduled for mid-December and it wasn’t until the end of February when I could finally be partially weight bearing.”
By April 2014 Kate was able to walk again and by mid-June she got the OK to start running.
“I was relieved to hear this news, but I was not prepared for how much more recovery time I needed before I got back to where I was before the accident,” Kate said. “It took me the entire summer to be able to comfortably run 3 miles.”
That fall she ran in the relay portion of the Akron Marathon, with her sights still set on completing her first full marathon.
Now, nearly 3 years after her accident, Kate’s dream is finally coming true. She’ll run the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series presented by FirstEnergy.
“I have a new appreciation for running and am so grateful every day to be able to run,” Kate said.
Not only is Kate running her first marathon after a long road to recovery, she decided to make it more meaningful by raising money for Akron Children’s Hospital as a Children’s Champion.
“I decided to sign up as a Children’s Champion because I knew it supported a great cause and a great hospital,” Kate said. “I wanted my running to be less selfish and to make it more meaningful.”
She encourages other runners considering the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay to also sign up as Children’s Champions because as she puts it, “it gives more of a purpose to your training.”
To sign up as a Children’s Champion, visit bit.ly/ChildrensChampions.