NAVIGATION

Dirt in Your Skirt Athlete Profile Series – Corinne Kohlen

Share

The Dirt in Your Skirt Athlete Profile series is back for the summer. Last summer we looked at athletes outside of the obstacle course racing world, and this summer we focus on those within the growing sport. The first in our profile series is Corinne Kohlen, we first met each other under interesting conditions in 2011 at World’s Toughest Mudder, since then she has made her name in the world of Spartan Race and Tough Mudder and more recently in Alpha Warrior. This self proclaimed obstacle specialist can be found all over the country and world finding challenge after challenge.

 

415237_10150719792481861_1451506077_o

This 31 year old is a Cali girl through and through, going to San Luis Obispo High School then onto Cal Poly for her undergraduate and Cal Poly for her graduate degree in Nutrition. She is a Dietitian by day but spends as much time as she can training for her next race. This year she picked up some sponsors who help support her in her endeavors joining the Spartan Race Pro Team, VPX Nutrition XTreme Team, and is supported by Handful Sports Bras. Corinne sat down and talked to us a little more about herself.

 

How did you get involved in your sport?

A friend of mine told me about Tough Mudder and we decided to try it together.  It was a blast and I was instantly hooked.

 

67543_439812243036_196016_nWere you always an athlete?

Yes – but not a “traditional” athlete.  I was into hiking, backpacking, surfing, and rockclimbing when I was younger.  I’m not coordinated to do anything like baseball or basketball.

 

What are some of your athletic achievements?

I have podium’d at multiple Spartan Races and been top 10 at many more.  I completed 4 laps at Worlds Toughest Mudder for the last two years.  I recently ran a marathon carrying a 30lb ruck filled with dog food and raising over $1000 for the local humane society.

 

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

To run 100 miles, to attempt the Death Race, to finish Hunter Gatherer Survival run

 

Who is/are your inspiration?

I am inspired a lot by many of the friends I have met through racing. There are way too many to name and I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out but you are incredible and you know who you are.  I am also very inspired by Chris Reedy who completed his first Spartan race this weekend.

 

995665_10100866494250699_444205708_nWhat is your most proud moment in sport?

My proudest moment was “lasting” for 24 hours in Fuego y Agua.  I’d like to say finishing but technically it was a DNF.  I am proud of it because although I knew it was going to be a DNF I kept pushing forward and ended up being one of two females to cover the distance of the entire race.

 

What is your most proud moment in life?

Repairing the relationship between my mother and I.  After my father died we had a huge falling out and didn’t speak for the better part of a year.  It took a lot of growing up, compromise, and communication to repair things but she is my best friend now.

 

How do you overcome a bad race or training day?

I do get bummed when I have a bad race but I don’t let it eat me up too badly.  I used to be competitive at rock-climbing and get really upset and cry when I didn’t perform well.  I have learned that life is too short to be so hard on yourself so I usually try to shrug off a bad race and train harder for the next one.

 

1026106_10100866501590989_186409591_oWhat is your training routine like?

Rockclimbing 2x week. Trail running 2-3x week.  Daily Elliptical and isometrics.  Weekly playground exercises. Yoga a few times a month.

 

What advice would you give to someone starting out in OCR?

Do not be scared!  Have fun! Relax!  Enjoy the experience, enjoy the challenge, and just get out there.

 

What is your favorite pre-race and post-race food?

Pre-race: Bread with melted cheese and half a banana.  Post Race: ideally I like to have something with protein but it’s not always available.  My post race foods usually include banana, string cheese, VPX recovery drinks & protein bars.

 

When not training and competing what do you do with your down time?

I like to garden, work on my house and in the yard, and play with my dogs.  I’m almost always busy with a project and just repainted my entire house.

860580_10151416256387211_365141696_o

 

What is your favorite quote to motivate you?

“life is short”  It’s so simple but so true.  Life is too short to be lazy, to not take chances, to not apply yourself.

 

983957_650099141685377_1512606772_n

What is the best advice a coach ever gave you?

The best advice a coach ever gave me was to stop comparing myself to others.  With obstacle racing I have really taken this to heart and if I know I gave 100% effort I am happy with whatever outcome I get.

 
If you could share some advice to the next generation of athletes, what would it be? 

Take chances.  Don’t be afraid to put “life” on hold to pursue your athletic dreams.  If you have an opportunity for something extraordinary DO NOT PASS it up.  You will never regret the things you did try but you may regret the things you didn’t try.

 

Corinne also writes a blog with fellow Spartan Pro Team members Ang Reynolds and Andi Hardy called Barbed Wire 4 Breakfast. You can follow them on their site as well of Corinne’s Facebook page – Corinne Kohlen Obstacle Specialist.

 983576_656176177744340_1177514255_n

 

Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of DirtinYourSkirt.com. She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of MudRunGuide.com. She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
This entry was posted in Dirt In Your Skirt Athlete Profile Series and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to posts:


  •   Hyper Vest SXY and FIT from Hyperwear.com
  • Instagram

    • I’ve been waiting for over a year for @michael.pollan new book to be released. I have been telling everyone I know that this book will be a game changer much like The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
::
100 pages in and I have wanted to cosmically hug Pollan so many times for brining this information and stories to light.
::
This book offers a profound insight into a world that many of us have experienced and not many can but the words to it.
::
Part historical, part first-hand experiences, and all with that famous Pollan storytelling flair.
::
Bravo Mr. Pollan and thank you 🙏
::
#howtochangeyourmind #michaelpollan #bookstagram #weekendreading #elevateyourmind
    • Run 🏃🏻‍♀️ Fish 🎣Run 🏃🏻‍♀️
::
A different way to earn your dinner 🍴
::
🧔🏼🐾🐾
#utahhiking #runfishrun #headsweatsambassador #headsweats #keepacoolhead #familytime❤️ #weekendadventure #earnyourview #earnyourdinner #fishinggirls #americanforkcanyon #inov_8 #utahtrails #utahtrailrunning #utahtrailgirls #getoutsideandplay
    • More prototypes from @meanmugspotteryco - the same color glaze on each only one is a half dip and the other a full dip.
::
Half or Full?
::
Love sharing this process with the entire DIYS community!
::
#meanmugspottery #mugswithmeaning #prototypes #womenownedbusinesses #handmademugs #madeinutah #slc
    • The prototypes are in for the Dirt in Your Skirt mugs by @meanmugspotteryco
::
Weigh in and tell me what you think. Does one glaze stand out to you?
::
If you aren’t psyched about any let me know and we can try other glazed.
::
The women at Mean Mugs Pottery Co are awesome and so cool to work with. They let me stop by each step of the process and I will be documenting the production of the final product! And having them on the podcast.
::
But let me know what you think...
::
#handmademug #womensupportingwomen #womenownedbusiness #dirtinyourskirt #prototypes #meanmugs #mugswithmeaning #madewithpassion #womenhelpingwomenwin
    • The smiles that happen when you watch your kids (dogs in my case) completely enjoy nature, you redefine your company’s mission, and get some vitamin D.
::
All on a quick 6.5 mile run this morning after finishing up @mudrunguide and Other projects before 9am.
::
But mostly the smile is from learning how to get out and go for a run without the “not good enough” self talk, without chasing some race goal, making sure I am in the right HR zone, doing it because it was on a schedule or any of the other reasons I once hit the trails.
::
These days I am slow, walk when I want, don’t have a training goal, stop when it’s not fun and really get outside without any purpose - other than fun.
::
I spent over 20 years following training plans and chasing that next PR.
::
It’s been a hard learning process just to get out for no other reason or purpose than you want to be there and want to be outside. No GPS watch, no strava, no pr’s, just me, my dogs, and the mountains.
::
I think the smile says it all.
::
#runningwithdogs #headsweats #headsweatsambassador #keepacoolhead #trailtime #trailrunning #findyourbalance #findyourbliss #exploreconquerinspire #getoutside #utahtrails #utahtrailrunning #selfcaretime #findyoursmile
    • Eight years ago today my life would forever change, without me knowing it at the moment.
::
I headed off to this @spartan thing outside of Burlington, Vermont. I had just come out of a pretty dark time that included, losing my job and home in one conversation, a brush with a near DUI, and a complete mental collapse.
::
I picked myself up after having to move back home for a couple months, spent time volunteering, became a certified wilderness EMT, and took a hard look at my life.
::
By chance a friend had “liked” this new kind of race and brand called Spartan Race. On a whim I signed up, out of shape, and in search of something.
::
These photos are from that first Spartan Race on May 16, 2010. Crossing the finish line I knew I found something. Not knowing what that something was yet...
::
In the last eight years, my life has transformed. New job, new home, a husband, dogs, cat, book, countless articles written, mentioned in numerous publications, and the latest my podcast.
::
If I had told that semi-broken young woman what lay ahead she won’t have believed you. I don’t believe it some days.
::
While I might not have the largest bank accounts or most followers or any of that. I do have a wealth of experiences and friendship that are the most important things in life.
::
I have created and shaped a life I want to live and continue the journey of self-discovery while being able to help others.
::
My takeaway is the smallest decision can profoundly change your life if you let it.
::
My heart continues to be filled with humble gratitude for the abundance in my life. I am forever grateful for that first race and the people (many who are good friends today) who put on that crazy first event in 2010.
::
Oh and we can look back at the obstacles and giggle as we see the progression of the sport and the @spartanrace brand.
::
#spartan #spartanrace #mudrunguide #lifechangingmoments #lifechangingjourney #honorthemoment #spartans #obstacleracing #ocr #mudrun #wewerejustkids #funfirst #dosomethingnew #gratitude🙏
    • Went to the woods this afternoon with friends for some nature time with a little mushroom hunting on the side.
::
Came home with enough to share the spoils and enjoy a nice dinner.
::
Definitely an earn your meal afternoon in the woods!
::
#mushroomhunting #morels #morelseason #getoutside #foragedfood #forager #moveyourdna #stacking #utah #natureheals #naturetime #mountaintherapy #mountainviews #keepacoolhead #headsweatsambassador #headsweats #funwithfriends #utahhiking
    • Ever see those people who are 💯 themselves 💯 of the time and wonder how they do it?
::
Sarah Knight @mcsnugz is the international bestselling author of three books teaching you how to give less f*cks, get your sh*t together, and her latest is about you doing you unapologetically, and without people thinking you are a psycho in the process 😏
::
Such a fun episode to record and Sarah is a rockstar anti-guru who uses colorful language to distill rock solid information. Find it on your favorite player or the website, link in the profile.
::
#sarahknightauthor #sarahknightbooks #liveunapologetically #liveauthentically #givelessfucks #youdoyou #antiguru #womenleaders #femalepodcaster #podcasts #speakyourtruth #womenpodcast #womenpodcasters
    • Saying goodby sucks, but Puss Puss lived like a boss all the way to the end, capturing his last mouse just eight days ago.
::
This photo was taken yesterday by Forest as Puss Puss loved drinking out of the pond. We have him lots of love last night and let him go on his terms this morning completing the life/death cycle with grace.
::
Photo Credit: @sevenlovespirals

    Follow Me!