FIT6: Marathoner Suzanne Cates

FIT6: Marathoner Suzanne Cates

Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Suzanne Cates. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to

IMG_7950Tell Us a Little About Yourself

I wear many hats in my life, all of which require focus, time, and commitment.  I have been married to my husband Ken for nine years.  We have two daughters, Kenleigh (7) and Khloe (6).  I am currently in my 11th year of teaching, the last six being spent at Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville, KY.  I teach special education while serving as department chair.

I played fast-pitch softball at the high school and collegiate levels, which led me to coaching a plethora of sports for eight years.

My role has recently shifted in order to support my children as they began taking interests of their own in various sports.  My life revolves around keeping the girls as involved as possible in academics and activities, while supporting my husband in his coaching career.  Three years ago, I began working out to have more energy to keep up with the demands of life.  Working out turned into running 5ks, which sparked an interest in half-marathons, which evolved into marathoning. To date, I have run seven half marathons and a marathon. I am currently training for my first half Ironman in Wilmington, NC with a few races sprinkled in before the race in October.

Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health

1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?

I am currently in “pre-season” for the half Ironman.  I normally swim and bike twice a week while alternating between circuit training and running. This groundwork will allow me to complete a program to prepare me for the demands of vigorous triathlon training.

2) How do you prepare for a workout?

Being as busy as I am, it takes a great deal of planning ahead.  I always lay out my gear the night before, write out an exact plan of what I am going to do during my workouts, and get a night of good rest.

3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?

I rely on caffeine much more than I should, but it works.  I also take a supplement of ACE G2 by Saba.

IMG_74434) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?

I tend to load up on as much breakfast as I can to fuel me for the day ahead.  I have found that eggs, whole wheat toast, and a bowl of Cheerios start my day off really well.  I love chicken as well.

5) What do you snack on between meals when training?

Lately, I have been eating a steady regimen of homemade trail mix and Honeycrisp apples.

6) What are your fitness & health goals?

This year, I am focusing on the beginning stages of being a triathlete.  I am a person who needs to be challenged.  My goals for this involve learning proper technique for these endurance sports, becoming even more mentally tough, and mastering transitions.  As for my health, I have two sets of little eyes watching how I view myself as a woman in a world full of labels.  I want my daughters to follow an example of healthy as an attitude, lifestyle, and a feeling.  I do not want my fitness abilities or health to place limitations on my family or our experiences.