Day in the Life: Cate Barrett, AMC Athlete

Iʼm a marathoner training for the 2020 Olympic Trials! I run 6-16 miles most days, and I lift weights twice a week. I also work a 9-5 job at Oracle. My days can be packed, and Iʼm always trying to find a balance between rest and work. But I love what I do, and chasing after career and running performance sharpens me for both.

Hereʼs what a typical weekday looks like for me!

5:00 a.m.— If itʼs a workout day, Iʼm up early, and I rush out the door for a 5:30 practice at Rogue Running.

(If I am not working out that morning I wake around 7:00-7:30 gently buzzed awake by my GPS watch’s alarm.)

8 a.m.– Time to head to the office. I bike most days. It’s 5 miles from home or 4 miles from Rogue, and it takes me 20-25 minutes.

8:30 a.m. — I get ready in the locker room at work. If itʼs a big day of meetings then Iʼll shower, style my hair, and put on makeup. Otherwise my coworkers get the au naturale look.

I eat breakfast at my desk, usually something packed from home. My favorite breakfasts are oatmeal and yogurt, or breakfast burritos.
Iʼm a social butterfly, so I will chat up any coworkers who are also rolling in, or getting coffee in the break room.

9 a.m.– Iʼm settling into my day. I do technical sales at Oracle, for a product called Commerce Cloud. It’s an online shopping platform for B2B and B2C stores. Since I’m new there, I’m training a lot on our solution and on sales technique.
I know people like to hate on the 9-5 routine and the monotony of desk jobs, but I enjoy the predictability. I’ve only worked at startups before, so having a big corporation with a lot of directions you can grow your career feels like a huge opportunity.

12 p.m. (ish) — lunch hour. I love to use lunch to go for a run, to take a class at Athletic Outcomes, to get a nap (if I drove that day, I can go lay down in my carʼs back seat), or to post on Instagram.

1 p.m.– I eat the lunch I brought from home at my desk and get back to work.

3 p.m.– that mid-afternoon slump is real! I am trying to get better at taking breaks or walks in the middle of the day to combat this. Sometimes I drink a second coffee, but that can backfire. We do have La Croix at work and I guzzle those at least once a day.

5:30 p.m.– Done with work! If I haven’t worked out yet, I’ll go for a run or a lift before biking home.

6 – 7:30 p.m.– Back home. I peel off my sweaty clothes and put on my PJs: old race t-shirts and loose running shorts. While my husband Jake makes dinner, I unpack and re-pack my bag for the next day, and do other chores around the house. I coach online for Rogue, so a couple nights a week I log on and spend time answering athlete’s questions.

During dinner, we catch up about our days and sometimes watch a show. We loved Parks & Rec, and now weʼre working our way through Brooklyn 99.

9 p.m.– I settle in for some solid phone time. I hate how much time I spend online, but it is relaxing. I like watching Instagram stories and surfing the Discovery page. Sometimes I still have chores or coaching work to do, so I try to knock that out.

10:30 – 11 p.m.– in bed. I wish I went to bed earlier, but I always have trouble winding down whatever I’m working on. But if I donʼt have morning training then it’s OK. Jake and I talk a little more, then drift off to sleep.


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