Deep Thoughts

Dear David: What Rhymes with Cigna

Dear David, I love my running friends. I seem to solve life's greatest mysteries when I run with them. In fact, I was on a group run when I came up with the idea of Ramp and Stair Exercise Club, which would later morph into Taking Up Space. Anyway, one of my running...

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Dear David: Crunching the Numbers

This post is part of an ongoing series of letters to my imaginary pen pal Cigna CEO David Cordani. Dear David, Did you hear I ran a distance PR? Unfortunately, it's #nothankstocigna...but the mileage still counts! I realized that since you just met me, you might get...

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Dear David: Run Another Day

This post is part of an ongoing series of letters to my imaginary pen pal Cigna CEO David Cordani. Dear David, Do you have an Ironman tattoo? When I found out that you're an endurance athlete like me, I knew you would understand what it feels like to have an injury...

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Dear David: Puzzling Circumstances

This is the first in an ongoing series of letters to my imaginary pen pal Cigna CEO David Cordani. Dear David, I just spent three hours putting together a puzzle for my kid. You know how 4 year olds are, right? They say they want to do something--something you know...

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An Open Letter to Cigna

Dear Cigna, My name is Kate Browne, and I am a Cigna policyholder through the third party payer Benefit Administrative Systems. I am also a runner, and I am training for the 2018 25th Anniversary #runDisney Dopey Challenge, which will be my biggest running milestone...

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Love and Other Monsters: Raising the Bar on Self-Worth

Think love doesn't matter when it comes to your body image? Imagine if the next wedding you went to sounded like this: Friends, family, co-workers, obligatory guests, and casual acquaintances— We are gathered here today to witness the contractual commitment of two...

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Radical Visibility and the Myth of the Bikini Body

The idea of a “bikini body” is a grand metaphor for a body worthy of being seen. Slenderella International, a short-lived chain of weight loss salons, popularized the phrase in 1961. The company ran a series of ads in major newspapers like the New York Times and the...

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Running: Overcome The Tyranny of the First Mile

When I first started running, I followed the Couch to 5K plan like a lot of other folks. I hated it. I was miserable and decided running was boring. Then I joined a group training program for beginners at my local running club. I was miserable, and was now convinced...

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What Is Diet Culture?

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I am 100% anti-diet culture. But do you know what that means? Here are 3 main characteristics of diet culture, and what you can do about it. But first, a definition: Diet culture is a system of knowledge, values,...

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You Belong: A Mantra for Joining a Gym

There's a lot of advice out there about being new at the gym. Advice like, don't forget to re-rack your plates and adhere to the 30 min cardio machine limit. That's all well and good, but here's some advice that you probably haven't heard much about: You belong. Yes,...

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Fixing Stitch Fix

I received an email from Stitch Fix yesterday with the subject "Kate, We're Expanding!" And I was so excited because I've been waiting for them to start carrying a plus-size line and...oh. The email says they're adding a men's line. Seriously? I couldn't join Stitch...

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Everyday Perspective: Object Lesson

Ever since I started doing mindset work on perspective, I'm often stopped in my tracks when I stumble across lessons in everyday life. Here are two from this morning: Lesson One: Running in the Background I listen to Pandora during my workday. I keep it running on a...

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Think Outside the Big Box Gym

When you decide to "join a gym," what kind of place do you imagine? If I had to guess, you're probably thinking about what fitpros call a big box gym--a huge facility with a lot of machines and varying amenities. But there are so many more places to exercise! Here are...

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Lake Run Club Profile

I was recently profiled in my running club's newsletter! Check it out here: http://www.lakerunclub.org/profile-kate-browne/

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Work Worth Doing: Self-Care as Activism

It's a strange time to deposit a literature PhD dissertation. I finished the final draft in the last hours of 2016, nearly crushed by the weight of the knowledge that the project I poured every available ounce of my energy into for the past 5 years means very little...

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