What's Your Workout?


Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Kendra Zumhingst

Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Kendra Zumhingst


Kendra Zumhingst






Husband, Dave, of 13 years; children, Jadrix, 7, and

Krenzley, 4


IT purchasing at Kremer’s Urban Pharmaceuticals in Seymour

Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:

I follow a plan that tells me what I must do every day. Usually includes 1-plus hours swimming/1-plus hours bike ride or ride/run combination building up to race day. I usually do one before work and one late at night.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I went to the doctor and saw how overweight I was. I outweighed my husband by 30 pounds, and it hurt. I went back to my desk at work that day and sobbed. From that day forward, I said I never wanted to be fat again.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

Because I live every day like 75 pounds is chasing me.

How do you make time to work out?

My friends think I have 30 hours in my day.

When did you get serious about fitness?

In 2010, I went from my first 5K to first full marathon in a year. Then did first sprint triathlon in April and loved it so much I am doing Ironman Louisville in August. Cycling … LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cycling!

Any exercises you dread, but do anyway?

No, never a dread with exercise. I have ones that I love more than others but never dread. No excuses; laziness is not an option.

What is your favorite workout song?

Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait.”

Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?

I didn’t watch what I ate at all. I have started the Paleo challenge to change my habits.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?

I remember how proud I was when I crossed the finish line at the Rev3 Cedar Point 70.3 distance triathlon. It was amazing.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?

I don’t ever not want to work out. I know that every day I am stronger and more determined than I was yesterday.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Just put one foot in front of the other. I couldn’t run when I started this journey. I ran for 30 seconds on a

four-speed treadmill. I would hop off for 30 seconds, then hop back on. Then it was 45/30, 45/15, then a minute on, 30 seconds off. Just kept building till I got to my first 5K!

What is a little-known fitness fact about you?

I love to cheer people on in supporting and achieving their fitness goals. One of my life-changing moments was spending the day in Louisville watching Ironman. It was amazing, and I will never miss another one, even if I know of no one competing.

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