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Kim Scheffler, Director of Accounting & Controller, Pearland Administrative Office Building

Kim Scheffler finds joy and excitement in running, and that’s led to an impressive list of accomplishments

If you’re going to be a dedicated long-distance runner — as well as have a career, family, 45-minute commute, and work-life balance — it helps if you enjoy it. Kim Scheffler, who has run several marathons, takes the special diet, intense training, and early rising in stride. Running a brisk 10 miles or so is her favorite way to start the day.
How did you get into long-distance and marathon running?
Several years ago, I was running and starting to focus on long distance. A friend of mine said, “Let’s do the Houston Marathon.” I said, “OK. Why not?” It was something different to do. I started running more and did a couple of half marathons. Then I realized I had a knack for it, and it came naturally.
One of your biggest fitness accomplishments has been to run the Boston Marathon. Tell us about that.
As a runner, one of your dreams is always to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It’s definitely a challenge to get into. When I made it a serious goal, I went to a trainer and running coach. I was on a strict diet, as well as strength and running workouts, and I ran several marathons and half marathons to qualify. It was a challenging work-life balance, but I did it in 2016.
What are you doing exercise-wise now?
After Boston, I did one more marathon. Now I’m taking a break from marathon running because there’s a lot going on in my life. I still run 30 miles a week and do strength training.
Do you listen to music when you run?
No, I just think and talk through things in my mind. I solve a lot of problems that way!
Are you on a special diet?
I like to stay at a certain weight, and it makes me happy to stay lean and fit. I learned from my trainer that 80 to 85 percent of fitness is nutrition. When in training I increase calories, but even now I eat something every couple of hours. I do carb cycling, which means I eat more carbs for two days and then fewer carbs for two days.
How do you manage to get it all done?
I have a 12-year-old son, I’m married, and I have a 45-minute commute, so I pack a lot in a day. Also, I’m studying for my CPA. Luckily, I’m organized, and I’ve been doing it for a while. I wake up early, like 4 a.m., and try to get in a run before breakfast.
What’s your support network like?
I have a strong group of running friends. We text each other when we’re up at 4 for a run. On my birthday, a friend told me I should do all the things I love, so I started the day with a brisk 10-mile run with about 10 of my running friends. It was the perfect way to celebrate.
What would you tell someone who wants to get in shape?
I never imagined I would be able to run marathons. It sounds trite, but just do it. No matter what shape you’re in, you can do it if you want. You have to make the commitment, and then stick with it every day. It’s OK to take a day off, but start up again.
Most importantly, surround yourself with people who support you and help you stay motivated.