Free Choice Questions:
****Why do you run? I run because I can’t not run. I have been running for so long that it’s just part of who I am. I had to give it up for a few years because of a foot injury. I thought I’d never be able to run again, but a chiropractor helped me and I was able to start back about a year ago. I am so happy to be running again!Running just makes me happy. I love the movement. I love feeling strong. I love slicing through the air and feeling the breeze and sunshine on my skin on a good day. I love saying that I was just able to get out there and do it on a bad one.
***What other hobbies do you have? I am an avid gardener, reader, and writer. I like antiquing and museum-going. I enjoy many physical activities such as yoga, weightlifting, and biking. I also ride a moped and hope to work my way up to a motorcycle this year. (I’m tired of riding on the back of my husband’s!)
Name: Kristen C.
How many kids: 4 kids (ages 9, 8, just turned 7 and a 5 year old who thinks he’s 10) *Obviously, there was no need for me to answer the question later in this profile “Why do you run?”! ☺
Location: Bedford (if you really want to find me, best places to look would be the deli line at Market Basket, any aisle of Target, my children’s school, and any day before 6 a.m. – the streets).
One thing I love about MRTT: The diversity! I love that there are so many women at so many different stages of life and running experience, all supporting each other EVERY SINGLE DAY on the site and in real life.
- When did you start running consistently? Why did you start? 2010 – *refer to “How many kids do you have question above.*
- Where is your favorite place to run? I will run pretty much anywhere, however my favorite time to run is early, early morning. I love the calmness and the quietness of this time, as well as seeing some pretty spectacular sunrises over the years.
- Do you have a favorite race? Bucket list race? I do not have a favorite, but like many runners Boston is certainly on my bucket list.
- Current running/fitness goal? Progress not perfection and to be one step closer to a goal today than I was yesterday.
- What motivational quote keeps you working hard? I enjoy a good quote and have a few favorites that speak to me. However when things get hard (I mean really hard, like ugly-cry hard) and I need a heavy dose of motivation, I turn to people. I think of family, friends, and sometimes people I don’t even know in real life. These are people who inspire me and I call upon their strength to get me through whatever I am facing.
When it comes time to hop on a training plan, I do have a quote that is just above the bulletin board where I pin the current plan:
Free Choice Questions:
What is your go to pump up song?
Eminem, Lose Yourself – “So here I go it’s my shot. Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”
What other hobbies do you have?
I love this question because so many people think I just run. Like that’s it, that’s all I do or can do. I am a major bargain shopper and love to get a great deal! I also love to cook, watch my kids play sports, be a party thrower and a party go-er (if you are over 40 sometimes this is referred to as a gathering), go biking/spinning, sample craft brews from around the country, and enjoy being creative.
I hope to meet every one who has taken the time to read this and share some miles together! Till then, run on!
How many kids or furbabies you have: 2 sons, Ages 2 and 10
One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: I am a newer member but I love people sharing their accomplishments and motivating each other through happy moments and struggles. I am looking forward to meeting new people and having people to run with.
When did you start running consistently? What prompted you to start? I have always been active since high school but I really got back into running and races after my second son was born. It was a fun and easy way to feel good and be with my son. I caught the racing bug last year and love trying to beat my PR with each race I do.
Where is your favorite place to run/workout? Mines Falls and the Nashua Rail Trail for outside. Nashua or Merrimack YMCA for inside work. And my basement for muscle strength workouts.
Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? I don’t! They are all so different. I do 2ks with my older son, usually 5ks by myself to see how fast I can go and 1/2 marathons with friends so we can accomplish it together and have fun catching up on long training runs. I do like races that are more flat than hilly.
What is your current running/fitness goal? I like to do a spring and fall 1/2 marathon and win at least one 5k in my age group. I also love to help others get hooked on running too.
What motivational quote or motto keeps you working hard? Not really a quote but whenever I don’t feel like running or I am in a race and want to slow down I remind myself of all the people in my life that no longer have the privilege or health to run and it reminds me how blessed I am that I can.
Free Choice Questions:
Why do you run? I run because it is easy. Grab your shoes and go. I also love having the time to myself to brainstorm or just think and then feel so relaxed afterwards.
What is your favorite way to fuel up after a good run/workout? Regular training I go for a protein shake. Beet, blueberry and Spinach is my favorite. But after a long race it is all about the burger and beer!