Friday, November 09, 2007

Hi. Let me introduce myself.
I got this awesome invitation to be a contributor to this blog and may I say a million thank yous. If I talk to much feel free to go back on the offer.
Here is me in 100 words or less...but probably more.
I have never been an athlete, I never played sports in high school or any other time in my life. I have always been a tad over weight. I have 3 little girls. I am in my mid 30's. I live outside of Washington D.C. but have lived in Tennessee, Louisiana, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana and 18 years in New Mexico.
This year I picked one word for the year that would be my focus. The word was stretch. I wanted to do things that would really stretch me physically and emotionally. so one night in March I signed up online to run a marathon. At the time I could not run to my mailbox. I trained 90% of my training pushing my two girls in a double jogger in the heat of the summer, and 7 months later ran a marathon. It changed me. I didn't magically become skinny, but I lost a bunch of emotional crying my eyes out after the race
One of my favorite quotes is

"There is only one way to run but a hundred ways to be a runner"

I don't care about speed, when I finish or what I look like when I do. I loved running and having people cheer for me and high fiving the police men who stopped traffic during the race. I think I am the girl that people say "if she can run a marathon, than anyone can" and I am fine with that. I take photos of myself after each run and have loved documenting my progress. I practice crossing the finish line at least once a week on my runs. - I became a runner to stretch myself and it worked.encouraging words I wrote on my feet before my marathon in pink sharpie

It is one month since my race and even I am surprised that I am still running. I love how it makes me feel. I believe anyone can run.
Thanks for letting me join in a great group of supportive women.
You can see my marathon mile by mile here.


Ang said...

So excited to have you here! I just read your whole mile by mile report and I am crying. Seriously big fat tears. I am so inspired by your story. Loved the post and all the pictures! I am thinking maybe Salt Lake 2008 will be a good time for me to run my first marathon!

kristi said...

ang - hey it is a great time to run it! i am trying to figure out a way I can fly out there and do it too. If you are slow and want someone to laugh and take photos with in the back, i am your gal!
you can so do it!
just keep thinking "if kristi can do it, I can too!!!"

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M&M said...

Welcome, Kristi! I was completely inspired by your story. Glad to have you with us and hope to hear from you often.

Ang- Come join us! I am starting to get excited about Salt Lake City!

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Team Hanni said...

I'm crying. Your post needs to be published. Seriously, I am so glad you are posting here. I feel so lucky that I got to take a glimpse of your incredible journey. Your marathon experience is just amazing. Every step is inspiring. I can't wait to experience the FULL!

Chelle said...

I loved every last word of this post. I'm inspired and excited that you will be hanging round these parts.... and coming to Salt Lake in 08?? (I hope so)

I clicked over to your blog and read your post about running songs. My i-pod is full of fresh new running songs, thanks to that post. My favorite this morning was "my doorbell" by the White Stripes.

Kristi... I very much look forward to hearing more from you as we shoot for another marathon!

Suzie Petunia said...


I love your "story". You are so inspiring! Your quote: "There is only one way to run but a hundred ways to be a runner" is what this blog is all about! We are so happy to have you. Will you be joining us in Utah for a marathon this spring?

TO ALL: I think we're leaning toward the Salt Lake marathon. Any major problems with that? (tough beans!)

JP said...

Can I tell you how much I love your "feet encouragement"? Awesome!

You are just amazing...I'm so glad you're sharing your story.

cherl said...

I loved this entry. I haven't read your marathon account yet, but will soon! Glad to have you on board. :)

cherl said...

I read your marathon account -- amazing and wonderful!

Congratulations on a fine finish. I love that you choose a word to focus on during the year. I'm going to have to do that. I also love that you met a wonderful woman to run with. Runners are really friendly and inspiring people!

Holly said...

I love that you have an opportunity to spread your story and encourage others to run--one step at a time!