1. Did/do you always find running enjoyable?
Once I tried it, yes. I was not athletic in high school at all, and picked up running and exercise in general when I got to college. It helped a lot to have encouragement from my mom 🙂 My husband who had run for decades, taught me about the sport, which really got me into racing.
2. What is your favorite distance?
I really like them all for different reasons. Nothing beats finishing a full marathon in terms of sense of accomplishment, but I love running as fast as I can doing speed work.
3. What do you struggle with most in running?
Recovery. My life doesn’t allow for a lot of that.
4. Do you remember your first 5k, half marathon and/or marathon time?
My first 5k was my first race at 21 minutes flat (I ran the first mile around 6:30, and quickly realized that wasn’t the right way to race!). My first marathon was 3:59 and some change.
5. What is your advice for someone looking to improve speed and/or endurance?
Keep at it. No one gets far without hard work. Being more dedicated with weight lifting has also made huge differences for me.
6. What is your can’t live without running gear, besides shoes?
A good sports bra. I am a music fanatic, so also love my wireless headphones.
7. Ok shoes, do you rotate? If yes, how many in rotation – explain.
Nope, just wear a pair until my feet start hurting and then trade em in!
8. Do you have a mantra that you use when racing or training?
I envision the end point a lot. I think about racing and how the training will affect race times. I love to compete, even with myself, so most of the time I think about getting better.
9. Do you ever feel unmotivated to train? If so, how do you overcome?
Switching up my plan helps, even by doing a different work out than it may prescribe for that day. Most of all though, finding some friends to run can make a world of difference!
10. What is the best thing running has given you?
An outlet. I love having a hobby that’s good for my health, has given me great friendships, and is something I love to do.
Kristin is training for the NYC Marathon, receiving a spot in the race by meeting a tough time qualification. She’s also our team doctor, working with many runners to be their healthiest selves. She’s going to own the boroughs of New York!