1. Did/do you always find running enjoyable?
I started walk/running when I was 16 years old as a way to get into shape. A friend entered me into a local race and while I was slow as molasses, I fell in love with the sport. Through the years I have had my ups and downs, but running has always been the thing that has made me happy.
2. What is your favorite distance?
I would have to say that the half marathon is my favorite distance to race. It is just the perfect combination of speed and endurance for my body.
3. What do you struggle with most in running?
I struggle with over training at times. I tend to want to add in more in my quest for getting stronger. I have to remind myself that more is not always better, quality over quantity. Having a coach helps me with this as well.
4. Do you remember your first 5k, half marathon and/or marathon time?
I do not remember my first 5k time. My first half marathon (2006) was slightly under 2 hours and I had a blast. My first marathon was a little over 4 hours. I had just lost my dad to cancer a few weeks prior and it was quite an emotional day. I had to stop at the med tent for about 15-20 min but I was determined to finish no matter what.
5. What is your advice for someone looking to improve speed and/or endurance?
Consistency is the key. It is a gradual process. Weekly interval and tempo runs are important but remember quality over quantity. Letting your body recover between hard workouts is important too.
6. What is your can’t live without running gear, besides shoes?
7. Ok shoes, do you rotate? If yes, how many in rotation – explain.
Well, I have a bit of a running shoe problem. I have about twelve different models currently. So yes, I rotate.
8. Do you have a mantra that you use when racing or training?
Never give up. Just hold onto the ledge until you finish. Only then can you let go.
9. Do you ever feel unmotivated to train? If so, how do you overcome?
Sure, I have days that I feel tired and/or overwhelmed. It can be a challenge to juggle parenthood, training, and working full time. I tell myself that I will be a happier person and therefore a better mom and pharmacist if I set aside the time for myself to do something that I enjoy.
10. What is the best thing running has given you?
Running has given me a sense of self and strength. It has taught me how to persevere through the tough times….not just in running but in all aspects of life. I have also been blessed with many amazing friendships that have started from bumping into a fellow runner in a race or training run.
Kristina is an inspiration as she juggles her busy life with 3 kids and training to reach her goals. She’s an 8 time Boston Marathon finisher and currently training for Indy Monumental Marathon where we are certain she will see a PR.