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Kristy is fellow Sweat Pink & Fitfluential Ambassador, as well as a runner and wedding planner (hence the cute blog name). She started her blog about three years ago to document her goal of running a marathon in all 50 states and DC (she’s already run 39 in 32 different states!) Eventually, she turned her blog into so much more – chatting about everything from travel to running to weddings (of course!). So sit back, relax, and get to know Kristy. Also, we’re doing a double feature, so pop on over to Kristy’s blog to learn a little bit about me! Take it away, Kristy!
How did you get started running?
My dad was a marathon runner pretty much the entire time I was growing up. I would go to a few of his races and watch him cross the finish line. I’d go with him occasionally on a bike on his runs. I guess it just wore off on me. I think he let me enter my first race when I was 8. I ran cross-country in Jr. High and then again in High School. I only ran for fitness in college. After college that was when I surprised my dad by asking him to train me for my first marathon and I have been running them ever since.
Do you remember your first pair of running shoes? Discuss.
Yes, they were Saucony’s. I remember because I was young and sold on the idea that people ran in Nike’s only, and I think all the girls on my cross country team all had the same cute pair of Nike’s. My dad took me to get them and said the Nike’s the other girls had weren’t really running shoes. At the time I argued, but he was right. When I look back on it now, I am glad I listened and didn’t just buy shoes because they were cute, but because they were the right shoes for me:)
Now describe your dream running shoes (brand, type, color, include anything and everything – it’s your dream!).
I’ve honestly never thought about it. I guess my dream pair would have Pink on them:) As for brands, I could care less on that. But it would be a brand and a shoe that a company keeps on making. I hate when companies change and upgrade a shoe I like, I rarely like their upgrades!
What was your best run ever?
I was running the St. George Marathon and early on in the race I was just having an okay race day. Then somewhere around mile 10 things changed and I realized I was feeling pretty good, so I picked up the pace a little. Things only got better from there, and by mile 22 I realized I was feeling great, and had so much energy. This was the first time I experienced a true runners high, the kind you hear about that people say when it happens they could run forever. I wished I realized what was happening earlier on in the race, I probably would have had my best time ever. But even so, I loved that at mile 25 & 26 I was feeling great and my legs weren’t tired and everyone around me was just wishing for it to be over and I was thinking I could go for another 10 easily. I finished the marathon and met up with my family and kept on running to the car. Even when I went out to lunch after I was still on a high and was running across the parking lot. It was a great, great run!!!
Have you run any races? Give us your race resume!
Yes; I’ve run 39 marathons (32 of those have been in all different states). I haven’t kept track of how many half marathons, 10k’s or 5k’s I have done, but I’d say 50+ is a good estimate on those. I love to run, what can I say:)
What was the best swag you ever got at a race/race expo/pre or post race party?
Hmmmm, Mt. Desert Island Marathon in Maine gave us cute windbreakers that I loved. Mississippi Blues gave me a nice Harmonica which I have kept in case I ever can figure out how to play it:) One marathon gave me an awesome recovery kit with these wraps that stay cold always, last years, and only need to be wet down – I can’t remember which one that was, but they are awesome. I still have them!
What would be your #1 tip for something that wants to get into running or wants to run their first big race?
Learn to love the run. Don’t force it, and start out with distances you are comfortable with. Once you love running, the sky is the limit on any race or distance you might want to do. But the key for beginners is to keep it fun, something you enjoy, something that you never feel like you have to do, then it will turn into something you will love to do! If you want to get into races, just ask other runners on tips and advice. Trust me, runners love to talk about running, you’ll get more tips than you’ll ever need:)
What is the best sign you ever saw on the sidelines during a race?
I actually keep a race journal, and sometimes when signs catch my attention I will write them down. I can’t think of a specific one that shines above the others at this moment. However, I ran a marathon where the city told a funny story with signs, for over 3 miles. It was fun to run by and read each one. That marathon was in Atlanta, Georgia.
What keeps you going when you have led legs, lack motivation, or start to doubt yourself during a run?
It’s what I do ahead of time. I have found if you wait for those things to happen it is hard to get yourself out of it if you haven’t pre-prepared. First, I never allow doubt to creep into my mind. That may sound crazy, but I think allowing any doubt is the worst thing you can do to yourself as a runner, confidence is everything and so are the words I CAN! I pre-plan things to think about during a race if I start hitting bad moments, to keep my mind off the pain or miles ahead. I can dwell on something else like writing a new book or something. If I get tired or led legs, or start to feel myself slowing down, I do what my dad taught me to do, I pick up the pace for a while and force it. It’s not easy, but sometimes a change of pace is exactly what the body needs to kick start and find another wind and get out of a funk!
How do you fuel up pre-, during, and post-run?
I usually eat a bagel before a marathon. I don’t do any fueling during, however I will eat pretzels or suck on an orange if they are offered after mile 18. I stick to water during the first 20 miles of a marathon, and only drink sports drinks the last few miles. (I love volunteers, but I don’t trust them to mix the sports drinks right. I’ve spent too much time at lovely port-o-potties in years past that taught me that lesson:) I don’t ever have an appetite after a race so I rarely eat food right after. But I do enjoy an ice cold Pepsi:) But when it comes to race night dinner I will eat whatever the heck I want:)
Best piece of running nutrition advice. Go.
I’m not the greatest at eating the absolute healthiest and I’ll be the first to admit it. However, my best advice for pre-race: don’t eat anything the day before a race or morning before a race that you haven’t already practiced eating in advance. Also, if you didn’t train on gels or supplements, don’t pick a race as your first time to start.
If you could only run one more race in your lifetime, which one would it be?
That is kind of a sad thought:) I have run a lot of great races from small ones to the largest in the world. But if I had to pick which one would be my last, it would be the same one as my first. I think I’d pick the St. George Marathon in Utah – beautiful scenery, great race, great course, great hills, amazing volunteers and organization. The race has a special place in my heart because that was where I ran my first marathon, where I had my first runners high, where I got my current PR, not to mention the only race I have ran 6 times:)
Treadmill or trails? Trails
Favorite Disney character. Go. Cinderella
Hills or Cobblestone paths? Hills
Chews, Gels, Both, or Neither? Neither
Favorite running brand. Depends on the day!
What do you think – could you run 50 marathons in 50 states?