Karrie’s first marathon was in 1986 and she feels she had no business doing that, because she hadn’t trained. Her first half marathon was the Saturday before that and she couldn’t even run the entire 13.1 miles that day. So almost all of the 26.2 miles were miserable for her and she vowed never to run again…and didn’t, until 2010. Since then, she’s been making up for lost time by doing at least one 13.1 mile run or race each week and more mileage and longer runs, when training for marathons.
Pacing and racing have allowed her to see so much more of this wonderful world from her feet. Learning about where the other runners are from and where they have raced and/or traveled is her favorite way to pass the time on the course.
On November 28, 2013, she started running at least 1 mile per day and was only going to do that until January 1, 2014. She didn’t see a reason to stop, and is still on that running streak. She feels that it’s been extremely helpful with maintaining her 104lb weight loss from 2008-2009. She will tell everyone that she’s not coordinated enough to run on a treadmill, so almost all of those miles are logged outside.
Currently, she’s working on earning the Six Star medal by completing the Abbott World Marathon Majors and she plans to be halfway done in October 2019, having finished the US races of Boston (2 times), New York City, and Chicago. She’s looking forward to Berlin, London, and Tokyo, as well.
Her favorite part of running is continually meeting so many new people, especially through pacing, which she started doing in 2013. She loves helping runners reach their goals, particularly first timers. Be ready for her to be your cheerleader!