Your Story: Running to Her Identity

This new section is for you. It’s a platform for you to share your stories of how running has changed your life.

To kick us off, we have Krista – mom, runner, and beacon of inspiration. Once a working mom, Krista felt as though she lost her identity when she quit her job to take care of her children.

I’m so excited for Krista to share her story. She writes with such grace, and tells a story we all can relate to.

If you have a story you’d like to share, please email me at runningmyselftogether@gmail.com


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Crossing the finish line of her first half marathon!

Krista’s Story: Running to Her Identity

Almost two years ago I quit my full time career to stay home with my kids. While I was glad I made the choice, the transition sent me into a tailspin. I was having some sort of angsty “who am I?” crisis. I had based my entire sense of self on my job and being a working mom. Staying home was harder than I ever could have imagined. Instead of spending picture perfect afternoons in the park or having coffee dates with friends, I was feeling inadequate and in need of personal space.

One afternoon when my husband was home, I was trying to work out and the kids were just climbing all over me. I couldn’t take it, I needed space, so I ran out the front door. I didn’t make it far before having to walk, but I’d felt so strong and free while I was running! I decided I was going to start to run and downloaded the C25k app. It was hard, but I never gave up. I finished the app and eventually ran my first 5k under 30 minutes.
It surprised me, but running was something I was ok at! More than that, my runs gave me time to think. Time to be alone, time to be an individual and time to get out any sort of uncertainty I had been feeling. I came to depend on running for so much more than exercise. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying before, but running was my therapy. It makes me a better mom, wife, and friend. It’s my way of “filling up my cup.”
Not long after my first 5k a group of online friends and I decided to sign up for Colorado

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Running her first full marathon. Look at that smile!

Ragnar. It was a truly amazing experience and brought me closer to some friends in ways that would have taken years without a sleep deprived relay in a van. I loved it so much I signed up for my first marathon taking place a few months later. It was a grueling course with 10 miles running uphill with roughly 4,500 ft gain. I finished it and I’ve never felt stronger than when I crossed that finish line.

My running story is hard to put into words. Over the course of two years, I’ve found myself, gone through tough times, made some of my best friends, and become stronger all because of running. I don’t think there is a way to get all of that into words concisely.

You can follow Krista’s running journey on Instagram – @kristaruns.

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