Kristen R: Tough stuff? America’s Toughest Road Marathon

It feels like a lifetime ago, but before I had kids I tackled an ultramarathon, a 50K.

Obviously, I ran a lot back then.

The Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains

That race’s elevation gain and loss was brutal. It took me up and down — then back up and down — a mountain in the Blue Ridge near an area called Sherando Lake. Thankfully, I had trained well and I finished  — with a smile plastered across my face. It also earned me bragging rights for a spell.

It took two babies and a few years off, but I decided it’s time to be a runner again.

I’m in my third month of daily running. I have seven races ahead of me, three of which are half marathons. No marathons in my line of sight, certainly no ultras. But a #runchat challenge got me thinking about next year: The 2014 Blue Ridge Marathon, dubbed America’s Toughest Road Marathon. I think I could aim for that — and earn a few more bragging rights. So this post is about that random chance to win: Me throwing my hat into the ring.

Maybe all this is leading me back to the Blue Ridge…

Gotta run!
Kristen R.

2013 Mileage to date

2013 Mileage to date

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KHP -  Filler working on Illustration and Sketches

KHP – Filler working on Illustration and Sketches


About Kristen R.

Counting down to 40, while juggling motherhood, marriage, the corporate grind & middle-of-the-pack running. It's OK to point & laugh.
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7 Responses to Kristen R: Tough stuff? America’s Toughest Road Marathon

  1. lehorse says:

    Wow just had a look at the video on the races website 7,234 ft. climb is just brutal looks an amazing race though. I am planning on having a crack at this probably in 2015 check it out

    • Kristen R. says:

      Whoa! That looks rough. I love that it says “You will suffer.” At least they are honest, right? And cheers to your latest mileage.
      This Blue Ridge race is in a beautiful area. Not sure how much scenery I could take in while trudging up the mountain, but beautiful just the same.

  2. wwwmama says:

    There’s a half-marathon in New England in the fall foliage that’s supposed to be awesome. Maybe I can get you up this way?

  3. khpixler says:

    Crap! You know I won’t let you run this alone.

  4. Pingback: Kristen R: Through the Tunnel | Making It Daily

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