My name is Christie. I also respond to “Becca’s Mom”, “Jr’s Mom”, “Joshua’s Mom”, “Anneliese’s Mom”, “Savannah’s Mom”, “that crazy running lady” or “honey” (when my spouse is beckoning me.) My super supportive husband, Wayne and I have five amazing kids ranging in age from 8 – 15.
In May of 2008, after going through five pregnancies, I found myself overweight and unhappy. I’d watched my own fit, trim Mom run a marathon the year she was 40 and I realized that I would never achieve something like that if I stayed out of shape and wasn’t exercising. So, I bought a pair of running shoes, printed off the Couch to 5k running program and slowly but surely started to change my life — one step at a time.
Though I never dieted at all, I was able to go from a size 14 to a size 4 (losing about 80 lbs) in 2 years. I found my peace of mind, my joy, my happiness and many friends along the way — many of them just like me – Moms and Dads who’d given so much to their jobs, their communities, their families, but who had stopped taking care of their own bodies and spirits in the process – but who reclaimed those things through running!
I ran my first marathon in October of 2009 when I was 36 years old. I’ve since ran many more marathons including running the Boston Marathon in 2014, which was a dream come true that happened after I finally ran a 3:40 marathon fast enough to qualify in 2013! It took me 7 marathons to get reach that goal, by the way and I came within a 2-3 minutes twice before finally reaching my goal (a good lesson in rewards coming my way if I was willing to keep trying to aim for a difficult goal.) I’ve also ran several ultras (including four 100 milers) and some shorter distances and my husband and I have even turned my passion for running into our full-time jobs as race directors in the Boise, Idaho area where we direct 10 local races (including two certified marathons) with the help of our five kids!
I’m also heading to Denmark in May of 2015 to run the Copenhagen Marathon (my first international racing experience, which I’m excited about) and I’m hoping to qualify for Boston again this year at either Potato Marathon or the Freakin Fast Marathon (put on by our company, Final Kick Events!)
Now that I’m 42, I feel more alive and youthful than I ever have! It’s been an exciting journey to find out I’m stronger than I thought I was and I believe my children have been encouraged to seek out their own passions and dreams with the same vigor and passion I’ve channeled into my running! I’m a Mother and I’m a Runner and in my book, I can’t imagine being one without the other anymore!
I hope to share my story – the highs and the inevitable lows, along with my passion and joy as I continue on this journey as a mother who loves to run. My wish is to encourage you — that if an overweight, super busy, homeschooling Mom of five can find the time and determination to become a runner again, lose the weight and find JOY in life again — so can you! YOU CAN DO IT!
Here’s a photo from me at about my biggest weight (about 200 lbs) in mid 2007. I thought I’d be overweight forever. I was wrong! I lost the weight, learned to MAKE time to exercise several times a week and felt reborn in the process. Dreams can come true!
Who I Was:
And Who I am Today (I’m in the middle in the braids):