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 5 – 13.
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 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 five more marathons (the most recent a 3:47:22!!!), six 50ks, 5 half marathons and many shorter distances! I finished my first 50 mile race at the Wild Idaho Endurance run (with 16,000 of elevation gain and loss) on a very tough course in August of 2011! It was an amazing feeling of accomplishment to achieve that personal goal! I felt like I could conquer the world after achieving that! I also ran my first 100 mile race at Antelope Island Buffalo Run in March of 2012! My husband and five children crewed for me that day and we crossed the finish line hand-in-hand! It was definitely a team effort and one I am very proud of!
Now that I’m 40, I feel more alive and youthful than I ever have! My big goals are to qualify for the Boston Marathon (need to shave 2 min and 22 seconds off my best time from the Redding Marathon Jan of 2013) and to continue to run ultra marathons as I keep growing as a runner/racer.
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 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):