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Meet Krysten Farrell, Rookie Finalist #4

by leandre on January 21, 2013 · 28 comments

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2013)

This Rookie’s Ramblings is a weekly blog sponsored by RunVermont and the Green Mountain Running Medicine Shop column written by one Vermont resident training for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.  The 2013 Rookie will be selected from a pool of 5 finalists. We’re posting one entry a day through Tuesday, January 22. Cast your vote for your favorite Rookie beginning Wednesday, January 24 on our Facebook page.

Over the summer months, a friend of mine and former Vermont City Marathon participant inspired me to write up a “thirty before 30” list. Along with riding a Ferris wheel for the first time and learning all of the U.S. capitals (this is embarrassing…), I made a list of the things I’d like to do before I turn 30 years old. Keeping a journal and running a marathon are two things that also made the list.

I’m an active human and I love a good challenge. While Running and I have never been close to an exclusive relationship, we have become well acquainted over the past couple of years.

I first experienced the Vermont City Marathon as a spectator in 2011. My friend and I crept onto the small boulders by the skate park, and I was immediately flooded with emotion. These people! The support! It was later on in the six hour time chunk, so the crowd of runners had thinned out a bit. I can remember watching another spectator, a kiddo probably around ten years old, clap and cheer for every person who ran by on an individual basis. It was incredible.

The whole scene blew my mind. There I was sitting like a bump on a log while people- of all different shapes, sizes and ages- ran by with fierce determination in their eyes and power in their steps. Some of these superhumans had been running for 26 miles. I did my best to push aside any “poor me” thoughts and focus on the people in front of me. It’s hard for me to understand or articulate why this happened, but I started crying. I was now sitting there like a crying bump on a log, totally in awe of the folks running by me. This was a powerful moment, as it highlighted the remarkable capacity of human potential. By the end of the race, my hands were raw and my heart was full.

Having never run more than two consecutive miles, I wondered how to get in on this marathon action. After being seriously buttered up by some of my runner friends, I decided to go for a two-person relay spot in last year’s Vermont City Marathon. Fundraising in honor of my aunt and for Gray Matters: The Wendy J. Pierson Foundation, helped to bring meaning to my training efforts that extended beyond achieving a smoking hot summer bod. It also meant that there was no way I could weasel out.

After 12 weeks of training, and an unanticipated amount of support in the form of funds and running buddies, I did it! From the orange slices tossed my way by kids in the New North End, to my best friend running the last mile with me, it was one of the best things I have been a part of.

So back to that “thirty before 30” list. I will be 26 years old in a couple of weeks.

There are 26 (.2) miles in a marathon.

After a few too many cookies one night and in attempts to pull myself out of an overeating binge, I decided to register for the 2013 VCM. The initial excitement of registering was enough to help me brush the crumbs off of my shirt and get my act together. Plus, it was only November and training would not begin until January; the New Year felt far enough away to keep my enthusiasm pumping for a bit.

And here we are, days away from the beginning of my selected 18-week training program.


So that’s where this Rookie business comes in. Being your Rookie would help me to knock off two of my “thirty before 30” goals; maintaining a blog would kindly nudge me to keep a journal of sorts, while the support and sense of community from the area’s running population would help with the actual completion of all of these miles. The accountability piece of the marathon process is critical. Although I’m pretty motivated, I’m also clever enough to trick myself into doing most things over running extended periods of time. If I have an audience, I will show up and perform. In addition to the support piece, I could use a little help with some running related questions.

Where can I find a pair of shorts that won’t ride up as I pound out some serious miles? Who carries the best sports bra to carry me? Will all of my toenails fall off?!

My hope is that this blogging platform will help inspire me to view running in a reflective manner, while also bringing humor to the dynamic human experience that we share.

So hello there! I’m Krysten. I’m curious, goofy, enthusiastic, and maybe after this marathon I’ll be ready to call myself a runner. Who knows J.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 christa January 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

Awesome post KF!!

2 Kim H. January 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

Best blog!! Good luck with everything, maybe I can sneak a training run in with you sometime…can’t wait to read more:)

3 Jameson January 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

I loved the comedy. Totally bought my vote.

4 Pammy January 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

You have my vote! What an inspiration you are with an achievable goal with hard work and determination! Love the backhand spring!

5 Meredith January 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

Krysten (Judy), you’re the cat’s pajamas. Crossing my fingers for you!

6 Elisabeth January 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

3V! Go Krysten!

7 Caitlin January 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

Super cute, little sis. Keep up the good work!

8 Andy Pickreign January 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

Awesome Goal. I’ll be 26 in April myself, and this year will be my second (complete) KBVCM. The thought of accomplishing 50 in 50 states before age 50 was pretty intimidating, but, I felt, achievable! This January has started me off on a serious training kick and I’ve been on the hunt for as many races as I think I can do. Everything from 5k’s, 10k’s, my all time favorite 15k (Utica Boilermaker), trail races, uphill races, trail races up hills (or mountains if you will, living in the ADK inspires the mountain runner in all of us), half marathons, and of course the KBVCM, perhaps the most inspiring race I’ve ever experienced, and more marathons toward the end of summer ’13. I’ve got a pretty good line up that includes at least one (different length or style) race a month, some months even more. Being a single father of a beautiful 2-year old girl makes training not only challenging but all the more rewarding. Last year before KBVCM I could run past 12 miles while pushing her in a stroller (of course she weighed significantly less at that time!) and to this day runs are more entertaining with her in front of me! I know you will = achieve your goal, 30 before 30. I assume you mean 30 marathons, and that’s amazing! Good for you! It’s inspiring when someone new to running finds the love, and inspiration that those of us that have been running for years have come to feel as natural. Good luck!! See you in May!

9 Andy Pickreign January 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

Sorry, I meant,”I Don’t assume you mean 30 marathons?!”

10 Rilea January 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

Seeing as my nickname is Cry-lea (I’m emotional!), you got my vote! I also think you’re pretty great and I’ve been meaning to get into blogs

11 Christen January 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Krysten! This is such a treat! While I am not blogging about it, I decided that this was my year to run a half marathon! I have registered and the day is approaching! We will have to keep in touch about the training!

12 Rich K January 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Great story! You’ve got my vote. And BTW: You are a runner! See you at the finish line.

13 Michelle Pandolfi January 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

So proud of you Krysten! Running a marathon is a hug endeavor. It sounds like your ready for it, and that’s what you have to be; ready for it in mind, body and spirit. Mr. P. ran the Boston Marathon when he was about 28. He trained for many hard, long months. He had run local races but never a marathon. The strength and determination achieved while training and then running the race is amazing. My sister-in-law also ran a few Marathons, she was lucky enough to run in the Bermuda marathon. So I wish you all the luck and know I will be with you in spirit cheering you as you are running. Mrs. Guihan is the person to ask the running questions to (Tony’s mom). She is a friend on my webpage. If you need help connecting to her, let me know.

14 Lrem January 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Awesome post Krysten :) Good luck and all the best during training! It’s such a fun race!

15 Andrea January 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Great post! You have an entertaining writing style. It sounds like there is a voting thing? You will get my vote! Have fun with this. My first marathon was VCM and I loved so much of the training and the marathon (not every minute no way) and it was definitely one of my best experiences ever. I totally get the spectator crying thing. When I did that I had never run a step but I knew I wanted to run a marathon! You’ll be awesome! (Jameson’s mom)

16 Daddio January 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Krysten , I am truely inspired by your drive and determination and have no doubt that you will succeed in your quest to complete this marathon! Great job with your Rookie Ramble, you have always had an entertaining writing style! I will be one of many who vote for you on January 24th!!

17 Lauren Fowler January 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

Oiselle roga or distance shorts ( I wore the distance shorts for my first marathon (VCM!) last year, stuffed the 3 pockets with gus, and I had no problems whatsoever. 100% worth the price. Good luck with your training!

18 Leslie MacConnell January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

Krysten you are amazing!! I am so proud of you and I can’t wait to read more about your runner journey. I only wish I could be there cheering you on but you absolutely have the Cali support <3
Love you!!

19 Amy Nutt January 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

So proud of you!!!!!!! xoxox

20 Liz Orloff January 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

You rock girl!!!!!

21 Jen January 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

3V Krysten you totally rock!!!

22 Kerri Mahan January 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Best to you Krysten!! You CAN do it!!

23 jessica merrill January 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Your blog was awesome it really kept my attention and I’m sure kept every other readers attention. From here, I am going to go and vote for you. The way you put both seriousness and humor in your blog was fabulous$ your fabulous. Keep up the good work and continue the joy and faith!!!

24 Lydia Olofson January 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

Good Luck! You can do it :)

25 Hayley Perelman January 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

You are indeed an active human and you got this gf! So prouda youuu :)

26 Scottie Raymond January 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

Seriously, I love you. Your post almost made me cry, definitely made me laugh and repeatedly made me think to myself, “I miss that girl” and “I am a lazy bump on a log.” You’re the best.

27 liam January 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Its a no brainer!

28 Sandy January 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

You are an inspiration to those who call themselves runners and those who wish they could be someday!
Enjoy the miles – you’ll do great!

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