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Why I Run: Kristie Lloyd

by jen on February 5, 2013 · 2 comments

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Meet 51 year old Kristie Lloyd from North Hampton, New Hampshire …..

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Thank you for including me in Why I Run …. I have enjoyed reading the very inspirational stories. I have been thinking about how to tell my story, which doesn’t seem all that extraordinary to me.  I have been active for most of my life, from playing basketball in high school (thank you, Title IX!) to running 10K races, hiking , skiing, and raising a son who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  Almost 10 years ago, I broke my leg playing third base on a coed rec softball team.  It was an open fracture of my tibia and fibula requiring two surgeries and a bone graft.  I was told my running was over.  After five years and a few extra pounds, I was reevaluated and was given clearance to run again.  For some reason, the running fever took hold, and I set my sights on running my first half marathon.  I remember how scared I was at the prospect!  After a few half marathons, and with my 50th birthday looming, I decided my goal was to celebrate turning 50 by running a marathon.  I completed the Lake Placid Marathon last summer, and have run a total of 3 so far.  The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon will be my fourth.
I’m a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, so it would be easy to say that I run to inspire my patients by “walking the talk”.  In truth, running gives me certain bragging rights that I have never found in any other area.  I love wearing my finisher medals to work the day after a race, and posting my race bibs on our bulletin board.  i love that people tell me I look 10-15 years younger than my real age.  Running makes me feel strong and unstoppable, but most of all, it’s good for my ego!  :)

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1 Holly February 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Love it!

2 Terry February 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Wow! Kristie! You are awesome and a definite inspiration to an older generation who feel defeated by age alone. Your education is a definite plus in getting you where you are today! You go girl!! I’m 51 and wish I could run about a third of your ability. I was active in high school but not so much now. Keep running! Will be looking for you in Burlington, VT !! Good luck!

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