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