Welcome to my blog! I’m Kris, and in 2011, my husband and I are planning to run our first full marathon, and compete in our very first triathlon!

The purpose of this blog is to talk about all kinds of fitness issues related to running and triathlon, from nutrition to gear to events. It is also to help me stay on task and be accountable for my training goals – I have a bad habit of not tracking my training properly, and paying for it on race day. This year, I’m setting some ambitious goals, and the only way to reach them is to get my training in. Fitting in a full training schedule around working full time, raising 3 kids, and other assorted commitments can be a challenge!

This photo was taken on September 3, 2006. I was at almost my heaviest point ever here. On January 1, 2006, I weighed 244 lbs. With knee and back issues, I knew I had to lose some weight, but I’d tried almost every diet or plan out there, with no luck.

In March 2007, with my mother facing knee replacement surgery due to arthritis pain, I joined the Arthritis Society’s Joints in Motion program to raise money by running a half marathon in Las Vegas. In December 2007, I did just that (or waddled… I was still very heavy, and very slow!). Since then I have lost over 100 lbs., reaching my goal of 137 lbs. in April 2010. I have completed 5 half marathons in total.

Through all my initial stages, my husband Bruce thought I was “big bags of crazy”. He was a happy couch potato. In June 2009, after watching me complete my third half marathon, Bruce decided I looked lonely running alone, and got up off the couch to join me. Since then, we have completed two half marathons together, and he has done a third one on his own. When I told him I wanted to get into triathlons, he told me I was still crazy…. but he’d give it a shot too. So we are doing this together!

This photo was taken June 2010 at the start line of the Manitoba Marathon, as was the one below.

I’m still not fast, but I’m working to get better. 2011 is my year!

4 Responses to About

  1. Kris, inspiring story! We are very humbled that you chose the RMTri for your first Triathlon. Deb and I have always said it is people like you who we want to build a race for. Having a race full of truly motivated people like yourself is far more satisfying that attracting elite athletes.
    We look forward to seeing you at the race in August.

  2. TC Meagher says:

    Hi Kris, I got to your site from Kenlie site (love her blogs) and I just love your story. I too want to someday do a triathlon (a beginner one that is) but have not gotten the nerve up to start training for one. I just recently lost about 20lb and want to get off another 30lb. My sister is going to do a beginner Tri and wanted me to join her, but I just did not have enough time to get in shape for it. When I told my husband what I wanted to do, he told me that I was crazy too. So as we are going into the fall and winter my goal is to find one for next spring and get in shape for it. Put your site on as a favorite, so I will be checking in from time to time, it looks like you have a lot of great information.
    Kick on

    • Kris says:

      Give it a tri!! It’s so addicting, it’s amazing. I never, ever thought I’d be here, but you know what? Baby steps, one at a time, and now I’m living my life with gusto!

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