Welcome back everyone, to the second of our ongoing series of FIT Runner Profiles!
Aristotle once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Today’s profilee hails from everywhere around the country, really, but is a born Texan, a settled Floridian, and our very own representative Ladybug at the Miami Beach Halloween Half. Yes, I’m talking about our good buddy Kristi, who ever so generously agreed to bare her soul for our burgeoning blog! So please give a warm welcome to Kristi as she clues us in to her Secret Origins as a runner and FIT member!
GETTING TO KNOW KRISTI!
Finisher Photo at the 2013 WDW Marathon
Full Name: Kristi Williams
Hometown: Born on a military base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Was an Air Force brat so I lived in many places while growing up.
Current Town: Sunrise, FL
Occupation: Web/Marketing & Property Manager
FIT Group: B
Years Running: Consistently – 2. This is my second season with FIT.
- 2004 Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Full Marathon
- 2012 Halloween Half Marathon
- 2012 13.1 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon
- 2012 Palm Beaches Half Marathon
- 2013 ING Miami Half Marathon
- 2013 Disney Full Marathon
- 2013 A1A Full Marathon
- 2013 13.1 Miami Beach Half Marathon
- 2013 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon
- 2013 Halloween Half Marathon
- 2013 13.1 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon
Upcoming Races this Season
- 2013 Space Coast Full Marathon
- 2014 Disney Dopey Challenge
- 2014 Miami Full Marathon
- 2014 13.1 Miami Beach Half Marathon
- 2014 BIG SUR FULL MARATHON
Favorite race (so far) and why
My favorite race of all time……they all hold a special place in my heart for different reasons, but I would have to say the 2013 Disney Marathon. It was my first Disney run and I got to experience it with the best running friends in the world and the medal is beautiful. It was a truly magical day.
Favorite cartoon OF ALL TIME!
I am a huge fan of animated comedy [South Park, Beavis & Butthead, The Simpsons , Family Guy – you get the picture] but I would have to say the original Looney Toons I used to watch every Saturday Morning is what started it. Tex Avery = good stuff.
10 Random Songs from your Running Playlist
I do not run with an iPod so I can’t really answer this. However, I do sing songs to myself to push myself and keep me entertained along the way so here are 10 random songs from my mental jukebox:
- “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) (who doesn’t think of this!!)
- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (which always morphs into Rye or the Kaiser by “Weird” Al Yankovich)
- “Born 2 Run” by 7Lions
- “Now or Never” by Zebrahead
- “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
- “Don’t Stop Runnin’” by Y&T
- “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond (They played this at the Disney marathon- EVERYONE sang it)
- “Paul Revere” by the Beastie Boys
- “Little Fighter” by White Lion
- “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane
Ines, Vivian, Kristi, and Sandra at the WDW Marathon
Reason for Joining FIT
Not a lot of people know this but my reason for joining FIT is both personal and painful. Back in 1998 I joined a running group (not FIT) and enjoyed it but dropped out before running a full marathon. Then in 2003 I decided I was going to redeem myself and see this thing through and I did reach my goal of completing a full marathon in 2004. Again, I enjoyed it but didn’t continue. In February 2012 I lost my dad to a brain tumor and had (and still have) a hard time coping. I miss him so much. Rather than continue down the road of drinking myself blind every night I decided to take up running again to help my mental and emotional well-being. Best decision I have made. I started running on my own in May and joined FIT in July. Not only has this been good therapy for my head, I’ve met so many awesome people and have made some amazing lifelong friends. And I have no intention of stopping this time so FIT is stuck with me
Favorite 80s Movie
Hmmmmm……this is virtually impossible to answer, Matt!!!! There are SO many to choose from. Not sure if this is my absolute favorite because I have so many (and not sure it counts as a “classic” 80s movie) but one I watched over & over back in the day was The Lost Boys. It has some action, comedy, gore, and Kiefer Sutherland. Ah, I miss 24…..
Running goals for the near future (distance, time, specific race, travel, etc.)
Race-cations!! I have many destinations on my wish list: Las Vegas, Hawaii, Niagara Falls, Amsterdam, Paris, Athens, and one day to complete a 50K. I would love to experience a new race-cation every year. Also I’m planning on earning the 5-year Big Bang Series from the Space Coast Marathon.
Favorite Post-Run Meal/Snack/Restaurant
Everything I can get my paws on!! LOL – I’m usually ravenous afterwards and devour all the goodies they hand out. I love any run that has a beer tent afterwards! I crave salt and junk food so I want fries, pizza & beer for dinner as a reward for my hard work! Um, did I mention beer?
Finally, tell us anything (or everything!) about yourself!
I live with my fiancé Eric and our 6 kids — Tortoiseshell cat: Bean, Chihuahua dog: Ginger, Red-tail boa constrictor: Wilson, Hogg Island boa constrictor: Gracie, Red-eared slider turtle: Gamera, and finally our little Betta fish: Taz. Besides running I enjoy all the usual stuff: reading – especially Stephen King and horror novels, watching movies, listening to music and shopping for fantastic running outfits. I love all things Disney and Disney World, WWE Wrestling and NFL. We are season ticket holders to the Miami Dolphins and one of these years we are going to be good again!! I love food and trying new beers. I have an obsession with the color pink. I love lamp. Random fact: frogs scare the bejeezus out of me.
Let’s Get Social (Media, that is)
You can connect with me at speed training on Tuesdays, Runner’s Depot Fort Lauderdale Run Club on Thursdays, and of course Saturday mornings with FIT.
And there you have it! Much thanks to Kristi for taking the time to fill out her profile data for our blog. And as always, if you would like to be featured (and why WOULDN’T you? You automatically become THAT MUCH COOLER!) you can either email me your answers at hokeyboy (at) gmail (dot) com, OR (even easier!) fill out our Runner Profile Questionnaire, and you can submit your profile online! Remember, you don’t have to answer any question you don’t feel comfortable about, and if you want to volunteer more information about yourself that I didn’t ask, feel free to do so! There are no rules here, except please try to limit your F-bombs to about a dozen, OK? We’re a family blog here!