Kristi is a former high school Phys. Ed. and English teacher who has been the copy editor of Running Room Magazine since 2012. She started running thanks to the Running Club at her elementary school. She bought her first pair of “serious” running shoes from the Kenaston Running Room in Winnipeg.
What is your best time of day to run?
Ideally, in the morning, so I can feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for the rest of the day.
What brand of running shoes do you wear?
I’m a Saucony fan, particularly the Hurricane. I’ve also worn the Triumph, Guide and Echelon.
Do you listen to music while you run?
It’s a must for me. Full (and slightly embarrassing) disclosure: I still listen to boybands from the 1990s, like the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys. You can view my all-boyband playlist here.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Oatmeal with walnuts and pecans—started in the slow cooker the night before. It is such a smug feeling to wake up to a hot breakfast.
Is there a time in your life where you found running to be especially therapeutic?
When my kids were very young, I rarely set aside any time for myself, so going for a run was a huge luxury. On those days, running had nothing to do with my pace or distance, but was all about getting a break and a “brain drain.” Of course, as soon as I walked back in the door, I had a toddler tugging at my leg again, so any plans to cool down or stretch went out the window. (Eventually, I got smart and stretched on the front steps before going inside.)
Did you run track or cross-country in school?
I ran cross-country, as I always found running around a track to be mind-numbing. Also, I was not very good at staying in my lane.
Favourite post-run snack?
Chocolate milk and a homemade muffin.
What is your proudest running accomplishment?
Completing a half marathon at the Manitoba Marathon. I had entered the relay event many times, but this was a completely new challenge. I ran it with my mom, which was extra special because she has always been my active role model.
Is there a piece of running clothing that you can’t live without?
I was against the idea of wearing any sort of snug-fitting bottoms until I pulled on a pair of Saucony Siberius tights. They are fuzzy on the inside and provide incredible warmth. The ankle zippers feel very professional, too.
What other physical activities or sports do you play?
I play recreational women’s hockey—I took up that sport at age 20 and really enjoy it. I grew up doing Rhythmic Gymnastics, so I enjoy dance-inspired fitness classes like Zumba.
What advice would you give to aspiring runners or newbies?
When you go for a run or walk, don’t worry about what you look like or what other people are thinking. If you’re out there, you’re a runner. Remember, you’re doing better than anyone who is sitting in a car or on a couch.
Kristi York is the copy editor of Running Room Magazine and a freelance writer. More of her published work can be found on Twitter @KristiYork19.