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kristen van horn

Name: Kristen Van Horn

Location: St. Peters, MO

Blog: theconcreterunner.com

Twitter: concrete_runner

Instagram: concrete_runner

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Kristen Van Horn

Favorite Quote:

I am someone who lives by “Everything happens for a reason”.  I truly believe there is a purpose to my life and that things will naturally fall in place if I am doing what I can to make it work that way.  I think this applies to my training and racing as well, as if I put the effort in, I will be more likely to achieve my goals.

Why do you run?

I originally started running in order to keep my weight down during college.  I quickly fell in love with it – some would say I’m addicted – and have been running almost daily for the last 12 years.  Now, I run to not only stay in shape, but to be an example to my kids as well as the students I teach.

Favorite place to run:

I am lucky to live in a suburb of St. Louis that has several running and biking trails.  I have trained for marathons, coached athletes, and went on mind-clearing runs on these trails.  My husband and I just built a new house so that we could be less than a mile away from these trails because we love them so much!

Running gear you can not live without:

I consider myself pretty minimalist when it comes to running, so I absolutely can’t live without the right pair of running shoes.  I currently wear the Asics Gel-Lytes and love them!

When not running where would we find you?

At home with my family – they are the most important people in my life.  We spend as much time as possible together.

Favorite post race fuel:

Smoothies, especially after a hot race!

Song you want to hear at the finish line:

Roar by Katy Perry