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April 2023-Kris Meredith

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. (Where you’re from, what you’re doing now…etc)

A: I’m from Dallas Texas. Traveled north for the mountains after graduating from Texas A&M. Lived in Montana and South Dakota for the last 26 years. I have been in rapid city for 19 years working as a physical therapist. 

Q: How long have you been running and how did you get started?

A: I started running 15 years ago after years of rehabbing from soccer related knee injuries. After realizing I would not be able to continue to play soccer I started running. 2 miles was my first successful run, which led me on an amazing journey of Ironman triathlons and ultra marathons.

Q: Would you rather run with a group or alone?

A: I like group runs for long distance and social days. I like running alone for my speed work and when I have pace goals. 

Q: Do you prefer roads or trails?

A: I like running trails for the adventure, scenery, and being out in the middle of nowhere. I like running roads for speed, seeing new cities, and being able to shut my mind off without the worry of face planting on a trail. 

Q: What is your favorite distance or race?

A: My favorite distance on the road is a half marathon. You can push hard, not worry about fueling, and get done in time to enjoy the rest of the day. My favorite distance on the trail is a 50k. You have the accomplishment of an ultra but can walk the next day. 

Q: How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?

A: I sign up for races and surround myself with runners. 

Q: If I didn’t run I’d ………..

A: If I didn’t run I would still swim and bike.

Q: What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?

A: Running challenges my mind, body, and soul. Running gives me the confidence to do anything in life. Running with groups and participating in races has made life long friendships.

Q: What is your favorite running memory?

A: My favorite running memories have been pacing and crewing friends and fellow runners to help them achieve their goals. 

Q: What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned from running?

A: Valuable lessons I have learned from running is there is always someone slower and faster than you. Run the best you can that day. Everyone has a plan until the trail punches you in stomach. Have in mind 3 options to get you out of any situation. Listen to your body. Some days you have to change your training plan or change your race strategy in the middle of a race. Don’t give up. 

Q: What are your running goals for the future?

A: My future running goal is to complete the Big Horn 100 mile trail race this June. 

Q: Who inspires you most?

A: Dan Bjerke. At 74 years young he continues to run marathons, leader of the running community, and inspires us all to continue our passions. 

Q: What advice do you have for new runners?

A: My advice for new runners is to set small achievable goals and then when you have found a passion for running do whatever others think is impossible.