Episode 91 of I’ll Have Another is with Canada’s Marathon Mom, Krista DuChene. Krista runs professionally for Saucony and holds a marathon PR of 2:28:32 and a half marathon PR of 1:10:52. She also competed in the Rio Olympics in the marathon in 2016. Krista is the mother of three and she ran that marathon PR at the age of 36. Let’s just stop there. Wow. She’s also a Registered Dietitian and Public Speaker.
But let’s back up. She grew up playing hockey and even played in College, placing 4th in the National Championships. Krista ran her first marathon in 2002 in a time of 3:28, not realizing the talent that was lying underneath the surface. She continued to run recreationally, decreasing her time with each marathon. After running a 2:50 marathon on minimum mileage, she hired a coach and kept chipping away her time. She ran a 2:28 marathon in 2013, breaking a 28 year Canadian Marathon record behind fellow Canadian runner Lani Merchant. The following year she broke her femur while running a half marathon and come back to run an Olympic Standard in the marathon, just 10 months later.
In this episode we talk about her journey to becoming a 2:28 marathoner and Olympian. We also talk about balancing family and training as well as how important her faith is. She shares what’s up next for her and what life looks like now in her off season. ENJOY!
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