About

Hi, I’m Kristen – also known as The Concrete Runner. I’m a competitive runner, as well as full-time working mom, just trying to fit everything in to my daily life while keeping my sanity.

The Concrete Runner - stroller

I started The Concrete Runner back in the summer of 2010. At that time in my life, I was unemployed, looking for a full-time teaching job, as well as training for the Chicago Marathon. My husband Matt (also a teacher) and I were also on a mission to try every frozen custard stand in our hometown of St. Louis, as well as any others we might run into during our summer travels. As someone who has always had a passion for writing, blogging became my way of documenting my marathon training and our summer adventures. The name, The Concrete Runner, came as a fun little pun, combining my two passions at the time, running + frozen custard (“concretes” are similar to a DQ Blizzard).

While I still love eating frozen custard in the summer, my life has drastically changed since the beginning of this blog. Since then, I completed the Chicago Marathon (and haven’t run another marathon since), had a baby, became a middle school physical education teacher and coach, broke 20-minutes in the 5K (TWICE!), and had another baby. My passion for running is still there, but frozen custard has now been replaced with my love for my two kiddos.

The Concrete Runner is now a way for me to continue documenting my running, but also my triumphs and struggles as a full-time working mom. I like to think of the “concrete” part of the name now as the road in front of me in life. I can no longer go backward, but have to continue going forward, no matter how difficult the challenges I face in life. Because, let’s face it, as any parent knows, being able to fit everything in while still continuing to work, train, write, etc., isn’t easy!

I love being able to help other moms and runners through my experiences in parenting, training, being a working mom, and, now, postpartum depression. I want other moms and runners know they are not alone and help them find the answers they are seeking.

I hope you enjoy following my journey through my everyday running and parenting life!

 

  • I’ve never had frozen custard – but I ADORE ice cream :)

    Nice blog!

  • Mary W.

    Yay! I just found you through Meals and Miles and I am a St. Louisan too and in fact just had Ted Drewes tonight after a race I ran! So happy to find a St. Louis blogger! I am excited to follow you now! :)

    • Kristen

      I love being a St. Louisan – and it’s nice to have other readers who appreciate delicious frozen custard! Hope you enjoy my blog!

  • Hey Kristen! Just found your blog and wanted to say hello :-) I absolutely love the picture of you and your husband along with your bridesmaids and groomsmen! Can’t wait to read more about you on your blog!
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  • Hey Kristen! I just started following you on Twitter {mommyasaurus} recently and finally made it over to your blog! I cannot believe I did not find your blog sooner because we have so much in common!

    First of all, yeah St. Louis!! I am so pumped for the Cards after the game tonight. I was born and raised in Republic, just south of Springfield so I am also a huge Cardinals fan…. and also a huge frozen custard fan, my go-to was always Andy’s.

    I also have a degree in exercise physiology, but when I graduated I was already 3 months pregnant so I held off on my certifications but I am now studying for the CSCS and the HFS, so if you have any study tips to pass along they would be greatly appreciated :)
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  • Just came across your blog and when I saw the “Concrete runner” and the frozen custard…I thought to myself, “she must be from the Lou!” And you are! And now I’m craving some Ted Drewes! I went to college in STL (WashU) but haven’t lived there since…but I miss St Louis. Loved the city!
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    • Kristen

      Ha! We are definitely the frozen custard capitol!

  • HI!! Just found you through FitFluential! I’m a native St. Louisan but just recently moved to Dallas for work. But I LOVE STL and Ted Drewes and Fritzs!! I’ll be back for St. Patrick’s Day – are you doing the run?

    • Kristen

      I don’t know if I’ll be doing the run or not, haven’t decided yet. Hope you enjoy Dallas!

  • Hi Kristen! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! All of the information is in my latest post: http://runinspired.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/. I chose you because you are such an inspiration for my post-partum running and I think you are a perfect example of how to live a balanced, healthy life! Keep up the great work!!!
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  • Jan

    Frozen custard is soooo good! We had a shop close by where I went to college in Milwaukee. They had a flavor of the day and I had that list on my bulletin board at all times.
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    • Kristen

      We ALWAYS have Fritz’s flavor calendar on our fridge!

  • From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    Hello Kristen,
    Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access.)

    All the very best to you & your family for the rest of 2013 & beyond Kristen. Look forward to hearing from you…

    Darin
    twitter.com/DarinArmstrong
    #TeamLIVESTRONG