Thank you so much for stopping by and sticking around to read a little bit more about me!  The Concrete Runner is more than just a blog about running and frozen custard – it’s also about my life experiences as a working mom and how to balance an active and healthy lifestyle around a very busy schedule.

I am middle school physical education teacher, high school volleyball coach, and am also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  While I love being active in general, running is my “drug” of choice.  I am a competitive runner who focuses mainly on racing short distances (specifically, the 5K), but I also occasionally train for longer races, like half and full marathons.  I’ve run 2 full marathons and would love to eventually attempt to qualify for Boston, but I’m too content with shorter distances.  I have also trained for and completed one triathlon and am hoping to train for more in the future.


Even though I absolutely love to run, my life revolves around my family.  I have been happily married to my husband Matt for ~7 years, who is my coach, soul mate, and most importantly, my best friend.  We met while working at a local frozen custard stand and our love for frozen custard (and each other) has blossomed from there.  We are the parents of a wonderfully rambunctious toddler, MacKenna, who is the light of my life.  MacKenna keeps me on my toes and challenges me more than I ever thought possible, but it is worth every single second.  She is the best decision I have ever made!


Please feel free to connect with me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.  I love hearing from my readers, so please don’t hesitate to email me with any comments or questions (klvanhorn [at] gmail [dot] com).

  • http://bakingnbooks.wordpress.com Baking N Books

    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!

  • http://chocolatepbcups.com Lisa@ChocolatePBCups

    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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  • http://adventuresofamom.com/ Heather

    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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  • http://www.penatpeace.com pen (pen at peace)

    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!
    pen (pen at peace) recently posted..To 2012 and beyond!

    • Kristen

      Ha! We are definitely the frozen custard capitol!

  • http://fittingitallinblog.com clare @ fittingitallin

    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!

  • http://runinspired.wordpress.com Katie

    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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  • http://www.imrunningonfumes.com 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.
    Jan recently posted..Game #1: Farkle

    • Kristen

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

  • http://twitter.com/DarinArmstrong Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    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…