Hi, I’m Kristen and this is my blog where I write about balancing my love for frozen custard (and other sweets), being a new mom, and a healthy, active lifestyle.

I am a born + raised St. Louisan and frozen custard has always been a big part of my life.  Growing up in St. Louis, frozen custard is a summer staple in these parts, thanks to places like Ted Drewes’ and Fritz’s Frozen Custard.  Not only did I grow up on the rich + creamy treat, but I spent 5 summers of my high school + college years working at Fritz’s, which is where I met the love of my life + soul mate, Matt.

Although I could probably eat a frozen custard concrete (think: a DQ blizzard) every meal of every day, I live by the motto of “everything in moderation”.  By staying active and eating mostly REAL, nutrious food, I believe any diet has room for the occasional treat.

I absolutely love being active and living a healthy lifestyle, so much so that I decided to make it my career.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science along with a second degree in Physical Education, hold 2 fitness specialist certifications (NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and ACSM Health Fitness Specialist), and am now enjoying teaching elementary aged children how to stay active and healthy.  I am also a vegetarian and competitive runner.  To date, I have run several 5Ks and 10Ks (winning a few along the way), a handful of half marathons, and 2 full marathons (the most recent being the Chicago Marathon on 10.10.10).

In October 2011, I took on a new role:  I became a mom!  Our precious little baby, MacKenna, has completely changed my life for the better. However, life as a mom doesn’t come without a little sacrifice.  I am still learning to balance my running/training life with spending quality time with my daughter.  It’s a work in progress but it gets easier everyday.

Through this blog, I share my training, food choices, exercise tips, and my journey as a new mom.  Enjoy!

(I would LOVE to hear from you!  Connect with me @klvanhorn or klvanhorn@gmail.com.)

13 Responses to About

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

    Nice blog!

  2. Mary W. says:

    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 says:

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

  3. 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!
    Lisa@ChocolatePBCups recently posted..Hump Day & Video

  4. Heather says:

    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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  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. Katie says:

    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!!!
    Katie recently posted..The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  8. Jan says:

    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

  9. 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…


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