Archives for December 2011

RWS Features #2


Good morning! I can’t believe it’s December. Not that I’m complaining, I love Christmas! I survived my first full day in the boot. I think I need to name it. Any suggestions? Anyway, I have managed to get around pretty good, although it is difficult in the house when I am barefoot on the other foot. I wear a running shoe some but the dogs freak out when I wear shoes because they think I am going somewhere so I can’t do that all day.

Yesterday I did a lot of work for my Disney travel job (by the way NEW SPRING deals are now out. e-mail me at [email protected] for a free quote, it doesn’t cost you anything extra to have me plan your vacation!) and tried to clean up the house a little bit. Today I have a lot more to do, so I thought it would be a good day for a RWS Feature!

Meet Kristin! (@SassphaltRunner)


1.) How/Why did you start blogging? I only started blogging about a month ago, but it was in the works for a few months. As I started to read more and more amazing running stories/blogs, mostly by women who were just like myself, I immediately became inspired. We all have a story and being able to share that story with such a supportive running community is cathartic. For me, my blog is somewhat twofold – yes, it mainly focuses on running which is something I love, but I also wanted to be able to open up to folks that I am partially blind and have been that way since I was born. I wanted to demonstrate that despite this, it’s molded me into who I am. It’s taken a lifetime to admit this to others which I’m still in the process of doing.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences: SassphaltRunner is about living your life, doing what you truly love, and running over life’s speed bumps one stride at a time – with a sprinkle of sassy, of course. 🙂

3.) What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging? I want to be able to inspire readers and fellow runners to know that it’s okay to let your guard down and let people in about your imperfections, whatever they may be. Chances are, they won’t see them the way you do.

4.) What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment? When I turned 30 nearly two years ago, a light bulb went off. While I had been running in local races since 2005 and running as a form of fitness since college, I really wanted to step things up a bit – I wanted to run a half marathon. I never thought I couldn’t do it although there were times that I was skeptical. Finishing that half marathon on 10.10.10 was my biggest healthy living accomplishment because the training and the race itself marked a new chapter in my life. No, I don’t have a drastic weight loss story – running a half wasn’t a form of weight loss for me. Rather, it made me more determined, happier, and conscious of how important running was to my life and health and was a constant reminder of how I never wanted to stop. I now have three half marathons under my belt and I’ll be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans marathon on March 4, 2012 – my first!

Be sure to stop by Kristin’s blog and say hello! I mean, she’s wearing a Running Skirt, she’s my new best friend!

QOTD: Have you ever had to overcome a big obstacle in the health and fitness part of your life?