Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 - The Year I Became a Runner

This time last year, as I got ready to start 2012, I was certain that this year would be wholly defined by my medical misadventures. I was sad. I was scared. I was frustrated and uncertain.

But as I stand here a year later, and reflect on the year that was, I prefer to think of 2012 as the year that I became a runner, not the year I toasted the ta-tas.

Running became my outlet. When times got tough - and they did - I ran. When I needed something to look forward to, it was a race. When need something to drive my recovery, it was running. When I needed to prove to myself that I was stronger and badder than anything my body could throw at me - I ran. Running has become an essential part of me and my go-to coping mechanism.

Running was never really just about running.
It was everything.

March 4th - Chilly Half Marathon
Time: 2:17:07
Recap: My 1st Half Marathon

June 2nd Met Con Blue - A 5km Adventure Race with the lovely Allie
Time: 1:13
Recap: Met Con Blue Recap

July 22 Warrior Dash - A 5km Adventure Race with the lovely Robyn and Jess
Time: 54:59 (*PR*)
Recap: Warrior Dash Recap

August 18th MidSummer's Night Run - 15km Run
Time: 1:34
Recap: My Midsummer's Night Run

September 23rd Run Ajax - Half Marathon
Time: 2:12:31 (*PR*)
Recap: A Half Marathon, An Olympian, and A Reality TV Show

September 30th CIBC Run for the Cure - 7 km
Time: 38:21
Recap: Boobie Tuesday - Race Recap

October 14th Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Marathon
Time: 5:20:25
Recap: Marathon Recap - The Good

Goodbye 2012. You have been unfortgetable!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. You've had an amazing 2012, and you'll have an even more amazing 2013! Always an inspiration!

  2. you, my friend, ARE AMAZING.


  3. What a year it was! And how great that you can stand here today and have the big medical issues behind you, looking forward to embracing running all the more! Happy new year.

  4. What a great year it turned out to be for you! Congrats on facing some tough situations and persevering!

  5. Awesome Krysten!! I can't wait to see what kind of crazy awesome things 2013 brings for you! :)

  6. Amazing 2012 Krysten!!!

    Here's to an awesome 2013!!!

    You will rock it my friend :)

  7. I feel the same way about running- it has carried me through many ups and downs over the years. What a fantastic year for you- wishing you the best in 2013!

  8. Here's to PRing our Warrior Dash time next year. Ps. You forgot Jess :)

  9. What an incredible year for you and I LOVE that 2012 is the year you became a runner. You are amazing. Happy New Year my friend! xox

  10. Just awesome - your perspective is inspiring and you are amazing! Happy New Year!

  11. What a great year of racing and overcoming! The more I read 2012 recaps, the more inspired I am to write my own goals and make myself work in 2013!

  12. Awesome year girl!! You kicked 2012's ass!!

  13. YOU------- ARE SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. what a great year of races you had!! running really is the perfect outlet! i hope we can do a race together this year, i am already looking into what races to sign up for!!