Meet Believer Achiever Kristie

No one expects to battle addiction and face dark times, but that was all part of Kristie's former lifestyle.

As a Believer Achiever, Kristie has replaced old bad habits with new, healthy ones and her goal is to complete her first race: the St. Pete Run Fest 10K.

Overcoming Adversity 

Kristie takes on a daily uphill battle when it comes to overcoming past addictions. One of her mottos is "One day at a time, one step at a time."

Each day, she has taken the steps and added to her 18 months of sobriety. She quit smoking 4 months ago. And yet it's not only her drive to become a healthier person that motivates her, but the strong support system that surrounds her and encourages her throughout her journey.

Kristie is currently a full-time tenant at the Women’s Residence of the St. Pete Free Clinic. She has a job and is back in school.

St. Pete Running Company accepted Kristie into the Rookie Runner Program through St. Pete Run Fest, which has involved outfitting her with running gear and providing coaching for her race training.

At the Monday and Thursday Night Group Runs at St. Pete Running Company, Kristie has found a community of runners whom she can call friends. Through the St. Pete Free Clinic, she has gained support and skills to meet her life goals.

When You Believe, You Achieve

When Kristie recognized that instead of reaching for a cigarette, she chose instead to go on a run, she discovered a healthy habit was forming, and she was eager to foster that habit. And she wasn't afraid to ask for help.

Through the support of the Rookie Runner Program, she has now completed the longest run of her life: 6.2 miles. She feels prepared not only to start her goal race with confidence, but to complete the St. Pete Run Fest 10K and finish well. She's healthier, and she's never felt better. Week after week, she has been averaging 14 miles. At 4:30 AM, she makes a daily choice to get up in order to get out the door for her run. It takes guts, and Kristie has proven to herself that even when it's hard, she will make that choice every time.


Kristie's Advice

"Build fellowship. Get a support network. People who are on the same page as you. Find somebody you like, who inspires you, somebody you want to be like. One day at a time, one step at a time. The better decisions you make, the easier it will become. Build that support network, get in there with the winning crowd. Even when you don’t feel like it, do it because that’s especially when you need to get it done."


St. Pete Running Company is a proud sponsor of St. Pete Run Fest. We're the Official Merchandizer of St. Pete Run Fest, and we'd love to see you in our store, at the race expo on race weekend Nov. 16th-17th, and at our cheer station on Sunday, Nov. 18th.





Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.