About Me

About Me
Hi!! I’m Kelly and I’m a wife, mom of 3, runner, coffee addict, and personal trainer.  Thanks for stopping by Red Head On the Run.  I’m glad you’re here!!!
I started this blog in June of 2014 as a self proclaimed anti-blogger.  Until a friend suggested I start a blog, it had never even crossed my mind.  I thought she was crazy, until I started to really think it through.  I love to journal and write.  I love to connect with people.  I love to run and lift heavy stuff and race and encourage other’s to live a healthy and passionate life.  I love to talk about being a mom and wife and I believe deeply in keeping it real.
Blogging seemed like the perfect combination of all that is me.  It has been a profound blessing and has allowed me to connect with so many amazing people.
My hubby and I got married in 2002(yep…do the math.  We were wee babes), and moved to Dallas a week later for my husband to finish school at Southern Methodist University.  Go ponies.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist with a degree in Sociology, and soon after we had our first son in 2006.  I leaped into motherhood and was fortunate to be able to stay home with our son.
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Then, in 2008 we had our second son, Josh…
*image courtesy of Brooke Richardson Photo
We were pretty happy with our little family of four, but something always seemed to be missing.  Enter Miss sassy pants Lila…
Sorry.  That’s mean I guess. But sort of fitting.  Here is an other fitting shot of Mrs. L….
We had no idea how much life would change with this little bug.  She’s an absolute mess.  But life wouldn’t be the same without her.  Now the kids are 10, 7 and 4.  Life is busy and crazy and messy and wonderful.  But I wouldn’t change a thing.  We also have a 10 year old Golden Retriever named Molly.  She’s fat.  And out of shape.  But she’s part of our family and we can’t imagine life without Molly moo.
I had always been active.  I rode horses competitively growing up and also played basketball.  I hated running with a passion but everything else was fair game.  Then, marriage.  We were young and poor and stupid.  We ate Wendy’s 4 times a week and the pounds started creeping on. We were both in school and working full-time jobs.
And I couldn’t cook.  At all.
I got pregnant with our first son and took complete liberty to eat whatever the heck I wanted.  By the time Jake was born, I was 75 lbs. over what I weighed when we got married.  Ouch.  So, I changed my diet, started running, and the rest is history.  For my weight loss story click here.  I lost all the weight and have kept it off for almost 10 years.  I’ve run 4 half marathons, several triathlon’s and shorter distances races, 1 Hood to Coast relay,  3 full marathons including Chicago in 2015.  My husband just completed his first full ironman.
I also decided I didn’t want to be afraid to do hard or scary things.  I love being a mom.  It’s my highest calling.  But, I also knew I had passions and things burning inside of me that needed to get out.
So, I decided to pursue my personal trainer certification.  I did so through the National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM).  I LOVE being a trainer and connecting with women all over the country through social media and fitness.
You could say that what started as a weight loss journey quickly became a passion and lifestyle to me and my husband.  I love connecting with people and building relationships.  Love it.  So, working with people to become healthy seemed like a great fit for me.
About My Blog
Ok.  So this blog started as an outlet for me.  I love to write.  I love to encourage people and make connections.  I love fitness.  I love cooking.  I love being a wife and mom.  Sometimes it looks messy and sarcastic and crazy.  I want that to come through when you read something here.  That this is my real life.  It’s ok to be real.  It’s ok to share the messy stuff that makes us who we are.  So, this blog is a chronicle of all those things.
What I believe in….
I love Jesus, my family, running, writing, connecting with people and I may use a little humor and real life messiness to communicate all of that.  More often than not you will find me with my hair in a messy bun, no makeup and workout clothes from head to toe.  I don’t eat 100% clean and believe strongly in living your life and not being tied to dieting or guilt with food.  I believe in eating healthy but indulging when you want to, all in the name of life is just too short.  I love to run.
I also love to lift and go to bootcamps, group fitness classes(although not as much as I would like to) and put myself through sweat inducing painful workouts.  Because they get results.  I love to race and train and share all my ups and downs along the way.  I believe in Jesus Christ, who saved me from myself and is my all.  I believe in encouraging you because you took the time to stop in and read what I have to say.  You should walk away with something useful or challenging or encouraging.  Or all.  Thanks again for stopping by!!
I’d love to hear from you and connect with you so please feel free to leave a comment or feedback below.














10 comments on “About Me

  1. thank you Ginger!!!!! I’ve had the blog for a few years now, but have come and gone with it as time and my season allows. Coming back a bit slowly now. Thanks so much for reading, your sweet words and as always your encouragement! Love you too and miss ya’ll!!!

  2. Sweet Kelly! How did I not know you had this amazing blog and how you are using your faith to train women physically and spiritually. I am beyond proud of you and what you are accomplishing as Gods girl! Keep up the great work and fight the good fight. Our Father is so deeply delighted and proud of you as well. Love ya sis!

  3. Hi Kaylene!! First of all, thank you!! So appreciate your willingness to read! Ok so Hanson method. I never used a track. Honestly it just wasn’t convenient. So, I mixed up using the treadmill and then I found a long stretch of sidewalk near a local pond where it was easy to get the distances without a lot of hills or turns. I set my watch for the appropriate intervals when I was outside or just used the treadmill when I was inside. It worked great. Tempo runs I’d do outside also. I did find the treadmill helpful sometimes for tempo runs just to make sure I maintained that specific pace, but I also wanted to make sure I could do it on the road, as it as often hard to maintain all the different paces they give you. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!!

  4. Hi, I have some questions regarding the Hanson method. Did you do your speed and tempo workouts on the track or on the road? I enjoy your blog!!

  5. Krissy….I will be curling up on the couch tomorrow night with your blog!! I’m so beyond inspired by you and your story. Thanks for sharing and reaching out…keep up with that yoga!!!=)

  6. My name is Krissy Schintgen and I am 35 years old. By the time I was 24 I had suffered from two severe strokes. The first one at age 14 required brain surgery. The second one at age 23 while I was 38 weeks pregnant.

    I too am a runner and some days are so hard, but we have so much to be thankful for.

    This is my blog http://notfastjustfabulous.com/ I think you’ll love my story as I loved yours.

    I am thankful for people like you!

    Krissy Schintgen

  7. hey Becky!! Welcome and thank you!! So funny that you are asking today because I have a kiddo home sick and just got off my trainer=)I have a Cycleops. I LOVE it. It’s very easy to use. My husband and I have 3 bikes that we rotate on and off and it’s super easy. I’d suggest getting the climbing block for the front tire. It helps a ton Good luck!

  8. Hi Kelly,
    I have really enjoyed your posts. I do have a question what type of trainer do you have for your indoor bike riding. I would like to get something but I’m not sure what to order. Thanks Becky

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