Monday, December 03, 2012
Runner Profile - Kristi Markowicz
Meet Kristi Markowicz
HS: University of San Diego High School, 1988
College: UCLA, 1992
5K (road)--17:25 2003
10K (road)--36:08 2003
1/2 marathon--1:20.42 2010
Favorite Local Race Course: Veteran's Day 10K
Favorite Local Trail: Capital Crescent
I have been a runner ever since I can remember. I come from a running family--my dad was a member of World Cross Country teams and qualified for the Olympic Trials in events from the 5K to marathon. I spent a lot of my childhood at road races and tracks in Southern California and Northern Virginia and ran my first 10K when I was 6 years old (62 minutes!)
My real passion for running was as a track runner. When I was 12, I ran a 2:23 800m and 4:48 1500m. In high school, I was nationally ranked in the 800 and 1500 (5th--1988) and placed 6th in the CA Track and Field State Meet in the 800m (1988). I also ran cross country but didn't like it as much as the track! I attended UCLA where I ran for 2 years. My first year went well. I ran in the NCAA Cross Country Meet and made the PAC-10 final in the 1500. But after a second year that wasn't as successful, I stopped competing for UCLA.
My love of running never really stopped though. I continued to run for fitness for several years but focused on having a career (elementary school teacher), getting married and starting a family. After my first son was born in 1999, I started road racing. Since I had never really focused on road races, it was like a new sport for me! And I found that I hadn't lost my speed nor competitive spirit. So I started running longer races that in my youth I never thought I would do. I now have four children--three boys and a girl--ranging in ages from 13 to 4. I am fortunate to be able to stay home with them, which gives me a little more freedom and time to run than if I had to work. My husband is a 20 year US Naval Officer, so I have been able to run on teams in Honolulu, San Diego, and now Pacers.
After spending the last year injured, I am finally getting back into racing shape. I hope to keep racing and running as long as my body will tolerate it! I still have the long term goal of a sub 3 hour marathon in mind, but only if my body will take it!