Marathon Mom Every Runner Motivates Marathon Mom Krista DuChene

Every Runner Motivates Marathon Mom Krista DuChene


I get numerous messages of support and encouragement leading up to a race, for which I am so grateful. Often it’s, “Have a great race” or “We’re cheering for you, Krista!” but sometimes it’s a bit more specific and personal.

By Krista DuChene

I’m so thankful for each and every note I receive but those special messages are the ones I will re-read, over and over again. And sometimes I print them to take with me to read while waiting for my flight at the airport, or resting in my bed at the hotel, leading up to the race. It’s a reminder that I a motivation for another runner, an inspiration for a new mom, or a source of pride and joy for a friend or family member from my small hometown. Additionally, it helps me focus on my race goals, motivate me to make my fans proud, appreciate the incredible love and support I’ve received over the years, and be grateful for the opportunity to be living this wonderful and blessed life.

Let me share a few of these special messages:

Before Racing:

Hi Krista!
Trusting that God is going to keep you healthy, and that you’ll continue to enjoy every step you take! You truly are inspirational. Your faithfulness amid all the accolades is totally awesome! You rock!

You are so amazing and so inspiring. I have always looked up to you and admired you for your athletic abilities but more for the person that you are. You show strength,dedication and determination in all situations. You have grace under fire and are modest despite all of your amazing accomplishments. You make those around you better just by being in your presence. My dad is so incredibly proud of you. He gets teary every time I report to him one of your accomplishments. He wants you to know how proud your mom and dad would be! We believe in you Krista and we believe that God will be with you as you run on the 15th. Have a safe trip and a great run!

Krista – good luck on Saturday. I’ve been following your progress and this is your race. You have inspired so many women and girls across Canada with your determination. I strive to be the kind of runner you are. All the very best this weekend. Enjoy every moment! Go for it!

Looking for Support:

Hey Krista there maybe a girl named xyz that may add you as a friend on fb. You are her running hero and has been following you for a while. I met her at work and she needs inspiring right now. I am hoping someday to introduce you two. I hope you are well… btw she is our local running hero.

Giving Encouragement:

Krista. Ouch, my prayers are with you and your family, I know how hard you train with the huge commitment and support of your family. I also know how tough you are and know you will return even stronger. Sometimes these speed bumps come with a reason. Know you have a ton of people who respect and cheer for your talents, hard work and impeccable leadership in the running community. Stay focused on the positive !

Krista, I wanted to send a hug to you from Ontario 🙂 I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you and thinking about how proud I have been over the years of you and Jonathan. There are so few truly exceptional people in the world, and you are one of those rare people. And on top of that you are one of the even rarer who uses their daily life, both good and challenging as an example of Christ’s love and grace. I will continue to pray for you and know that you are loved.

Rio Bound:

Krista, Enjoy the flight home and all that’s coming your way soon. I’m so happy for, these next 6 mos are some of the most important in your life. You’ve got this. Xoxo

Thank you, each and every one of you who has ever written, called or wished me all the best in person. I strive daily to make you proud and be all who I can be!




  1. You are an inspiration. I run alone. I have no one. Even my children hate me and have abandoned me. I wish you well in Rio. Blessings.

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