Krysta Gunvalson

Krysta is an East Coast turned Midwest transplant currently living in Portland, OR, but is home wherever she can run. She is a runner for the Oiselle team and is passionate about running and the communities that it creates. Her long-term running goal is to run a 3:00 marathon, but for now will settle for running the 2017 Boston Marathon. When she isn't running, Krysta loves to be active outdoors, travel, and spend time with her husband and their puggle, Duke.
  • Kevin Johanson

    I read about and used this MANTRA completing my first and only marathon to date. When getting towards the end of a long training run or race, dedicate each MILE to someone special in your life. Really helped me as I suffered through multiple cramps from mile 18 through finish. We all know we can do one more mile and especially when dedicated to someone important or special.

    • frenat

      That’s great! Love the simplicity. Very special.

  • jerilea

    “I can do this” is a favorite. I recently joined a running group that meets on Monday nights. I like to get in a long run on the weekends and any time I feel like wussing out and walk I say to myself: “What would the group think?”

    • ktan

      Love it! Sometimes I use “YES I can!” when I’m really struggling. Very empowering!

  • Eric Hjerpe

    “That which does not kill me, only make me stronger…” which sometimes turns into “please don’t let this kill me”. Helps me put my head down, Lean forward, and push through challenges..

    • ktan

      Great ones!

  • Ryan

    I remind myself that the last hard mile is only 7 minutes of my life. Dedicate those 7 minutes to the task at hand.

    • frenat

      7 minutes!

      Nathan

      • Ryan

        OK, well, 7 minutes and some change. I just wanted to make myself feel fast! Today was 8 miles at HMP, and had to use a few of these Mantras in the last 2 miles.

        • frenat

          Way to go Ryan!

          Nathan

  • Dai_Shan

    When I’m struggling, I use book and movie quotes. the top ones being:
    “You can’t destroy me. I’m still standing! I’m still strong!”
    “There is no spoon” <–reminds me this is only temporary.
    "There is no fear. fear is the mind killer. I will face my fear. I will let it pass through me. Only I will remain"
    the last one is often changed to stopping, tiredness, hills, pain, etc. and that it can be overcome.