A Mile In Her Shoes: Kristi Templeton

I’ve decided it’s my new favorite thing when someone says, “Hey, I have a friend I think you should meet.” That’s how I was introduced to Kristi Templeton, a mother/runner living in Boston, and her life was touched by the Boston Marathon bombing last year. This year – because of her experience – she’ll be running the race. I wish her the best and hope we get to meet up after the race!

Thanks so much for letting me share your story, Kristi! And best wishes with your training!

Who are you?

My name is Kristi Templeton and I am currently a stay at home mom. I taught 3rd grade for 7 years and then decided to stay home with my kids after Abigail (my 2nd child who is almost 2) was born. I also have a son, Andrew who is almost 4.  We moved to the Boston area last year from Texas and are currently living in Woburn. My husband is Todd Templeton and he works for a start up company in the solar energy industry. We are high school sweethearts and have been together for half my life.

Can you walk us through your typical day? 

I have been blessed with 2 kiddos that like to sleep pretty late (7:30-8 pretty much every morning). We have breakfast and then will head to our gym for a workout (the kids and I both have a class on Wednesday mornings), or play around the house until Andrew goes to school. On school days we have lunch and then take Andrew to school at 11:30. I come home with Abby and have “mommy time” while she takes a nap (this is my mommy time as I type). We pick Andrew up from school at 2:20 and then usually either run errands, play with friends at the park, or go home to finish up house chores. On Wednesdays (or the days we didn’t get a morning workout in), we head to the gym around 4 (those are the days I have usually prepared a crock pot meal because we are busy) and get home around 6 just in time for dinner. My husband usually doesn’t get home until after 6:30, so we try to wait to have dinner when daddy gets home. We bathe the kids and get ready for bed around 7:15 (some nights are movie nights in mommy and daddy’s bed and some nights are book nights in their rooms). Bedtime is at 8 and they both usually go down pretty easily.

What is your perfect day? 

My perfect day would be having breakfast at a cafe with my family (my favorite breakfast is pancakes, eggs, bacon, and coffee! I LOVE any breakfast really). Spending the day either at a beach, pool, park, or a place where the kids are free to run around and enjoy some fresh air. We would do a little local shopping for knick knacks, toys, and clothes, have some ice cream, and then my husband and I could have a night out with dinner and wine while the kids spend time with their grandparents (this doesn’t happen now that we live in Massachusetts, but maybe one day we will be close to family again). Our 5-year anniversary was almost this exact explanation at a resort in Grapevine, Texas. It was one of the best days we have ever had.

What is one of your biggest challenges as a parent/person?

My biggest challenges are my emotions and my lack of taking care of my needs.  I can get very sad and lonely easily (especially in the winter) and have to find a way to get in some “mommy time” so I don’t lose who I am because I am so focused on my children. I’m also a big worrier (always have been), and need to learn when to let things that I can’t control go.  It’s important for busy moms to find something that makes them happy and something that defines who they are as a person. We care so much about our babies and want nothing but the best for them but have to remember to keep ourselves happy as well.

What is a story you always tell?

It’s not a story I always tell, but explains how I am able to run the Boston Marathon in 2014. We moved here last year, and I was very fascinated by the Boston Marathon (as any runner would be). I applied to run for Boston Children’s Hospital last year but wasn’t accepted (they expect you to raise a very large amount of money which would have been challenging in itself). I am a firm believer in God’s ability to place us exactly where we need to be and around those people who influence us the most at certain times in life. We went to the Boston Marathon last year to watch. My 1 year old daughter (at the time) and I were right across the street from where the 2nd bomb went off (and were right there when it happened). I am now able to recall a lot of details from that day and that moment, but have always felt that God had his arms wrapped around us in that very moment. We lived on MIT campus when officer Sean Collier was shot and killed and the manhunt for the 2 men was underway. It was a very scary moment in our lives, but we are very blessed to be safe and sound. Because of this experience, I was able to get an invitational acceptance into the Boston Marathon for 2014. God definitely had a plan, and I am currently training to run in what is expected to be the largest Boston Marathon in history. I feel very blessed and motivated to do my very best!

Do you like to run alone or in groups?

I usually run by myself, but discovered about 2 years ago that I LOVE running with a buddy. While living in Texas, I met a neighbor who likes to run and we had the same pace and could talk the entire time. We ran 7 miles without even noticing! The same thing happened last year – I found a friend in the dorm that I ran with and she and I really enjoyed those talks while getting in a good run. I am in the process of starting scheduled runs with a lady I met a few months ago.

What is your best running moment? 

It was one of the 5K’s I ran a few years ago. I had been running next to a man for about a mile and a half (he would pass me and then I would pass him). We were motivating each other to go faster and he even said, “What? Are you slowing down on me??” anytime I would slow my pace. At the end of the 5K, I hit it into high gear, passed him, he sped up really fast but I ended up crossing the finish line before he did. I ended up getting 2nd place in my age group and got a medal (it was my fastest 5K to date).

If you could do anything over, what would it be?

I would have studied abroad while in college. There was a program in the education field that went abroad to Costa Rica. They learned Spanish, taught the children English, and even learned to scuba dive! I really wanted to go, but it cost a lot of money. I should have gone because I would have earned some credits for my degree and had a once in a lifetime experience! Don’t ever let money get in the way of your dreams. There is always time to pay off debt.

What is your favorite mantra?  

Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

I believe that you will be treated how you treat others and that your good deeds on earth will definitely be rewarded.

Do you have a power song? What is it and why does that motivate you? I have 2 right now: I Lived by One Republic (the lyrics help me focus on accomplishing my runs so I am prepared for the marathon and to keep going even if it hurts!) the other one is instrumental and gets me in my “runner zone.” It’s The Revolution Will be Streaming by Saxon Shore.

What is your favorite book? I really enjoy reading Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life around the table with recipesby: Shauna Niequist It’s a book filled with great recipes and she talks about her experience and enjoyment with cooking and having friends and family around the table for meals.

What’s for dinner tonight? I made a “fauxtisserie Chicken” last night and am using the remainder of the chicken to make chicken stock for chicken and rice soup. It’s one of the easiest things to make and is so delicious!!


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  1. There are so many parts to your inspiring story that I still haven’t heard! I am so excited to cheer on you and Lizzie during Boston from afar. I’ll actually be in Germany, but you’d better believe I’m signing up for your text updates!

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom and faith with us Kristi!


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