Boston Marathon – What it Takes to Get to the Podium with Krista DuChene

Krista DuChene 3rd Place Finisher Boston

A couple episodes or so ago, RunnersConnect coach, Laura MacLaine suggested we bring on Krista DuChene to the Run To The Top podcast. Krista was the 3rd place finisher in the 2018 Boston Marathon. She has run 15 marathons and her personal record of 2:28:32, set at Toronto in 2013, makes her Canada’s 2nd fastest marathoner of all time.

Krista DuChene RTTT

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Boston Marathon 2018

Krista shares her journey through the extreme weather conditions at this year’s Boston Marathon and what it’s like to experience a major marathon as an Elite Runner. She also tells us about some of the challenges she has overcome such as finishing the 2014 Canadian half-marathon championships on a broken leg.

Make the Ceiling Your Floor

Krista is a registered dietician, wife, mom, public speaker and represented Canada in the  2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. She credits her Christian faith for her running success and is involved in several charitable organizations to make the world a healthier and better place.

Questions Krista is asked:

2:15 Who is Krista DuChene?

4:55 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite race distance or type of race?

6:16 What were some of the outstanding experiences from this year’s Boston Marathon and did you realize you were in 3rd place when you finished?

9:18 How did it feel passing women who were ‘supposed’ to finish higher than you?

10:29 What was your race strategy given the conditions?

12:06 Do you think your open-mindedness contribute to your success?

14:04 How does the race work for Elite Runners?

15:29 How many Elite women runners were there?

15:53 Do you have to be in the Elite field in order to officially win?

16:52 What did you do in your training to prepare you so well, especially mentally?

17:59 Did you change your nutrition strategy during the race?

18:24 What kind of products do you use in-race?

19:05 How often were you taking on nutrition?

19:50 How did you fracture your femur in the 2014 Canadian half-marathon championships and how did you manage to finish on a broken leg?

21:46 What and how long was the rehab process?

23:36 What did you do nutritionally to recover from your femoral fracture?

24:27 Is there a particular reason why you chose to become involved in the charities you support?

26:29 What was it like to train in Kenya?

27:45 Do you think it helped your overall training?

28:21 How old are your three kids and what do they think about all your training?

29:40 How did you do in the 2016 Olympics in Rio?

29:50 What are some of the daily challenges you face to stay focused as a runner while also being a wife, mother, Elite Runner, speaker and working professional?

31:25 Are the kids’ grandparents able to help out with your kids?

32:25 What has been your biggest running challenge in your life?

36:24 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite running book(s)?
  3. Words of Wisdom or Humor?
  4. Any questions for Stephanie?
  5. Who would you like to hear on the Run To The Top podcast?

Quotes by Krista:

“My body will get back to what it needs to do. It’s just about patience and just waiting for that and enjoying the mental break.”

“Make the ceiling your floor.”

“I wear several different hats: a dietician, a mom, a runner, public speaker now and probably being a parent is the most challenging job.”

“I’ve been marathoning for 16 years, so it’s very natural for me; it’s my job, it’s what I do every day. The experience and wisdom that comes with that is very beneficial to me.”

“One thing that appealed to me about Boston was that I wasn’t going to be a ‘slave’ to my watch.”

“I started to look around the room and think, ‘You know what?A lot of people are not going to like this.’ I’m from Canada, we have some nasty winters and we did have a particularly ugly Spring with a lot of cold weather and rain, so  it was really what I was used to.”

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

Endurance Tap – Maple Syrup Gels

eload Sport Nutrition

eload Fly Carb Powder

Video: Krista DuChene’s Courageous Finish

Kenya Kids’ Foundation


Canadian Cancer Society

Brantford Ontario running trails

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