Kristina Folcik

Age: 34, Years running: 8, Hometown: Northwood, NH, Favorite product: HELIOS WOMEN'S


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

To always have fun no matter how hard it gets and to inspire people to live a healthy lifestyle and to always keep dreaming. Also being able to run a race in Italy or New Zealand would be awesome! Or a run under the Northern lights somewhere. So many goals!

Do you have a claim to fame?

Always smiling during my races! People pick on me all the time for it. :)

Do you have any vices?

I never run so hard that I can't smile. I do sometimes cry at ultras, but who doesn't! Oh, and I eat whoopie pies and little debbie donuts before races. My coach really hates this.

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

Being happy with what I do and who I am in my life. I focus on surrounding myself with positive people and beautiful places.

What drives you to run?

Running is so much easier than surviving in the real world. For those few hours that I am out there I have nothing to do except move forward. I love the journey of each run, especially the ones where I am least motivated to get out. It always makes me feel better!

What is your favorite movie?

Avatar. I think we all need to look at saving the beautiful places that nature gives us or we won't have any place to escape the rat race we call life. This movie seems to relay that message.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Dangergirl because when I was racing downhill mountain bikes I spent more time landing on my head or in the hospital than attached to my bike! I am still a clutz!

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

A few days. I ran my first 50 miler without training. Oh, and my second and third. Then I broke my pubic bone and tore my adductor muscle from lack of training and that injury lasted a year.. I train now.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Alaska. I have gone there climbing (and did do an ascent of Denali!!!). It is the most rugged and beautiful place I have ever been!

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Butternut squash soup, a gluten free bean quesidilla, Kombachu chia drink (dark red one), starbucks chai latte, two hard boiled eggs, banana and peanut butter and a honey/mint chocolate patty. I eat about every two hours and I am told I eat like a caveman.

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

pictures and music. I see mountains all day long and have a different soundtrack for each one!

What really scares you about trail running?

Getting injured again. That was the worst year of my life.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

An ordinary girl living a not so ordinary life.

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

Where I live now. I have a beautiful log home off a dirt road in New Hampshire, an awesome fiance who lets me chase him, an ultrarunning wire fox terrier and two kitties! There are trails right off our property and we are within two hours of the White Mountains! What more could I ask for!

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

I am afraid of the dark so any shiny eyes or strange noises scare me. I did see a grizzly on a trail when I hiked up to climb the Grand Teton but he didn't seem to care. All photos courtesy of