Owner, General Manager, Shoe Geek & Running Science Junkie
Previous to leading the charge at Run Hub, I taught high school science for 12 years. In the summer of 2014 I made the decision to take a new career path and open a running store. I had worked at a running store back in Missouri during graduate school and then worked at another run shop in St. Louis, MO during the summers when I was not teaching. I have coached cross country and track & field since 2000. I have mainly coached at the high school level but have dipped down to middle school or youth running a few times. I currently serve on the board for the Emerald Valley Track Club.
FAQ with Dustin
When and how did you get into running?
I started running track in 7th grade, but I wasn’t good. I tried a bunch of different events. I ended up running the “fun run” mile because I wasn’t really good at anything else. In 8th grade I got hooked. I worked a little harder and ended up getting the last (6th place) medal at the city championship that year. However, I really consider myself becoming a runner when I joined the cross country team during my sophomore year of high school. That’s when I started running more miles and really fell in love with running.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Anything with caramel swirled in it. Prince Puckler’s anyone?
Why do you love to run?
The core of my love for running really comes from a deep competitive streak and the desire to push my limits. However, on the flip side, I just love the feeling of a good run, when you’re in the flow and it feels effortless. You finish and you’re that good kind of tired and refreshed all at the same time.
What’s your favorite running route in Eugene?
This kind of changes, depending on the season, or what I’m training for. Currently, I have a short loop that I like to do from my house. Our neighborhood backs up to a wooded area that has a maze of trails. I climb some stair steps over a fence that drops into these woods. I run a little over a mile to where it connects up to the Ribbon Trail over by 30th and Spring. Then I cruise along the Ribbon Trail up to Hendricks Park where I do a short loop and take Floral Hill Drive back to our home. It’s only about 4 miles, but a great loop to start the day.
Favorite non-running activity:
I just really enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my wife. Whether it’s going to hike or ski in the Cascades or have a day tide pooling at the coast I’m happy spending time outside. I also love to dance. It doesn’t matter where or when, but give me a dance floor and some good 90’ss dance tunes and I’m there, probably embarrassing my wife.
Accountant Extraordinaire, Co-owner
Kris is the numbers girl behind the scenes, keeping the bottom line running strong. Pun intended. Kris has been a runner since the age of nine when she started tugging on her dad’s shirt tail to let her run 5K’s with him. After that first race, dad was the one tugging on her shirt tail to slow down. She went on to win three State Cross Country team titles and be a 10K champion in the Ohio Valley Conference. Now Kris loves exploring the roads and trails around Eugene and meeting new friends in the process.
I was raised in Nor Cal, exploring creeks and forests, and finding “entertainment” in the outdoors, and with conversation. These are still my favorite ways to spend time, especially if it’s with family. Hitchhiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains, ballet and modern dance, bike racing, short track speed skating….my younger years were full of fun exploration.
We came to Oregon in 1990, to follow the footsteps of my ancestors who came by wagon in the 1840’s. I feel like I brought the family back to where we belong. I was a full-time mom to three kids. To this day, I consider being a mom the most rewarding and most challenging vocation I could have ever chosen.
FAQ with Kirsten
How did you get into running?
After my daughter Zoe’s death from cancer in 2006, when so much seemed out of my hands, there was one thing I could control: my fitness – both mental and physical. I joined Team in Training to run a marathon while fundraising for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. And I fell in love with running, and all it gives, in the process.
Why do you love to run?
Clarity. To win the argument with my lazy self. The pursuit of the feeling of strength and grace I had when dancing and as a bike racer way back when.
Tell us about your most memorable run.
The Sisters Dirty Girl Trail Half a couple of years ago. My daughter and I did it. We call it the “PTSD Half” because within months I had erased all memory of the awful thing, until she reminded me of it. Freezing wet wind at the top. So much tripping. A pepple stuck in my knee. More f-bombs than I’ve uttered in any month or year. A finishline beer was never so needed.
Your go-to shoe is?
Brooks Launch!!!!! The perfect balance of cushion and responsiveness.
While I’ve always been active (I still remember crying as my mom dropped me off at soccer practice in 4th grade), it was a good friend in high school who got me into running. My junior year, she coerced me into joining the track team and running long distances with her. While I was the slowest of the distance runners on the team, my love for running was ignited.
In college, I played on the University of Oregon’s club lacrosse team, which required running and sprinting, but nothing too far. After graduation, it was an ad for the Rock n Roll Nashville Half Marathon that inspired me to start training for the long haul. I’d always wanted to visit Nashville and I figured it would be a fun reason to train and then explore a new city. Before I had even completed that race, I had already registered for the Portland Marathon. There was something about training for a goal race, executing a plan, and exploring a city that got me really excited. For the next several years, I picked races in cities I wanted to visit or races that just seemed really cool and trained for them.
Since then, I’ve run everything from 5Ks to trail 50Ks and loved almost every one of them. Currently, I’m training for the Peterson Ridge Rumble 20 miler in April and the Eugene Marathon in May. Training is going well so far and I’m enjoying following my first coached training program with Team Run Hub! Previously, I’ve used online plans or those from certain marathon training books.
When I’m not working at Run Hub or running (early morning for me), my husband and I have an almost two year old who keeps me busy and entertained.
FAQ with Lauren
Most memorable run?
Getting lost on a 6 mile rainy trail run in high school. My running partner and I had to double back for a total of 12 miles for the day and a few police officers met us at the trailhead. Talk about embarrassing.
What’s your go-to shoe?
It depends on the day, but right now I’m really enjoying my Mizuno Inspires as well as HOKA Arahis when I want a bit more cushion.