Christa Paustenbaugh, 39, is on the go—not just as a mother runner but as the globe-traveling wife of Terry, a U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel. This summer her family of four moved to Okinawa, Japan, where Christa snaps photos, scrapbooks and, of course, runs. She's currently training with friends for a Nov. 3 half-marathon.
Best recent run: I had a great run about three weeks ago that left me with that this-is- why-I-do-this feeling once again. I went on a run with two friends after yet another typhoon had moved through our island. The air was a bit cooler, there was a nice breeze on us—and even a bit of mist to cool us off. It was a great 6.5 miles to get us out of our houses after being cooped up for a couple of days.
Capturing the route: Both running and photography are like therapy to me. They clear my mind and it’s definitely my “me” time where I get to explore and slow down for a bit. Especially now that we are in a new country, I love to run off the beaten track and explore what Okinawa has to offer—and this has included some great photography spots. Now that it is cooling off, I have big plans of me and my camera out for the day. Lucky for me, I always have my iPhone with me while running to take photos of interesting spots on the way.
26.2 again?: I ran one marathon ... and have not even entertained the idea of running another! That’s not to say that if a group of friends presented it I wouldn’t do it, but it’s not on the list of to-dos in the near future. I’m hoping it’s kind of like childbirth where one day I will forget the pain and it will seem like a good idea again.
Running essentials: I always run with my iPhone and water. It took me about two to three months to adjust to the intense heat and humidity that Okinawa has to offer and now I never leave my house without water in hand. My iPhone is also my running right-hand woman too, in order to keep track of my routes and times, and keep the tunes flowing when I happen to be solo for a run. Recently, running with extra yen in my pocket has been necessary, too, when I run out of water and happen upon one of the many hundreds of vending machines on island.
Scrapbooking mama: Scrapbooking can definitely get categorized with photography and running in that it is definitely another therapeutic outlet for me. We are a family on the move—literally!—and there are so many stories, people and places that I don’t want us to forget. So scrapbooking about them is a great way to remember. I have done several scrapbook pages about running for both my husband and I because it’s such a huge part of our lives. I want us to remember this when we may not be running in 45 years!
Milestone birthday around the corner: My half-marathon PR is just under two hours and I’d love to finish in that time frame again this year with my friends. I’d love to do a race off island while we’re here if we can get it to work out—and go explore too. I turn 40 in six months and my goal is to sustain where I am and even set some new PRs in a new decade.