Saturday Spotlight – Krystal Cardillo (9/12/20)

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Saturday Spotlight.

Name: Krystal Cardillo

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married to Craig

Kids: Bobby-18, Jason-17, Madison-5, and Charlie-3.

Occupation: Social Worker for Homeless Veterans, aspiring to start a non-profit to combine my love with social work and exercise.

Hobbies: Running, working out, adventures with my girls , reading, cooking and crafting.

Hometown: Philly

Current Town: Nesconset,NY

College: Adelphi University

Favorite Race: MCM and the Michael Murphy run.

Frequent Running Spots: My neighborhood, Belmont and now the Hills of course

Hi Warriors! I just want to give a big Thank you to Lou LaFleur for picking me for this weeks warrior! What an honor. Thank you all for welcoming me to an amazing community and looking forward to getting to know all of you and running beside some of you!

So first I’d like to say thanks for taking the time to read this. I have enjoyed everyone’s thus far and have been so nervous to write. This was harder than I thought.

So this is my running story. As a kid I did not growing up playing sports and the only running I did was from the cops not because I was a bad kid but because of my environment. Fast forward to age 19, with two kids I joined the Navy to provide myself and my boys a life they deserved. So my friend and I joined together but she went to boot camp before me. She came home from boot camp 2 weeks before I was to leave and she asked me to run. I could not run around the block! EMBARRASSING!!!!!

So off I went to boot camp and little did I know I fell in love with running. After my time in service and many runs and Pt sessions in the Navy, my bf, now husband, suggested running the San Diego marathon together a week before he left for Japan. We started off training strong and then kind of just tapered off neither of us really knew what we were doing, we bought all the “cool” stuff and just ran! We finished it in 4:35. At the time I was just happy I finished and didn’t really know what pace/pr’s etc even were. My father In law, at our wedding blew up a picture of us crossing the finish line and in his speech stated “their love began when Krystal carried Craig over the line to finish”. If I had to be honest I still didn’t understand race pace or pr’s until I was running the MCM in 2017 and a running friend was yelling at me “you’re gonna effing BQ! Clearly I did not BQ at that race, but I went home and googled BQ and now that is something I am striving for, in addition to my goal of completing a TRI!

Through the last five years of consistent running I’ve learned so much and learned that there is still so much more to learn, I even took a running coach certification class and still know nothing.

I came to the hills in July and have loved every moment on the hills since. I’m so thankful to have had the courage to finally come!

For years I’ve watched the Selden hills warriors at all the LI races, and asked around about it but was always nervous to go until, I met Melissa Lynnw ho was running in my neighborhood with my neighbor Sarah Ecke and they invited me to come and here am! So thank you ladies for the push I needed!

See ya on the hills!