Ready to run: Christi Thompson

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I’m a Carmel runner: Christi Thompson, vice president of operations at Salon 01

I’m running: The Carmel Half Marathon presented by Runners Forum.

Number of years as a Carmel resident: Seven.

Goal for the 2012 Carmel Marathon Championship Weekend: I am using this as a training run for the Illinois Marathon the following week, though I am also going fora personal record, which would be anything under 1:47:00.

Why I started running: I started running about seven years ago because several of my friends were running the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. I wanted to see if I could do it, too … And I haven’t stopped running since.

Why I decided to run a race: I decided to run the Carmel Half Marathon because I did it in 2011, Salon 01 is a sponsor and it is helping me prepare for the other races on my calendar this spring, which includes one marathon, two half marathons and a 50k ultra marathon.

Favorite place to run in Carmel: The Monon Greenway.

I run with: My friends, a group of ladies called the Perfect Strangers. You can find us every Saturday morning, rain or shine, cruising the whole length of the Monon together.

One word to describe what running means to me: Therapeutic.

Advice for new runners: Start slow and do not get discouraged. You are not going to be able to run 10 miles the first time you hit the pavement, but part of the reward running gives is a sense of accomplishment, and that sense will come with each new mile or time threshold you surpass. So stick with it, and soon you will wonder why you hadn’t been doing this for years.

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