Krystal Worthy 

MSM: What made you want to tackle the marathon?

Krystal: Boston is known to be one of the most challenging marathons due to the hilly terrain. Its prestigious course is considered an honor to participate in. It is important to me as a woman of color to participate in these types of races.

MSM: There are marathons and then there are majors which have a different vibe all together. Take us through the feelings of running that first world major and crossing the finish on the last one. Also, when did you know that you wanted to capture all 6 marathon majors?

Krystal: My first world major was NYC. Running in my hometown made me feel like a celebrity. I saw familiar faces, and I know the neighborhoods. I enjoyed the cheers from family, friends, and run crews.  There’s no place like home. I knew I had to capture all 6 majors after Berlin. Once I ran in a different country, I knew there was no turning back. I knew Boston would be my final marathon. It was surreal running it. Towards the end of the race, I slowed down, and just enjoyed the cheer zone. It hit me that it was my final star. 

MSM: We’ve spoken about the races and running the majors but what has this experience felt like to you, the journey, struggles and training. Give our readers some insight into what those feelings were like going from marathon to marathon, I’m sure each one has a different story and perspective.

Krystal: Training over the years for me has become increasingly difficult. I’ve had injuries, and promotion at work made it harder for me to focus on training. Running was nonstop for me; my first few years I signed up for multiple races a month. It takes a toll on family and social life. Running back-to-back I found it easier to PR. Taking breaks from training made it harder for me to get back in the flow. Every marathon is different from the route to the location of the marathon. Tokyo is my favorite location, but most expensive. Jet lag wasn’t fun, it took me a week to recover. It takes time to plan for each marathon accordingly. 

MSM: We are all runners but one of the things we seldom talk about is our full-time responsibilities outside of running. It’s amazing how most of us can find the time to train and run anywhere from 30–60-mile weeks all while balancing our day-to-day responsibilities. Crossing the finish line, finishing all the six-star world majors is an accomplishment, but what’s next? 

Krystal: Running is a lifestyle. After this major accomplishment I’m giving myself time to explore other things I enjoy. I’m focused on spending more time with family. At the same time, I am training for a triathlon in July. I’ll be playing pickup basketball again. Playing ball has always been my first love.

MSM: For those that are on this journey what words of encouragement, inspiration or advice would you share with other fellow runners?

Krystal: You make time for what you love. Anyone can do what I did. You must remain focused, give yourself grace, and surround yourself with runners that have the same mindset.

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