Kevin Lu is an engineer, currently working in the field orthopedic devices. He received his B.S. and M.S. from NJIT in biomedical Engineering. As a self-proclaimed runner, he enjoys all things running immensely. Prior to recreational running, Kevin has never participated or excelled in sports – not when he was young, and certainly not today. Before he laced up and ran around his block for the first time in 2009, it was beyond Kevin’s wildest dreams to consider running as an integral part of his life.
In addition to running, Kevin is also passionate about science. This passion for science is the main reason he enjoys learning about the latest in technology, medicine, and gadgets. Driven by his enthusiasm in science and technology, Kevin regularly volunteers for the World Science Festival in New York City. Although his love and passion for running manifested only recently, a sedentary lifestyle was never a choice of his. Throughout his upbringing, Kevin has always stayed healthy and fit from an array of casual and recreational physical activities. These factors greatly contributed to his vastly positive experience with running when he decided to embark on his quest to become a runner.
Besides running, Kevin’s favorite activities are mostly outdoors – such as hiking, biking and camping. However Kevin is a frequent visitor to museums, exhibits, and galleries for he finds them soothing and enriching. Kevin loves sharing and connecting with others. In addition to maintaining Beyond Distance, he is also the tech columnist on a popular running site iRunnerBlog.
Before 2010, Krissy was the most un-athletic person in the entire world. Truly!
If it involved a speed faster than walking, gear sold only at specialty stores or resembled, in any form, something from a high school PE class, you could rest assured that she would be far from it.
Despite this, that fateful summer, she realized that perhaps, becoming more active could be “not all that bad” – and so embarked on the popular “Couch to 5K” program. Her target goal for her first 5K was 30-minutes, and after six-weeks of training (in the humid Florida summer, to boot) she smashed that with a 27 minute finish time!
Following that first 5K, running moved on her priority list from simply, what she “had to do” to something she looked forward to doing! That fall, she and her husband Eric packed up and moved to Virginia, where she continued to run and train for longer distances, as well as learn more about ways to improve fitness.
To date, Krissy has completed four half marathons, three full marathons, and a variety of distances in between. As an active social media enthusiast, she enjoys connecting with like-minded individuals through twitter (@krissymmurphy), her blog and branded organizations, such as FitFluential and Fit Approach’s Sweat Pink ambassador programs and is delighted to share her experience with the Beyond Distance community.
Stephanie currently works in post production at a television production company in Manhattan. She received her B.A. in Film Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She is also the Head Editor of the established food website, ireallylikefood where she exclaims her love for all things food. When she isn’t writing about food, she’s writing about her running and training over at Epicurious Runner.
During college, she gained weight as well as unhealthy eating habits, and after graduating she decided it was time for a real change. She started running as a way to lose a few pounds and one day found herself able to run 2 miles straight. Only a couple years later, she declared her passion for long distance running and ran her first half and full marathon all in the same year. Stephanie would never have guessed that running would become such an important part of her life.
In addition to running, she is a huge foodie and a craft beer geek. She loves to explore new areas through food and beer with her husband and can often be found at some of the best beer bars in NYC. Besides, eating, drinking, and running, she is passionate about film, traveling, reading, and of course, her family.
Every day she is inspired and motivated by athletes and other runners all over the blog world and she hopes to inspire people just as much as they have inspired her. For more on Stephanie, follow her on Twitter (@EpicuriousRunnr)
Upon partaking his journey as a long distance runner, Kevin began to get a grounding sense of his own strengths and weaknesses. He has become more compassionate, more forgiving, and more understanding through through his humbling experience in running. More, he has set foot into a mystical realm so primal and profound that, from time to time, he regrets not starting earlier. As a result, the inception of Beyond Distance was largely based on his desire to propagate and promote running and its accompanying benefits to the general public.
The emphasis of Beyond Distance is long distance running, and all the rest of it. From the past, Kevin has been enlightened to see and reach things that only exist at the end of a long run – and he would be selfish to keep this to himself. Moreover, time and again Kevin has received help from countless enthusiastic runners, to be able to reach where he is today. So it is his utmost priority to pass it forward. In hopes of reaching out to other like-minded individuals in the running community, it is Kevin’s mission to inspire, motivate, and invite anyone to join and share.