Thursday, September 13, 2012

10 Running-Related Personal Questions

When I saw this post by Sarah on Another Mother Runner (authors of one of my favorite running books, Run Like a Mother), it looked like fun and I decided to take them up on the challenge of answering the questions.  See Sarah's original post here and link back your responses. I would love to see your answers too!

1. Best Run Ever: I don't know the exact date (and I'm feeling too lazy to look it up right now), but it was November of 2009, about a week before Thanksgiving. I was in my third month of running consistently and I ran my first ever 4 consecutive miles WITHOUT STOPPING. I remember where I ran and the incredible feeling of accomplishment when I finished. Never had I imagined that I would be able to run four miles without stopping. That was the start of something big!

2. Three words that describe my running: fun, stress-relieving, necessary

3. My go-to running outfit: My Lululemon capris is cooler weather or my Lululemon shorts for warm weather. Nike "long bra top" (otherwise know as a tank) for hot weather or a Brooks Running t-shirt for under 70*F.

4. Quirky habit while running: I cannot stop running if my watch doesn't have an even number for the mileage. Example: today I was done but I was at 3.18, had to go until it reached 3.2miles. I'm getting better, but for whatever reason, seeing those uneven numbers bugs me!

5. Morning, midday, evening: MORNING!!!! But, I'll take my runs whenever I can fit them in with the least amount of disruption to our everyday lives or to my sleeping needs.

6. I won't run outside when it's: Lightning. I will run in ANYTHING except lightning. I've run in hail storms, -15*F windchill, 30+mph winds. But, I see a flash of lightning in the sky and I head for home!

7. Worst injury--and how I got over it: I sprained my ankle on a technical trail run. Resting was the only way to get over it.

8. I felt most like a badass Mother Runner when: I finished my first marathon (USAF Marathon Recap)! In my wildest dreams I never imagined running a marathon, let alone finishing one. Crossing the finish line (in tears) and getting my medal, I knew I could do anything I set my mind to!

9. Next race is: Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half Marathon (10/21). I'm running as  Children's Champion, raising money for Children's Hospital and all the kids that need it!

10. Potential running goal for 2013:  Keep the fun in running, take the pressure off myself. Running is supposed to relieve stress, not add to it.

 So there's my answers.....I'd love to read yours!


  1. What a fun post :) My best run ever was the NYC Half Marathon last March, I'm not sure anything will beat that one!

    1. That sounds like a fun race! Thanks for sharing

  2. I'm def a morning runner! I love it best right as the sun comes up! It's not really a "quirky" habit, but I always pray only runs. The only time I was injured running was when I tripped myself and skinned my knee really badly on the gravel! LOL! My goals for 2013 are to actually sign up for a race! Oh, and three words to describe my running are leisurely, enjoyable, and fun!!!! Spa love!

  3. I answered this too but from SUAR. Check out mine if you haven't:

    You'll run when its icy? Really? I forgot about lightning - I am out then too!

    1. Laurie, I will run when it's icy with my YakTraks. Not always easy, but I'll do that before I'll run in lightning!

  4. I hope you don't mind a dad chiming in! I like the questions. (@jharpold)

    1. 2009 Air Force Half. I finished with a 7:15 average pace and realized for the first time that running a BQ marathon time was not completely out of reach.

    2. My stress reliever

    3. Whatever is clean

    4. I spit probably more than necesary

    5. Morning

    6. Ice. No sense in slipping and getting hurt.

    7. Fractured my foot during a marathon. Lots of rest to say the least.

    8. When I finished 7th overall at the Air Force 10K. I've never done so well at a race that had that many people.

    9. A 5K tomorrow morning. Trying to set a new PR!

    10. Stay healthy and keep finding new ways to challenge myslef in my running.


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