I used to write another blog for years that started out as planning my wedding and then morphed into story after ridiculous story from my life – like the time I lit my hand on fire during my first and only attempt at drinking a Flaming Dr. Pepper. I made some great friends while blogging over there and even though I don’t really (or really ever) write in it anymore, I still regularly talk to quite a few of the people from my Salt Says days. Salt Says later became Salty Mom and still occupies a little space on the Internet if you want to read about the time I got stuck in a bike rack.
So then I started this blog as a place where I could empty my brain about running and give my husband a much deserved reprieve from having to hear about it. He tries to care about it as much as a person who does not run can care, bless his heart. Since September when all this started, I’ve already met some supremely awesome bloggers! And just the other day I was notified by one of my favorites at A Fast Paced Life that she had nominated me for the Liebster Award. How cool is that??
So what exactly is the Liebster Award?
It helps to generate attention for new and upcoming bloggers, generally those with 200 followers or less and I am so thankful that Elle thought of me. Her compliments truly made my day amazing. As with other awards (like the Traveling Pants I posted the other day) there are rules:
- Acknowledge the nominating blogger
- Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you
- 11 random facts about yourself
- List some bloggers with fewer than 200 followers that you really feel deserve a little blogging love!
- Let all of the bloggers know you’ve nominated them. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you!
- Post 11 questions for the bloggers you’ve nominated to answer
And here are Elle’s questions. They are REALLY good. One thing I love about this award is that the questions always change and people get really creative with them. I think you can really learn a lot about a person this way!
1. How do you describe your running gait? Fast and smooth like a gazelle? Flailing limbs like Phoebe from Friends?
Depends on the day. I have my moments when I feel like a well-oiled running machine out there and then other times when I probably look like the hot mess express. I know by the end of a treadmill speed workout I look a lot like Phoebe and am always thankful that the treadmill is in a dark room so that no one can see me.
2. What’s your ideal race course like? Flat and fast? Hills? Trails? By the ocean? On mountains?
I am a hill runner. These are words I never thought I’d say in the beginning, but I actually love them. Before I ran the Baltimore Half all I heard from people was how hilly and awful the course was and I was so scared. But then I do the vast majority of my runs on rolling hills anyway so by the time I got to that race, it was so not a big deal. To the contrary, the first time I went out to do a flat trail run it was SO MUCH HARDER for me, which is just swell because my first marathon is on a flat rail trail. I’ve gotten a little more used to it now, but I still prefer a hilly course. I don’t know about running up the side of a mountain though.
I don’t have every day access to an ocean right now, but that would be my preference. My favorite place to run EVER is in Santa Barbara, CA. I used to run a 4 mile course on my lunch breaks when I lived out there years ago before I considered myself to be a runner. The ocean would be on one side and the mountains on the other where I didn’t have to run up them. It was so beautiful and I miss it! Now I run through a lot of office parks. Blah.
3. Track attack or long slow distance?
I used to joke that I had two speeds…race pace and standing still. It was kind of true and it’s also something I knew I needed to get under control now that I’m starting to seriously look forward to my marathon. Recently I’ve been enjoying the challenge of slowing down my long runs so that I don’t burn out. I still have one workout dedicated to speed every week, but it’s on a treadmill not a track. I wish I had a track to attack!
4. You’re running a race. You and another runner are in the lead. The other runner is far enough ahead of you that you can’t catch up before the finish line. Suddenly a few yards from the finish line, the other runner slows down and walk, which allows you to run past and win first place. You later find out that the reason why the other runner slowed down was because he/she thought he/she had already crossed the finish line (the finish line was a bit ambiguous looking). Would you still accept the award for first place?
I don’t think I would. I know this because in my most recent 5K it was a race to the finish between me and another girl and we crossed at the exact same time and when they asked who finished first I let her have it. Then it turned out we were in different age brackets anyway so it all worked out.
5. What is your strong point in running?
I really don’t know! I’m good at keeping my breathing under control, even if I do breathe all creepy-loud. I credit years of yoga with that.
6. What is your weak point in running?
I habitually go out way too fast. I’m working on slowing it down.
7. How do you feel about receiving outside aid (e.g., your family or friends handing you a water bottle or Gu, orange slices, etc) during a race? (i.e., do you think this is cheating?)
Nah I wouldn’t consider it cheating. I carry some of those things on myself anyway and can refuel any time I want. Maybe they left their Gu at home and their family is just helping them out!
8. Let’s imagine that you’ve reached your physical peak and now you’re unable to get any faster, regardless of training. If an omnipotent being offered you a deal where if you were to be less intelligent by a certain %, you’ll gain that % in speed, would you take this deal? And if so, what would the % be?
This is such a fun question. Can I choose where the percent of intelligence comes from? I can barely add without counting on my fingers anyway so they want to wipe out whatever is left of my non-existent math skills and give me more speed then I’ll take that. Otherwise, I’m fast enough. 🙂
9. Do you have a pre-race ritual/superstition? What is it?
I’m finding that I don’t like talking about my time goals for a particular race with anyone. I always have them, but I feel like if I say them out loud it won’t come true. Like a birthday wish. Also I feel like when people know your goals, it just adds extra pressure.
10. If you could get a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. I would save so much time and money on airfare.
11. What goes through your head when a runner passes you during a race?
My first thought is always if they are male or female. Then if they are female I try to judge their age. Then ultimately I don’t care. 🙂
11 Random Facts About ME
- I was born with a severe femoral anteversion in both legs that required a couple surgeries to fix when I was a child.
- Technically I am an only child. My parents got divorced when I was 7 and I have three half brothers, but the oldest one is 16 years younger than I am and we never lived in the same house or anything. I know this explains a lot about my personality and it plays very heavily into my decision to be one and done.
- I prefer very small cars. Prior to the Mazda mom-wagon that I drive now, I had two Minis and a Smart car. The Mazda feels like a tank. One thing I’m looking forward to when Betty gets older is driving a super small car again!
- I don’t eat fruit. I can’t deal with the texture of any of it. Anything smoothied or juiced is fine, but I can’t swallow a piece of an orange.
- I almost got a nose job when I lived in LA. Like had-a-surgeon-and-date-lined-up almost. I’m glad I didn’t do it.
- I didn’t want to go to college, but my mom made me apply to one school. I got kicked out after Freshman year for never going to class. I think my cumulative GPA was like a .5. Then they let me come back on probation after a semester off and I re-declared my major as art and ended up being on the Dean’s List nearly every semester until I graduated. I still have all my letters saved.
- I mentioned this above, but I’m more terrible at math than probably anyone else you have ever met in your life.
- I think graveyards are beautiful. I spent my second photography class in college going to various cemeteries around Baltimore and taking loads of pictures.
- I’ve had the same favorite band for 21 years: Radiohead.
- I have 12 tattoos. I’m not done yet. I hope my mom doesn’t see this post.
- I believe there is no scarier place on the planet than a dentist’s office.
Passing It On…
Helly on the Run: I talk about Helly all the time on here and for good reason. She was a good friend of mine before we started up our blogs and we have only gotten closer since! She’s another running mom who has been making some HUGE strides lately in her training and will be running in her first full marathon on March 1! Her blog rocks and if you haven’t checked her out already, you should!
One Dreamy Mess: This girl is too cool. She stumbled on my blog a couple weeks ago and I’m so glad she did so that I could find hers. She has a little bit of everything going on over there and I’m especially loving the health tips she’s been posting lately.
Run Away With Me: Kristen ROCKS! She’s currently training for her first half marathon (PRINCESS! NEXT MONTH!!) and I am so impressed with how she’s been getting out there on the snowy trails around her house regardless of any polar vortexes. I can’t wait to hear how her half goes!
Dunwaetin: I think Anita is the coolest. She’s a newer runner (like me!) who lives on a Canadian island and is currently in the process of training for a 30K (!!!) that I think she’s totally going to rock.
PB & PRs: Another local-ish runner friend! Amber is frigging FAST. And she writes awesome race recaps. And she’s also still streaking!! Basically she’s amazing.
And here are some questions for you guys!
1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
2. What is your favorite race you’ve ever run in?
3. What do you think about when you are out on a long run?
4. Favorite brand of shoes? (Running and/or otherwise?)
5. What is your favorite way to cross train?
6. Guilty pleasure movie?
7. What is one skill that you have always wanted to learn?
8. What was your favorite class in high school?
9. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
10. What is your favorite food?
11. Let’s imagine that you’ve reached your physical peak and now you’re unable to get any faster, regardless of training. If an omnipotent being offered you a deal where if you were to be less intelligent by a certain %, you’ll gain that % in speed, would you take this deal? And if so, what would the % be? (I just had to reuse this question…I liked it so much!)
Have fun ladies! I can’t wait to see your answers!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday. We are under a winter storm warning here. Thank goodness for inside speed day!