10 Running-Related Personal Questions
Remember when that “25 Things You Don’t Know about Me?” questions were all the rage on the Facebook? You know, everyone put them on now-vanished “Notes” page. What was that, like, 2009? So we’re a few years late to the trend—what else is new?—but as part of our Month of Asking, we’ve decided to revive that get-to-know-you line of questioning, but with a running spin—and way fewer questions since we’d rather have you use your free time to get in a few miles.!
We’d love this to go as viral as possible. I’m answering it today, and Dimity will post her responses on Friday. We’re hoping you’ll post your answers on your blog, with a link-back to this page.
1. Best run ever: On December 31, 1998. My now-husband, then-boyfriend Jack, had just moved from Chicago to San Francisco to live with me, so I was flush with that excitement and possibilities. It was a solo afternoon run in what is perhaps my most favorite place in the world, Rodeo Valley, immediately north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The temperature was in the mid-50s, and the air was full of the scent of eucalyptus. The trails are groomed, and just challenging enough without forcing me to walk. I vividly remember watching the sun sink toward the Pacific in the final mile of two of the run. I felt full of optimism and energy for the new year ahead.
2. Three words that describe my running: Invigorating. Fortifying. Enjoyable.
4. Quirky habit while running:I have two specific cracks in the sidewalk where I stop–one at the corner of our property if I’m coming from the west and one in the middle of our driveway if I’m swooping in from the east. No matter what, I don’t stop running or shut off my Garmin until I cross one of those two lines.
5. Morning, midday, evening: Morning, always morning, thanks to family schedule and work. Plus, I’m just an up-and-at-’em kinda gal.
6. I won’t run outside when it’s:extremely icy. I learned how to handle cold and snow when I first started running in college, and here in Portland, you quickly realize humans don’t melt in the rain. But an irrational fear of pulling a groin muscle has taught me to stay off the streets during the occasional freak ice storm here in the PacNW.
7. Worst injury—and how I got over it: Plantar fasciitis. Loads of stretching, icing, taking time off completely from running, sleeping in The Sock, and rolling my foot. But I’m convinced acupuncture was the treatment that made it go away.
8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I ran the 2012 Boston Marathon in temps close to 90 degrees. Much stronger runners than me were reduced to walking, but I kept chugging along. It wasn’t until I reflected back on the experience that I realized how much it must have resembled a scene from The Walking Dead, minus the rotting flesh and tattered clothing!
9. Next race is: Twin Cities Marathon on October 7–and I can’t wait!
10. Potential running goal for 2013: Only half-marathons, no 26.2s…but with an eye to the Paris Marathon in 2014.
To get the game started, we are “tagging” one blogger from each of our spring house parties, including Smitha, Jenn, Jessica, Amanda, Tricia, Kara, and Beth. We hope a lot of you other lovely ladies will play along, too! Look for Dimity’s responses on Friday.