10 Running-Related Personal Questions

25 Things still lingers in the pages of USWeekly (SBS brush with celebrity: I saw Denise & her daughters at Disneyland last week!)

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.

Here goes:

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.

3. My go-to running outfit is: A pair of lucy capris (to prevent chafing!) and one of our tank tops. And a baseball hat, always a baseball hat.

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.

I don't think that guy behind me is a zombie, but I could be mistaken...

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, JessicaAmanda, Tricia, Kara, and Beth. We hope a lot of you other lovely ladies will play along, too! Look for Dimity's responses on Friday.




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  2. Here are my answers: 1. Best run ever: It was in Monterey, CA. My husband and I had travelled there with our 3 kids for a long weekend ( I think it was Labor Day, not sure). Anyway, I went for a run along the coast, through Carmel by the Sea. It was a 12 mile run, but it felt like nothing! I was so engrossed with the scenery, and the great trail, that I lost myself in it. I stopped at a memorial site for John Denver. It was the site where his plane had gone down years before. I stopped to say a short prayer for him and his family. I also saw sea lions, and texted a picture of them to my BRF, who was also running many miles away. Breathtaking!!
    2. Three words that describe my running: Powerful, Fulfilling, Stress-Relief
    3. My go-to running outfit is: Dry fit tank top, running skirt, running hat, calf sleeves, Nike Lunar Glide shoes.
    4. Quirky habit while running: I can never finish before I hit an even mile. I will run past my house, just to get to the end of the mile.
    Morning, Mid-day, Evening: Morning, always morning. Usually too hot later in the day.
    6. I won’t run outside when it’s: Pouring rain, lightning or thunder. Otherwise, bring it on!!
    7. Worst running injury: I have had many running injuries, but I have to say that the 3 times I have had tibial stress fractures were the worst. It takes a long time to heal, and no running allowed!
    8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I place in my age group at races. O.K., so full disclosure, they are usually small races, but it is pretty cool. Plus, my kids get so excited!
    9. Next race is: Harrisburg Marathon, Nov. 11. Training is going well, moving into “monster month” now. Praying for injury-free training!
    10. Potential running goal for 2013: Haven’t thought that far ahead. Definitely a ½ marathon in the spring. Hoping to set a PR. Maybe another full marathon in the Fall.

    Sorry, don’t have a blog, and couldn’t figure out how else to post the answers here…..

  3. You will love the Twin Cities marathon – it is absolutely beautiful!! I ran it in 2010 & had the best running weather & BQ’d!! I also ran the Boston marathon this year & it was hot! I couldn’t believe the people I saw already walking at mile one! But what an awesome experience!

  4. Hmmmm . . . . Ironically I too was recently thinking about Paris 2014 . . . since my son will be in kindergarten (maybe I can train for more than 13.1 then?!) Good stuff!

  5. I won’t run in the snow or ice either. I run in the rain all the time and actually like it a lot. (after I complain in the morning but end up liking it once I get going)

  6. I’m glad I finally figured out how to get your blog coming to my email every day. The joy of waking up almost every morning to an email from you lovely ladies.
    Love your answers Sarah.
    Glad to see we are running the same races this year!! I ran Boston now I’m doing Twin Cities as well. This will be my 3rd time and it is such a fantastic race. I hope we have perfect weather once again. I look forward to getting your perspective on it but I think you will love the beautiful course and the amazing crowds!! I will plan my trip to the Expo to stop in and see you girls. I did meet Sarah in Boston, need to meet Dimity as well.
    And to further copy you, I believe that i have a case of plantar fascitiis brewing as well. NOT looking forward to that fun. Hoping to keep it at bay to get through this marathon.
    Happy Running.

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