O.k., so you met the Badass Mother Runners of Team Sarah yesterday; today, Team Dimity a.k.a. Are my kids still chasing me? takes the stage before our showdown in the Ragnar Relay D.C. in less than two weeks (!). We're swift, we're fearless, and we really hope we can escape the little buggers over the course of 192 miles.
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? I am looking forward to being done with the 2 mile hill on my first leg! After that hill, it is all downhill for me.
4. One word that describes you as a runner: influential.
1. When and why did you start running? Crosstraining for rowing in 1990. I huffed and puffed and eventually, about seven years later, found a groove when I ran the New York City Marathon.
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? I haven't specifically trained for this Ragnar, but going 19+ miles in the Colorado Ragnar a few weeks ago is sufficient training, I'm hoping. (I also just had a really good running weekend with Sarah; we covered over 14 miles in 2 days, which is a lot for me these days. So now it's time to taper, right?)
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? Can I cop out and say I'm most looking forward to cheering? I mean, I'll run and all, but give me a good cowbell, and I'll annoy everybody in the transition area, save myself—and hopefully my teammates.
4. One word that describes your running: Sarah would say loud. "You're not really light on your feet, are you Dimity?" she said nicely (truly) at the beginning of one run in Portland this past weekend. "I describe myself as a clod-hopper: I am nothing if not accurate," I replied. These days, I would say steady. I'm not ripping it up, but—knock on wood—I've gone for two years with no running-induced injury. I did have a chip fracture in my toe, but that was from clumsiness, not running.
1. When and why did you start running? I always felt like there was a runner in me, but I didn't really enjoy it for a long time, so I feel like I didn't really 'become a runner' until my late 20s. I ran my first marathon at age 30 and I just kept going after that through multiple marathons and an Ironman. Then, I had two children, and it's been tough getting back 'in the game' but I'm so glad that I have! Now it is so important for me to be doing something that I enjoy, that makes me feel good and strong, and that my children can watch and be a part of!
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? The best run was a 10-miler run without the stroller. (I've had to push a double for most of my training runs.) The miles just ticked by and I felt like I was running strong again!
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? It looks like my 2nd leg of the Ragnar relay will be sometime in the middle of the night. I'm actually excited about that because, just like this relay, running at night is something I've never done before. I'll be honest and say that yes, I'm a little afraid to run in the dark, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
4. One word that describes you as a runner: easygoing.
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1. When and why did you start running? I started running in college to get in better shape; I was an on and off runner for quite awhile. I found a love of "running long" in 2011 and haven't stopped since!
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? I really love the sense of BAMR that accompanies running two a days and hills!
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? I'm actually looking forward to leg 7, which is my first leg. It has a massive (1000+ ft!!) elevation gain, but I can't wait to finish the climb and see what I accomplished. Plus, I like hills!
4. One word that describes you as a runner: unpredictable.
1. When and why did you start running? I started running April 2009 because I was bored with walking on the treadmill so I challenged myself to jog 30 seconds, then 1 minute, etc. My first race was half-marathon in Columbus, OH October 2009. As I finished and saw the full marathoners continuing on, I felt totally bummed that I had to stop!
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? The first time I ran in the dark with a headlamp; it made me feel really dedicated.
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? Leg 8, despite the 1,000 ft hill climb. I think I will be itching to run and the adrenaline will carry me up the hill!
4. One word that describes you as a runner: Committed.
1. When and why did you start running? I used to get winded walking up the stairs! When I started running in April 2012 I had a 15-month old boy who moved quicker than I did. I love a lot of things about running but I especially love that I can clear my head of the minutia from the day and find peace and clarity after a good run.
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? My favorite training runs for Ragnar have been dubbed "the Wu-tang runs" (In case you don't know Wu-tang - ain't nothin to F$&K with!). Twice a week I will get up at 4:30a.m. to an alarm that says "don't think - just go". Then I run to one of my BRF's houses and we take on 5 miles at 5:00a.m. Getting to run under the starry night sky with the occasional bats and hear only the syncopated sound of our feet is nothing short of awesome! I can take on anything the day throws at me after that!
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? The one that will fall around 2 a.m. Reason: crazy middle of the night running sounds like it will be an awesome adventure!
4. One word that describes you as a runner: fearless.
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? My last leg (leg 36). It goes over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge,which is like a dream come true for me.I am obsessed with running bridges and I get to run in three states over the bridge! I also can't wait to bring in a strong finish for Team Dimity!
1. When and why did you start running? In 1998, I ran the Marine Corp Marathon to raise money for a good cause. After that, marriage and kids happened and the running continued between pregnancies to lose the ‘baby’ fat. I started seriously training for races again in 2010, and running then became more about me (me-time, sanity saver, and the overall good feeling of being fit and accomplishing my goals) while setting a good example for my kids. I ran about 7 half marathons before running the Marine Corp again in 2011 where, 13 years later, I PR’d by over an hour.
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? My favorite part of being prepared for the possibility of running Ragnar is doing more than one workout in a day. It makes me feel pretty good for being able to tackle that in a day along with everything else in life!
3. One word that describes you as a runner: committed
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