April 19, 2014

Running questions

Katie at "Katie is a Runner" nominated me for a Liebster award. A Liebster award is usually given to those with less than 200 followers; I have more than that, but I have never participated in these before, so I thought it would be fun. Besides, I have nothing notable to write about today anyways! 

Here are the questions that Katie posted, and my answers: 

1. Who was your biggest role model as you first started running? 

 *When I first started running, I looked up to my friend Renee. She was one of "those runners", who had done something completely crazy--like run 26.2 miles for the heck of it! ;) When she saw that "Run a 5K" was on my bucket list, she wanted to help me reach that goal. 

Deep down, I never really had intentions of actually doing it, but she kind of made it hard for me to say no. She chose a race, and even said she'd run along with me the entire way. She helped me when I had questions, and she assured me I was a "real runner" when I certainly didn't feel like one. She's super fast, and I still look up to her! 

Memorial Day Run 2013 (we each won an age group award!) 

2. What is your best running memory? 

*My best running memory... this is a tough question! The most memorable (not to be confused with "best") would be my night leg of the Ragnar Florida Keys. It was the scariest run of my life, in a running-next-to-alligators-and-prisons sort of way, and I pretty much had to check out of my mind and think happy thoughts until I was through the worst of it. My favorite run was probably when I ran with my sister, Jeanie, for her first half-marathon. The Rockford Marathon was an awesome race, and I loved being able to share that moment with my sister. 

3. The time you now spend running; what was it filled with before you started running? 

*I have absolutely no idea! It's so strange. It's like when you have kids--you wonder what you used to do before having kids, and it's hard to come up with anything. My house was cleaner before I started running, so I probably cleaned more ;) 

4. What is your favorite TV show? 

*I love TV, and I watch too many shows. But my very favorite, hands-down, is Shameless on Showtime. The producers could not have picked a better name for that show! I continue to get completely shocked every time I watch it. 

5. What is one habit you won't give up, even though you know it is not the healthiest? 

*Sweets! I run so that I can eat sweets, and I "spend" my calories burned on cookies and ice cream. I'm not sorry for it, and I don't feel guilty for it! ;) 

6. If you could have lunch with someone famous, who would you pick? 

*Alton Brown. I've always wanted to meet him! And something about the way he talks... I would love to have a nerdy conversation with him about food. 

7. What is your favorite season for running? 

*Fall! I complain about Michigan weather a lot, because it's ridiculously humid in the summer and this past winter was effing freezing, but fall is absolutely gorgeous in Michigan. The leaves are pretty shades of orange, red, and yellow, and the air is really crisp, with temps in the 50's. I just love fall! 

8. Describe the one route you would be okay running over and over for the rest of your life. 

*I don't think there is any route that would never bore me, but my favorite route I've ever run was in Cade's Cove in Tennessee. It was super hilly, and it poured rain; and sure, there were tornadoes later that day, so the wind was a little much... but other than that, it was a nice run with fantastic scenery! ;) Running with my brother, Brian, in Cade's Cove- April 2011 

9. If time and money were not object, where would you choose to go on vacation? 

*Well, I'm sure this is just because I just got home from running Ragnar SoCal, but I would LOVE to spend a weekend in Vegas with my Ragnar SoCal team. This team was SO much fun, and I think we'd have a blast in Vegas. Especially if money were no object--I'd gamble it all away! ;) I've never really had the desire to travel to other countries, and there isn't one particular place I am dying to visit. But Vegas with my Sole Mates would be fun! 

10. What is your favorite pastime other than lacing up the running shoes? 

*Other than eating, you mean? ;) I guess it's another vice of mine, but I like TV--and one of my favorite things to do is work on a craft while watching TV. I like to sew, so I'll spend time watching a show and cutting fabric for a project. 

Thanks, Katie, for nominating me for the Liebster award! Even though I don't technically qualify for it, it was fun to answer the questions :) I nominate all of you who are reading! ;) If you answer the questions on your own blog, feel free to share a link to your post in the comments here. I'd like to read them!


  1. Carly LongApril 19, 2014

    Umm can I just say your brother is a cutie! Haha! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  2. I love the Liebster Awards! They are so much fun! Here are my answers to your questions -

    Happy Easter Katie!

  3. I've driven around Cades Cove several times and I'm impressed you ran it! Did you see any bears or wild turkeys?

    1. I was worried about seeing bears, but we didn't see anything unusual ;)

  4. I answered the questions. http://runnernerd.blogspot.com/

  5. Thanks for asking us to do this. I really enjoyed thinking about and answering these questions!

  6. A Strangers to Solemates Ragnar Relay Vegas reunion someday sounds good to me!

  7. I loved your answers. Here's my post about it: http://www.therunningnurse.com/2014/04/running-questions.html

  8. Maybe I wasn't aware of all of the rules for a Liebster Award! Thanks for playing anyway. Loved your answers!

  9. Loved reading all your answers! And YES, a Solemates reunion would be a blast!!

  10. I also live in Southeast Michigan and I was thinking about the weather here and just wondered how you ran this past winter without falling?? Do you run on a treadmill or do you have special shoes? I'm already clumsy, so I think I would probably about kill myself if I tried running outdoors in the winter!

    1. This winter was rough, so I did a lot of training on the treadmill (our roads never get plowed!). But when the roads aren't icy, I'll usually run outside.

  11. About a year ago I found your blog and binge-read every single post. I remembered your family trip to TN but didn't realize you ran Cade's Cove. I just came back from there and ran 4 miles of Cade's Cove. I agree...it's the most beautiful place to run! I vow to go back and run the whole thing, hills and all!


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