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June 10, 2008

TAG: YOU'RE IT

Here are the rules as copied and pasted from Tim's blog.

Copy the rules (or your version of them) and the set of questions onto your blog post, provide your own answers and then tag 5 new people. If tagged, you’ll find your name at the end of this post. To be sure everyone tagged knows they’ve been invited to play, go to their blogs and leave them a comment notifying and referring them to your blog for details. Lastly, according to Tim's tagger, Anne, once the chosen have answered the questions on their own blog, they should come back to yours to tell you.

Here are my responses.

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago? Nonexistent. Really. I was in college. I smoked. I drank. I ate Krystal burgers at 3am. I did everything that is the total opposite of what a runner should do. I started running in the fall of 2005 as a commitment to myself to run a marathon before I turned 30. It was a crazy dream, but I was dating a crazy guy (yes, it was Troy), and I was totally inspired to be a healthy Amy. So, 10 years ago I was doing what every red-blooded college student does....enough about that...it scares me to even think about it now!

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience? As much as it would be fitting to say that crossing the finish line at my first marathon was my best run experience, I really have to say my first 4 mile run was my best experience. It was the first time I had run with Troy, and only the second or third time I had ever run before. It took me 54 minutes to make it 4 miles. Troy showed me how to blow my infamous snot rockets and he farted while we ran. He stopped to look at a bat house. He cheered me on. He got me to do 4 miles when I was really only going to do 3. For months I would replay that run over and over in my head while I trained for San Diego. Everytime I would run "our" route, I would think about what he said at this point, or what he noticed at that point. It was, and still is, one of the most influential runs I've had. And I remember it like it was yesterday.

My worst run experience was a few weeks ago when I got a mere 10 feet or so into the run and fell and ended up with 12 stitches in my noggin and a torn meniscus. The stitches sucked and the jury is still out on the knee. So far...worst...run...ever (sorry Perry!)

3. Why do you run? That's easy...because I am completely and utterly addicted to it. If I don't run (and the last 4 weeks have been a prime example) it makes me cranky and moody and feeling like it would be nice to punch someone. Just for the fun of it. I also like the whole runner group comraderie thing. The race t-shirts. The 3rd place trophies, unless I'm lucky enough to be the only other 30-34 year old and then I like the 1st place trophies. I like the fact that it is annoying to non-runners to hear me say casually that I ran a couple of marathons. I like it when they say "I don't even like to drive that far." I like running for the freedom. And the fact that it doesn't cost me an arm and a leg to afford to do it (okay, sometimes it costs me a knee...but that's a different story). I like that because of running I have made friends all over the world and that regardless of how fast they finish the race, or slow I might run, we all still have the same thing in common. I just love it!

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running? Best advice that I listened to and actually followed through with: Walt's suggestion on speedwork. I was doing it ALL wrong and his advice helped, and will continue to help, me get faster (once I can start running again). Worst advice: listening to someone who gave me bad shoe advice and ending up in a cast (and no, it wasn't Perry's advice! Although he did advise me to take a right out of the parking lot that day I fell, and well, if I had gone the other way, I wouldn't have fallen...okay, so I'm kidding. It certainly was my clumsy two-left-footed self that caused that accident!)

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know. They always ask this question at work conferences, the first day of class, etc and I always say "I've run a marathon". Guess that wouldn't be surprising for you guys though....so I guess I'll go with: I secretly like these tagging things and wish I would get tagged more often :)

Tag you’re it:

Jim aka Eagle Point Runner
Christy (and Miles if he wants to)
Non-blogging Kurt
Chasing Iron Sarah
LL Cool J

3 comments:

Kurt said...

Okay I will blog and update the questions since you put me on the spot. Besides I been to busy shopping for wedding gifts, planning the sheep evacuation scenario, working on my dance steps for the big day to blog as much!

Jim said...

Okay. I accept the challenge. The question is this . . . do I have to tell truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

I'm working overtime so look for an update in a few days with answers to the questions!

If you can't run on, then blog on!

Christy said...

alrighty...done. check it out!!!