I always hated playing tag in elementary school. Okay, that isn't really true, I'm sure I loved it, but I wasn't very good at it, as in I always got tagged but was never able to relinquish the title of "it". I think it had something to do with the fact that I was not at all blessed with any fast twitch muscle fibers... I am not, nor every will be a sprinter.
Anyway, the wonderful Dawn at Racing Dawn (Have you been following her journey of 12 marathons in 12 months? You should, it's pretty amazing and by "pretty" I really mean spectacularly awesome!) tagged me in a "Getting to Know You" post. So, here you go, probably more than you care to know about me:
1. What's your favorite race and why? What's your dream race?
I think I really enjoy half-marathons. I used to love 5Ks but it seems like it is much more of a long distance sprint... kind of like when I was in high school I thought the 800 was the perfect race until I realized I was supposed to sprint the whole thing, then I realized the 1500 was the perfect race for me. I probably would have enjoyed the 3000 but that is just way to many laps around a track if you ask me. I get so nervous for races, we're talking can hardly function the night before, toss and turn all night, shaky and jittery up until the gun goes off (I'm getting butterflies right now just thinking about it) so the dream race for me is ANY race that I don't feel that way before. Of course if you wanted to throw in some beautiful scenery, great crowd support, perfect temperatures and a kick a$$ running outfit that'd be cool too.
2. What's your favorite running tip?
One of my high school coaches used to always tell us to make sure that we relaxed our face & shoulders when running. This is the best thing I've ever been told because I tend to get really tense when running (and life) gets difficult and reminding myself to not be all tight and grimacing helps immensely.
3. Which reality show is your guilty pleasure?
I'm a big Survivor fan. I haven't watched every season and I haven't even enjoyed ever season I've watched but I love the idea of the game. In fact, it's my secret goal (not so secret now) to be on Survivor. I think it would be so much fun and I think I could do pretty well. Every year I download the application and start to fill it out but have yet to ever send one in.
4. What is your power song, the song that takes your running to the next level?
I don't listen to music while I run. I've tried a few times and usually spend more time fighting with my ipod or earphones then enjoying my music but if I did listen my power song would probably be
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya by Dropkick Murphys or
Out Here Grindin by DJ Kahled although I'll have to admit this one from Dora gets me going too, although mostly because I hope that if I run fast enough it will get out of my head.
5. What is your secret to balance in your life?
Ha ha... that's funny. I think the only way to have balance in my life is to embrace the chaos and unpredictability and just kind of flow with what comes. I definitely have a live and learn attitude and if some days I don't get a shower until 3 (or not at all) then that's just the way it is. On those rare days where planets align and I've been able to run and clean house and get groceries and remember to help with spelling lists and make a lovely dinner and have some meaningful adult conversations without passing out from exhaustion, I'm at least smart enough to truly appreciate it.
6. What are you most looking forward to in the new year?
I'm looking forward to training for and running my first marathon, for being done nursing (so that my body can be mine again and I can stop doubling up on sports bras, although I'm not sure that I'm ready to not have a need for one anymore) and for some super awesome family adventures (yet to be planned).
Whew, that was a bit harder than I thought it would be... mostly because I spent forever watching videos and listening to songs on YouTube. (Just a bit of advice, don't click on any of the "Dora on Crack" videos when your 2 year old is in the room, no matter how much she begs!)
So, the best thing about playing virtual tag is that, unlike in elementary school, you can't get away from me even though I'm slow (although you don't have to play if you don't want to). I'm going to go with my OBC (Oregon Blogger's Connection) and tag:
(Just) Trying is for Little Girls
Little Fruit Fly in Rainbow Colored Socks
Confessions of a Jaded Runner
If you're not too cool to play, here are your questions:
1. What is your favorite time of day to run? Why?
2. If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
3. Do you have a guilty food pleasure? (i.e what is your favorite empty calorie food)
4. How and/or why did you start running?
5. Do you have any special Christmas time traditions?
6. What race/event are you most looking forward to in 2011?