Tuesday, September 11, 2012

10 Running Questions

Sarah and Dimity of Another Mother Runner posted a fun set of questions for running bloggers/moms to answer, so I thought I'd take break from training posts and answer them. Those of you moms (and dads) who are so inclined should consider yourselves tagged! If you blog your answers, please leave a link to the post in the comments here, or email me a link, so I can read what you have to say.

1. Best run ever: This was really hard to decide on, but I think I've nailed it: the XC Xtreme, a small cross-country race in my hometown that I did with my then-fiance now-husband. It was a cold March day in 2005, a four-mile course involving fence-scaling, hill climbing, ditch leaping, water slogging and ropes. I felt really strong and fit in the chilly air. Dan and I ended up finishing side-by-side after I trailed him for a long time, and I finished as third woman (that tells you it was a VERY small race!).

My favorite ever running photo of Dan.
I was behind him at the creek, but I caught up!
Getting my trophy! It was a piece of wood harvested from the course. It smelled like motor oil. The overall men's and women's winners got a set of antlers.
2. Three words that describe my running: therapeutic, rejuvenating, freeing

3. My go-to running outfit is: pretty boring--Nike tempo shorts in black or dark green and a race tech tee of some sort; now that it's chilly in the morning, I'm wearing light gloves, too, and when it gets cold for real I'll trade the shorts for capris and add a jacket.

In a half-marathon last year....pretty typical boring attire!
4. Quirky habit while running: Hmmm...I don't really have one (that I know of!).

5. Morning, midday, evening:  Morning! I'm a morning person all the way. And I always know that no matter how the rest of the day goes, it's OK because I got my run done.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s: both icy AND dark. I can handle either alone, but the combo sends me to the treadmill every time.

7. Worst injury—and how I got over it: my back earlier this year (though it stems from my pregnancy; I've had pain in my low back since late in my pregnancy in 2006); I'm still getting over it thanks to a combo of physical therapy, rest, Pilates and other core work and cross-training.

8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I set my 10K PR at the local turkey trot last year in front of my husband and kids. They almost never get to see me race, so it was really fun to know I'd see them at the finish line.

Run faster! Your children are watching!

9. Next race is: the Detroit International Half-Marathon on Oct. 21. I'm loving my training, but this still seems dauntingly close. We'll see how it goes. Right now my expectations for it are low. It's that Dec. 2 California International Marathon that I really want to rock.

10. Potential running goal for 2013: This is up in the air. If by some miracle of magical training by Darren combined with ideal weather and a little pixie dust I do qualify for the Boston Marathon on Dec. 2, my running in 2013 will about having fun and staying fit. I'd like to do a lot of shorter races, run on trails, maybe bust my 5K PR (but not worry a lot about that or anything else). If, however, I don't qualify for Boston, I'll work to stay healthy and continue to gun for that elusive BQ.


  1. Oh girl, you need some color in your Nike Tempos....I have about 35 ? pairs and only a couple of them are black. But one must love those shorts for sure! 2013 is going to be a great comeback year for you...I like the idea of shorter races and getting faster myself :).

  2. This was fun to read, I should do this too. I am so excied to see how you do with your big comeback this year. I agree with Jill, get more color! :). I don't have any Nike tempos biting have seen them and they come in a lot of colors. I think my plan next year is to focus on shorter races this marathon really wiped me out this year.

  3. These are fun to read. I totally agree with you on the icy and dark. I have to be pretty desperate to turn to a treadmill, but that would do it.

  4. I love the color you're wearing in your 10K PR! Bright colors make you run faster! (I agree with you about ice and dark-- I run in the dark all the time, but never in icy dark.)

  5. Wow! You got wood for a prize? That is so cool! Did you just pick your own piece out on the course? :)
    Running outside when icy and dark just sounds dangerous. Do you use yak trax or anything like that in the winter?

  6. Nothing wrong with tempo shorts as your main go-to! Wishing you luck this fall with getting the injury behind you and getting ready for CIM!!

  7. LOVE how you caught Dan on the trail race and the pic of you splashing through the stream. so badass!

  8. I love the creek photos, but I agree with some of the other commenters - color is fun.


  9. These are so fun! I LOVE your 3 words- rejuvenating, therapeutic, freeing... yes, yes and yes. That's exactly how I felt coming back from my run this morning!

  10. These are so great to read...until I realize it's only my lunch hour and not really the end of the day so I can't go for a run yet. ;) Sending some pixie dust your way and can't wait to hear how you kill it and get your BQ in Dec!!!

  11. I really love those photos at the top, of that trail race! It looks intense! I love trail racing, but have never done one with a big water crossing! I am sending pixie dust your way!

  12. I so wish I were a morning person, but no matter how hard I try, I find that I just will not get my workouts in, and certainly not good-quality workouts, if I plan them in the morning. Even that feeling of accomplishment is not enough to get me out of bed, especially when it's cold and dark. I'm so glad that for you that you're running more!

  13. This was so much fun! I'd be hard pressed to name a best run ever or even a go to outfit. Woot for Detroit and CIM!

  14. OH CIM looks like such a great race! You have the speed and dedication to BQ I'm positive! I do love this list of questions and your umm piece of wood :)

  15. I thoroughly enjoyed these! Your answer to number 5 is almost word for word what I would right. HA!

  16. Very nice list. We wear the same running outfits: nike pants and a race tech shirt.
    Beautiful beautiful photos!