Happy Halloween! To those who celebrate. Well, celebrate isn’t really the right word. So, I guess Happy Halloween to those who use it as a reason to do something with the family, dress up crazy, or eat candy. I guess as a fitness blog, I should offer some tips on how to avoid the candy today or something of that nature. You know the gist, though – pick your absolute favorites, have 1 or 2, get the rest out of sight out of mind, don’t buy ones you like to begin with, etc, etc etc. It’s been done.
What else has been done? This 10 Random Running Questions survey from Another Mother Runner. Yes. Been done. A lot. But a) I don’t care, b) it’s been sitting in my “to-blog” queue for too long, and c) it’s Halloween and that calls for something light-hearted and fun.
Here we go!
1. Best Run Ever: I have fortunately had many a good run…but I will have to say the most recent running experience at the Runner’s World Half Marathon. That was just one of those days where everything about running coursed through my veins – the community, the energy, the freedom, the stress release, the excitement, the empowerment. All of it. Loved. Every. Single. Second.
My first half marathon would be a very close second, though.
2. Three Words that Describe My Running: Dang. I used a lot of that above. Empowering as it helps me appreciate my body for what it can do. Freeing as it can be the only time to myself I ever get in a week. Rejuvenating as I often use it for prayer and worship time as well.
3. My go-to running outfit is: Oh gosh! I love too much running gear! I would have to say it’s typically running shorts (I really like the Oiselle Distance short) or some sort of capri when it’s chilly, one of my race tees (although I’m finding I like tanks more now thanks to the Oakley tank I tried), Under Armour sports bra, and right now I’m loving the transition to Brooks PureFlows and the Altra Zero Drop shoes on my feet. I haven’t fully transitioned, so don’t hold me to that just yet. Saucony Rides have been doing me nicely in the meantime.
4. Quirky Habit While Running: Tripping? Wait, that’s not good. I guess it’s that I apparently get really in the zone when running. My running pals will see me on the running path we frequent and sometimes I don’t even notice at all because I’m so inside myself and my thoughts. Once again back to that rejuvenating because I use the time for prayer and worship thing. I can get freaky focused during those times.
5. Morning, mid-day, or evening: MORNING! Usually. Although, as a mom with a sometimes crazy schedule and a son that loves to catch sick germs, my times will frequently change to afternoons when Peter gets home from work or early mornings on the treadmill. My preferred schedule is around 9 am during the week and 6 or 7 am on weekends so I have more time with my family.
6. I won’t run outside when it’s: Storming or raining heavily. I don’t mind some rain. I don’t mind cold (thank goodness the cold doesn’t get too intense in the south!). I don’t mind heat (I would be screwed if so). Thunder, lightening, or a torrential downpour? Not happening. Or the dark. I really, really, really, really will not run in the dark.
7. Worst Injury – and how I got over it: My partnered up force of terror when it was back and forth between tendonitis issues in my foot and my Ilitoibial Band Syndrome. How I overcame it? Read this. Or to sum it up here – learned my training mistakes, worked on muscle imbalances, GOT RID OF stability shoes (can you tell I’m still peeved at the person who put me in them?), and foam rolled the heck out of my body.
8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I ran my first marathon. I still believe it was the HARDEST thing I have EVER done in my LIFE. Yes, that dramatic. I remember it vividly.
While it was a pretty painful experience (and I want some redemption from it!), I still felt pretty badass to have pushed past my limits, accomplished that dream, and crossed that finish line. So much so that I can’t wait to do it all again. Well, not all. I could do without the running injured and in mid-80 temperatures thing.
9. Next Race Is – The Kiawah Island Half Marathon on December 8th! Looking forward to this weekend getaway with Peter…and hopefully a new PR.
10. Potential Running Goal for 2013 – Have a better 2nd marathon experience. Basically I want to run a strong, healthy, happy (for most miles…no guarantees for all 26.2) marathon. That is my BIGGEST running related goal for 2013.
That was fun, right?! Now, you tell me any of the following: Word to Describe Your Running, Quirky Running Habit, Next Race, and/or Potential Running Goal for 2013. Can’t wait to read your responses!