10 Mother Runner Questions

I am a BIG fan of the Run Like a Mother community – the blog, the books, the badass mother runner authors Sarah and Dimity … all of it completely rocks.  Earlier this week I was so excited to be tagged in one of their posts to answer 10 running-related personal questions.  Below are my answers!

10 Running Related Personal Questions:

1. Best run ever: I can’t possibly pick one run as the best EVER.  Some of the most awesome recent runs I’ve had though: My 22 miler last weekend – I felt so strong from start to finish, ran a lot of goal race pace miles and averaged under an 8:00/mile pace.  All three of my runs during the Hood to Coast Relay with Nuun a couple of weeks ago were totally MAGICAL and amazing.  I was so keenly aware of how blessed I was to be there, and my runs were more than I ever could have dreamed.  I will never ever forget how awesome that experience was.

2. Three words that describe my running: Dedicated.  Determined.  Grateful.

3. My go-to running outfit is:  In the summer, lululemon speed shorts or shorty shorts with a tank or even just a bra.  In the winter, I love my lululemon crops with a tank, arm sleeves and a hat.  If it’s chilly I adore the lulu swiftly long sleeve shirt layered on top.

4. Quirky habit while running:  I have so many quirky habits – in running in and in life!  One thing I do for every run is try to tune into my cadence and the sound of my feet.  I will sometimes count over and over in my head as my feet hit the ground (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4…) or repeat a word or phrase over and over again in my head along with my footsteps (some favorite words/mantras are: Breathe and Believe, Be Here. Be Now, I think I can. I know I can., This is Who I Am …) 

5. Morning, midday, evening: Morning!  Sunrise runs are my very favorite.  I love how beautiful the world is at that time of day, and I feel such a heightened sense of awareness – so blessed and grateful to be alive and to be running.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s:  Icy.  I will deal with any other weather condition except for ice.  Last winter we had one icy morning and I had to get 20 miles done, so I did it on the treadmill (if that doesn’t tell you how much I hate ice, I don’t know what will!).

20 miles on the treadmill on an icy day.

7. Worst injury—and how I got over it:  When I was training for my first marathon in 2000, I developed IT Band Syndrome.  I had to take a full 2 weeks off from running and spent that time doing yoga and riding a spin bike.  I have been really lucky in the injury department!  Being dedicated to pilates and strength training, taking rest days, listening to my body and building my mileage conservatively has all really helped me with this.

8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I was marathon training last winter.  My buddies and I would show up at the track in the dark and the freezing cold temperatures.  We ran in the snow and in the rain and against some of the strongest winds I have ever felt.  And we ran HARD.  I knew that if I could do that – I could accomplish my goal.  It was awesome.

it’s cold. it’s wet. it’s dark.  but i’m running!

9. Next race is:  Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th.  It will be my 10th marathon!!

10. Potential running goal for 2013:  My first Boston (fingers crossed I get in – I can sign up today at 10am!)  Staying injury free.  Keeping the passion alive – running is like a relationship and I want to remain in love with and dedicated to the sport!  I want to run my first 50k in 2013, and have my sights set on the Seashore Nature Trail 50k in Virginia Beach.  I’d like to run another relay too!

How would you answer these questions??  If you have a blog, write a post and leave a link to it here or on the RLAM blog.  If you’re not a blogger, just leave a comment with some of your answers!  

8 thoughts on “10 Mother Runner Questions

  1. Love this post. You are one runner I would love to meet as spiritually you seem in tune with running like me. I am a Christian/Buddhist and I tell my mom all the time that running is my church. I am in the world God created, listening to the sounds, feeling the air, and allowing my feet to land as they may. I often say Be Here. Be Now. when I run too. Good Luck with signing up for Boston today!!! You will get in!! As for MCM I am truly hoping to see you there. Would love to meet you. I will be a bit behind you since I had a hammy injury in March and have now been training while still healing, so my instructions have been to take it easy on pace while training. I recently went to the Chi Running ways too and that has helped a ton, so when I read about you paying attention to cadence it made me think about that. Great post.

  2. I had my first injury training for my first marathon too! I'm encouraged that you haven't had any since. I'm hoping to get back to more marathons and keep those injuries at bay. Love that you used the word grateful to describe your running- yep, that's you! 🙂
    Crossing my fingers for you in Boston!!

  3. ITB is the crappiest of injuries! And so amazingly common.

    Love that you were out there in the dark/cold winter months hitting the track. That is dedication!

    Good luck w/ Boston registration!

  4. 1)Paris, under Eiffel Tower. 2)Nike racer-back tank (nice and long) and Nike running shorts.3)Consistent, moderate, required. 4)Sighing and must have my RooSport to listen to music and/or carry my key, $, etc… (to see what that is: http://bit.ly/QeTv8H ). 5)EARLY morning! 6)Icy, yuck! 7)Knee, PT 8)Half marathon under 2 hours. 9)None scheduled at the moment. SO expensive!!! 10)Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running!

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