Answers to your Q’s

I’m FINALLY answering your questions from this post.’s my 200th blog post!!  Kinda fitting to answer them now, right?

Yes, this has taken me forever to answer.  I didn’t forget about you.  Courtney wanted pics of my house and instead of doing a different post I wanted to wait till I had a few more pieces in my home.

1.  From Christine:  When did you start running and why?
        I started run/walking to lose weight during college and several years after that (until 2007).  I struggled with my asthma during that time and didn’t think running would ever be in the cards for me.  I found a medicine that worked wonders and kept running but only ran for exercise-I think the most I had ever run (until 2009) was 4 miles.  A previous post here explains a lot why I started running.  Of course the physical and emotional benefits are huge for me now.  I am a stronger person today because of what I have accomplished.  My first ever race (skipped the “short” ones) was a 1/2 marathon in March of 2009 and I haven’t looked back.

2.  From Courtney:  How are you liking the house?  Do we get to see pictures? 
         Ahh. I have a love/hate relationship with my house (condo).  I love that it is mine, that it has character, is in a great neighborhood, and again, is mine.  I hate that it isn’t “complete” yet and that I have to make mortgage payments.  Alas, being a grownup is tough.  🙂  I still have a ways to go on the decorating and I know it will take time but I am insanely Type A and slightly obsessed with perfection and struggle with it looking the way it does.  I want it to be perfect RIGHT NOW and that isn’t an option.  I don’t mind the mortgage really, it is just double what my rent was so gone are the days of Pure Barre, shopping and doing all of the traveling I had wanted to do.  Hello budget.  Here are a few pics.  It is a work in progress…

view from front door-pardon the computer and unwrapped lamp-it was brand new 🙂 
looking in from guest room/office into den area
my room
dining area

Pics taken from my Iphone…and missing the kitchen, bathroom, and guest room but you get the idea…I’ll share more as I add on.  But don’t hope for that till close to Christmas :):)

3.  From Stephanie:  How many races have you traveled to in the past 2 years & which were your favorites?  Whats your fuel of choice?  What do you eat the morning of a race?  Whats your favorite race you’ve ever done?
        I think I have traveled to 10 in 2 years, it will be 12 by the end of 2011.  I wish I could do more but money seems to be the biggest issue :):)  Favorites RNR New Orleans, First Light Mobile, RNR Vegas, Big Sur, and Park City.  Probably all because of the destinations.
        Fuel of choice-I eat the lemon lime caffeine free GU during races and the assorted Sports Beans too.  I never change from those 2 things.  Partly because I am scared to switch.
        Same thing every time (can’t you see I’m a creature of habit?) a bagel with peanut butter and gatorade.
       Ooh, tough one.  I love the ones I listed above.  Favorite is Big Sur.  Second favorite…RNR New Orleans.  I will go back to Nola every year for this race. And I have already signed up for Big Sur again this year.

4.  From Lisa:  What keeps you motivated to keep it up (running)?
        I think I am currently struggling with that.  I’m not sure if its burnout or just over marathon training (I’m realizing I love a 1/2 a lot more). I think I keep signing up for races to keep going.  And like I said, I am major Type A so if I set a goal, I will accomplish it.  It may take me 10 years to run all 50 states but it will happen.  Oh, and why I started the blog. THE BLING!!

Thanks for the questions!  If you have more feel free to keep them coming-I will post an answer sooner than later 🙂

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