I’m FINALLY answering your questions from this post. And..it’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|
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!!