I figured that since I’m out running in a race right now, a running survey was an appropriate thing to share, right!?
Please play along in the comments section!
- Best Run Ever
My best race ever was the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon… and not because I loved the run. It was HARD! The Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon is my best running memory because of how I felt at the finish line when I realized I ran a half marathon in less than two hours. (GOOD LUCK to those running this race this weekend!!!)
I know running a half marathon just under two hours isn’t ridiculously fast for many people, but running is never, ever easy for me, so pushing myself out of my comfort zone to finish in less two hours felt like a pretty amazing accomplishment. Plus, I had Ryan by my side the entire time, so running through the finish line with him was pretty special.
Runner up: Running with Ryan in Oahu. Running in the morning in Hawaii as the sun rose and watching the surfers catch incredible waves is something I’ll never forget. Hands down the most beautiful run of my life!
- Three(ish) Words that Describe My Running
Laid back, Sadie-induced and Introspective.
Laid back because I’m not competitive at all and run for fun. Sadie-induced because her eyes guilt-trip me into running on days when I’m feeling less-than-motivated. Introspective because I often use running as “me time” to think through things in my life and pray about obstacles, challenges or things I’m grateful for in my life or the lives of my loved ones.
- My Go-To Running Outfit
A three-quarter zip dri-fit jacket (when it’s cool outside), extra-long tank top (like the Reebok seamless long bra top I’m wearing for a walk with feeble Sadie below) dri-fit running shorts or capris, Thorlo padded running socks and Mizuno Wave Riders.
- Quirky Habit While Running
I have a million. Ryan finds my habit of saying “Engage, legs!” Inspector Gadget-style (“Go, go Gadget legs!”) whenever I run up a hill awfully amusing.
- Morning, Mid-day, or Evening
Morning! If a run doesn’t happen before noon, it isn’t happening.
- I Won’t Run Outside When It’s
In the middle of the summer in Florida.
The lethal combination of heat and humidity makes me want to collapse the minute I walk outside.
- Worst Injury – And How I Got Over It
Bursitis in my hip. I couldn’t run for months and even walking hurt. (You can read more about this here.) I got over it after months of rest and meeting with a doctor who specialized in sports medicine. My doctor taught me proper hip stretches and had me ease back into exercise gradually with low-impact cardio workouts such as spinning and the elliptical.
- I Felt Most Like a Badass Mother Runner When
I ran the last three miles of the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon at the tail end of my bachelorette party. I was hit with a wave of energy and running along Lake Michigan as I thought about my upcoming wedding and how wonderful my girlfriends were for planning such a fun bachelorette party felt pretty incredible.
- Potential Running Goal for 2013
Finish the ZOOMA Florida half marathon with my sister! Leslie is still on board for training for her first half marathon and running the race and finishing it together would be so amazing! (Side note: If you register for the ZOOMA Florida half marathon or 5k before tomorrow, you will receive a training care package in the mail full of goodies!)
- Next Race Is
After this morning’s obstacle course race/mud run, my next race is a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in Sarasota!
Ryan, my sister and my sister’s boyfriend are already brainstorming ideas for our turkey-inspired costumes.
Question of the Morning
- Pick one of the above prompts and share your running story!