When I was told “no working out” and “no running”, I had no idea what I was going to blog about. Not running is taking a toll on me, and my moods. I am finding it harder and harder to deal with. But even just writing about working out, running and tri’s puts a smile on my face. So thanks to those who came through when I reached out to you all for some questions! I loved answering them and if you hadn’t noticed, I have been a blogging fool lately!
Here are the questions that fell in the “all about me” category. Enjoy!
1. Who inspired you most growing up? I have been so fortunate to have many inspirations in my life. But there is one person that stands out amongst the rest and that is my Gram. My grandmother inspires me to simply be a better person. And her strength reminds me that I can overcome even the biggest of obstacles. And her faith, while it may not be the same belief system as my own, has shown me how important it is to believe in something. I was her first grandchild and I have always felt we share a special bond because of the time we got to spend together before more grandchildren came along. And there are over twenty of us!
2. What three words would you use to describe yourself? Physically- short, blonde, pale. Non-Physical- dedicated, headstrong, independent.
3. Where would you most like to run…anywhere or any race? I have no desire to race Kona, but I would love to run down Ali’i drive!
4. Who’s poster did you have on your wall as a teenager? Celebrity crush? I wasn’t really into the posters as a teenager but as a pre-teen, I was such an NKOTB (New Kids On The Block for you young kids!) fan. I had posters, pins, sheets, Barbie dolls…you name it, I had it! As for celebrity crushes, I was all about Luke Perry until Leo DiCaprio came along and stole my heart.
1. Best advice you’ve ever received? My mom taught me at a very young age to be financially smart. I had a savings account before I was out of elementary school and a checkbook before high school. I was taught how to save and how to pay myself. On birthdays/graduations, my money would be split between my pocket and the bank. And when I started working, I would split my paychecks the same way. To this day, I still pay myself; I enjoy racing, dinners/drinks out and buying myself new things. But I still keep a decent amount of money in savings as well. I am smart about money and I owe that to my mom.
2. Nicest compliment you’ve ever gotten? A friend’s mom, who I have become close with since her son who was my close friend passed away, told me once that I was her angel. She said that my friendship saved her and gave her strength. To know I meant that much to someone, that I made such a difference just by being there for someone, really made me feel like I was doing something right as a human being.
3. Dream job? If I could pick anything, I would want to work for a Tri or Running magazine and write about races all over the world. Then, I would be able to do my two favorite things…travel and write.
1. Are you currently going to school or working full-time? Or both? I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant in a Middle School. I am the “Principals Secretary” but I am the only secretary…so basically, I do a little bit (or a lot a bit) of everything. For four years, I was the softball coach but because of some political bs that I really can’t talk about, I no longer have the position. Additionally, I am a student, but not currently enrolled. This semester brought a lot of heartache and stress (in different facets) and I am taking the semester off. I am re-enrolled for Fall and I am set to graduate in Spring 2011.
2. What are some of your 5 and 10 year goals? The first big goal is to buy a house, hopefully in the next two years. It would also be great if in the next few years I was in a career, as opposed to a job. I would love to get more traveling in, see more of the world and race in different places. Eventually I would like to settle down, marry and have kids. But, if I never marry…I will still have kids. It is the one thing you can count on…I WILL be a mother one day!
Lacey and Stacey both asked me this question:
1. If you could live anywhere, where would that be and why? If money was no object and I could visit home whenever…I would move to London. But thinking more practically, if I could live anywhere it would be North Carolina. My father was born there and we are both huge Tarheel fans. I have visited there many times (a friend of mine went to college and subsequently moved there) and I just feel a connection to the area. Perhaps once I am more settled with a family, it is something I can more seriously think about.
1. What would be your dream event to complete (a specific road race or tri)? I have both marathon and half-ironman hopes and really think it would be great to finish one, but right now my focus is on the here and now. I see and read about races all the time that I think “I would love to do that” and write it down…hopefully one day I will get to do them…but right now, I just want to race for fun and stay healthy. If every race is fun and I stay healthy, well, that IS the dream.
1. What are your ultimate running/tri goals? For running, it is the marathon distance. I want to do at least one in my lifetime. For triathlon, it is to complete a half-ironman distance race. I do not have and have never had the desire to race a full Ironman; I feel that for me, the half distance is a big enough challenge. I would also love to participate in both an adventure race and an overnight relay race at some point.
1. Are you a spring/summer or fall/winter person? Summmmerrrr lover <3 I am a flip-flops kinda girl and I love me some spring/summer. The thing is about NJ; we get all four seasons but spring and fall are so limited, that we only get to enjoy them for what seems like a few days. It is always either cold, or hot. And I will take the heat any day over the cold. I pretty much hate Dec-Feb every year!
1. Why do you recommend body glide? Before I found this gem, I was a chafing mess! Since I have been using it, I have not had one problem. Additionally, I put it on my feet and never blister. It is a cheap (like $10 and lasts forever) way to avoid problems.
And in other news, so far I have 78.7 miles donated to me for a total of $3.93!!! I am almost half-way to my goal!
If you haven’t yet, please think about dedicating your miles to me. It is no cost to you, all it takes is a simple comment HERE to let me know and I will donate to my charity Seriously, does it get any easier??? For those of you who have run and are running for me, thank you! It is something so simple that really makes me feel like I am still a part of the running world and keeps me positive!