Yeah! This was my week to sponsor the TiaRT question over at The Runners Lounge!!! I am really exicted to see all of your answers and I am looking forward to meeting some new readers/writers through this project.
My question was: You get to run the last six miles of your next marathon with 6 different people. They can be dead or alive; famous or not famous. Who are these people and why did you pick them? Furthermore, why did you pick them for the specific mile you did? Remember, you get an extra .2 miles with runner #6.
I have been thinking about this answer for quite some time now but have narrowed it down to my six (kind of, and you’ll see what I mean by that as you read). I should also note…while I think she is amazing and would have added her if I had more choices, I might be the only person who doesn’t have Kara Goucher on the list.
Mile 21- Burt Yasso–> he pretty much has the best job ever and has had some of the most amazing experiences of all time. I met him once and he was the most laid back cool dudes. By mile 20 I think I am going to need a serious pick-me-up and I know he would force me to bust my ass. Plus, I would probably get a good story or two out of him as well. As an added bonus, maybe I could talk him into getting me a job at Runner’s World ;).
Mile 22- All my blog friends–> I know this is WAY more than one person (but it’s my question, so I can cheat!) but I could never pick just one. You all have our own stories and I am inspired by each and every one of you. I look forward reading about all your races, the ups and downs (I like the ups better!) and advice. I would have this blog even if I had only one reader, but I sure am glad to have all of you 🙂 I have a few blogger meet-ups planned for future 2009 races and I hope I can meet more of you in 2010!
Mile 23- Sandy and Tessa–> these were my beloved doggies growing up (I also had a dog Bandit, but I was too young to really remember her) and I still miss them both terribly. Both of these dogs loved to run and I wish I had them now to run with me. They, while very different in personality, were both the best dogs ever. They look a lot like Aron’s dog’s, Kylie and Emma and they often remind me of them too.
Mile 24- Ryan Shay–> The sky that was his limit, is now his home. In short, this would give him another chance to run and it would give me a chance to run with one of the greatest runners of all time. Ryan Shay; a life cut tragically short. Every time I run 5.5 miles, I think of Ryan.
Mile 25- Chrissie Wellington–> I don’t really get all hyped-up about famous people, but I am in straight awe of Chrissie. Teammates of mine have been given their medals to them by her and it is the #1 reason I want to do the Timberman 70.3, for the chance to meet her even for only a few words/moments. I am inspired by her and I admire her. She came into the sport and took it over, but without ego which I highly respect. Although by mile 25 I would probably be falling apart, I would kick it into serious gear if Chrissie was there with me.
Mile 26 (+.2)- My Mom and Dad–> I could never choose between them. Neither of them are runners (my mom is a “walker girl” as we like to say!) but they are my biggest fans and supporters. They come to as many races as they can, listen to hours of triathlon/running talk and most importantly, support every goal I set for myself. I would love for them to know the feeling of crossing the finish line.
Here is My Slideshow that accompanied my question. Warning: it plays music, so if you are at work or being sneaky, turn off your volume!
Thanks to all of those who participated- and if you haven’t yet, it is never too late…I believe you can take it and run any day you want!