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All About Me & A PiF Update

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!

From Julie

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. 

From Lacey

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.

From Stacey

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.

From Jill

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. 


From Libby

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.


From Indi

 1. Are you a spring/summer or fall/winter person? Summmmerrrr lover ❤  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!

 From Kandi

 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!

10 thoughts on “All About Me & A PiF Update

  1. Hi little Jill,
    That was wonderful! I feel like I have learned so much more about you:) My grandmother was the one person who I admired most growing up. We also had a special bond:) I like your dream job and loved that someone called you an angel…very touching! Thanks for sharing Jill! Enjoy the rest of your week:)

  2. I was touched by the comment of your friend’s mother who said you were her angel. How wonderful that you could help her. I work in a school and I know that the secretary wears many hats and could run the place!!! I ran 11 miles today that will be dedicated to you and tomorrow I am running 6.2 minimum.

  3. It was completely an unplanned run… had an endurance ride this morning and that’s usually all my Saturday entails. But whilst waiting for the washer to finish whirling away (hahah.. ok too much), I decided a little three miler was in order. And that my friend, is for you!

    IIII have a question! If you had the entire day free, no restrictions, what would be your ideal workout? Weather? Time of day? Mode of transport (water/wheels/winged feet)? Please do share 😀

  4. It’s nice to know more about you by your answers on the questions.

    I’m a secretary too and I know my bosses couldn’t do their work so good if they hadn’t me 😆 We do so much more than people think.

  5. Such a fun post… it’s always interesting to see what people want to know about you.

    I chuckled at the NKOTB mention… I never did a lot of posters, but when I was 13 I had a friend who covered her walls AND ceiling with NKOTB pics. It was almost creepy to enter her room!

    Such a good answer to my question and I agree wholeheartedly… I just want races to be fun and I want to be healthy. I know I’m not a contender for elite status and I’ve actually gotten to a point where I can no longer PR every single time I race, so as long as I have fun and learn a little more about myself each time, it’s a success!

  6. I had 44 miles total for the week – all yours!! 🙂

    I love love love your responses to the questions, I was hanging on to every word! Thanks for sharing and letting us get to know a little more of you !!! 🙂

  7. these people come up with good questions! i am a bad question thinker so that’s why i haven’t asked any 😦

    no exercise at all?!? oh man i’d be soo moody. :-/ hope you are able to start doing at least some light exercise soon!!

    i attempted an easy 3 saturday. it wasn’t pretty but you can have them – 3.1 in total. woo!

  8. Jill,
    Great stuff…with our weekend monsoon and the two dayEnduranec expo I only got in a single quick morning 4 mile run but its yours!
    This week should be better… gota love that daylight savings!

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