10 Running Answers

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and if you actually read this blog, I’m sorry. I’m slowly learning to balance my new full-time job, my part-time job, two kids, husband, house, and a dwindling social life.

I’m still reading blogs, and Another Mother Runner has been posting 10 Running Questions to her followers, so I figured it was my time to answer them. As you might (or might not) know, I started running in the summer of 2011 when I was working from home. I signed up for a half-marathon to scare the shit out of me keep me motivated not to quit. Little did I think I would love it. This summer has been plagued with foot injuries, and I’m starting to worry the the Halloween Half Marathon Miami Beach won’t happen for me this year if they don’t clear up soon. Anyway, here they go…

1. Best Run Ever. Hard to say, I run a lot just around my home in South Florida. But I think my favorite runs were in Seattle when I was visiting my best friend — who did not like mornings — and I would wake up and run through west Seattle and meet her at the elementary school where she dropped her son off. 5 miles of gorgeous views, and fall in Seattle is perfect running weather. Even better was the fact that she highly impressed that I ran 5 miles (hey, so was I at that time), and she would buy me some awesome brew from a local coffee-joint and then we would go shopping.

2. Three words that describe my running. Slow. Music. Happy.

3. My go-to running outfit. Seriously, I’m not a trendy-type gal. I’m just happy that I can now start wearing some of the tight-fitted-all-in-one-bra-shirt-thingies because I now jiggle less than I used to. And even in Miami in the summer, I still wear capri-length tights to keep my thighs from rubbing.

4. Quirky habit while running. If the headphones are messed up, so is my run. I will stop to fix them – screw my time, I need my music.

5. Morning, midday, evening. I love early morning and late night. My new job starts so early, that waking up at 4:30 to get the run over, shower, wakeup-feed-and-clothe the kids, to get out the door by 7:00 is becoming impossible. It’s becoming more likely that I will take a run while Dear Hubby gets through the bath time with the kiddos at night.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s… storming. We don’t have ice or snow in SoFlo, but we do have hurricanes, and we lead the nation in deaths by lightning. I have been caught off-guard by some pop-up storms (FL’s motto is “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”), and I look like a bad outtake from the Weather Channel. I really just try to avoid it and run at a different time of day.

7. Worst injury – and how I got over it. **sigh** This one sucks. I had Plantar Fasciitis spring up on me unexpectedly on Memorial Day. Just out of the blue, all of a sudden I could barely walk. It took 7 weeks of massages, stretching, Epsom salt baths, and lots and lots of Advil to get over. I started running in the middle of July, and felt great. I ran every day on vacation in Key West — and blogged about it! The Wednesday before Labor Day I went for a run, felt a slight twinge in the other foot – and 1 mile later was curled up in a ball debating whether I had to call home to have Dear Hubby come and get me. I hobbled home, and when a runner passed me on the sidewalk I broke out into a full-fledged ugly-girl-cry. I came home and cried some more. It’s been almost 3 weeks, I got one good run in with no pain, and then the next day I paid for it. And cried some more.

8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when… whenever I tell someone that I love to run half-marathons. First, they look at me like they don’t believe me. (I don’t exactly have a runner’s body, shall we say…) Then they tell me that they could never run 13.1 miles. So I tell them that I only started running last year. Finally, they look at me like the badass I am.

9. My next race is Mud Dogs Fun Run 5K. Hey, it was a Groupon and looked like fun. I hope my foot is better by then. After that is the Halloween Half Marathon in October, and the Rock and Roll Latin Music Half-Marathon in November. Keep your fingers crossed that I’m injury-free.

10. My 2013 running goal is… Hmm. Don’t know. I really have no desire to run a full marathon. Everyone tells me that one day I’m going to want to, but I really don’t think so. I’ve signed up for a few halfs next year, I’d really like to do about 6 per year — and in different parts of the country — to keep me from getting fat motivated. I think I would like to do some sort of crazy-distance relay. Ragnar, Sunrise to Sunset, something like that would be fun.

Running at the Southernmost Point, Key West.
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2 thoughts on “10 Running Answers

  1. I had the mf’ing plantar fasciitis… It’s terrible! I hope you can stay injury free! For preventative measures I roll my feet over frozen Gatorade bottled while I dry my hair. Multitasking FTW!

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