First things, first, answering miss Jeri’s Desert Island questions!
1. Since you’re all runners, what has been your favorite race you’ve done to date?
I think I’d have to say the Minneapolis Half Marathon. Megan and I did this one together and we didn’t race and just turned the weekend into an awesome girl’s trip. I smiled like a fool all 13.1 miles : )
2. And which is your dream race?
Totally cliche, but Boston. Not because the course looks that fantabulous, but because you have to earn your spot there. As far as incredible scenery goes, I’d have to say Big Sur.
3. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas! I looooove winter and snow and cozy sweaters and running tights and scarves and I COULD GO ON FOR DAYS. How I ended up moving to the south and then chasing summer to the southern hemisphere is still baffling me.
4. What is your favorite running blog to read (no need to suck up and say mine, as that’s a given….)?
It’s a given indeed ; ) I’m a big fan of Aron over at runnersrambles. The girl is a machine and she documents everything with such detail you can really learn from her. I also really like Amy for her unending positivity. She really doesn’t know how to be negative, and reading about how she tackles the life of a runner is a breath of fresh air.
5. What is your favorite non-running blog to read (clearly I’m looking for some new awesome blogs to add to my reader)?
Linda at sundrymourning.com is one of the most interesting people to read that I’ve found on all the internet. Seriously, if I was only allowed to ever read one blog ever again, it’d be hers. After I started reading her she actually ran a marathon too! I also love whoorl.com. She has incredible style and I basically want to steal everything in her closet. And her hair.
6. What is your favorite guilty pleasure TV show? I’ve actually broken myself of ever watching anything on E or MTV, so I’m not too embarrassed of anything on my DVR (How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory) but I could watch that Engineering Disasters show for HOURS. Show me a structurally deficient bridge and I’m glued to the TV.
7. When are you going to run a race with me? :)
I’m basically plotting this at any given hour of the day. Soon, I hope!
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In current Australian adventures, I held a koala this weekend! And splashed around in the Pacific Ocean! And fed a kangaroo!
It’s been a fun trip, but I’m verrrrry excited to fly home this Saturday : )
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In running, I’m still hanging out at low mileage (20ish a week) and making an effort to do strength work with the limited resources I have at my disposal (wine bottles as weights? that’ll do!) I decided to hand the reigns back over to Coach Jeff, because after some reflection, I realized that even before I hired him, I had Joseph writing my workouts for me when I trained for Philly last year. For whatever reason, I thrive under the guidance of someone else much better than when left to my own devices. (Especially considering I can’t race for quite some time.) So there’s no goal race, just the objective of increasing endurance, working hard, and hopefully having something to show for it the next time I finally get to toe a starting line.
And speaking of running, you’ve all seen that Boston’s probably going to get tougher to qualify for, right? My two cents? Down with the entries that go to tour operators, for starters. An advertisement that states that you can run Boston without qualifying is clearly not in keeping with the intention of the race. As for the charity runner issue, I’m torn. Having never qualified myself, this is all hypothetical, but I can assure you I’d be one MAD runner if I didn’t get in but someone who hadn’t ever qualified could secure a spot, you know? But, I also understand those runners raise a ton of money. I don’t think their spots should be done away with altogether, but it seems in recent years the number has really become inflated.
Anyways, given that it looks as though qualifying standards will be tightening, I won’t need to worry about this just yet–I’m betting I’ll need a 3:30 to get in after the new standards are announced, and I’m ok with that. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?