Matt "the Bullet" tagged me forever ago so here we go!
1- How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
In 1997 I played on the Varsity Soccer team at UTC. I played the second half of the season with braces on both of my knees. My coach called me a running target. My Q Angle was so bad that there was nothing to do but put me in the braces. I had to be at PT at 6:00 every morning to get my IT bands stretched and the knots in my quads worked on...it was a pain!!!!
After that season, in 1998, I quit and shortly there after I had surgery on both of my knees (bilateral release). Needless to say I was not running. I was 22 and my metabolism was such that I was still eating whatever I wanted with no side effects (in my lovely lady lumps) so the need to work out (and I deserved a break (by god), I had been working out since I was 8), did not seem that important.
2-What is your best and worst run/race experience?
Best: My first race
I had no idea what I was doing. I had no expectations. I had no goals. I just wanted to see what a race was like. And I did good!
Worst: not there yet
I say that because I truly believe that I am still learning what it means to race (or do you ever really stop?). I have done three 5Ks this year that have all been 5+ minutes slower than my first (and best) race. But in each of these races I learned something...to pace myself, to prepare and how to work through pain. So, I can not say that I have had a worst race.
3. Why do you run?
What you gon' do with all that junk?
All that junk inside your trunk?
No really (well...yea, really) I run b/c I need to compete. Until 1998 my life consisted of soccer, swimming, basketball or rowing. Every sport has a goal...an event...something to work toward...and my mind is wired that way.
Should I be running...probably not...would I get up at 5:30 if there was not a race on the schedule August 23rd...probably not. THAT is why I run.
4- What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
Best: Recently Bill reminded me how to get rid of my side stitches (to only exhale on the foot plant on the side of the stitch).
Worst: None...I love all the advice I get because it means so much to me.
5- Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
I like (gasp) the treadmill.
I tag...whomever would like to be tagged (I think I have read this on just about everyone's blog!)!
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