Last week I asked to see if anyone had any questions for me and I got some great ones! In order to keep this post at a reasonable length, I broke the questions up over a couple posts. This will be part 1!
I am wondering what your goals are for the marathon. Do you plan to qualify and run Boston again? Take it easy and have fun in the races, or improve and not do Boston?
This year I definitely want to have fun and listen to my heart. I have spent so much time in the past couple years listening to my head, and while that is great and helped me reach my goals, I want to listen to my heart more and run because I love it.
I definitely would LOVE to see a marathon PR since mine is getting much too old, but we will see if that comes this year or not. I do want to go back to Boston one year, but I know that won’t be for another few years because it’s expensive and I want to let that first one hang out there for a while before I go back again. I definitely want to take on the BQ again though! The one thing I said crossing that finish line is it was worth every second of hard work to get there and I know I will go back.
I want to know … why do you think you fell in love with running? You went from 0 to marathon pretty much right away. What was it about running that grabbed you?
Every time I tried to run before I really started running I would always itch and my feet would hurt. I don’t really know many people with the "itching" problem except for Chris (hah I guess we were meant to be), but those first few times I would try to run my skin would itch so badly that I was completely miserable.
I finally got over that after a few runs, and once I started to increase my miles (5+) is when I really started enjoying it. I loved being outside, I loved being on a training plan and I loved feeling like an athlete again with a goal and a race I was "in training" for. I loved being able to hang out with my friends while running, but also having that alone time during runs where I can get lost in my thoughts.
I remember I had a couple of friends I used to work with who were training for a race with TNT and they were constantly talking about running. At times I would be like OMG ENOUGH of the running talk, but another part of me was definitely jealous. It sounded awesome and I loved challenges, so I think that’s what drew me in. I wanted to do something that challenged me.
I plan to run my first half marathon in the fall. What are 3 things every newbie half marathoner should know?
- Get the right shoes. Good running shoes will definitely make a huge difference.
- Practice, practice, practice (fueling, race day breakfast, etc). Treat your long runs as practice race day to get used to the routine.
- Listen to your body. People will tell you things about how to train and everyone has their opinions, but no two people are the same. Listen to your own body and find out what works best for YOU.
One thing I always think about in terms of a question is: What is your greatest accomplishment? Everyone is different, but personally I always waffle between doing a marathon, college graduation, or CPA. And for you, marriage might be a possibility too, haha.
I don’t think I could pick ONE greatest accomplishment overall, but I could definitely pick one in each category: Professional, Physical and Personal.
Professionally getting my CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license is definitely the highlight. I spent SO much time studying for that test, taking it and retaking it, and studying some more, that it was such a huge relief to have done. For those that don’t know, there are 4 parts to the CPA test and you have to get a 75% to pass. I sat for a total of 9 times and never got below a 69%. I was SO CLOSE every single time and got a 74% on the hardest one. Ugh.
Physically/athletically qualifying for the Boston Marathon is definitely my biggest accomplishment. After a year of attempts and missing it and questioning myself, I somehow pulled it out and left every single ounce out there that day.
Personally, I don’t think getting married is necessarily the accomplishment, but I think that Chris and I still have an extremely happy healthy marriage 6 years after the fact is a huge accomplishment. We were pretty young when we got married, and we have both changed so much over the years, but we have changed together and supported each other through everything along the way. He truly is my best friend and I look forward to seeing him every single day. I think the fact that I can say that completely honestly is a huge accomplishment especially in this day and age.
I found your blog recently and have been absolutely hooked to reading everything you post! I was wondering how many hours of sleep you get a night?
Ahhhh sleep! If I could sleep as much as I want, I would probably sleep 9 hours a night. I LOVE sleeping. I really try to get 8 hours, but sometimes it’s about 7, it really just depends on what I have going on. I get very cranky if I don’t get enough sleep though and always end up sick or just completely worn out, so I really try to focus on getting enough.
I have a question! How tall are are you? Do you think height plays a role in running ability? I’m just curious…
I am 5’6" tall! I am not sure if it plays a role because I know much shorter runners and much taller runners both of which are very fast.
If I didn’t get to your question in this post, don’t worry I will, a couple might even get a post of their own! If anyone has any additional questions feel free to leave a comment or email me anytime.
And one more thing… the winner of the “Running on Empty” book giveaway is:
Patricia D.! She said:
i would love to climb mt. everest! i read john krakauer’s “into thin air” and even though it recounts a tragic event on the mountain, the way he described the experience just made me want to experience it for myself!
Congrats!! Email me and we will get your book out to you!
I am loving all the entries on my 700th post – keep them coming!