1. Best run ever: Hmmmm...that is a hard one. There are so many amazing runs that come to mind. If I had to pick a common thread, I would say most of them took place on the same running trail in Forest Park. I can think of many runs with girlfriends on that trail where the miles just flew by. But mostly, I think of all the solo miles I have put in on that trail. It is heavily forested and full of twists and turns. It is definitely the one place where I feel most connected to my body, mind and spirit. Although I do go to Mass as often as possible, it is the time spent running on trails where my love for life is renewed, my spirit is refreshed and my soul is rejuvenated.
|One of the many trails in Forest Park|
2. Three words that describe my running: Energizing. Essential. Challenging.
3. My go-to running outfit is: I'm currently loving my lululemon speed shorts. I don't have an absolute favorite top but lately I keep reaching for my Athleta Kickit Wick-it Tank. I recently switched shoes from Asics to Brooks Pure Flows.
4. Quirky habit while running: If wearing a Garmin or using a GPS app on my phone, I have to run a specific mileage amount that isn't between two different miles. It can't be 6.4 miles, for example. It always has to be at a round mileage amount -- I'll run that extra 0.6 miles to get it to 7.0 miles.
5. Morning, midday, evening: If I was answering this two or more months ago, I would say midday. But I recently made the switch to a morning runner and LOVE having my workouts finished before the kids wake up.
6. I won't run outside when it's: Over 85 degrees. Or maybe even over 80 degrees. I seem to have a harder time with the heat than most other runners I know. I think it is partly because I hardly break a sweat when I run -- my poor body keeps all the heat inside on hot days and my face turns beet red. (Side note: I ran a half-marathon with SBS a few years back and had commented beforehand that I don't really sweat. I don't think she believed me until after the race when she was wringing out her shorts and there I was looking like I had spectated the race!)
|Mile 18 of the Portland marathon...my hair is a little wet but I'm not sure if that is sweat or rain!|
7. Worst injury -- and how I got over it: Tendinitis in my left foot. I'm just now getting over it after taking the entire summer off from running (and basically everything else, too.) I actually still don't feel 100% but can't pinpoint what is wrong with my foot anymore. It just feels a little off and sore at times.
8. I felt like a badass mother runner when: I threw up at mile 4 of the Newport Marathon last June and went on to finish the race within two minutes of my PR, which was set when I was a much younger gal. Knowing my family was there cheering me on -- my parents, husband and all three kids -- kept me going and feeling badass.
9. Next race is: The Boston Marathon is next up on my calendar but I'm hoping to run some shorter races before then.
10. Potential running goal for 2013: To run a sub 3:30 marathon. I'm not sure Boston is the best course for reaching that goal so I may have to sign up for another (flatter and faster) race within a month or two of running Boston.