Thursday, January 26, 2012

As good a time as any....

...for a good ole taggy taggerton post.

This comes in good timing since I have been sick as a dog and thus have ZERO training to report…I was tagged by two (and a third promised to me for Friday) awesome bloggers, Kepa at The Tri-n-Hawaiian, and the awesomely delicious Junk Food Runner!

Here are the rules:
1.Post these rules
2.You must post 11 random things about yourself
3.Answer the questions set for you in their post
4.Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5.Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.

So here are 11 Random Things About Myself...
  1. I’m not very assertive at all. I hate that about myself and am working on it. But it’s hard.

  2. I work with children and adolescents as a therapist. The thing I hate the most is when I meet the parents and they say, “Oh, I thought you would be a lot older.” Or “Oh, I didn’t think you would be so young.” I know I should be happy that I look young but they are labeling me as incompetent , often questioning my knowledge and competence, and accuse me of being wet-behind-the-ears based on the fact that I take care of my skin/health and loooook young. I’m 32 4/5’s. I gain some credibility when I tell them I am a mother and my son is 6. But, on the other hand I have been accused of being a 15 year old mother and scoffed at. I can't win....

  3. I am terrible with numbers. If I were ever to be given a sobriety test and asked to count by seven’s I would FAIL. If you spout out your phone number I will remember the first three numbers only. After three numbers they all sound like 87857837583567376627632389202402402928948274792472498724.

 4. I wish I could go back to school for three more things: Podiatry, Marine Biology, and Nutrition. When can I start?

 5. I dream of traveling the world to be a Crisis Therapist and work with children who have been traumatized like in Haiti, Japan, Thailand, and Afghanistan, using expressive Art Therapy and Play Therapy. Only roadblocks are money, language barriers, and my own responsibility to my LB.

6. I wish I could quit my 40+ hour a week job and try really, REALLY hard to run really fast, swim really fast, and bike really fast so that I could take my triathlon career (ok create a triathlon career) somewhere. I have no doubt that if it were my JOB and with a coach I could be a professional athlete.

7. I hate being tall. I get pretty grumpy looking at all the super cute shoes-with high heels-because I love them! I want them! But I feel like a huge giant when I wear heels. So I stick to flats.

8. I don’t watch TV. I may watch an episode of something on Hulu once and a while but we have no cable or local channels on TV in our house.

9. I require a lot of sleep. If I get sleepy I get angry and cranky. I could fall asleep any time, any where, if I am tired. You could put a flashlight in my face and a TV blaring and I will fall asleep, if I want to.

10. I used to hate pickles. Randomly, now I love them. It's bazaar.

11. I have no idea how formatting this posting is so difficult, but I get very frustrated when I have computer problems--and this post formatting mess is a PROBLEM.

      Here are the questions from Kepa:
1.     Do you keep a training log?
Yes, of sorts. I hand write my plans in a spiral notebook and each week is a page. I keep notes about each run and paces and distance and all that jazz.
2.     Do you think videos of guys getting hit in their privates are funny?
Kind of? Is that bad?
3.     Train/Race - socks or no socks?
Yes. I like socks. The one tri I went without socks it was pouring rain and I finished the race with half the arch of my foot rubbed off…I will now always wear socks.
4.     What is your favorite movie?
I’m not much of a TV head or movie person. I could go the rest of my life without watching a movie. I rarely ever watch a movie twice.
5.     Do you listen to music while you train?
Sometimes. Not anymore if I run at night, or when I run alone on secluded roads. I do on a treadmill and usually in races.
6.     Heel striker or mid/forefoot?
Midfoot strike mostly.
7.     How many pairs of running shoes do you own?
Functional ones? Three.
8.     What is your favorite color?
Pink, duh…..
9.     Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Other... Don't Care?
These days I’m not sure. I’m completely disgusted but I am leaning toward Libertarian.
10. At what training distance do you decide to carry your own hydration?
When I lived in the PNW my rule was anything over 10 miles. Here in North Carolina it’s usually anything over 3. Or I might die.
11. Do you wear your workout clothes more than once before washing them?
EWE! Gross! Sick! I think I just threw up in my mouth!!! I feel gross just thinking about that. No I don’t but I SMELL people at races who obviously do…..

Questions from Junk Food Runner:
1. What is your favorite cheat food/meal?
Anything chocolate or a fat salmon burger with fries.

2. Where is the best place in America that you have travelled to/lived in?
Lived in Monterey CA, would love to live there again….and lived in Tacoma, WA…would love live there again too. But the best place in USA to visit, Maui Hawaii, hands down.

3. If you could change one thing you have done in the past what would it be and why?
Oh my goodness? Really? I cannot honestly answer this….But just for the sake of giving an answer I’d say turning down a cross country scholarship out of High School. I wonder how things would be different?

4.  What is your favorite thing you remember from your first race?
My first race (outside of track and cross-country) as an adult was a 10k. I remember it being super hard! It was on Mother’s day weekend and I pushed LB in the jogging stroller and as I crossed the finish line I was so proud and excited and they announced me and my name and my Little Buddy too! I ran a 9:06 min/mile pace. The next day The Hub’s deployed to Iraq-on Monther’s Day.

5. Would you prefer to run on a treadmill or in the pouring rain?
Ugh, treadmill without a doubt.

6.  What is your guilty pleasure television show? Mine is Teen Mom. Please don't judge me.
Well, I have said a number of times that I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do I usually go to for Grey’s Anatomy (makes me feel good to see glimpses of Seattle) or The Daily Show. Sometimes I am forced to watch American Dad with The Hub’s, which I can totally relate too…the alien cracks me up.

7. If you could have one super power what would it be?
Wow, this is tough. I think I’d like to have the power to turn invisible while flying.

8. Do you remember your dreams when you wake up? If so, what is the strangest dream you can remember?
Just this week I dreamed I was on the run in Holland. I had done something bad and the law was after me. I did a great job evading them by hiding in an apartment with a very sweet family. They took me in for a few months while I waited for the law to back off. I cut my hair, wore local attire, 
and fit right in walking around the community while the law was looking for me. They had my face plastered all over the place on fliers. It was very exciting to be a fugitive! I wonder what I did?

9. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would you choose?
Death? No, not an option? I need variety and anytime I eat a lot of something I end up hating it. But, with all that being said I could go with chocolate chip cookie or Safeway M&M sugar cookies.

10. What piece of advice would you give a new runner?
Don’t quit. It will get easier and more fun and you will never regret your decision to run. And first and foremost, run for YOU, not anyone else….the run is yours.

11.Biggest Loser - love it or hate it?

So now I have to ask 11 questions:
1.What is your earliest childhood memory?
2. What is your biggest fear?
3. What is something you dream of doing but you know it is just that, a dream?
4. If you had a million bucks to give to a charity or a person, who or what would you give it to?
5. If you knew, without a doubt, the world was ending on 12/12/12 what the heck would you do for the next 11 months?
6. If you could be someone else for one week, who would you be and why?
7. If someone offered you the car of your dreams (for me the BMW X5 3 series) to drive for free, gas and insurance paid as well, BUT you had to have one of those crazy advertisement car wraps for something completely stupid, all over it, would you do it?
8.What is your biggest pet peeve?
9. If you left the house in the morning without ________________, your day would be ruined.
10.True confession: How many days in a row have you gone without showering? And how many of those days involved a good, sweaty run/workout?
11. How much do you love ME for tagging you and asking you these ridiculous questions?

And now, dun dun dun…..I tag the following 11 people and I am super sorry if you have already been tagged.

I am Boring
Mission to Another Marathon
Livin’ a Little Life
Run Faster Mommy
Running to Sanity
Run ,Zoe, run!
Silly Kristal Runs a Marathon
Impossible is Nothing
I Have Run
It’s Just One Foot in Front of the Other

***And like I mentioned in Random Fact about me #9, I am tired and ready for bed. So i will link and tag you guys tomorrow.  You can find links to each of the tagged bloggers on my side bar if you can't wait for me to tag....And also, if you see your blog feel free to go ahead and join the fun! 


  1. Another tall runner! I am really feeling short over here :) 5'2 as good as I get! We share the same degree except I have never used mine and I too wish I could be a Crisis counselor for children around the world.

    Also,if one more person asks me if I am babysitting my three children, I might snap :)

  2. LOL... I asked that last question about "re-wearing" workout clothes because I know some folks who do that. Me, I gotta wash em after every workout... immediately!

  3. Ooooh I love the big Safeway cookies! Mmm now I want some. If you ever need a fix, I live 2 minutes away from a Safeway :)

  4. Awesome answers!!! Soooo good! I am shocked by how much this "chain mail" blog thing has gotten around!


  5. Great post! I hear you on being grumpy when you don't get enough sleep. That's what scares me the most when I have a child! :)

  6. That whole getting called out for being young in my professional field really gets me too. I used to get it a lot from my coworkers and subordinates but not so much anymore. Now it's the public. I can't stand it when someone refers to me as "young lady." I don't know why that rubs me the wrong way, but it does! How would they feel if I called them an old fart?

  7. I am also a tall runner, 5'9 (with a short man friend, 5'6) I rock stilettos anyhow... I love them too much to stick with flats anyhow.
    Stand tall and proud!!!

  8. I will retry these answers since I am sitting home... and sitting home and sitting home.

    1. I was at OMSI in Portland and the muppets were an exhibit, they came "alive" and started singing scared me! Second earliest is being burned.

    2. Failure. (and not being able to be a mom which would be a type of failure)

    3. Being a National Geo photographer or something equally exotic where I am capturing the rawness of life. Also maybe taking a long trip around world (I have friend who is doing this and I am really jealous)

    4. Northwest Burn Foundation & Shriner's Hospital they are both amazing organizations that have helped me so much!

    5. On one hand, I don't want to know just want to keep living my life and not wake up or just have it end. The other hand, go do some amazing things and possibly get revenge against a few redic big businesses and small for that matter because I will have peace of mind but no long term consequences.

    6. I have no idea...

    7. Hell yes no questions asked, not even sure what my dream car is right now... Maybe a all options possible Escalade with a dorky advertisement wrapper sweet! A lot of good it would me now sitting in my driveway right now!

    8. Failure to follow through and some crap that happens at my work that puts my hard earned license on the line and the patients' safety not ok!

    9.Cell phone! But currently crutches and pain meds!

    10. I have been sweating like crazy hard to move with my leg and crutches are hard work. No real showers here for a long time probably two weeks... I take a psuedo bath shower every couple of days and wash up every day. This no shower has been a repeated theme with the number of surgeries I have had. Gross I know! Wish I able to throw oh yeah I had a great workout in there but lugging the leg around is pretty hard!

    11. I love you and I chose to do this because I am bored bored bored!


You're pretty much awesome!!


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