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I LOVED LOVED LOVED the weird thread. It was very funny!!! People have a hard time saying something good about themselves, but let's try and I'll even start.<br><br>
1. Since we started dating (or actually spending the night together, the two didn't happen at the same time, haha!!) I have been bringing DH coffee every morning. It's been 13 years!!<br><br>
2. I frequently pay for the coffee for the driver behind me in the Starbucks drivethru.<br><br>
3. I went from not being able to run a mile to a Half Ironman in 2 years.<br><br>
4. I graduated from college (was the first in my extended family) despite the fact my parents didn't think I needed it.<br><br>
5. I make a point of telling important people in my life how much they mean to me. I have always done this but after reading Mitch Albom's "One More Day" it was a reminder of why I should continue!
 

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1) I am a "people pleaser". I love to make other people happy.<br><br>
2) I am a happy person by nature.....life is too short not to have fun! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
3) I am an amazing cook.......just ask my DH and friends!<br><br>
4) I am a great negotiator......that's why I love sales after 18 years!<br><br>
5) I make amazing cocktails.......former "beverage professional" in college and my early years in business.<br><br>
Good thread Kristine! I love reading this stuff about our LIT buddies.
 

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1-I am still the school record holder in the High Jump.<br>
2-Every morning I read an article from a french newspaper, just to keep up my french skills.<br>
3-I can read elementary Arabic.<br>
4-I coach AAU track and field and have since sophomore year of college.<br>
5-2 years ago I couldn't swim and was terrified of the water, now I've completed 2 tris and am signed up for a HIM in August<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>I was a committed NON athlete in HS. I didn't like to sweat. I was a diver in college, but didn't consider that to make me an athlete. I started running due to cholesterol (5 yrs ago) and haven't looked back. I like to sweat, now, too.</li>
<li>I LIKE working with middle school aged kids in schools. (Teachers will know what this means....means I'm just a bit insane).</li>
<li>I have enough fun with myself to be the "Chicken" in our choir's performance of "Old MacDonald" on the 4th of July (NO, there are NOT pictures)</li>
<li>I've lived credit card free since I was the mid 1990s</li>
<li>I love to learn and "figure" things out</li>
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1. I can grow almost anything in the garden.<br><br>
2. I'm a really good cook and am not afraid to try new healthy recipes.<br><br>
3. I and my husband contracted the renovation of our 160-year old carriage house that was <span style="text-decoration:underline;">completely</span> gutted and abandoned for 5 years - and the work was finished in 3 months.<br><br>
4. I'm extremely adaptable, flexible and positive when things change (jobs, moving...)<br><br>
5. I smile a lot.
 

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Kristine, I'm totally with you. Loved that last thread, learning about people's quirks, and I love this one even more... Great idea.<br><br>
Me..<br><br>
1. I am an extremely hard worker. I have heard many times over my life in the things I've gotten good at, "You're a natural." What's funny is that I am not a natural. But I am a hard worker for things I care about, and often the hardest or among the hardest. Even as a kid, I was the one that chased every basketball or hockey ball down the street just so I could get another chance with the ball by taking it in. Everybody else was too lazy. But I got another chance. Playing soccer I was always the last one off the field and the first to start, and even on my own time I'd "kick the ball" around where ever I could, just to get better. I'll never forget the summer I taught myself to kick the soccer ball with my left foot and then, after a solid month trying all different things much as I did as I taught myself to bilateral breath with the swim, I nailed it, and when I did I wouldn't let up until darkness when I finally kicked the ball over a fence... with my left foot. I'll also never forget this one kid on my youth travel team could juggle a soccer ball for what seemed like forever. I couldn't. I equated that with me sucking. I didn't want to suck. Because I was too good for that. But what a shame I couldn't juggle. Over the next month, as I "kicked the ball around" on my own free time, I wouldn't let myself stop playing, even in darkness and even if my dad was calling me home for dinner, until I did 10 juggles, then 15, then 20, then 50, then 100. Then I got it. I could juggle, a skill I still have to this day. Enough of that.<br><br>
2. I would fail as a kid any class that had to do with English, including writing. Funny because now I can write. And I have countless short stories and even three full-length novels waiting for editing. I suppose the hard worker in me didn't like to think I sucked at writing.<br><br>
3. A few years out of college I fell into a deep depression for several years where my past came screaming into the present with a thud. There was no light, nor hope, nor anything else. It's funny because although I bounced back from a hell I wouldn't wish on even my darkest enemy, I still consider myself of having been back then too weak to "pull the trigger."<br><br>
4. I am infinitely drawn to honest people doing good things by reaching for their dreams and even helping others. I also have no problem telling someone they're doing a good job or that I respect them. Kind of like I tell LRR all the time that I think he's an awesome father, one I will try to emulate for myself one day. Jr seems to be very much the same way.<br><br>
5. I'm living a dream in my sports-active life. When I was a kid I set three goals for myself: run a marathon, cycle across the US, and do an Ironman. I ran a marathon and did an Ironman. Never did I imagine I would do each in the manner I have. I still pinch myself with the thought of having run 35 marathons or marathon distance or greater in a timed or planned event other than training run, and the real kicker is never did I ever imagine completing an Ironman in a kick-ass 11:04, which included stops to greet my amazing support system several times. And to think I tied my dreams together by proposing at the half marathon mark in Ironman Wisconsin, which was another dream come true. Never did I imagine I could ever average over 23 mph on the bike on any ride, even a tiny 10 miler, but I did just that at Clearwater, a feat I am immensely proud of for the hard work I put in but also afraid of for the new rung on which I set the bar. Even the marathon a month blows me away.
 

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#1 In 5th Grade Iwas The Fastest Kid In My School I Could Run The 50 Yard Dash In Under 6 Seconds ( I Would Kill For Just A Little Bit Of That Old Speed Now)<br><br>
#2 I Was Promoted To My New Position Over All The Senior People In The Department,because Like Working Out I Trained For The Interview And The Position.<br><br>
#3 I Find It Harder To Say Something Nice Today But Had No Problem With Weird Stuff Yesterday<br><br>
#4 I Am A Good Computer Wargame Player.no Mr Tithers Not That World Of Warcraft Stuff. I Mean Wwii Battle Simualtions.like The Old Board War Games. I Even Belong To A Few Internet Clubs In One Club I Am The 10th Highest Ranked Player.<br><br>
#5 I Actually Have Good Kids Who Want To Go To School And Cried When I Made Them Play Hookie To Go Play In The Snow.btw They Are 16 And 12.
 

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1. Our family has 7 sponsor children from all over the world. I wish I could help all of the needy chiclren in the world.<br><br>
2. Last year I bought whiteboards for a teeny rural school in a remote highland village of Peru, and I routinely send money to my contact there to buy new things for that and other schools in the region.<br><br>
3. Eight years ago I weighed over 200 lbs. I lost 65 of that and have managed to keep it off ever since.<br><br>
4. I went on a mission trip in September to Peru to help clean up after the devastating earthquake they had there in August. Most heart wrenching thing I have ever done.<br><br>
5. I am mentoring my friend who wants to lose weight and start running. I went out and ran 3 and 1's with her yesterday, and she has lost 4 lbs so far.
 

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I don't know if these qualify as amazing or not, but here goes:<br><br>
1) I'm the only one of my family who hasn't been to my parents' home country<br>
2) I'm the oldest of six siblings, but I'm the only who remains unmarried<br>
3, 4 & 5) Funny this question comes up today - I'm sure you can read about stuff about me that's amazing, interesting, etc. here at this post:<br><a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18974" target="_blank">http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18974</a>
 

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Hmmmm<br><br>
1. Lost 170 pounds<br>
2. Poster Child for gastric bypass...really...I'm on a poster<br>
3. Met Mr. Tithers on an AIRPLANE<br>
4. In Galloway's book on women's running<br>
5. I AM an Ironman!
 

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Way cool thread Kristine!!!!<br><br>
1 & 2. After DS14 was born I went through a horrible bout of depression that lasted for several years. During that time I gained 120 lbs. After realizing that I was in a horrible relationship and that I needed to get my act together for myself and my kids, I went back to college and graduated from the University of Washington. I then got a great job, a divorce and in the past three years, have lost 89 lbs and 10 clothing sizes.<br><br>
3. I'm a certified Snowboard Instructor, or should I say, was. I taught for 10 years, mainly teenagers (I love teenagers) and adults. I stopped teaching a couple years ago- it was either money for Tri's or money for teaching and insurance.<br><br>
4. I coached soccer for 14 years and took DD16's team all the way to the state quarter-finals. We lost a close one after one of my players was red carded. During that team's existence (8 years) we had 7, 1st place division finishes and 5 of those were undefeated years. I was blessed with a team of athletes. 6 of them play for the high school team and 5 of those 6 made district team again this year- 3rd year in a row.<br><br>
5. I am super easy going, very happy and enjoy challenging things in my life. Life is too short to watch it- I have to be a part of it.
 

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You guys rock! I am so impressed!<br>
1. I love teaching High School social studies and people tell me that I'm pretty good at it.<br>
(Stitcher I understand your MS comment)<br>
2. I completed my first HIM last August.<br>
3. I am a positive and happy person and tend to see the silver lining in most things.<br>
4. I have an amazing shoe collection<br>
5. I can read really fast.
 

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What a positive way to spend the day. What an amazing group of people! Here goes nothing...<br><br>
1. I am a loving and loved person. Really, what in life is better than that...<br>
2. I am a great baker.<br>
3. I really know what I value in this life.<br>
4. I love to encourage people to be and do more than they thought they could.<br>
5. I am a very positive person even after in the span of 1 year: losing a job while being backstabbed by person I hired and by Pres of Co., separating then divorcing from husband of 7 years, packing marital home (with ex's friends wives helping me), buying new townhouse and moving, training for and competing first sprint tri ever, getting new and better job, being diagnosed with lupus and finding that I can have all this happen and not be bitter.
 

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Boy, I've been thinking about this all morning and still don't know if I can come up with 5 things. I just don't see myself as "amazing." But let's give this a shot:<br><br>
1. I'm a chameleon. Put me in almost any group of people and I can immediately adapt and get along great. I can hang out with ex-con construction workers, then change clothes and an hour later hob-nob with finance geeks with equal aplomb. I'm also good at defusing the situation when those two types of people find themselves face to face.<br><br>
2. I have great long-range vision (as far as goals, not eyesight). I can see my goal 30 years from now and the path to get there, then patiently follow that path.<br><br>
3. My brain is great at "percolating." If there's a problem that needs to be solved but with no real timeline, it will sit in the back of my mind for days, weeks, or even years until one day the light bulb comes on. I love when that happens.<br><br>
4. I'm very resistant to physical discomfort. I see nothing wrong with putting the words "fun" and "miserable" into the same sentence. As in, "that 3-day hike in the pouring rain with blisters on both feet was a fun, miserable weekend." My friends and I call these Misery Trips and frequently reminisce about them.<br><br>
5. I like who I am. I could die now with no regrets. I hope to stay that way until the end.<br><br>
Whew. That was tough!
 

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This was harder than yesterday. I find it easier to talk about my quirks than about what makes me amazing. You guys are an incredible group of people.<br><br>
And now for my list:<br>
1. I've lived in five countries and English is my second language though you'd never guess by talking to me<br>
2. I'm a great cook and love playing in the kitchen<br>
3. Even though I'm a left-brainer by trade (engineer), I have an incredibly overactive right brain and love creative pursuits like knitting, writing, designing cards, photo editing, etc.<br>
4. I have a very high tolerance for ambiguity and am able to adapt when life just starts throwing lemons my way<br>
5. I am a voracious reader. I read a lot and read quickly
 

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1) Couldn't run a mile without being exhausted until I was 30. By 35 I completed 10 marathons and 1 Ironman.<br>
2) Was diagnosed with Osteoporosis at age of 26 (long story), yet I'm running and training 15+ hours a week 10 years later <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">.<br>
3) Kicked out of college sophomore year. Since have gotten a bachelors in electrical engineering and masters in computer science (yet I do marketing<img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">??<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">.<br>
4) Dropped out of marathon due to heat, went to hospital. The next weekend I snuck out and ran another one and set a PR.<br>
5) Actually got married and have a beautiful daughter. I still can't believe that one.
 

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I like being amazing more than being weird...
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>I'm an Eagle Scout.</li>
<li>I got an 800 (perfect score) on the Math GRE.</li>
<li>In the year 2000, I was "morbidly obese" at 5'10" and 265 pounds.</li>
<li>I have Thor completely fooled into believing I'm a good father.</li>
<li>I've been fooling around on BBS's of various sorts for a long time - once being featured in CompuServe's magazine as a forum administrator and, for a time, running an old style BBS on a 300 baud (later upgraded to a <i>screaming</i> 1200 baud!) modem out of my apartment. (Modems were these boxes that let you hook your computer to a telephone line in the days before the Internet.)</li>
<li>(Since 4 was kind of a joke.) I was, for a brief spell, the front man/lead singer for a rock band. (OK, it was a more of a company "spoof" band but we performed at company events and parties over a period of a couple years and made a lot of noise!)</li>
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God this was HARD! I hand wrote some stuff while our servers were down this afternoon This took a TON of work.<br><br>
I survived as a 6 month premie with lots of health complications. Doctor told my mother to "Start praying, I don't think Charlotte's going to make it" I finally got to go home after 6 weeks. By 8 weeks I was pushing my crib across the room. They took the wheels off. That night and several nights after that, I pushed the crib across the room. They tried bracing it, and putting heavy stuff in with me. Didn't matter. I've always had rather unusual physical strength like that.<br><br>
Sometimes I can be easily disrupted, but mostly I have awesome focus and concentration. I don't hear people talking to me or anything when I'm in full on work or concentration mode. That's one of the reasons I do enjoy running more than cycling. I can focus and work hard, yet my mind can still be aware of visual and sound cues more easily than when you factor in the speed/reaction time of cycling.<br><br>
I learned to read at the age of 3 Really really read. Reading has always been one of my shelters and one of my saviors. Teachers in elementary school didn't know what to do with me during reading/english time. Spent lots of time in the library, doing independent projects, and even tutoring other kids. I also scored an 800 on the <i>verbal</i> portion of the SAT. Math? Not so much. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I love to laugh. At myself, or at anything; most especially with someone In all but the blackest of bleak times I can find laughter in something, and sometimes even in that darkest hour, laughter has pulled me through.<br><br>
People tell me things. As much as you guys can see me write on the forum, I'm not very talkative one on one. I'm pretty shy. Maybe that's a part of the reason people feel freer opening up to me, I don't know. I am a keeper of many secrets. I have many of my own, so I know how to be very quiet when people share things with me. Maybe that's another reason. I don't know. Even on line in the grocery store. Even brokers or appraisers I have to talk to on the phone will open up and tell me all manner of unusual things. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's frustrating, but usually I think of it as...a blessing, I guess. if I can help relieve someone of stress and a bonus if I can make them laugh.
 

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1) I got married by Elvis in Vegas and my aunt stood in for my mom but that's OK because in the pics she looks just like my mom.<br>
2) I ran my first ultra with 3 months of training.<br>
3) I'm 40 and look like I'm 28.<br>
4) I was almost a Rock Star and played with White Zombie,Limp Bisquit,Blink 182,Sugar Ray, and some others.<br>
5) I met and married Merigayle!<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">This is great reading...some very cool things!<br><br>
1. Despite never getting an A in any math class in HS, I earned my BS in mathematics and this past summer completed my MASTERS degree in mathematics...something I (and my old teacher) never would have thought possible.<br>
2. I'm love playing my guitar & piano and writing music. I've recorded a few albums...mostly for my friends. I play at a coffee house once a month. (here is a link to a few songs I wrote: <a href="http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=753250" target="_blank">http://www.soundclick.com/bands/defa...?bandID=753250</a>)<br>
3. I was lucky enough to find an amazing woman to marry who has made me a much better person...and given me and amazing daughter (her picture is also in the link above)<br>
4. I have a dream job as a math/physics teacher who coaches cross country, track, and chess.<br>
5. I "percolate" like MBannon and love solving problems.
 
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