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<span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>1. Why do you run?</b><br></span></span></span> <span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">At first, it was to see if I could. I'd had some bad running experiences when I was younger, and so I always believed I couldn't run. I then went to see my friend Nick run his 1st HM. Although at the time I was still saying "you'll never catch me running", that planted the seed. Nine months later, I started C25K.</span></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">Now, I run because I love how it makes me feel, even when it's a difficult run. I've never enjoyed any other form of exercise as much as I've loved running. I am doing something that nobody else in my family ever has. My brother who ran cross-country in HS never ran longer than a 10K, and hasn't run at all in years. I have gained a lot more confidence from running. The sense of accomplishment from running the half marathons has been incredible, and gives me the courage to try other things I thought I could never do.</span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b></span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">I would say my college degrees, but learning has always come easy to me. I was one of those annoying people that would procrastinate on a paper until the night before it was due, pull an all-nighter to finish it, and get an A on it.<br></span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">I guess it would have to be my weight loss, which was not so easy. I joined Weight Watchers 4 years ago (and nearly chickened out, but a friend went with me). Like Joe/Moon, I am now half the weight I was at that time, and still have a little more to lose. At the time I started WW, I joined a message board for weight loss and was a frequent poster on the forum for people with 100+ lbs to lose. Many of the people who were there are still at the same weight 4 years later. I don't know what the critical difference was for me. If I did, I'd write a book and make money. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br></span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b><br></span></span></span> <span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">Not exactly a motto, but my favorite quote is from a <a href="http://owlsdaughter.blogspot.com/2007/11/initiation-song.html" target="_blank">poem by Ursula K. LeGuin</a>: <span><i>May your soul be at home where there are no houses.</i></span> I also like the last lines of the poem after the line I quoted above. I have a recording of someone I know reading this poem, and it really helped me during a period of loneliness when I lived far away from my family and friends.</span></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">No theme song right now, but the 30's group is going to choose one for me.</span></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
Bitch about it for a bit and then let it go. I have so few truly bad runs anymore. Usually my trouble is pre-run motivation.</span></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
Not really. A good run leaves me on such a high, I don't need anything else. However, sometimes after my longer long runs (8 or 9 miles and up), I'll get a bagel and coffee on my way home.<br></span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
My parents, for being married 40+ years, raising 7 children who are all college-educated responsible adults, and are now in the position of caring for older relatives. My mom went back to school when the youngest 2 were toddlers, to earn a nursing degree. My dad went back to school when I was in high school to earn a PhD in English.</span></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
Don't pick a college major based on making money. Choose the thing that you enjoy and do well, and you will find a way to earn a living with it.<br></span></span></span> <b><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br>
8. What do wish you had learned younger?</span></span></span></b><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">Two things: to treat my body better by eating well and being active, and to stop giving other people the power to make me feel bad about myself. I'm still working on that 2nd one, but I'm a helluva lot better than I used to be.</span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br>
I just posted a list like this on my blog. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I'd love to be an artist, especially with glass as the medium. I like how abstract it is, and the way the colors play off each other.<br></span></span></span> <span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
friendly, caring, fun, talkative.</span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b></span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;">I do not wear shorts. Even in the summer, I wear capris. (I always carried a lot of my weight in my legs, so I am not comfortable running in shorts.) I change my tops around, but my favorite to wear when it is chilly outside is this outfit I wore at the Philly HM in November. The 30's group had the black shirts made, and I love how it looks with the pink. (As you can tell, I am not a fan of being awake and mobile before 6 a.m. <img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif"> This photo was taken pre-race.)</span></span></span><br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2115/2064274932_4d9e40590d.jpg?v=0" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
Easy, the 2007 Flying Pig Half Marathon. That was my 3rd HM (out of 4 so far), and is my current PR. I was very worried about the hills, because it is fairly flat where I live. My only "hill" work was walking at various speeds and inclines on the treadmill several times. My previous 2 races included lesser "hills", and left me hurting by mile 8 or 9.<br><br>
At the Pig, I ended up running strong up the hills, and by mile 10, I realized "hey, I'm not hurting". So I turned it up a couple notches. Finished with negative splits, a final 5K time that was close to my PR for a 5K race, and feeling like I could have run a couple more miles despite never having run longer than the HM distance. I may never feel that incredible after a race again, but I'll keep racing just to see.<br></span></span></span> <span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
I have 2 HM's in the spring. Athens (OH) and Madison (WI). I think I'm going to make Athens the warmup, and Madison my true goal race. It is such a cool city.<br></span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
I'm a social person by nature, so spending time with my friends and family makes me happy. I have a great family, which I've known for a long time is truly a blessing. And I would not be who I am today without some of my very best friends.</span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b><br>
15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</b><br>
I loved taking science classes in both high school and college, and almost majored in biology. I only took 1 physics class in college (out of a 3 course sequence) and have thought about going back to take the other 2 because those classes had my favorite physics topics: optics, light, waves, electricity, etc.<br></span></span></span> <span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b><br>
16. Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted (at least not often) on this forum in the past (make sure the other person will not object to posting the info!).</b> Voodoojunkie may look like a big tough guy, but he's really a softie. My favorite Voodoo memory is when he found that little bird (Hank?) and tried to nurse it back to health</span></span></span>
 

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Kris, you are fabulous!!! I already knew that but this reminded me!!!! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Kris - you have accomplished alot! I enjoyed reading more about you!<br><br>
Hey - and I just clicked on your blog and realized we have something in common. <span>Pink!</span>
 

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good job on the weight loss and the fact that you are a mentor for others in the same situation. I read a little bit on your blog and am really impressed by the volunteer work you are doing with those children. I'm sure it brings you a lot of joy.<br>
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Amazing accomplishment with the weight loss Kris...<br><br>
It's nice to get to learn a little more about you. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
And....I agree with you about the Flying Pig<br><br>
Ohio PRTers rawk!
 

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Great post and I completely agree with #7. I wish someone had told <i>me</i> about that <i>before</i> I finished my undergrad degree.
 

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Great Post <b>Kris!</b> I love that you're quoting poetry. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Look forward to meeting and hanging out with you one day! (Very possible that will be in Madison!)
 

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Thanks Bard..it was an enjoyable read.
 

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Great POTD, Kris!<br><br>
hey, do you ever run at lunchtime during work? I <i>am</i> just across the street (kinda sorta) from you...
 

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Great post, Kris!!! It was so cool to finally meet in Philly; I'm looking forward to more good times in Madison. Keep up the amazing work!!!
 

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I don't. I have a certain amount of flexibility with my schedule, but there isn't enough time to get in a run and then a shower down at RPAC. I usually run after work.
 

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Hey Kris! Not sure how close you are to Columbus, but you should DEFINITELY check-out Glass Axis! <a href="http://www.glassaxis.org/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.glassaxis.org/index.html</a><br><br>
They have workshops and classes that would be perfect for you to help make your "dream" a reality. I blew glass for 2 years at CCAD and have had the itch to get back into myself.<br><br>
Also, from my experience- glass blowing doesn't require a huge amount of artistic talent. In the beginning- it's more of a skill that you develop.<br><br>
I have a new quote for you by the Flemish painter VanDyck: "Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."<br><br>
Hope this gets you started <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Funny thing you mention Glass Axis. A friend of mine who also likes glass art found that link a few days ago, and suggested we could try a class there. I do live in Columbus, so it would be easy enough to do for me. (He, OTOH, lives in Detroit, so it won't be a spur of the moment thing.)<br><br>
Anyway, I love blown glass. I also saw that the Dublin Arts Center has some glass fusion classes coming up in Feb/March that I might do.
 

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<b>Kris</b> - it's really been a pleasure getting to know you both via these forums and in person at both the Pig and Philly.<br><br>
I really feel we have a kinship, as our stories are fairly similar. And since I can't sing worth jack, am a lightweight when it comes to liquor, and am not the best socializer, I think you'd make up for my deficiencies if we ever hung out together regularly <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Thanks for the post - I think you're doing pretty darn good for yourself these days
 

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Have you seen Dale Chihuly's permanent exhibit at the Frankin Park Conservatory? It will blow you away! (plus they have butterflys <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">)<br><br><a href="http://www.fpconservatory.org/exhb_fiori.htm" target="_blank">http://www.fpconservatory.org/exhb_fiori.htm</a>
 

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Dear Bard,<br><br>
You are a wonderful woman with or without your sexy glasses. Thanks for your positive attitude every day too. You and moon should write a book totgether on how you took control of your bodies.<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
oache
 
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