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<b>1. Why do you run?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;">People ask me this a lot, like when it’s 0 degrees with –20 windchill and I’m headed out for a few miles. And I never really have a good answer. I don’t particularly like the running part of running. I dread it beforehand, I don’t enjoy it while I’m doing it, rarely if ever have felt that runner’s high that people talk about. I started running about 5 years ago…before that I’d been moderately athletic - swim team, tennis team, rugby team – but was always the classic heavy, awkward girl struggling to be popular and failing miserably. Moving to a new city for graduate school, ending a relationship and trying to figure out how to be a grownup took toll emotionally and I gained about 10 more pounds along the way.<br><br>
At some point, I decided to get it together and started going to the gym…elliptical trainer, step class…some weights, and did low-carb eating for awhile. I eventually started running on the track…slow as hell but building up to a mile, then more. Soon after, I wanted to get back into swimming, so I joined a triathlon team, began racing in 2004 and haven’t looked back. I’m still working on my weight/emotional eating issues but have kept off 38 pounds for 4 years. I’m trying hard to turn down the negative voices in my head that dictate almost every single move I make….you’re too fat, don’t eat that; you’re not smart enough, work harder to compensate; you’re not pretty enough, try to make boys laugh instead…<br><br>
I think running and triathlon have become places where I feel, <i>I know</i>, that every step, every stroke, is a measurable victory. Where the amazing feeling of finishing a new distance or making a time goal is the driving force. It’s the one place where I don’t seem to languish over my shortcomings and I have a reasonably healthy perspective about where I am and where I’ve come from. I’m not built (or motivated) to be a top athlete, and I’m OK with being closer to the back of the pack than the front. I just race against me, trying to be faster, fitter, stronger…running gives me a place where the only person I have to answer to is myself. And after a run, even a crappy one…I can say I battled the demons, pushed past the laziness and did it. And that makes me feel pretty good.<br></span><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?<br><br></b><span style="color:#800080;">So far, probably finishing my PhD (biochemistry/molecular biology) last year. Not so much the academic component, although that was huge for me. I learned a lot about science, but I value more highly what I’ve learned about people, relationships, values and who I’m supposed to be when I grow up (any day now…). Hopefully there are more accomplishments to come<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br></span><b><br>
3. What is your motto/theme song?<br><br></b> <span style="color:#800080;">I don't have one...</span><b><br><br>
4. How do you deal with bad runs?<br><br></b><span style="color:#800080;">I tend to be grumpy for awhile after, especially if the reason it was bad was something mental that I didn’t push past. Then I get over it cuz nobody likes a grump.<br></span><b><br>
5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?<br><br></b><span style="color:#800080;">Not really…maybe an extra-long, hot shower or a new lip gloss.</span><b><br><br>
6. Who do you admire most?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;"><br>
Wow…that’s a toughie…I admire lots of people for lots of reasons: people who love openly, despite the inevitability of pain; people who live honorably, especially when no one is looking; people who are able to forgive fully.</span><b><br><br>
7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?<br><br></b><span style="color:#800080;">The best gift you can give to the people you love is to be the most open and unabashedly genuine version of yourself.<br></span> <b><br>
8. What do wish you had learned younger?<br><br></b><span style="color:#800080;">That it’s ok if not everybody likes you, in fact, it’s probably better if not everybody does. Genius.<br></span><b><br>
9. What do you wish you could do but can't?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;"><br>
Grow full eyebrows; have a box of CheezIts actually make it through an entire week in my house; budget; wear booty-shorts.<br></span><b><br>
10. How would your friends describe your personality?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;"><br>
Sarcastic, funny, motherly, analytical, opinionated.</span><b><br><br>
11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;"><br>
Always long tights or capris, never shorts (except my trisuit)….my favorites these days are Nike Personal Best capris. On top…anything stretch and wicking, Sugoi long sleeves and tanks. I almost always race in red or orange.<br></span><b><br>
12. What has been your favorite race?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;"><br>
My first Olympic distance tri; Chicago Accenture 2006. Which is weird because none of my friends or family was there. Just one person on my tri team who did the race, too, but she kind of gets on my nerves. So it was a lonely race, from before the start to the after-party. Maybe that’s why it was my favorite; I did it, all by myself, just me against Chicago. My time sucked big time, but I finished and actually felt like some kind of for-real athlete.<br></span><b><br>
13. Do you have a goal race right now?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;"><br>
Chicago Accenture Triple 2008 (supersprint tri on Saturday,then back-to-back sprint and Olympic races on Sunday). Yikes! And Chicago Marathon 2008. Gotta spank that bitch after last year’s drama...<br></span><b><br>
14. What makes you happy?<br></b><span style="color:#800080;"><br>
Hanging out with my Saturday kids; people who laugh big from the belly and don’t care if you can see their tooth fillings; laying in my parents’ bed with my mom and Jhi until Dad yells at us to get out (um, like 3 weeks ago; we’re 28...); crocuses peeking out from the soil in spring when it’s not quite warm enough yet; belly buttons; remembering the smooth wrinkles of my grandma’s hand; soft kisses that can go on for days; learning something new; remembering something old; my dad’s cologne; doggies; the feeling of a baby’s hand squeezing my little finger; witnessing unspoken love; hugs so close you can feel eachother’s heartbeats.<br></span><b><br><br>
15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.<br></b><span style="color:#800080;">I co-starred as a dancer in a music video a couple years ago. OK, so it was a low-budget video for a Chicago singing duo that had just gotten their first single played on the radio. The instructor of my hip-hop dance class was their choreographer, and we had a routine for their new song. We got all decked out (think Fly Girls from <i>In Living Color....</i>totally hot/skanky) and recorded a video after class one day. I never saw it, but I'm pretty sure we were amazing (we were actually pretty good and had performed before); sadly, the video never made it out of Chicago. Neither did the singing group, now that I think about it....</span><b><br><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!).<br><br></b><span style="color:#800080;">Nope! I like to keep secrets….ok, actually, nobody on here tells me anything. But I clearly know the most about one particular PRTer… <b>Jhi.</b> She likes to do the Running Man. At random. And in public. Like at the grocery store. And then she reaches behind, grabs her leg and pumps it back and forth. I almost pee my pants every time...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></span>
 

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Biah...Thanks for the look into what makes you tick. Wow! So much accomplished and you are only 28.<br><br>
Keep on doing what you're doing because it is working for you!<br><br>
All the best. Thanks.
 

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wow...simply...wow<br><br>
wicked smart<br>
mad triathlete skeels<br>
sweet personality<br><br>
I would love the opportunity to meet up and hang with you [I'm a great cheerleader and support crew member] for one of your athletic adventures and a post-event beer 'n' chat session.
 

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Biah, I look forward to meeting you sometime (Madison?)! Thank you for telling us more about you.<br><br>
(and what you said about remembering the wrinkles on your grandmother's hand made me cry. I remember my gramma's hands too.)
 

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Great POTD, Biah!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;"><span style="color:#800080;">... but was always the classic heavy, awkward girl struggling to be popular and failing miserably...</span></div>
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Although when I read this part, I said to myself, "How is it possible that beautiful, bright, vibrant, confident, Biah was unpopular?" Did you hang out with neanderthals or something? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br><br><span style="color:#800080;">The best gift you can give to the people you love is to be the most open and unabashedly genuine version of yourself.</span></div>
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I love this! You are one smart, tough, cool, funny lady. I look forward to meeting you and sharing some belly laughs!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love this! You are one smart, tough, cool, funny lady. I look forward to meeting you and sharing some belly laughs!</div>
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me too... but um, warning. i occasionally snort!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love this! You are one smart, tough, cool, funny lady. I look forward to meeting you and sharing some belly laughs!</div>
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I second that. You truly are an original <b>Biah</b> - I hope to meet you in person one of these days, and thanks for the POTD post
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(and what you said about remembering the wrinkles on your grandmother's hand made me cry. I remember my gramma's hands too.)</div>
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me too!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">me too... but um, warning. i occasionally snort!</div>
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Oh yes, snorts are implied. I'm a friggin' real life pig. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/laughing7.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laughing6">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><span style="color:#800080;">But I clearly know the most about one particular PRTer… <b>Jhi.</b> She likes to do the Running Man. At random. And in public. Like at the grocery store. And then she reaches behind, grabs her leg and pumps it back and forth. I almost pee my pants every time...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></span></div>
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You're a jerkface for saying this. I'm totally going to do it at your graduation.
 

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Thanks <b>Biah</b>. Especially love the answer to #1.<br><br>
Very much looking forward to meeting ya in Madison.
 

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Hey! You're funny and smart and sweet and beautiful like my girlfriend Jhi! Its so great to get to know you better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br><i>I totally love doing Running Man too.</i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Biah...Thanks for the look into what makes you tick. Wow! So much accomplished and you are only 28.<br>
Keep on doing what you're doing because it is working for you!<br>
All the best. Thanks.</div>
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Thanks, <b>Todd</b>. You were up late too, huh? Nice to meet you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would love the opportunity to meet up and hang with you [I'm a great cheerleader and support crew member] for one of your athletic adventures and a post-event beer 'n' chat session.</div>
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Bet on it! Aren't you coming to Madison? Woo-hoo!!!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Biah, I look forward to meeting you sometime (Madison?)! Thank you for telling us more about you.<br>
(and what you said about remembering the wrinkles on your grandmother's hand made me cry. I remember my gramma's hands too.)</div>
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Boston in 2 weeks, I hope? Otherwise, Madison for sure!! I love that you and <b>Jacqibay</b> remember hands, too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i love <b>biah</b>. she gets my jokes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Great POTD, Biah!<br>
Although when I read this part, I said to myself, "How is it possible that beautiful, bright, vibrant, confident, Biah was unpopular?" Did you hang out with neanderthals or something? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Skinny rich snobby white girls....didn't quite fit in!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Way cool B!</div>
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Thanks, <b>Rand</b>.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love this! You are one smart, tough, cool, funny lady. I look forward to meeting you and sharing some belly laughs!</div>
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Me too!! And maybe some of the clan<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Oh, and sorry I made us lose VRAA<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I second that. You truly are an original <b>Biah</b> - I hope to meet you in person one of these days, and thanks for the POTD post</div>
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Right back at ya, <b>Moon</b>. Seriously...you are very, very special.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">And now I'm laughing hysterically at Jhi.</div>
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Mission Accomplished!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Me too!! And maybe some of the clan<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Oh, and sorry I made us lose VRAA<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"></div>
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Shut it, for reals! BTW, we clawed ourselves out of dead last w/some late posting from the weekend. Wheeeee!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">
 
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