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1. Why do you run?<br><br>
Initially I began running as a means to lose weight. Now I’m just running away from Father Time and Mother Gravity.<br><br>
2. What is your greatest accomplishment?<br><br>
I would have to say raising my three girls for six years on my own. I am intensely proud of having managed to purchase (and hang onto) a small home for us, in a good school district, keep food on the table, keep the girls in clothing and school supplies, and even find ways for them to participate in extracurricular school activities, with no help from anyone and only a high school diploma under my belt. There were times it meant working a second job as a cocktail waitress after they went to bed, there were times we ate pasta with butter and garlic for dinner, but one way or another, we always made it. It was hard, but we were a tight knit little family and we rocked. Yeah, I’m proud of all four of us.<br><br>
3. What is your motto/theme song?<br><br>
I guess my motto would have to be “Stand”. No matter what life throws, stay standing. If you fall down, stand back up. Stand for what is right, stand up for the weaker, stand your ground, stand up and be counted, stand in the face of evil, stand up and be strong, and no matter what life throws your way, stay standing.<br><br>
I don’t really have a theme song, but there are some that have deep personal meaning for various reasons. If I had to pick one, it’d probably be Exodus as performed by Ferrante and Teichert.<br><br>
4. How do you deal with bad runs?<br><br>
Mostly I try to figure out where I got off track – not enough sleep, over dressed, underdressed, etc.<br><br>
5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?<br><br>
I pat myself on the back, brag to anyone who will listen, and allow myself to be generally obnoxious for an hour or so. Other than that, not really. Though I do plan to have a beer after the Surf City Half!<br><br>
6. Who do you admire most?<br><br>
It’s a tie between my mother, and my husband. My mom is the most amazing, strong, capable, loving woman I’ve ever known. She is a short little ball of fire. Once she makes up her mind to do something, it’s best to just get the heck out of her way. She’s one of those people who can take an ordinary day and turn it into something spectacular. She’s the queen of lemons to lemonade. I would need pages to describe all the ways in which she is just, well, amazing.<br><br>
And my husband – he embodies all of the things I admire and respect the most about a real man. I call him my walking John Wayne, cause he always wears the white hat. He is as strong and honest as they come, hardworking, devoted to our family, can fix anything, including broken hearts and scraped knees. He has the patience of a saint. He makes me laugh, he makes me smile, and he makes our family what it is.<br><br>
7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?<br><br>
From my mother – “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. She must have drilled that into me a hundred thousand times while I was growing up, enough times that it stuck. If you want something bad enough, there IS a way to make it happen.<br><br><br>
8. What do wish you had learned younger?<br><br>
To be more accepting of myself, to not worry so much about what other people thought. I still worry about what other people think from time to time, but not nearly as much as when I was a teen.<br><br>
9. What do you wish you could do but can't?<br><br>
The splits. I’ve been trying since I was a kid to do the splits, and I think I’m just not built that way. But I suppose if I really wanted to do it bad enough, I would have found a way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
10. How would your friends describe your personality?<br><br>
At times quiet, at times goofy, always honest and loyal, far too naïve for her own good, sensitive. Ferociously protective of loved ones.<br><br>
11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?<br><br>
Depends on the weather, but regardless of the temps, I always have on my RaceReady seven pocket shorts. I’m kind of funny about pockets – I love having pockets. They’re real cool for putting stuff in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
12. What has been your favorite race?<br><br>
I’ve only been in two so far, and have been disappointed in myself in both, so I don’t really have a favorite. Hoping the next one will be my favorite.<br><br>
13. Do you have a goal race right now?<br><br>
Surf City Half. I don’t care about my time, as long as I don’t walk.<br><br>
14. What makes you happy?<br><br>
Just about everything, but to name a few:<br><br>
My family, of course, and the cats and the dog. I love to run in the inky blackness of morning, when most of the world is still asleep – it’s like being at the carnival before it opens. I love curling up in the corner of my couch with a good book. Working on cars, working in my woodshop, sewing, painting, just about anything that involves either creating things of fixing things. I love to work with my hands.<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><br>
I can crack my ear, like some people crack their knuckles.<br><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>
I really don’t know any secrets, and if I did, my memory is so bad that I’d have probably forgotten them anyhow.
 

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HEY CHELLE from the land of DOUBLE L!<br><br>
You rock the casbah!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">HEY CHELLE from the land of DOUBLE L!<br><br>
You rock the casbah!</div>
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Thank you Chele of the SINGLE L!!! You ROCK the casbah as well!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, you're pregnant?<br><br>
Great post! Thanks for sharing.</div>
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O.K., just spit milk out my nose! Thanks. Btw, baby factory closed about 14 years ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thank ya...anyone with names like ours ROCKS THE CASBAH! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
BTW...the pregnancy jokes aren't funny!
 

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Chelle, wonderful 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"> Are you a Shelly or a Michelle? Or maybe neither of those.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">3. What is your motto/theme song?<br><br>
I guess my motto would have to be “Stand”. No matter what life throws, stay standing. If you fall down, stand back up. Stand for what is right, stand up for the weaker, stand your ground, stand up and be counted, stand in the face of evil, stand up and be strong, and no matter what life throws your way, stay standing.</div>
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I think that is just awesome. What a great thing to remember. Thanks for sharing it with us.
 

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who won't shut up after a good run! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Look forward to seeing you at Surf City! And you <i>will</i> have a favorite race after that!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Chelle - do you think you could take Chele in a cage match?<br><br>
Looking forward to seeing you at Surf City!</div>
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I don't know - I think if Voodoo gave me some fighting tips, maybe. chele IS from Texas though (I was only a temporary transplant) so that gives her somewhat of an advantage, but then again I am older and perhaps more experienced, and I can throw a mean tricycle (another story altogether), so if there are tricycles involved, yeah I could prolly take her.....<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.surfspot.co.uk/acatalog/yeah_right_skate_dvd_05.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Chelle, wonderful 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"> Are you a Shelly or a Michelle? Or maybe neither of those.<br><br><br><br>
I think that is just awesome. What a great thing to remember. Thanks for sharing it with us.</div>
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Nope. I'm Rochelle. Thanks for asking <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;">I'm glad I'm not the only one who won't shut up after a good run! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Look forward to seeing you at Surf City! And you <i>will</i> have a favorite race after that!</div>
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Yeah, I'm a big blabbermouth after a good run, and God help everyone if I have a beer after a good run, then I REALLY won't shut up! Looking forward to my new favorite race! Thanks for the encouragement. <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;">You sound like a strong woman with a lot to be proud of.<br><br>
I can't wait to meet you at Surf City!!</div>
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It's gonna be a BLAST!!!!
 
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