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<b>1. Why do you run?</b><br>
I like challenging myself. I've always been a horrible runner. Running laps for softball conditioning, running the mile in gym class - I dreaded it all. I'm still not good by any means, but I love seeing improvement. I love getting over the mental and physical roadblocks I come to. Also, I want to make sure I take care of my body. I have a bad family history of heart disease, and I want to do everything I can to prevent myself from suffering the same way other family members have.<br><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br>
I think it would be getting my BS and MS in engineering. I came from a farming community with poor school district where probably only 15% of my class went on to college, let alone finished. Technically, being a woman, I was considered a minority in my field (though I don't like to use that reasoning). To me, all that seems normal, but a lot of people have told me they're surprised I'm a "farm girl" turned successful engineer.<br><br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b><br>
I don't have a theme song, but I try to live life with the philosophy of having no regrets. I try not to do things I'll regret in the future, and I try to do everything I have a desire to do so I'll never end up saying to myself, "I wish I had done ___ when I was younger."<br><br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
Not very well. Bad runs usually get me down. I've slowly been trying to accept that a bad run is a learning experience.<br><br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
For some reason, a cold beer is soooooo refreshing after a good run.<br><br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
My mom. She's very successful in her career, actively pursuing goals to give her satisfaction in life. She decided to go for her master's degree "later in life" (maybe at 35?, though that doesn't seem so late now that I'm almost 30 <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">) after having two kids, then went on to be a nurse practitioner at about 45. She was a great mom, and is now a great friend.<br><br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
When I was about 15, a my best friend's father died in a plane crash. He was a very good family friend, the high school counselor, well-liked by everyone in the community, and full of life and love. I had invited him to my softball game that day. Over the phone, he politely declined saying "Today is just too beautiful to pass up," meaning he was going to go out flying instead. He crashed that night while taking off from the landing strip in his back yard. It wasn't intended to be advice, but that stuck with me.<br><br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b><br>
I wish I had learned how to make and keep female friends. I have many male friends, but my occupation and personality keeps me from easily making girlfriends.<br><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br>
Many things, but lately my most recent thought has been that I wish I could play the piano. Just like mrscoby, I've been told I have piano hands because of my long fingers. I tried teaching myself some in high school and became decent at site reading music. But, when I went to college I no longer had access to a piano. So, everything I had taught myself became lost.<br><br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
Funny, fun to be with, goofy, sensitive, and opinionated.<br><br><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b><br>
My Adidas shorts with built-in tights and a dry-fit shirt.<br><br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
The Run Hit Wonder. It was a 5K and 10K race put on by Nike, with one hit wonder bands throughout the course, and a big concert at the end. It was a LOT of fun!<br><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
The Columbus Metro Parks series - a series of 5Ks and 10Ks. I hope the series will keep me motivated to keep running throughout the year.<br><br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
Learning new things and seeing new places, and having someone to share it with.<br><br><b>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 got to fly on a zero-gravity flight with Buzz Aldrin and another astronaut Kevin Kregel. I always wanted to be an astronaut, so this was very exciting for me. The feeling of floating is amazing. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, even the getting sick part.<br><br><b>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><br>
Teh Anti-Kewt has a beautiful family. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Great POTD, CrazyEye!!<br><br>
I'm so envious about number 15 - what an amazing experience that must have been.<br><br>
It was great getting to meet you in real life, and I think you're just awesome. Smart girls rule!!
 

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Yay! It's Crazyeye!!!<br><br>
I'll be your long-distance friend <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I have a tough time making girlfriends too, because I'm such a tomboy...I've always been one of the guys.<br><br>
I had a great time with you (and everybody else) at the Lube that night. I can't wait to make it back.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Hey, can I be in the girlfriends group too? I'm in the same boat - I mostly do a man's job, don't seem to have much in common with most women I know, and am just not very good at the whole girlfriend "thing." We could be the "He-girl Women's Club". <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hahaha! He-girls. I like that. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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How about "Smart Chicks with Great Legs?" <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Sorry to hijack your POTD, CrazyEye.
 

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<b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?<br>
Not very well. Bad runs usually get me down. I've slowly been trying to accept that a bad run is a learning experience.</b><br>
This is so difficult to accept, and I still struggle not to fall off the wagon when I've had a horrible run.<br><br>
I can vouch for CrazyEye. She's silly. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Great write-up.
 

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ahh...another midwest farm town kid....I know what you mean about going to college...most kids just stuck around town and worked and got married and they were all like, "why are you leaving?"<br><br>
so an opinionated engineer huh?....
 

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Nice to meet you, CrazyEye. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I'm highly envious of #15. Where did you get to do that? And how long was your ride? And did it just make you naseous or did you actually puke?
 

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Hey stranger - thanks for that!<br><br>
Hope winter is treating you well. It was sunny and 77 here on Sunday, how about at your place?
 

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Super POTD - nice to know you more about you.<br><br>
#8 - I'm working on this for myself too. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
#16 - I agree. Familia de Teh Anti-Kewt es muy guapa!
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> When the company Zero-G was first starting up, they did a junket around the country for the media to get the word out that there were going to be offering zero-gravity flights commercially. Driving to work one day, I heard on the radio "be caller 20, and win a zero-g flight". Since it's been a fantasy all of my life to go to outer space, I immediately dialed, and I won! Now I feel as if I'm one step closer, hehe. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
The flight lasted maybe 45 minutes. IIRC, we did about 10 parabolas and I got sick on #8 or 9, I think. I was still getting sick even as we were landing. Luckily, they prepare us for that with a puke bag in our flight suit. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> It hit me harder than anyone else on the flight. Regardless, I'd say it's in the top two experiences of my life.
 

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You've been in outer space for most of the time that I've been reading your posts..... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Great answers there smarty pants engineer.<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
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Um. You could meet Ohio girlfriends running... *cof*im in columbus.... <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
Great POD
 

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I would like to apply club membership as I am something of a he-girl....<br><br>
A great POTD and it was cool to learn some more about you.<br><br>
It was a pleasure to meet you IRL. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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What a cool experience! How lucky you were to win that contest.
 
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