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Here's a little about me...<br><br><br><b>1.Why do you run?</b><br>
There are many reasons why I run, for mental and physical health, to have some me time, but most importantly because I can run. I love the feeling of running, one foot in front of the other, living in the moment and moving towards the next moment.<br><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br>
A great accomplishment for me was graduating from Virginia Tech and going on to become a scientist. It has been a wild journey so far and who knows where it’ll take me. A great personal accomplishment for me was completing fire training, which meant overcoming a lifelong paralyzing fear of heights. There were moments during the ladder training that I wanted to quit, but my stubbornness won out and I pushed through the fear. Although I am still not too crazy about heights, the phobia doesn’t affect me like it did before. Plus, I found out that I am pretty good at throwing an extension ladder all by my little lonesome and am one of the quickest getting up the ladder and into a window.<br><br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b><br>
Motto for Dangerous activities (Fire Fighting/Hazmat stuff) “Fear is the Mind Killer” For Everyday “No Day but Today” for running the Team Slug Motto ”Start Slowly, Ease Off”. While there are many good theme songs for me depending on the situation, I would have to say “Devil Inside” by INXS is a good one.<br><br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
For a bad run, I tell myself there is always another run tomorrow, that even though this one might have been crappy, it is what I make of it. So tomorrow I put one foot in front of the other and move forward.<br><br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
Not really for good runs, but for all of my long runs over 4 hours I always have a Cherry Coke or Coke as a reward. I hardly ever drink soda any other time (other than when running Ultras), so it just tastes so darn good<br><br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
There are many people in this world I admire for many different reasons, it’s hard to only list one, but here's a good one. I admire my older brother for his dedication to helping others. He has spent more than half his life in public safety in some capacity and has never faltered in his selflessness. He also worked his way from the bottom to the top of his career ladder and the fire department, all while having time for his wife and son.<br><br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
Not really advice, but more of an attitude from my Grandmother. She was one of the most vivacious and outgoing people one could ever meet and she really instilled in me to live in the moment, to make each minute in time be something to remember. She liked to have fun and was a bit mischievous, kind of like me. The best running advice I ever got was from some of the Slugs-Da Hitman had given me so much advice especially about enjoying the trails and all of the people in the ultra world, The All-Niter always says to “run how you feel” and Favorite Sluggette always says “sometimes walking is the best thing”<br><br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b><br>
I was my own person, didn’t always “fit in”, but never changed myself and was just me. I had no idea how my friends and classmates admired me for this and what an impact it had on them. I never realized that having a strong sense of self in my younger years really would and has gotten me to where I am today.<br><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br>
I wish I could paint like my great-grandmother, she was amazing.<br><br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
Outgoing, Mischievous, Funny, Crazy, Laid Back (most times), fiercely loyal, Stubborn, Good in stressful situations<br><br><b>11. What do you wear running? Favorite outfit?</b><br>
Normally compression shorts (something over those) t-shirt (tech or non tech), my saucony trigon rides-my favorite outfit is compression shorts, running skirt with a threadbare navy t-shirt with my grandparent's farm logo on it and my balga trail running socks.<br><br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
I really enjoy all the Team Slug events<br><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
Umstead- the 50 mile option<br><br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
Reading a book in the sun, hanging out with the SO turtle, Watching my kitties do their cat thing, Otters, Dark Chocolate, Running trails, playing soccer. Vehicle Rescue training always makes me happy also, something about managed mayhem and destruction, I joke with everyone that it is a form of therapy.<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 was (probably still am) an accomplished musician, playing Oboe in Orchestra band from 5th grade to college and playing drums (Beastmaster!) from 8th grade through college. Another interesting fact is that I have been writing parts to a book for the past 5 years. It’s a sci-fi historical fiction story that has heaping portions of bad-ass, intrigue, guns, and DEturtle Humor. Maybe someday it’ll be finished, but I always find something from my present situation to write into the book.<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>
There are so many interesting things about so many people that I have met from here. One story that sticks in my mind was something Altoids mentioned to me at JFK a few weekends ago. Mind you, Altoids is probably the sweetest person I have ever met, but she has a hidden inner Amazon Warrior. We ran a race in PA in April called the Mt. Penn Mudfest and it had everything a great race should have, including thigh-high COLD water crossings. As we reached the water crossings, Altoids and I charged through, like crazed animals hunting. I do believe there was some warrior yelling involved. Those moments of charging through the water and not having a care in the world is exactly up my alley, so it was nice to have Altoids there to enjoy it with me. I believe it is in both of our top running moments. There are tons of interesting facts I learned at Umstead and JFK, but if you really want to know, you have to come out and run, pace and/or crew to get the full experience.
 

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Thanks for the great POTD. I too wish I could paint, but I even find it hard to stay in the lines with crayons!
 

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Good stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
And on #16, it's true. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
You are an extraordinary person, and I always learn something about inner strength and courage when I'm around you. I really admire the work you do and how much you give back to the community.<br><br>
*sniffle* Now I'm getting all emotional again.
 

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Great post, band geek-- errr, I mean, turtle!<br><br>
What you said about altoids was very nice. And I'm not just saying that cause she's reading this right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
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*wow*<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool"><br>
You are AMAZING with the variety of talents and things you've accomplished!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy"><br>
*wow*<br><br>
I'd love to meet/chat about your rescue & fire-training [DS#2 may want to go that direction in career choices]
 

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Great post turtle!!<br><br>
Vehicle Rescue training always makes me happy also, something about <i>managed mayhem and destruction</i>, I joke with everyone that it is a form of therapy.<br><br>
Heehee..
 

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Thank you for the POTD, Mandy!<br><br>
From the moment I met you at Umstead I felt a sense of fun and comfort being around you. You are so, so special and I agree, your sense of self is inspirational.<br><br>
DEturtle's post shows a little of this, but she is also one of the funniest (in a "ha ha" way) people I know. At Umstead and JFK her stories and view of the world had me almost constantly laughing.<br><br>
Can't wait to tackle the Fattest Butt together!
 

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Nice to meet you turtle...although you don't seem like a turtle to me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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No problem, fire the questions away... or maybe I need to plan to run a race somewhere nears you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I was lucky enough to find a way to get my science nerd on while doing some firefighting stuff with our hazmat team. It's pretty cool to combine parts of my day job with somethng I love to do.
 

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Great post...I really enjoyed learining more about you.<br><br>
How did you pick your KR user name??
 

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Nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I have to ask. Did you go to Band Camp?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Amazing POTD <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> You're a huge ball of sweet!
 

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It's a holdover from CR... I had picked it because I am a pretty slow runner (a turtle) and I am from Delaware... so not really that exciting.<br><br>
Chris- Of Course I went to band camp.... and what goes on in band camp stays at band camp <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Tis is a wonderful POTD, DETurtle<br><br>
"A great personal accomplishment for me was completing fire training, which meant overcoming a lifelong paralyzing fear of heights. There were moments during the ladder training that I wanted to quit, but my stubbornness won out and I pushed through the fear. Although I am still not too crazy about heights, the phobia doesn’t affect me like it did before"<br><br>
WOW<br><br>
fear really is the mindkiller, isnt it<br><br>
(I love Dune)
 

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A scientist AND a firefighter? Dayum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
You remind me of one of my good friends, actually. The type who inspires me to do and be more. Nice getting to know you a bit!
 

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hmmmm....verrrrry interesting....you're a bit of a puzzle, aren't you?...a daring geek full of mystery and intrigue....I feel like I know you a little better, but I bet there is even more lurking in the dark shadows of your veiled persona.....do you know Valerie Plume?
 

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You know I can't reveal names... it'll blow covers.. although I do have it on good authority that Elvis is , in fact, living in area 51 enjoying fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, while wearing an aluminum foil hat and acts as an emissary for earth for those from other planets. He is sometimes assisted by Mr. Rogers, to insure that everyone changes into their play shoes and knows how the post office works! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
"Daring Geek full of mystery and intrigue"... I Love It <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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DEturtle is no longer my favorite person I don't know a damn thing about. Now I know a little about you and you just moved to my list of my favorite people who I do know a little about.
 
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