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1. <b>Why do you run?</b> Initially, I started running as a way of changing up the cardio in my gym routine. I started the Couch to 5K program (from the CR site) with the goal of running my local Women’s Distance Festival 5K the following July. As a kid, I’d never managed to pass the President’s Physical Fitness Test. You had to run a mile in something like 12 minutes, and I always failed. But when time came to run the 5K, I did it! And from there, I just kept going. As my running got stronger, I realized that I enjoyed running, and it ceased to be rooted in fitness. There is so much in my life that is ultimately beyond my control – most prominently, my career. As a performer, I can become the best singer and actor I can be, and yet it will often have no correlation to how much work I get. It took a very long time to accept that. But as a runner, I <i>can</i> get faster. I <i>can</i> get stronger. I <i>can</i> challenge myself, push boundaries, grow. What I get <i>out</i> of running is dependant upon what I put <i>in</i>. It has given me such a feeling of empowerment, and I am forever grateful that I laced up a pair of sneakers and stepped out of my comfort zone and onto the roads.<br><br>
2. <b>What is your greatest accomplishment?</b> I hope that my <b>greatest</b> accomplishment has yet to be accomplished <span style="font-family:Wingdings;">J</span> But if I were to pick <i>something</i>…I just don’t know. Everything that comes to mind seems somewhat superficial.<br><br>
3. <b>What is your motto/theme song</b>? I don’t have one. I kept trying to think of one, and then I realized that if I had to put that much thought into it, I probably didn’t really have one.<br><br>
4. <b>How do you deal with bad runs?</b> I don’t know if I’ve ever really had a bad run. I have runs that aren’t easy, runs that aren’t as fast as I’d like, or as comfortable as I’d like – but in the end I’m always happy that I ran them. I think the fact that I can run, at any given time, is incredible. The other week, I was debating whether or not it were really smart to run the Caumsett 50k without having done any recent long runs. I knew I could run it, but was it a prudent decision, and should I actually try to race it? Then it hit me- the idea of going out and running 30 miles wasn’t the issue, it was a question of optimum performance. So for me, how can any run be bad? My body gives me what it can give me at any given moment, and that’s all I can ask for.<br><br>
5. <b>Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b> Not really. Unless beer and pizza after a 22 mile training run counts as a reward <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
6. <b>Who do you admire most?</b> I’m sure that it sounds clichéd, but that would have to be my Mom. She stayed home with us when we were younger, and then once we were all in school for a full day, she went back to work. From there, she finished her Associate’s Degree, got her Bachelor’s AND her and MBA – all while working full time, and taking care of 3 obnoxious kids and my Dad. She’s a great woman, and I probably don’t tell her that enough. In fact, I’m sure I’m usually short tempered and snippy with her. I’m a lucky girl – I have wonderful parents and two younger brothers whom, much as I want to strangle them most of the time, I love.<br><br>
7. <b>What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b> If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. In other words, you can’t expect a different result if you keep putting forth the same effort.<br><br>
8. <b>What do wish you had learned younger?</b> That you can’t make <i>everyone</i> happy <i>all</i> of the time.<br><br>
9. <b>What do you wish you could do but can't?</b> Reach things on the top shelf without using a step-stool! In all seriousness, I wish I could be nicer to myself. I’m trying, and as time goes on I find that I have more successful days than unsuccessful ones. But it is so difficult not to be my worst critic.<br><br>
10. <b>How would your friends describe your personality?</b> Outgoing, practical, weird and sarcastic. Mostly weird. Actually, I don't know if that's how they would describe me, or it that's how I describe me. I think my initial responses to this question somewhat relate to my answer to #9. I can't really be objective.<br><br><br>
11. <b>What do you wear running? Favorite outfit?</b> In summertime, I prefer to wear shorts and a tank. I have been known to wear shorts and just a sports bra, as well (eh, it was in Jamaica). But I generally stick to Nike Tempo shorts and a tank. And they <i>always</i> match.<br><br>
12. <b>What has been your favorite race?</b> Team Slug Fattest Ass 50k this past January – it was my first foray into the world of ultras, and I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. I don't think my running will ever be the same.<br><br><br>
13. <b>Do you have a goal race right now</b>? I’m going to tackle The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K at Bear Mountain. I’ll beat that mountain down in 9 hours, or stub my toes trying!<br><br>
14. <b>What makes you happy?</b> Spending time with my family, the times my boyfriend randomly gives me a kiss on my forehead and calls me Pretty (which is generally when I’m half asleep on the couch and trying in vain to pretend that I am awake), and when my cats decide to curl up on my lap instead of his <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
15. <b>Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</b> I have cooked a meal in a 4 cup Mr. Coffee coffee pot. And I was in a movie once. Pretending to do unmentionable things in the back seat of a car AND I had a body double, too….well, a back of head double.<img alt="angel9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/angel9.gif"><br><br>
16. <b>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.</b> I don’t actually know anything about anyone here that you all wouldn’t know already. But give me some time <span style="font-family:Wingdings;">J</span>
 

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Yay!!! Thank you for sharing yourself!!<br><br>
What meal did you make in a coffee maker?!?!<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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That ultrarunning is a slippery slope, missy. Good luck to you and your endeavors. <img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif"><br><br>
What in the world would you need a body double for, in the backseat no less? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Thanks for sharing, Staci. You rock. You're going to slay Bear Mountain!
 

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Spill it. I'll put it on my Netflix queue. <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br><br>
/nice POTD
 

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A wide array of pasta dishes, most notably Mac & Cheese <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> But only during one-nighters, that way I was <i>long</i> gone by the time anyone realized it!<br><br><b>Brooklyn Rules</b>. It's not a great movie, truth be told. But, if you're really nice, maybe I'll post a link to a clip of the scene. I gotta warn you though, it ain't purdy. And make sure you've got the sound lowered on your computer if you're at work <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I thank thee for the words of wisdom (or was it a warning?). And you should know that every time I try to wrap my mind around the thought of ever tackling a 100 miler --I picture you at dinner, saying "Have you ever <i>seen</i> anyone as they cross the finish line of a 100 miler?"
 

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Thanks for sharing divaleh! Nice to get to know you a bit. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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We are going to look so good when we finally get out for a run together! Good and color coordinated <img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif"><br><br>
Great POTD post, Staci!
 

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Thanks, divaleh! It's nice to know more about you.
 

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Rumpshaker Slug! You are such a delight.<br><br>
I hope we can share a trail again soon. Good luck with your upcoming 50Ks!
 

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Thank you for this POTD -<br><br>
I never was able to pass the President’s Physical Fitness Test as a kid, either. I'm almost 40, and my mom still tells people "can you believe Julie is running races now? This is the kid who couldn't make it around the block in grade school! She hated P.E.!"<br><br>
Hooray for late bloomers! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Nice to get to know you better!, Thanks for sharing you with us.<br><br>
Barb
 

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hehe. i could not pass the presidental fitness challenge either!!!!!!!!
 

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Just goes to show you how silly it is <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Real nice that you appreciate your family -- it should never be taken for granted. You sound like a very well-rounded and fun person.<br>
Thanks for sharing.
 
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