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Hi, I'm Hippo and sometimes I like to pretend I'm a runner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br><br>
1. <i><span style="font-family:Arial;">Why do you run?</span></i><br>
Because I can, because I love to, because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Honestly, I may run less days a year than a lot of people here, I'm always managing several injuries. All the crosstraining and rehab/prehab time I spend is just to support the few days a month I can run. Somehow, I've managed run 48 marathons or ultras though, all but 5 of them in the past 30 months. I prefer to run them 2 or 3 weeks apart - more than three weeks without one is a bummer.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</span></i><br>
I don't know, I don't really think that way. Maybe that I've never dropped (DNF'ed) since 1979 in some tough situations.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">3. What is your motto/theme song?</span></i><br>
I don't have one, I don't work that way. I listen to music, though not when I run, but I don't use it for inspiration.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">4. How do you deal with bad runs?</span></i><br>
"Bad" runs are why I do this. They are transformational and a time when I really learn who I am. Every time I have a difficult run I have to really confront myself, look at myself in the mirror. The Hippo that comes back from that experience is permanently improved a little bit. One side benefit of this is that dental work is much more pleasant now.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</span></i><br>
Not really. Sometimes after an ultra I have a Blizzard.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">6. Who do you admire most?</span></i><br>
Some of the local trailrunners and Maniacs that I see at races have a spirit that is so pure. I've always wanted to be like them, not in running ability, but who they are inside. My friend Sushi had heart surgery 11 days before she ran WS100 this year: is that hard core or what? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</span></i><br>
I've learned so much from other people, but mostly through observation. This question has me completely stumped<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">8. What do wish you had learned younger?</span></i><br>
To run on trails. You don't need to be a hard core runner to enjoy this and have an amazing time. I didn't really figure this out until about 5 years ago.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</span></i><br>
To run as fast as when I was a teenager, with what I've learned since.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">10. How would your friends describe your personality?</span></i><br>
Gentle, but a bore.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</span></i><br>
At road marathons, a Maniac singlet (yellow.) At ultras, usually something low key. In training, one of my gazillion tech fabric race shirts.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">12. What has been your favorite race?</span></i><br>
I don't have a single one, but Miwok and Waldo would be up there. Also the Yakima River Canyon Marathon. I just realized as I wrote this that Boston doesn't make my top 10.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">13. Do you have a goal race right now?</span></i><br>
No. I'm going to be cutting back through the first half of 2008. Very little travel, no trail 50Ks, one or two Hundreds and all the nearby 35-60 milers and road marathons I can find.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">14. What makes you happy?</span></i><br>
That special place that lies beyond 20 miles. When I get there I feel like I'm in my mothers arms.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</span></i><br>
I was raised in Japan (as a missionary brat.) My brother and my father were both born there. My grandfather was awarded an Order of the Sacred Treasures medal directly by the Emperor of Japan.<br><i><span style="font-family:Arial;">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!).</span></i><br>
I don't think I've ever met someone who undersells herself quite as much as Muzicgrl does. From the way she refers to herself here, to the way she presents herself in pictures I was expecting so much less than who I got when I met her in person. Wow - she's just amazing.
 

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great POTD!<br><br>
thank you once again for all of the advice you've given me! my feet thank you.<br><br><br>
so...<br>
what made you want to do ultras?
 

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Wow. I wish I was at your level of running. I can totally relate to the injured/not injured status. Currently, I am in the injured column.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing.
 

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I can so relate to this.<br><br>
Awesome awesome post Hippo. Thanks for sharing a part of yourself and letting us 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">
 

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You're such a cool guy Hippo! I just love you!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br>
~you are teh ULTRA kewl~
 

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Very nice POTD Hippo! It is great getting to know you a little more,
 

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I HEART hippo, that's all I need to say<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> ROCKSTAR!
 

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that was a great POTD, Hippo<br><br>
From a running perspective I am in awe of you and all the ultra peeps.<br>
From a personal perspective I think all that observation has paid off well for you. You have learned well and I think it likely that many people learn well from you.
 

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Thanks Hippo! Another great POTD!!!
 

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Great POTD! I always love your energy and spirit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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What a great POTD Hippo!<br><br>
You are an amazing runner and I had no idea about your life in Japan.<br><br>
It's nice to learn a little more about you.<br><br>
An observation: Although we are all answering the same 16 questions, everyone has come up with a different take on them which keeps these threads very interesting to read IMHO.
 

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Thanks, Hippo. You are blessed with talent - in the form of a body that can run marathons constantly. I really liked what you said about bad runs.
 

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Great POTD Hippo! Always great to learn more about fabulous ultra-folk (though I think this needed to include a skirt picture). <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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Me toooo!!! You're a great person, Pete. Thank you for all your support during the worst of my recovery. It helped more than you know.
 

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<i>I just realized as I wrote this that Boston doesn't make my top 10.<br><br></i><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> That's a refreshing statement.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing!
 

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How wonderful to get to know more about you and to crush on you even more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/love5.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love5">
 

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Hippo, you are my favorite person to talk to post-race. You are so positive and energetic that it's great to be able to get a bit of a recharge off of your presence. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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A post from the zen master of running. It would be an honour to run with you.
 
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