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<b>1. Why do you run?</b><br>
It's been said before, but I run because I can. I can be kind of anti-social and so team sports were never my thing. I played tennis all through high school and enjoyed being the only one responsible for whether I won or lost. With running it's always a race against myself (especially since I'm nowhere close to taking any AG prizes yet) and I enjoy the mental games I can play to push myself just that little bit further. I haven't been running for long but it's a valuable bit of alone time that I have come to really value.<br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br>
Hopefully this is yet to come. I feel like I've been stuck in limbo for a while now and am not really accomplishing much.<br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b><br>
Motto -- Be here now.<br>
Theme Song -- Rainbow Connection<br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
I just try to push through; I slow down, maybe walk for a minute and try to get my head back in the game. Usually going through a breathing meditation will make the run pass by even if it still feels like a bad run in the rest of my body. I'll also play mental games with myself, bargaining that I can shorten the run if I just make it to a certain landmark, when I get to that point I rebargain with myself and try to keep going just a little bit further and so on.<br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
Not really, I'm usually more tempted to compensate for a bad run because I feel bad about it when it's over. After a good run I'm usually on cloud 9 and don't need anything else.<br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
My mom, she raised me on her own for the first several years of my life, put her life on hold for the good of her kids and her family for years after that and this May will graduate with her Masters in Biology at 48 while supporting our family after my dad lost his job last year. She taught me to be a strong woman, that I could do anything I set my mind to and the importance of being open-minded and having a lust for knowledge. I worry sometimes that I'm letting her down with how lost I am in life right now.<br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
For some reason this is the only question that I've been having trouble answering. Nothing really leapt to mind that wasn't super hokey. I value the advice that my friends and family give me, I apparently just don't remember it very well...<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b><br>
To like myself for who I am and that I'm not butt-ugly. I had terrible self-esteem throughout middle and high school. At some point mid-way through college that changed; I realized not everyone is ever going to like you and it's a lot more fun to have some self-confidence, though I'm still very shy in social situations with people I don't know.<br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br>
Travel. I've seen a good bit of this country, but there's always more to discover, friends moving to opposite sides of the country that I need to visit and live music to savor, not to mention there's a whole world out there I've never been to. Unfortunately, finances and responsibilities generally preclude the ability to travel like I wish I could.<br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
I'm nuts, in a good way.<br><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b><br>
Usually a pair of black capri-length running pants and a wicking tanktop/long sleeve shirt depending on the weather. I think I usually kind of look like a hobo while running. Right now I'm really loving this tech fabric zip up jacket I bought on clearance that has sleeves long enough that they cover most of my hands and have little thumb holes sewn into the sides, perfect since I hate wearing gloves while running.<br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
I've only raced a couple of 5k's since starting running last spring, my favorite was my first race, a 5k "steeplechase" (no hurdles) put on by a local church last November. It was pretty small, everyone was super friendly and encouraging, we all get hand-made finisher's medals and there was tons of homemade soups and chilis waiting to warm us up at the end. A pefect first race.<br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
If I say it out loud does that make it real? I'm currently training for the Skunk Cabbage Classic 10k April 6th put on by our local running group. It'll be my first race at that distance and even though its a month away I'm already nervous...<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
Family, friends, good music, preferably all at the same time.<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>
Umm...I was a DJ and Program Director for a very highly regarded college radio station for 4 years. My shyness doesn't extend to talking to total strangers when I don't have to see them staring back at me. (obviously as I'm typing this here... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">)<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>
I'm another CR refugee and haven't been around here long enough to have any dirt on another member worth posting. Give me time, I know there's other Kickrunners in my area that I may meet someday.
 

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Theme Song -- Rainbow Connection<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Hi intense! And don't worry about being lost in your life. You're young. You're supposed to feel that way.
 

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Does your having been a DJ relate directly to your screen name?<br><br>
I like your post, it's very interesting. I have trouble convincing myself to keep running when I really didn't want to. I'd say that's the most difficult part of running for me.
 

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Nice POTD post. I've run the Skunk Cabbage half the last two years - it's a really nice race - and flat considering where you are.
 

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Nice to get to know ya intensebeet. Don't fret too much about not finding your way yet, it will come to you when you are ready. And ^5 to your Mom on her upcoming degree. It's never too late to do anything unless you think it is.
 

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Great POTD, nice to meet you <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br><br>
Plenty of time to put in training miles for Skunk Cabbage, you'll have a blast <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Sort of, my sn comes from a Tom Robbins quote about the beet being the most intense of all vegetables that really spoke to me. At the time though I was really involved with the radio station and it was a play on the beat/beet thing. I don't know how many IMs I missed because people were trying to find me as intensebeat...
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Doubly interesting!
 

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Nice job, IB! Have fun at the Skunk Cabbage 10k and thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with all of us <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Thanks for the encouraging words about my 10k. I am very thankful that it is a relatively flat course, my first race was a steep uphill for half the race and that was tough mentally even though I had known to expect it.
 

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Nice to meet another anti-social imaginary friend! I'm the same way. Team sports were never 'my thing'. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Nice to meet ya, and thanks for sharing. What part of the Fingerlakes ? My sister went to SUNY Geneseo, and lived in Canandaigua for several years.
 

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A couple lakes over, I'm in the Ithaca area, went to school here and haven't left yet...problem is my leases are always up in the summer when its beautiful here and I can't imagine leaving, right about now in the dead of winter I'm less enamored with the area.
 

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Great POTD post! Thanks for sharing your story!
 

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<i>Jitterbug Perfume!</i><br><br>
I LOVE that book.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Yup!<br><br>
I love when people get the reference. Not my favorite Robbins book, but sometimes a passage just speaks to you. The beet kind of became my patron saint after that point, several years later it still speaks to me in the same way. The book itself took a while to get into for me, unlike some of his other works that hooked me instantly.
 

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Woah, awesome book. I missed your reference, thanks for bringing it up. That book seriously changed my life about 10 years ago. Circular breathing, I'd forgotten where I got that idea <img alt="icon_sunny.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_sunny.gif">
 
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