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1. Why do you run? To stay sane. Seriously. I once told my wife after a run that came on the heels of a miserable several-day hiatus, "I can never stop doing this." I'd be very worried about my mental health if I could no longer run. Fortunately, I've recently found that hiking may be a viable substitute down the road. Thank goodness.<br><br>
2. What is your greatest accomplishment? My undergraduate grades sucked so I've had something to prove to myself while in graduate school. Straight As so far.<br><br>
That, and finishing Chicago 2007.<br><br>
3. What is your motto/theme song? Motto: "Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist." - Emerson<br><br>
Theme song: One of my favorite songs of all time is When It Began, by The Replacements. (People have theme songs?)<br><br>
4. How do you deal with bad runs? Shake it off, hang 'em up, and try again tomorrow.<br><br>
5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How? A good run is its own reward.<br><br>
6. Who do you admire most? Anyone who is self-reliant and cool under pressure.<br><br>
7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received? It came from an unlikely source but a former co-worker once told me, "The people who succeed in life are those who can make something positive out of a negative situation." I've learned he was right and wish I was more capable of doing that on a regular basis.<br><br>
8. What do wish you had learned younger? The true value of academic achievement, solid time management, and investing skills.<br><br>
9. What do you wish you could do but can't? Have a photographic memory.<br><br>
10. How would your friends describe your personality? Quiet, polite, smart, funny, kind.....perhaps also occasionally aloof, analytical, sarcastic (but not cruel).<br><br>
11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit? Technical shirts and running shorts. No favorites other than stuff that works. I'm happier if I can go shirtless. I also wear a Forerunner, an iPod (easy, Arrojo!), a RoadID, a Fuel Belt, and a small canister of pepper spray.<br><br>
12. What has been your favorite race? I've only done two marathons (and lots of 5 and 10Ks) but I can't imagine any experience ever beating Chicago 2004. The entire weekend was wonderful. It was the perfect first marathon experience.<br><br>
13. Do you have a goal race right now? No. Running is taking a back seat right now. I'll do a couple of random local 5Ks this year but am planning nothing.<br><br>
14. What makes you happy? My family, a hiking trail, the outdoors, genuine people, a really good song, a really good book, a really good run, learning new things, making good grades, watching The Masters in the Spring.<br><br>
15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past. If it wouldn't stress my family to the max like I know it would, I would drop everything, head for the mountains, build a log cabin, and live off the land. I may do it anyway.<br><br>
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!). I'm not really sure I've gotten to know anyone well enough to post something like that. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy meeting K last year in Charlotte when I was there for a conference. He's a low-key, level-headed, easy-going guy who knows some stuff.
 

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hello kerfwango. It's very nice to meet you.<br>
You must be wicked fast to have finished Chicago 2007. I am thinking of doing the HM next october, but am not even close to marathon shape.<br>
happy 2008
 

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Heh. Well, no, just hard-headed enough to see it through.<br><br>
Good luck next October.<br><br>
 

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This has been my favorite POTD report of 2008. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Nice to get to know you a little better, kerfwango. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I really like your answer to #7 and I have found that to be very true in my own life.
 

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I hear ya bro...that is my favorite fantasy as well...but I would need electricity, a satellite dish, an HDTV and surround sound...
 

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Nice POTD Kerf!!! Good to get to know you a little better. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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kerf, i can totally relate about the correlation between my mental health/stability and runnning. i can be a mean, crabby person if i don't run..
 

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All attached to your Batman untility belt? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Nice to know ya dude.
 

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Nice dude!!<br><br><br>
How did I miss you were in graduate school?<br><br>
That's awesome!
 

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So does my DH. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Nice POTD, Kerf. How long did it take you to finish Chicago? Were you coherant when you were finished? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hi, Kerf!<br><br>
Nice POTD. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Good to see you around here.<br><br>
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Just under 5:00, which was an hour over my '04 time. I walked at least four miles and just wanted to finish. I was marginally coherent but the beer had me ship-shape in no time. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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