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<b>1. Why do you run?</b><br>
So I can eat. At the time of my 39-year-old checkup, my doc presented me with two choices: Continue as-is, and weigh 220 and be insulin-dependent at 50. OR, lose 40 pounds and get active. I had access to a rewind switch that was quickly disappearing. I had great success with the WeightWatchers online approach and quickly learned the power of activity points. Running was a great fit. I could run at lunch, during kids' lessons, before dawn, whenever. So I ran. And ran. And ran some more. I'm the teensiest bit competitive, and have been told I have some perhaps compulsive tendencies... so I started running to get faster. And saner. And I'm still running and running.<br><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br>
Baby steps toward sanity, self-awareness, and mindful living.<br><br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?<br></b>Need you ask?<br>
"<i>Mustang Sally, think you better slow your Mustang down.<br>
You been running all over the town now..."</i><br><br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
Bitch and complain a little, and then file them in the "Well, that was good training" bin. A bad run usually precedes a big breakthrough for me.<br><br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
Dump the numbers to SportTracks, and spin and twirl them to my geekly heart's content.<br><br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
My mom lives on this board. What do you <i>think</i> I'm going to say? <img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif"><br><br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
"You have a <i>choice</i> in the matter. You choose how you act, how you react, and the circumstances in which you are living. Make your choices and then live them. Fully."<br><b><br>
8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b><br>
Relax, baby. It's all going to turn out fine.<br><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br>
Dance.<br><br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
Brash, pushy American broad. (Some, but not all, of the edges have been worn off by 18 years out of the country.) A bit intense at times, and very funny.<br><br><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b><br>
My winter gear is anchored by a great black/reflective wind vest. We're inseparable. My favourite outfit is a white tech tee and my little black Nike skirt.<br><br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
The Ragnar Del Sol relay last month was a life-long highlight.<br><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
Eugene Marathon, May 4<br><b><br>
14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
Sailing. Put me at the tiller of a sweet little boat in a fresh breeze, and all the world is golden and fine. And Bach. I love Bach. Listening, performing, doesn't matter.<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>
In direct contrast to my love of Bach, I am an accomplished bagpipe-player.<br><br><b>16. Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted</b><br>
CassadAAmius isn't actually all bad, for a guy from the University of Michigan.
 

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Great post! Thanks for sharing.......<br><br>
and I am going to tack your answer to #7 on my forehead! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hi Mustang, Great POTD. Congratulations on meeting your weighloss goals and moving towards a healthy lifestyle. Bagpipes, I would have never guessed, but I can picture it, yep. THanks Larry
 

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you really are da bomb!<br>
cool reading, Kate-glad to get to know you a bit more<br>
and now I'm even <i>more</i> sorry that I missed Ragnar...sigh...
 

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Great post...lots of food for thought in it.
 

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What a great post! I don't know who your mother is, but I hope she likes it, too...<br><br>
I don't see that Bach and bagpiping don't go together. They're both wonderful <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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How neat about the bagpipes MS! When do you play? I'm thinking yesterday might have been a good opportunity.<br><br>
Love #7 also. I need some of that mojo.<br><br>
Looking forward to meeting you in May.<br><br><br>
Barb
 

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Cool post, Sally. Nice to learn about you.<br><br>
Out yer Mom! Who is she? Has she done a POTD?<br><br>
Inquiring minds want to know!<br><br>
HJ
 

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Let's summarize:<br><br>
A Geeky, brash, pushy American broad, intense at times, very funny, sails, loves Bach, and plays the bagpipes.<br><br>
What a great, cool person!<br><br>
(However, the MSU Alumni Association called and is revoking your membership due to that CassadAAmius/UM comment.)<br><br>
Bill
 

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Oh, Sweetie...<br><br>
I love getting to know you better through this gang... and I am sooooooo proud...<br><br>
Lovely post...<br><br>
Momz (outed)
 

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Ah man. Now I've got that song stuck in my head. Thanks. <img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif"><br><br>
Great post! Nice to meet you Sally!
 

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Hey Mustang Sally! We danced to your song at our wedding. Glad you did the POTD -- I feel like I know you a little better now.<br><br>
Susan
 

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Mustang Mom outed herself! Great POTD report. Enjoyed it MS. Please post on the master's forum a picture of yourself playing your bagpipes.
 

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Hey MS, how cool to get to know you a bit better.<br><br>
Bach and bagpipes -- very cool. If you had said Bach and the accordion ... um, not so much.<br><br>
From one geek to another, I'm glad you're here. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
PS: Reggie says hello to Hamish.
 

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Great POTD post Sally. I'm glad to know you via the forum and can't wait to meet you in a few months!
 

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I wish I had got to spend more time with you Van #1 kids. Thanks for sharing yourself with us here, that makes up a lot! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Woah. You have no idea how badly I needed to hear something like this. That was awesome advice! Thank you.<br><br>
And this, too!!<br><br><br>
Great POTD, Sally! It was nice to meet you. You seem very grounded and someone I'd get along easily with. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Man, there are going to be a lot of cool people at Eugene. All that much more of an argument for me to go. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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