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<b>1.Why do you run?</b><br>
I started running to stay in shape for wrestling. As with anything else I do, I quickly got competitive about it and started running races in the off-season. When my wrestling career was over, I needed something to pour my energy into so running became that thing.<br><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br>
I hope I haven’t done it yet. If I have to pick one thing up to this point, it would have to be my marriage which is now coming up on 4 years. I never thought I’d get married in the first place so to have the relationship we have now after this much time is something I’m very proud of.<br><br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b><br>
It ain’t the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. It worked better when I was growing up because I was very small for my age, but I guess I’ll always see myself as the little guy.<br><br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
Kickass the next day.<br><br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
I’ve been known to set certain goals, whether it be for a single workout or a series of workouts with taking an extra day off or buying new running shoes as a reward. Usually, though, I just use my successes as reason to train harder and get to the next goal.<br><br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
I don’t think there’s anyone perfect person that I completely admire. I admire my Dad’s courage and what he’s done since he survived his battle with cancer. I admire my brother’s ability to make anything ridiculously funny. I admire many professional athlete’s for various reasons (Tiger’s focus, Lance’s drive, Lebron’s pure athleticism).<br><br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
Just take care of you and let everything else fall into place.<br><br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b><br>
People really are more accepting of you when you like yourself and aren’t trying to be something you’re not.<br><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br>
Dunk a basketball.<br><br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
I’m very outgoing around people I know and I think I know everything.<br><br><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b><br>
For a big race, I break out my old Jimmie Wrestling sleeveless shirt from college with the matching orange Jimmie Wrestling shorts and slap on whatever flats I happen to be wearing at the time.<br><br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
I don’t really enjoy races. They hurt too much to be fun so it’s all about the result to me. The first time I broke 20 minutes for 5K, running in Fargo with DW who was my fiancée at the time is probably the most I’ve enjoyed a race, but I really didn’t have fun until I decided I wasn’t going to puke and realized I had a 19:33 on the results.<br><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
I point to the Tulsa Run in late October pretty much every year, but I’m lifting a lot right now so running is kind of on the back burner.<br><br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
Winning…at anything.<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>
When I was born the growth plates in my head, that allow the head to get wider, were fused together. I had to have surgery very young to correct the problem and my head is lumpy and bumpy to this day. It’s the main reason I’ve never shaved my head.<br><b><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!).</b><br>
I’m stumped. I’ve never met another PRT’er in person so I don’t have any dirt on anyone. I hope to change that one day, but for now I just can’t think of a thing.
 

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Sheesh dude, you are uber competitive.<br><br>
If your happiness is defined by winning, how do you react to losing and has that reaction changed over the years??<br><br>
Nice post, by the way. We need to hang out and beat on some people, well I'll drink beers and leave you to dole out the beatings, I'm kind of lazy.
 

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Winning makes me happy, but I'm realistic enough to understand that it won't always happen. I guess winning to me is a little different. For example, when I wrestled, I was ok if I wrestled well against a superior opponent and lost. I saw it as a "win" if I performed above my own expectations (and those expectations would be higher the next time). Conversely I once won a match by tech fall (once you're ahead by 15 points, they stop the match and you win) and was pissed off because the goal was to get a pin.<br><br>
So I don't walk around pissed off all the time because I can't beat Bekele in the 10K. But I do love to win when we play Halo.<br><br>
I race a lot when I'm in top shape, I don't enjoy the race itself, but I do enjoy what it entails...hard training and then testing yourself under fire.
 

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OakD- great POTD- I knew there was a reason I liked you.
 

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BTW- so you know- I like you more than I like Antag. you win <img alt="dontknow.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif">
 

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I just love that you play Halo.
 

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You can take a flying leap.
 

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<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
You make me smile.<br><br>
Thank you!
 

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I didn't address this in my first response. My reaction to losing, especially when I expect to win, is typically volatile. I quit wrestling about 100 times over the years and one coach threatened to tie my head gear to my wrist because I threw it so often. 99% of the time its anger at myself as much as anything else. I've learned to channel it better, and in more socially acceptable ways, over the years, but I still get lit up when I don't live up to my own expectations.
 

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<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> THAT'S why I like him better.
 

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Good advice.<br><br>
I gotta say, with HP and the Mayor on my team, I'm in good shape. This was a fun thing to do.
 

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Great POTD OD! Ahh! Someone to compete with <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Nice to meet you OakDawg. I've had MM's "Beautiful People" on my mp3 player for running since you mentioned it as entry music for a wrestling match a while back--OU vs. OSU maybe?<br><br>
Almost all of my friends (and every boyfriend, but that was really only one) in HS were wrestlers and we had several USA Wrestling events in town during the summers and a couple of World Wrestling tournaments as well, so it always brings back good memories when you talk about your wrestling.<br><br>
And I like your answer to #8--it is definitely hard to get other people to like you if you don't like yourself.<br><br>
Lisa
 

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That's pretty sweet. I'd love to play Halo with Bekele. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Great to see another POTD that mentions Fargo. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> What was the 5K you did?<br><br>
I really liked your post, and particularly the replies to #7 and #8.
 
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