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<span style="color:#000000;">Just a bit early, but I'm putting in some late hours tonight trying to meet a deadline and I've decided to take a break.</span><br><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">1.</span></b> <b><span style="color:#000000;">Why do you run?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">My “modern” running era (I ran the two-mile in high school) began on Jan. 1, 2005, when I was told I should use a CPAP to help me sleep well. I HATED it and decided it would be easier to lose weight (it was) than get used to the machine. I also enjoy the challenges and sense of accomplishment that come from racing, and I’d like to get to where I’m at least competitive in my age group.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b></span><br><span style="color:#000000;">I’m not sure any of my accomplishments have ever been “great”. For the most part it’s been a simple matter of seeing something that needed to be done – and doing it.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b></span><br><span style="color:#000000;">Motto: The important question is not “Why can’t I?” but “How can I?”!</span><br><span style="color:#000000;">Theme song: The closest I come to a theme song is “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">4. How do you deal with bad runs?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">I don’t get worked up about things I can’t control. Life happens – deal with it!</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Once again, it’s no big deal. The only time I ‘celebrate’ is if I’ve had a good race, and then I punish my family by recounting every detail of the race <i>ad nauseum</i> until they lock themselves in the bathrooms to escape me.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">6. Who do you admire most?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Stephen Hawking. Most people suffering from the disease he has would have died by now, and he’s still unlocking the secrets of creation.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Don’t worry too much about the decisions you have to make: whatever choice you make – you’ll find a way to make it work.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">8. What do wish you had learned younger?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Good study habits! High school came easy to me so I never had to learn how to study effectively, and my undergraduate grades reflected the fact. To this day I do better in classes that require you to “do” something than in classes (like history) that just require you to “learn” things.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Speak other languages. The only way this will happen, though, is if I move overseas where I’m surrounded by the language and have to practice it constantly.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">10. How would your friends describe your personality?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Logical and long-winded. (What can I say? I’m an engineer and a former college professor – it comes with the territory.)</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">I’m very simple; tee-shirt, shorts, New Balance 76x shoes. The shorts must have deep pockets, though, and the shirts are usually from earlier races. I’ve tried running in technical gear, but I’ve found I actually prefer cotton. I do have a technical singlet from last year’s Eugene Marathon that I wear at races periodically to ‘brag up’ my home town.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">12. What has been your favorite race?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Last year’s inaugural Eugene Half-Marathon. I grew up just north of there and still consider it the running capital of the country. I was disappointed, though, that the half doesn’t get to run the more scenic half of the full marathon course.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">13. Do you have a goal race right now?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Raleigh Rocks half-marathon on April 5. I need a 2:00 so my wife will let me train for another full marathon, and right now it’s borderline. I probably have the miles I need, but I’m nursing a hamstring ‘twinge’ from last week’s intervals session so I’ve taken a few days off. I hope I don’t lose too much conditioning, but I also don’t want to aggravate anything if I can help it.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">14. What makes you happy?</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">Good music, and watching thunderstorms roll across the horizon. I’m partial to classical (Sebelius’ 2nd Symphony and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez - 2nd movement - are among my favorites), but enjoy good down-home blues as well.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;">If I’d thought there was a chance in hxxx that I could have made a living at it, I would probably have become a music major instead of an engineer.</span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;">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></b><br><span style="color:#000000;"><i>Econo gets enough training just moving about in her house. I don't think there are any two rooms there that are on the same floor.</i></span>
 

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Thanks rlemert! Your answer about #5, made me bust a gut. Recounting every detail of the race.....I do that for my workouts. My dad used to do that with golf.<br><br>
"how was the game?"<br>
"Well on the first hole I took a 3 and then a par on 2 and a bogey on 3..."<br>
<<eyes rolling to the back of my head>><br><br>
Good luck with the hamstring, I hope your get your 2:00!<br><br>
Nice to meet you!
 

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Dude! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> School was way too easy up til college. I also started out as an engineering major -- Chem E.<br><br>
And I kill my friends talking about races. When I meet them for beers after, they say, "Alright, you can talk about the race for a half-hour and, after that, we don't wanna hear another word about it." <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Like the others, I can relate on the studying part. I was so woeful my first year of college academically.<br><br>
Thanks for the POTD, rlemert!
 

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Thanks for sharing a little bit more about you! Hope you get your 2 (how's about sub-2?) on your upcoming half. Nobody should be denied marathon training...!
 

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Very cool getting to know you better rlemert, Thanks! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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How do you pronounce your name??
 

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Ignore the 'r' (that's my first initial), pretend there are two m's in it, and put the accent on the first syllable. It sounds like 'lemming' with a different ending.
 

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RL,<br>
Thanks for the interesting read about yourself. I like your attitude of not getting too worked up about things you can't control. I also got a good chuckle over how you punish you family after a good race. I'm sure they really love it!
 

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great POTD! I almost missed it as there was no announcement or declaration...not surprising from such an infrequent poster...<br><br>
I love thunderstorms too. I can remember sitting in my garage as a kid with the doors open watching them-simply fascinating. I haven't changed much as an old man.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing, rlemert.<br>
Post more often.
 

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Thanks Dtoce for pointing this out, must not have got over here on Thursday. Good to know some more about you RL and thanks for sharing!!
 

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Thanks for posting, RL! Kick is my "good race" pressure relief valve. If I didn't have you lot to chatter endlessly at, my family would still be locked in the washrooms!
 
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