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1. Why do you run?<br><br>
Many reasons. I think the biggest one is that running is always a challenge for me. Some days are easier, some harder, but its never the same and there’s something different about every run. I like the alone time and the mental toughness it takes to run. The fact that its good for my health and makes my jeans fit better are big bennies too.<br><br>
2. What is your greatest accomplishment? I don’t know that I really have one. I consider DH and I raising two young adults that are strong, hard working, compassionate and responsible a pretty big accomplishment. Although I have to share the credit with the kids as well.<br><br>
3. What is your motto/theme song? I like this quote from Sam Ewing: Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don’t turn up at all. That and what goes around comes around.<br><br>
4. How do you deal with bad runs? I don’t really think there are bad runs. I think any time you’re out there getting some exercise, its good. If you have a tough run or run in bad weather, it just makes you stronger. Of course, I can say this as I’m really slow and will probably never run on a competitive level.<br><br>
5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How? A few cold beers always works for me.<br><br>
6. Who do you admire most?<br><br>
My mom for one. She had cancer a few years ago and has a lot of health problems now from the radiation she had. She still manages to persevere and does it with a smile. She’s probably the strongest person I know.<br><br>
DH – he’s the most generous person with his time. He can weld, build or fix most anything and is always willing to help someone else.<br><br>
7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received? When I got my first job, my mom told me to learn everything possible at that job. That way if there were a lay off, I wouldn’t be let go because I knew how to do so many things. I’ve since shared this with my kids.<br><br>
8. What do wish you had learned younger? To take better care of myself. I worked out off and on throughout my life but it wasn’t until my 40s that I really figured out how to eat right and stay in good shape.<br><br>
9. What do you wish you could do but can't? Run fast. I’d love to be one of those people that runs a 7:00 minute mile. I know I could do speedwork and improve some, but for me, that would make it like work and take the joy out of it.<br><br>
10. How would your friends describe your personality? Honest, loyal, hard working, fun but a little OCD and anal.<br><br>
11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit? Summer - Nike or Champion shorts and under armour shirt. Winter – Sporthill XC pants and any number of layered tech shirts with my Race for the Cure long sleeved t-shirt over top.<br><br>
12. What has been your favorite race? Sawtooth Relay 2007. It was a great 4 day event of camping, fishing and one day of racing with some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen.<br><br>
13. Do you have a goal race right now? Race to Robie Creek HM in April (if we can get in)<br><br>
14. What makes you happy? A lot of things. My family, my dogs. Sunrise on a summer run, big beautiful snowflakes, downhill skiing on a sunny day.<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. When I was 23, my appendix burst three different times and sealed up again. The surgeon asked for permission to take pictures to show his medical students. I spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital.<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 can’t really think of anything since I don’t know anyone that well and I don’t get to post that often.<br><br>
Well, I'm off to the gym and work. I’d be glad to answer any questions, but it will have to be this evening, because I can’t post from work.
 

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Great Post shadow! I like the advice your Mom gave you. My Dad had similar advice for me.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing.<br><br>
HJ
 

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Great POTD Shadow! Thanks for sharing more of yourself!<br><br>
Having had the pleasure of meeting you, I can say that you are great person and I love having you here! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Excellent motto! I like that mucho! Also, dude on cold beers after a good, long run. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 
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