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<ul><li><b><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Why do you run?</span></b></li>
</ul><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">I run because I can. It only takes me and my shoes and I can go and run anywhere I want or need. I started running as a way to lose weight after my pregnancies. I wasn’t a runner ever, but I had this huge desire to run long distances. So I started. And it was slow. But the more I kept doing it the better I felt and the better I felt the more I craved going out and doing it. And one day I realized that mentally, I needed to run. It cleared my head and helped me to be a happier person.</span></span></span><br><b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">2.</span></span></b> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><b>What is your greatest accomplishment?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Well, I was immediately going to say my two children. My oldest is 6 and he reads a full grade level above his. I know that our effort together to read and learn new words and sounds has helped him out tremendously. I am very proud to watch him pick up a book that he isn’t supposed to be able to read yet and read it. And it is amazing to hear him sound out a word and figure it out. My children are products of me. They reflect me. So I take the things I don’t like and I push extra hard to help them become even better than I ever was or could be.<br><b>3.</b> <b>What is your motto/theme song?</b><br></span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Don’t give up today what you want most tomorrow. The context I heard it in was all wrong and I heard it from some pompous, self-righteous person. But I have adapted it for me. I don’t have a theme song.</span></span><br><b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">4.</span></span></b> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><b>How do you deal with bad runs?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">The past 2 years has taught me that there are no bad runs. Any run that I can get out and do I am grateful for. Now….ask me how I deal with bad races. I pout. It makes me angry, makes me question my training and then try and figure out how to go back and run it better next time.<br><b>5.</b> <b>Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">No, not really. I might tell my friends who run about it, but normally I don’t buy anything or eat something. If I ran first thing and I skipped breakfast then I sometimes stop at Target and buy a Naked brand smoothie drink.<br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">There are two people, my Grandpa and Grandma. My Grandpa was the most amazing man, ever, and I miss him terribly. He was in the military and he was gone from my Grandma a lot, yet they kept their marriage strong. He had a lot of horrible experiences in the Air Force but he didn’t let them shape his life. He took them and became an even better person for going through them and surviving. My Grandma, because she taught me that no matter what you have to deal with in life, you can do it with grace and dignity. She passed away 4 years ago from ALS, and even as she fought it she was as graceful as ever. She never spoke bad about others and she was always positive. I hope that someday, someone will say, “Tracy was a lot like Grandma Cramer.” That would be the best compliment I could get.<br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Not take things so personally. To live life to the fullest. And that life is short, don’t take anyone for granted.<br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I wish that I would have realized how hard it was for my parents to have 7 children and raise us all. I wish that I wouldn’t have been such a brat to my Mom. I treated her horribly, even though I felt like it was deserved, and I’m embarrassed by it now. And I wish I would have learned to stand up for myself to those that don’t really care about me, or my best interest. I’ve done things I’m not proud of, simply because I didn’t know how to say no. I don’t know if I would have ever smoked that first cigarette if I didn’t care so friggen much about how other people felt about me.<br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I wish I could sing so well that people would pay to listen. (No, Tithers, not everyone can sing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )</span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I wish that I could speak fluent French and Spanish.</span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I wish I could run 2+ hours again. First two won’t happen, this one WILL happen.<br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Funny, outgoing, caring, sensitive, fiercely loyal, fun to be with, [email protected], dependable. (I got help on this one)</span></span><br><b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">11. What do you wear running?</span></span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">It really depends on the day and weather. Yoga pants, capris, wicking shirt, tank tops. The weather changes every 5 minutes (I swear) so it just varies. I don’t have a favorite outfit either. I hate clothes. And I hate shopping for them.<br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">The Thanksgiving Point marathon relay. Our team had 5 people. I was supposed to be the first runner that morning, but someone else had something come up that they had to go to, so she ran first. I was the third leg. It was awesome. It was my first race experience and I had only been running for 2.5 months. I managed a little over 10 mm, even being 35 lbs heavier than I am now. The scenery was beautiful and it made me realize how much I enjoyed running. And the other runners were so supportive of everyone else, I just wanted to be around them.<br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I really want to go back to Moab in the spring and totally kick the crap out of my last time there. We’ll see how things go between now and then. I’d love to say I’m going to run the marathon at the Grand Tetons next year. I probably won’t be ready for a marathon though. I’m going to do everything in my power to run that though.<br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">A lot of things make me happy. Getting a letter in the mail. Having someone show up at my house to say hi. Spending time with my friends. Doing things with my family. I love to see my kids interact with each other and get a long. I love the random times my daughter comes up to me and wraps her arms around one of my legs and tells me she loves me without me asking for it. I love it when I overhear my son tell someone that I am the best Mom in the world. And just the other day he told DH that his favorite kind of pizza is the one that I make here. (He HAD to have wanted something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) I really enjoy reading. And I love me a bubble bath. Put those two together and I’m in heaven.</span></span><br><b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</span></span></b><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Shoot, what about me do you NOT know? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Ok, when we lived in NC I worked for an agency that helped autistic children. I worked with this one boy, Johnny, he was 8, and autistic. I fell in love with him my first day on the job. When we were alone in the room and working on his therapy, there were moments that he would just look me in the eye and neither of us would say anything and I could just feel the little boy in him wanting to come out, but he didn’t know how to do it. My heart ached for him. But I could see it. And that is why I did one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever held. It was for those times. Sure wasn’t for the times that he would have a potty accident. Or the times he threw his temper tantrum and ran around the house. It was for the few moments that I felt like I was making a difference in this boy’s life. This is where I learned my patience from. Working with Johnny.<br><b>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></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I don’t have anything. I’ve got some great secrets, but they are mine, MINE I say</span></span>
 

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Thanks solibeauty. That was a pleasure to read. You are such a cool person to get to know a little.
 

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I love the Solitudity!!! You are a beautiful person!! So no secrets to share, huh? I'm not buying it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Can the PRT have some of that home made pizza? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> My mom used to make her own too, and it's still by far the best pizza I've ever had. What an awesome thing for your DS to say.
 

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I liked what you said about your grandparents, soli. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
And I also LOOOOOVE getting mail. DH says it's like Christmas for me when I get the mail. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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What a great POTD response!<br><br>
I like what you said about your mother. It takes guts to admit that, and I understand where you are coming from with that, too.
 

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Dude! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Thanks Soli!
 

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Great POTD Soli! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> You are a positive, vibrant person and it shines through in all your posts!<br><br><br><br>
PS i LOVE your hair!
 

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Thanks Solitude, it is great to know even more about you. See you at Surf City! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I really like positive people. They are like a ray of sunshine.<br><br>
I think people around you would be well tanned. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Great post Soli. Looking forward to meeting you Friday.<br><br>
And I can help with all three of the things that you'd like to learn how to do. I'm just saying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Thank you for sharing, Solibabe. Great read.<br><br>
What, no mention that you're the bestest PRT ultra groupie? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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hey Soli,<br><br>
Nothing you wrote surprised me since I've been paying attention to you for awhile and you really are a lovely woman.<br><br>
I'm looking forward to meeting you in Cali and I will hoist a beer and toast your amazing grandpa and his amazing grand daughter.<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
oache
 

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Thank you Solitude. Especially liked the part about your grandparents. Thanks.
 

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He was the only one I worked with. I would go into their home every day after school and do his work there. I got really close with the family. I knew them because the father was my DH boss in the military. That is how they found ME, actually. When Johnny's Dad would have to leave for the military I would sleep over at their house (Mom was a nurse and worked nights) and take care of him and his older sister. It was such a great learning experience. It is something I would love to do again.<br><br>
Oh, I have secrets, I'm just good at keeping them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br>
Thanks, my Grandparents were pretty special. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> And when DH was deployed I regularly purchased stuff off eBay so that I could get packages in the mail. It really was a win-win situation. I looked for things I really needed (sometimes just wanted) and then I would get a surprise in the mail. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Just don't ask me how MUCH I've purchased off eBay...
 
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