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<b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">1.</span></span></b> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><b>Why do you run?</b> Prior to 2005, I was strictly a fitness runner; I ran once or twice a month for about half an hour for fitness only. In January 2005, my husband – 31 years old at the time, very fit, two months after his first Ironman – had a stroke. Hospital tests showed scar tissue in his brain indicative of two prior strokes. Needless to say, we were completely shocked and terrified. About 6 weeks later, I learned of the Train To End Stroke program and signed up on the spot to raise money and complete the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon. I <span style="text-decoration:underline;">hated every minute</span> of the training but kept with it, ultimately raising more than $6,900 and completing the race in 4:50:52. I vowed I’d never run again after race day. Eleven days later, I set out for a short run… because I missed it. I am still running, nearly three years later. And I no longer hate every minute of it.<br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b> Running-wise, definitely finishing a marathon injury-free after only 3.5 months of training. In the rest of my life, I am most proud of always going for it… whatever <i>it</i> may be.<br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b> Related to #2, my motto always has been <i>Go for it!</i> Rather than a theme song, I have more of a <i>Soundtrack Of My Life</i> with all the songs that are meaningful and/or memorable to me. (It’s actually a playlist on my iPod!)<br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b> I try not to dwell on them. I know a good one is just around the corner.<br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b> The good run is reward enough!<br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b> My mother. She is the most selfless, hard-working, loving, funny, fun person I know. I am proud to call her my best friend.<br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b> That I can do anything I set my mind to. Both of my parents taught me that at a very young age.<br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b> To let go of anger. To not make room in my life for toxic people and situations.<br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b> Anything artistic – painting, drawing, photography.<br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b> Loyal, funny, outgoing, loud, friendly, fun. I’m the glue; I like bringing people together. Remember the movie <i>Six Degrees of Separation?</i> My friends call it <i>Two Degrees of Theia.</i> <b><br>
11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b> I <heart> running skirts. As long as it’s 50 degrees or higher, I’m running in a skirt.</span></span><br><b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">12. What has been your favorite race?</span></span></b> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I loved the 2007 Philadelphia Half Marathon for several reasons: 1) a huge PR for me, 2) great running company for most of the race (the lovely Big Gahoona), and 3) the amazing camaraderie and laughs from that entire weekend.<br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b> Ohhhh boy. Do I ever. Broad Street will be my bitch this year!! I’ve tried to run it twice but DNFed both times (the first time my running partner had to start walking before we even made it to the Mile 1 marker, and the second time I rolled my ankle at about the 10K point and ended up on crutches for 1 week and in physical therapy for another 4 weeks after that with a sprained ankle, sprained Achilles tendon, and two torn ligaments in my foot). So yes, Broad Street will be mine… mwaaaahahahahaaaa!<br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b> Success – my own and my loved ones’. Playing with my pets – one loving dog and four very entertaining cats. Spending time with my family and friends. Cheering for my husband in his races. Feeling like I’m doing something good for someone else and/or the world in general.<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> From second grade through twelfth, I was awarded a full scholarship to a very competitive, prestigious prep school. (To put it in perspective, tuition reached $23,000 this year.) I then received numerous scholarships and a small loan for college, and then a full scholarship to graduate school. Basically, I paid for books and meals throughout my educational career, but that was it.<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.</b> Our lovely <b>Katholeenie</b> was asked to be a hair model in a show in college. Unfortunately, she had to decline because the show was the last day of Winter Break, and she would have missed her ride back to campus.</span></span>
 

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Hi Theia....<br>
Good to meet you.<br><br>
Way to go on a semi-free education!
 

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Theia,<br><br>
You are a bright spot in many a dull day. A greek goddess and a rock video superstah also come to mind. I look forward to meeting you in 2008 and seeing you kick arse on broad street.<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
oache
 

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Thanks. I should have added that IronHubby has been OK so far. He's done two more Ironman races and lots of other races, and has minimal effects from his strokes (some speech problems that most people probably wouldn't even notice).
 

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Theia: Broad St is waiting for you. And watching.<br><br>
I think it is afraid. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
ps - you rock
 

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Theia thank youy for such a wonderful POTD report.<br><br>
I really like reading these and finding different insights to the people of this running community.<br><br><br>
S99
 

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My Wonder Twin rocks!!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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theia - Great post. I enjoyed reading it. Glad everything worked out for you husband. Train right and stay out of those pot holes and you will do just fine at broad street. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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thanks...great read! Broad St isn't going to know what hit it!
 

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Great post. And I <heart> you in running skirts. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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<b>Theia</b>, you <i>are</i> a goddess!
 

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<b>Theia</b> - great POTD post! I can't wait to see you tear up Broad St!
 
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