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<span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><b>1. Why do you run?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I started running to get over a break-up. I use it now for weight control and stress relief. I’m drastically out of shape at the moment and am looking to get back on the horse.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Nothing in particular, but I was thinking today that for an extremely shy introverted person I’ve taken a few risks in my life. I took off for a 99% French speaking community when I was 20 for 6 weeks. I moved 1500 km away from everything familiar to me to teach in a northern Canadian town, where I knew no one.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Education is never a waste.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I don’t run long enough to have many bad runs.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Chocolate. New running clothes. The benefits for running is that I can eat more of my favourite things.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">My grandmother. She raised 4 kids and ran a farm while her husband was at war for 4 years. She actively supported and campaigned for universal healthcare in her hometown in Saskatchewan when all the doctors were refusing to see patients. Her work provincially was one of the reasons why Canadians have universal healthcare. Everything I know about fairness and kindness came from her.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Don’t buy trouble. I have a hard time remember it sometimes, but it works.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">To play golf. My dad and I would’ve had much better more time together while he was alive if I hadn’t disliked golf so much when he bought me my first set of golf clubs and a golf membership. I caught on to it when I was 30 or so, but I wish that I could get that time back from 12 to 30.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><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;">Speak French fluently.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Witty, caring, thoughtful. My friends will often seek me out with a problem, knowing that I will tell them what I think, play “devil’s advocate” and talk it through, rather than just tell them what to do or make a judgment on what they do. I wasn’t always like that. I’ve lost a couple friends from being judgmental first…so I mull things over so that I can be clear.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Summer blue or purple running shorts with various tech singlets. Winter, long underwear, sweatpants or tights if I’m in a skinnier time of my life, tech shirt, fleece shell.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b> I haven’t done that many of them but I guess it would be my first 8K in 1992. It was the first time that I realized that I could keep running and run because I enjoyed it, not just because I was upset at the world and my life and my ex.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b> Anything over 5K. I’d really love to do a half marathon but I’m needing some major motivation and accountability.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>14. What makes you happy?</b></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Pretty simple things, a great meal, my cat sleeping at the end of my bed. Students understanding a concept or improving in reading skills.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><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></span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I can remember dates and when things happen really well.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="color:#000000;"><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><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">When I was in the hospital this summer, Torque and Sierra got together to send me flowers. They signed the card with their real names, Karla and Brian. Well as it happens I know 2 other Karla’s, one quite well. I was missing her wedding because of the surgery. So I’m reading the card and I’m thinking it’s the other Karla and her fiancé and they just got the name wrong on the card. So I phone and leave a message thanking her for the flowers. It wasn’t until 3 days later that I was out and online that Sierra asked me if I got the flowers and it clicked that it was her. But then I’m thinking..”her husband’s name isn’t Brian…who the hell is Brian?“ doh – Torque”. What can I say folks they had just done neurosurgery, I guess was a little dopey.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Anyway, Sierra and Torque, you are two very kind individuals for thinking of me then and going the extra mile to send me flowers through timezones and international borders. Thanks so much again.</span></span>
 

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Having all of these POTD's are really filling in the picture. I never imagined that you were a Canajun, much less someone who would move to a far northern Canadian town.<br><br>
Thanks for another piece of the puzzle.
 

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Great POTD! I loved learning more about you! And really enjoyed your response about your grandmother - that's amazing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Yay...I like WRFC, maybe b/c she's smart and is the best one on this site at guessing everyone's race times without going over!<br><br>
Have you tried VRAA-it was a LIFESAVER during my IM training. I liked being accountable to my team for milage...it gave me a little bit extra motivation when the going got tough...especially during and right after grad school and the whole mom dying thing.<br><br>
Hey girl...if I can get out there and do it, then so can you. Believe in yourself<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
What's your FAVOURITE type of chocolate? As far as "commercial" chocolate I love Dove!
 

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Hey Tithers,<br><br>
I was a pathetic VRAA participant this last time around, but I'm going to be a much better Maintain Campaign participant this time around!!!<br><br>
There are a few chocolates that are available in the states that aren't here. I'm not sure about Dove, I haven't seen it much, if it is here. I love chocolate with nuts, and I love Baby Ruth bars. We can't get them here. My mom used to live pretty close to a border town, so every once in a while we'd cross the border to go on a Baby Ruth run.
 

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My favourite Saskatchewan Pirate!!!<br><br>
Folks, WR4C was one of the first "imaginary" friends I've ever met, and cemented the feeling that it was worth getting to know you all.<br><br>
Thanks for this post Dawn!
 

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I am so glad you posted this information....I hear ya on the agony of fitness and nutrition.<br>
We are works in progress, yes?<br><br><br>
You are one of the many PRTers I hope to meet someday!
 

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Too funny grizz. I was going to put Saskatchewan Pirate as my current favourite tune.<br><br>
So for those of you who are unfamiliar with the work of the Arrogant Worms, and especially for Grizzly...<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FbV4zT_ZTY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FbV4zT_ZTY</a><br><br>
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Ha! And I love Coffee Crisp and can't get them here. Lets make a date to meet at the border and swap contraband! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Thanks for a great POTD WRFC! It's really nice getting to know you better. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman!
 

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I was really enjoying your post until I got to the part where you said torque was Brian. WTF?? His name isn't torque???<br><br>
Please don't ruin life for me and tell me Grizz isn't his name either.<br><br>
(Pssst...it appears you are one of the under-the-radar Canajuns...we probably have a really dangerous mission for you eh!)
 

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Great Post Chocolate...I love learning about everybody...thanks for sharing a part of yourself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Very nice POTD. I really enjoyed reading about you.
 

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Nice! You have lead a very interesting life so far, havne't you? I enjoyed reading this!
 

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Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman indeed.<br><br>
I enjoyed getting to know you a little better, willrun4chocolate through this excellent POTD report. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thanks for sharing wr4c! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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thank you for this POTD, wr4c<br><br>
Your grandmother was amazing, as are you.<br>
I never thought of you as a shy person, more a calm strong person.
 
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