I mentioned a few days ago that I was nominated for a Liebster Award from Running on Healthy. I’m honored that she chose me, my blog, as one that she felt deserved the recognition! These types of awards are passed from blogger to blogger and a fun way to find new, inspiring blogs to follow.
When you are nominated, you are asked to answer a series of questions about yourself. So I present to you 15 things you never wanted to know about me.
- What is my current health related goal?
Right now I’m just focused on getting through the holiday season without too much over-indulgence. I will begin training for the Boston Marathon immediately after Christmas so it would be nice to start that process without having to undo damage caused by eating, drinking, and being merry!
- What is my biggest irrational fear?
Fear is my biggest irrational fear. Living in fear prevents us from living life fully and I want to live my life FULLY! I’ve always been such a cautious person… I want to be fearless… It is my top intention for 2015!
- Do I enjoy wrapping presents?
I like the “idea” of wrapping presents. I see images of beautifully wrapped gifts adorned with ribbons and clever little trinkets and think that I could do that too. But let’s be real. (ie; suck it Pinterest!) Gift bags all the way, baby!
- What is my favorite cross training activity?
Any type of strength training. I used to really be into bodybuilding. I like feeling strong and really admire the definition on a lean, muscular body. More strength training is high on my list for my next marathon training cycle.
- If you came to visit me, what would we do?
The Pacific Northwest is beautiful and I’m blessed to live within just a few short hours of beaches, mountains, lush forests, and high desert. I’d show you some of my favorite places! We’d also share a bottle of wine!
- I have two weeks off work and two round-trip plane tickets to ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take with you?
Neither of my children has ever been on an airplane. My daughter will be graduating high school in the spring and I’ve been dreaming up a mother-daughter trip somewhere with her. So since we are dreaming here, we’d go to Brazil to visit family in Sao Paulo. (We’ve been promising them a visit for years!!) The beaches are amazing, there is abundant, healthy food, Brazilians are very active and there are a lot of options for outdoor recreation.
- What is the most embarrassing thing that you have had happen to you during a run or a race?
An unfortunate mascara incident. The product sucked anyway but it was a foggy, misty morning and the two did not play nice. Also, it just so happens that I met, and ran with, BFP for the very first time ever that morning. Awesome first impression.
- The three best days of my life? Or at least the three that pop into my mind?
I think more than days, it is moments. Like seeing my children’s faces for the very first time. (Because honestly, all the preceding stuff getting to that point on those days was not a lot of fun!) I really can’t pick just three but I do believe that the best is still yet to come!
- Okay, so I have to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would I choose and what do I order?
I hardly ever eat fast food… being a gluten and dairy free vegetarian, fast food isn’t always friendly but I do like Chipotle and they have a tofu option that is pretty tasty.
- Have you ever met a celebrity?
I have met several celebrities but the most memorable one was meeting Brittany Murphy (Clueless!) not long before she died. She was tiny. She was very petite and I towered over her even though she was wearing what I guess were 4-inch stilettos. I told her that I loved her shoes and she commented that she wore them for the added height. She told me she wished she was taller, like me, and then said something about the “grass being greener”. It struck me as odd and cool that this beautiful actress would consider me lucky to have something that she did not.
- Share a picture of myself in non-workout clothes.
Pre-holiday gathering selfie last night.
- If I could choose to have a “do-over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?
I’d like to be a life coach. Half the time I don’t feel like I have my shit together so how could I possibly help anyone else get theirs together? But I always feel so good when someone shares with me that I’ve inspired them in some way and I like helping others feel good about themselves. Coaching, in various forms, is a pretty consistent desire for me.
- If I won an Olympic gold medal, how do I think I’d react?
I’d cry hysterically. Seriously!! I cried hysterically when I received the email from the Boston Athletic Association that my race entry had been accepted.
- What do I want for Christmas?
Anything handmade or created for me because the giver knows how much I will use it or love it. One of my favorite gifts ever (he’s done this twice for me now) is from my father-in-law. He gave me a big box of cedar kindling to start fires with. I love wood heat. It’s how we heat our home. His gift ensured I’d be able to quickly start a fire and be warm. It was such a practical and thoughtful gift. I’m still touched that he did that for me!!
- What skill do I lack?
I can’t sing, dance or act. However, it never stopped me from trying out for musicals in high school!
Okay, now for a few of my own nominations! Oh, and it just so happens that these peeps were also a few of my Nuun Hood to Coast teammates!
Just a Mom who Tri’s
Running Backwards in High Heels
The Weekend Warrior