Good morning—TGIF! I kicked off the day with a quick run. Even though I was itching to jog, my legs weren’t exactly on board.
Well, I should’ve seen this coming. After all, I did take two yoga classes in 13 hours. I wanted to run longer and farther, but I listened to my body, stretched for a few minutes at my turnaround spot, and skipped strength training today. Oh, residual soreness from yoga. Sigh.
1. Best run ever:
Oh, man. That’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child! I started reading Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run for Jamie’s virtual book group last night, and I’m going to steal my answer from author Kristin Armstrong:
I love running. Give me a slow, plodding, painful run. Give me a zippy, light-on-my-feet, springy morning. Give me a downpour. Give me a beast of a hill. Give me a fartlek. (I can’t believe I just said that.) Give me a godforsaken track workout if you must. But whatever you do, give me my run.
2. Three words that describe my running:
Necessary, therapeutic, and goal-oriented. Again, I’m going to quote my girl Kristin Armstrong:
I am not a good runner because I am me; I am a good me because I am a runner.
3. My go-to running outfit is:
I’m a huge fan of Nike tempo shorts, unless I’m racing or running long, in which case I need Nike Pro Dri Fit ones.
[My go-to race apparel–post RUNapoolza]
If it’s warm outside, any Nike tank or tech t-shirt will do; colder temperatures call for Under Armour.
4. Quirky habit while running:
If I’m listening to music, then sometimes I’ll translate the lyrics—into French, Spanish, and/or Russian. The accuracy is a little questionable.
5. Morning, midday, evening:
Any run is better than none, but there’s nothing like an early morning outing.
I love starting the day with a sweat session/me-time combo. Plus, I get to check off something on my to-do list, and running in the morning gives me energy for the rest of the day.
6. I won’t run outside when it’s:
Being a tough Central New York girl, I will—and have—run in pretty much anything. However, weather conditions including hail, severe wind chill, and thunderstorms call for running on the treadmill.
7. Worst injury—and how I got over it:
Knock on wood, I’ve never sustained a running-related injury. However, the summer before my junior year of high school, I tore my ACL and meniscus during a summer league basketball game. After undergoing reconstructive surgery and taking an aggressive approach to physical therapy, I played in my first game three months post-op. (The normal recovery time spans between six and 12 months.) Coming back from that injury was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done; I experienced the importance of staying positive, driven, and relentless through rehab, and I discovered the only limits that exist are self-imposed.
Sorry, had to do it!
8. I feel most like a badass mother runner when:
I nail a tough workout. There’s nothing like pushing yourself, coming out on top, and redefining your limits.
9. Next race is:
Good question! I’m definitely doing a turkey trot on Thanksgiving, and right now, I’m eying a few November races. (Note to self: Share those soon!)
10. Potential running goal for 2013:
I actually thought about this on my run. I’m toying with the idea of doing the Brooklyn Half Marathon next year … and maybe a marathon. I’m not sure how marathon training would affect/influence/fuse with triathlon training, so that’s totally still up in the air. One day, though!
Your turn: Share a few of your answers!