Tuesday, September 18, 2012

10 Running Related Questions

Since I'm late to the party I probably don't need to explain too much about Dimity and SBS' posts on Another Mother Runner with her 10 Running-Related Questions.  I feel like it is fitting to answer them this week since she is headed to my great state for ZOOMA Cape Cod!!

1. Best run ever: I have had some really great training runs but I would say my best feeling race ever was when I ran the New Bedford Half Marathon in 2011.  It was one of those days when it all just clicked.  Each pace I set was faster than the next and they all felt comfortable!  I honestly think I would have gotten in under 1:50 if it wasn't for the KILLER hill that lasted just about all of mile 12!  Why?!?!
2. Three words that describe my running:  Right now I would say, "Not very graceful" since I lumber along but when I'm not 37 weeks pregnant I would say, "Focused, determined, and driven"
3. My go-to running outfit is: Always involving a running skirt and Saucony shoes!  In the summer it is a running skirt, tank, Chicaband or other frizz tamer, and compression shorts.  In the winter or colder months it is a running skirt, compression tights, a BondiBand pony tail hat, and several layers on top. I have also been known to throw a tutu in the mix from time to time!

4. Quirky habit while running:Hmmmm...not sure about this one.  I tend to kick my own legs when I am running faster.  Perhaps that I suck on mints in order to sooth my belly!
5. Morning, midday, evening: In a perfect world where I didn't have that silly thing called work, it would be morning runs always.  I love getting up and running!  It clears my head and I also have nothing that can get in the way of it!
6. I won’t run outside when it’s: Well last year I would have said dark since I have night blindness and am afraid of my own shadow.  However I got my nifty head lamp, Saucony reflective jacket, and a killer running group to get me outside on winter evenings!!  Now I would say icy....I'm just never that graceful!!
7. Worst injury—and how I got over it: I injured my back very badly when Em was just 6 months old...talking ambulance at the gym hurt.  I rested and made sure I did physical therapy and was SUPER careful.  I still make sure I am always paying attention to that part of my body!!
8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I head out for a long run bright an early no matter what the weather outside!  I love it when people say, "You ran in that???"  I also was feeling very badass when I ran a half marathon this May to celebrate 20 weeks of pregnancy.
 9. Next race is: I'm hoping to run the New Bedford Half again this year in March...actually on St. Patrick's Day!  I will be 5 months post baby.  I've been out of race mode but I am itching to get back into the game!!!
10. Potential running goal for 2013: Let me say it and let out a loud EEEEK!  I would love to run a marathon in 2013.  More than anything I want to find my balance again as a wife and mom of 2 chickies!  I would love to hit 1500 miles again in 2013 but I am going to set my goal for 1000 and see what I get!  Let's sum it up to say my goal for 2013 would be a healthy, strong year as a running momma!!


  1. Reading everyone's answers has been so fun! I'm in awe of you young mother runners, especially those of you who keep running while you're PG :)

  2. Woah way to go for continuing to run while pregnant!! :) As for number 10, DO IT! register so there is no turning back. You can definitely run a full!

  3. Wow- you are amazing! Although I consider myself a runner, I could never run during pregnancy. It was soooo uncomfortable for me. I think the hardest thing about running a marathon (as a mother) is finding the long hours to train while having someone watch the kids, but you could absolutely run a full.

  4. These posts are so great and it's so fun to learn more about everyone. I too feel pretty badass when I head out for a run early in the morning in "trying" conditions. And definitely running a half marathon at 20 weeks is awesome!

  5. Love these posts! It's been a lot of fun to read everyone's answers!

    I say register for that marathon Nancy - I have no doubt you can do it :)

  6. Great goals and so great that you are able to keep up your running! You are an inspiration!

  7. The morning runs really are the best. Just so tough with work and having to get up SOOOO early. LOL.

  8. I think you earn the title badass just for being a prego runner at this late stage. You will come back from this SO strong, I know it! Go for that half in March and go for a fall marathon next year!

    That was fun to read!

  9. I love reading these posts! You are amazing and you would totally rock a marathon- do it!!

  10. I hope you can do #10 and then some! I always applaud you moms who get out there and run on top of all the other millions of things you do! You are a rock star. I know if you set your mind to it, you will do it!

  11. I have no doubt 2013 will be a successful year for you!