Sarah and Dimity over at AMR decided September is The Month Of Asking. They never really said why, but I'm assuming because it's back to school, and those kids just never stop asking questions! Anyway, since I almost never run out of things to say, here's my answers!
1. Best Run Ever: Sunday, December 4th, 2011. I set out to run 9 miles in preparation for the Princess Half that coming February. I was feeling really good at 4.5 miles on my out and back, so I figured "Another half mile won't kill me." and went to 5 miles. Of course, that half mile was really a mile, but whatever, right? Anyway, I'm turning the corner onto my street at 9.9 something miles and I can see my boys in their bedroom window. They started banging on the window and cheering, like I was going for gold in the Olympics. I made it 10.0 something miles and came home to the biggest, best welcoming ever! Plus, I did a 10 mile run before my 39th birthday (which was the following week). There's something about clicking over to double digits for the first time that just gave me such a feeling of accomplishment.
2. Three words that describe my running: Quiet, calming, motivating
3. My go-to running outfit is: Nike Be Bold knee length shorts (that they do not make anymore. So not happy about that!), although after this morning's run, I could see switching to Skirt Sport's Happy Girl skirt (7" inseam on those shorts is very anti-chafing), a tech t-shirt, headband for hair control and sunglasses if its day light hours (although if it's cloudy, they will likely be on top of my head)
4. Quirky habit while running: Wearing sunglasses on my head in the rain (see outfit info). It's New England, you never know what's going to happen with the weather! Also, all of the fire hydrants have a reflector mounted on a 5 foot pole, so you can find them and dig out the hydrants in the winter. I high-five the reflectors when I run past. Especially the one at the top of the hill, when I don't stop to walk (he's super proud those day! :) )
5. Morning, midday, evening: Morning! It's my only "me" time. I leave the sleeping house, drive to work, run, shower and have my first cup of coffee before the alarm goes off for the rest of the family. Added bonus: I get to work before rush hour hits. In the winter, I sometimes run in the afternoon, if I needed the extra sleep, or just want to see the sun for a change.
6. I won't run outside when it's: dangerous. I can handle smooth ice, I have my YakTrax for that. It's when it gets slushy then freezes overnight so the ice is all lumpy and just begging for a busted ankle. I won't run on that. Or if it's below 25 or so. I just can't get the clothing right when it gets that cold. In the summer, I won't run in a heat advisory (unless it's Columbus Day, 90 degrees at noon and I'm signed up for a 10K. Of course I'll run then).
7. Worst injury -- and how I got over it: IT band/hip thingy. Not really over it. Found out sitting in my favorite spot on the couch aggravates it (think there's a busted spring and I'm listing). I have my foam roller and that helps a lot. Plus stretching before and during runs when its really bad. I know I need to do my strength training though...
8. I felt most like a Badass Mother Runner when: I wear the shirt that says it! (Love that shirt!). After I ran my first half. I bawled right after I crossed the finish line. My family missed me finishing (rain jacket confusion and a delayed bus), but we met up afterwards in the family reunion area. We went to Epcot for the day, and we all wore our finishers medals (the boys did the kids' run the day before). At one point, we were just walking through the park and my then 6 year old stopped, looked at me and said "You did it Mommy, you really just ran a half marathon!" and hugged me.
9. Next race is: Zooma Cape Cod.
10. Potential running goal for 2013: Not give up running. I don't currently have a goal or race scheduled for the first half of the year, and I'm the type of gal who needs one. I've got my eye on a half that's a "hilly" race (you know the terrain will be interesting when they name the race after a mountain, no matter how small!) but I want to see how I do on a non-flat half first this month.