Friday, September 14, 2012

10 Running-Related Personal Questions

WARNING: I'm a new #MotherRunner although not new to running. Prior to conquering my first ever 5k this year, it was the high school track team and occasional runs with my boyfriend turned fiance turned husband. My husband passed away in December after nearly 2 years battling colon cancer. I took up running this past spring and got really serious about it over the summer. 

So, here's my version of the 10 Running-Related Personal Questions going around among the Mother Runners I follow on Twitter.

1. Best run ever: 
Undy 5000 Race in Philadelphia
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Since I only have two races so far to choose from, this was an easy one. This one was the best because I ran it in memory of my husband Joe. Everything about the race was special from my running outfit (Superman because Joe was a big fan and he was my Superman) to the fundraising I was able to do for the Colon Cancer Alliance. I've written a separate post about running the Undy 5000, but one of the most important parts for me about the race was how connected I felt to Joe while I ran - and, of course, it didn't hurt that I met my personal time goal, improving on my 1st 5k time by almost 5 minutes.

2. Three words that describe my running:
(Yes, it's energizing AND relaxing at the same time. It energizes my body and relaxes my mind.)

3. My go-to running outfit:
I'm still in search of something I love, especially a good sports bra, so I've enjoyed reading everyone else's answers and am planning on trying out a few of the mentions. Maybe by next year I will have my very own go-to running outfit!

4. Quirky habit while running:
Every once in awhile I find myself talking to my Joe. It's usually after the "perfect" song has come on my #randomshuffle and I thank him for the added encouragement.

5. Morning, midday, evening:
So far always evening although see #6 for why that will probably change once daylight savings is gone. As a single mom, it just seems to work out best to run in the evening. I usually go for a run after work, but before I bring my son home for the night, which means I often find myself racing the sunset (see #6).

6. I won't run outside when it's:
Dark! I'm just not at the point where I feel safe doing it.

7. Worst injury - and how I got over it:
While I was trying to get in shape for my first 5k I hurt my knee to the point that it hurt even walking on it. It wasn't anything big, but the doctor had me immobilize it for a little while and after some rest I was good to go again. 

8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when:
After crossing the finish line - Hugs for Brady 5k
April 28, 2012 
I saw my 2 year old son cheering for me as I approached the finish line of that first 5k. He was so happy to see that it was me running towards him and I was just overcome with emotion at how awesome it was to finish with my little man looking on. In that moment, I felt like I could do anything. Literally. So began my growing addiction to running.

9. Next race is:
Racing Toward 2.jpg

I'm not registered for it yet, but I plan on running in the Race for the Cure at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ on Sunday, September 30. I also have at least 2 other 5k races I plan to do this fall.

10. Potential running goal for 2013:
I'm working my way up so I'd like to run a 10k in 2013.

For the original post that got me started on the 10 questions visit the Another Mother Runner site!