Unless you’ve followed my blog for years (and if you have, thank you) you probably don’t know the following five running-related things about me. Even if you do regularly follow my blog, there are still some things here you probably don’t know about me. Every now and then I like to post something like this, a get to know me post to make my blog more personal. I know most runners are curious about what other runners like and don’t like and what they’ve gone through as runners so I’m going to share five things about me here. I hope you find them interesting!
- I’ve only had one bad fall while running. I still have scars on my right shoulder and left knee from when I fell two years ago (Sometimes You Fall). This was by far the worst I’ve ever gotten scraped-up from falling during a run. Fortunately I haven’t fallen during a run since then (knock on wood!).
- Even though one of my absolute most favorite places to run especially during the summer is on the trails, I’ve never run a trail race. I’ve thought about it and even asked for suggestions of trail races on Twitter what feels like a lifetime ago (but was actually late 2019) when I thought I was actually going to be able to run my final three half marathons for my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states in 2020. I was thinking about what I would do after I finished my quest.
- I have a sensitive stomach and have thrown up before a race on more than one occasion. In fact, while I was throwing up in the parking lot before my half marathon in Missouri Roller Coaster Half Marathon, Missouri- 32nd state, a race I actually managed to win in my age group, a kind gentleman was giving me encouraging words of advice to someone who was “new” to running. I didn’t bother to correct him or tell him that in fact it wasn’t my first race but my 34th half marathon with about a dozen other races on top of that.
- It probably comes as no surprise I like to combine running and travel. It may surprise you to hear one of my favorite places in the world to run is in Hawaii. Yes, it’s hot but I can take the heat (usually, although see my next point below). The ocean views when you’re running along the coastline, high on a running path looking down into the water and rocks below are truly stunning.
- Even though I’ve only run one marathon and it was an absolutely miserable experience because of the extreme heat the day of the race, I’m fascinated by the Comrades Marathon, which is 89 kilometers or 55 miles through the province of South Africa https://www.comrades.com/. I realize it sounds crazy that I always said I would never run another full marathon but I would love to run a race that’s 55 miles and it’s also a race that you have to have a qualifying marathon time to even register for. So, that would mean I would have to run another marathon and finish in the qualifying time before running Comrades. Not that I have any plans on doing either of those things, but I always say, never say never! I would like to think I’m about 1000 times smarter when it comes to race plans, fueling, recovery, etc. than when I was training for the Long Beach Marathon. Of course nothing would have changed the poor luck with the weather that day: high 80’s in October when it’s usually low- to mid-70’s.
What about you? Care to share something about yourself that’s running-related that others may not know?