This was long time in the making and decided to finish it… As Tagged by dPeach.
How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
I was a brand new runner. I was 3 months into my running career with 8 road races and 1 sprint triathlon under my belt. I was constantly looking up information online on how to run, trying to find races, etc.
What is your best and worst run/race experience?
My best experience was the 2001 Richmond Marathon where I PRed (at the time) with a 4:09:03. I started off slowly and avoided the early traffic, something I use to this date. By Mile 6, I had my groove on and at Mile 17, I was excited to pass the scene of previous “Walls” for this race. I was still strong at mile 20 and realized that I might be able to PR. At Mile 22, I knew that I was going to PR, it was just a matter of how much.
Same Race, one year later. The Richmond Marathon in 2002. By mile 14, I realized that I was going to hit the Wall. At mile 15, I hit the Wall and had to start walking much earlier than previous races (1999, 2000). I was pissed by Mile 17. I was ready to DNF when I would meet my friend Gray at Mile 19. He was going to run with me a few miles. I did a lot of walking from Miles 15-18 and became very angry at myself and just ready to call it a day. I had never wanted to quit a race before, not matter how bad I felt, even my first marathon. This was different, I hit the Wall REALLY early and I was angry. However, when I found Gray, he “forced” me to run with him and I ended up finishing, but it was pretty grueling last 7 miles.
Why do you run?
I run now because I have to, it’s much like an addiction. I have assimilated to running: If I don’t run, I feel bad. It’s part of my core and essence. Plus with just about everything in life, I can associate to my experiences with running.
What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?
Probably the best advice was to do different types of runs at different paces (tempo, easy, long, speed). Until you incorporate this into your running, you aren’t going to see progress in your running.
I can’t say that I have had bad advice, either that or I have forgotten it. If something sounds decent, I might try it, and if it works great, but if it doesn’t I move on.
Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
Oh geez, something surprising? I think that I got most of my surprising and weird things about me covered already. And I am not sure that some people would really be surprised at some of the stuff that I do, I mean, have you read this blog?
Oh, here’s something surprising… I have used Dark and Lovely hair coloring before. (and here’s a surprising question that I found when looking for a link for those that do not know what Dark and Lovely is to begin with)
Rules of the game: I am now supposed to tag 5 more people and get them to answer the questions. I was pretty slack at getting this out, so if you are a runner and you haven’t done this yet, then considered yourself tagged.