I was tagged by Making Waves, who will also be running the Footstock Half with me this coming weekend:
1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
Running? 10 years ago? I think at the most I would huff and puff my way through 10 minutes on the treadmill at the gym. I was more of a step aerobics nut back then.
2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?
My best race experience? Too many to narrow into one! I loved the Nike Women's Half - that was a day of pure racing nirvana. I also loved running the Disney Half with my cousin and her husband! My worst run ever? My 15 miler around Glenmore Reservoir, in the dark, past the bear warning signs.
3. Why do you run?
I started running mostly because I hated it, but now I love it. There is nothing like running further, or faster, than you have before. Plus running gets me outside and enjoying the scenery. If I could only run on treadmills I would definitely not run.
4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
Best advice about running? To break a race up into thirds and tackle each third separately. The first third you should be running easy and relaxed. The second third you should be focused. On the final third keep positive and stay strong. The worst advice I've received? When I told someone I was running the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge he asked why I would want to do that, and said that I should just skip running the half the day before.
5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
I was never a super athletic kid. Sure, I used to swim and ride horses when I was really young but I had no talent for any sports in phys ed and hated it. In middle school I played on our school volleyball team but I was so bad... In grade 8 when there were so many people that tried out for the team I was cut despite having played for the last two years.
In other news, torrential rain on Saturday put an end to my planned 12 miler that day. We were camping out in Banff and I had a great route picked out to run, but it was about 4 deg C and raining when we woke up that day. Instead we packed up the gear and tent and made our way back to town to enjoy our smokies and smores indoors. There was a 3 hour break from the rain around lunch time on Sunday and I managed to fit my 12 miler in then. I took it nice and slowly so that I'll still have some pep left in the legs for the race, but I'm ready to go for my next half marathon on Saturday.
Also, I'm going to hit the pool after boot camp tomorrow night to test out whether my body remembers how to front crawl. After that I will most likely register for the Strathmore Women's Sprint Tri on August 10th...!