Major Award?? ME??

OK, maybe this isn’t a major award, but I’ve always wanted to use that phrase since I first watched A Christmas Story. 

My friend over at Running Lonely nominated me for the Liebster Award.  The name implies that there might be some sort of prize attached, but I quickly learned this is not the case.  Upon further examination, it seems more akin to those chain emails back in the 90s where you would answer questions and forward to everyone in your address book.  You know, the ones where you were instructed to COPY and PASTE so that those irritating forward symbols weren’t littered all over the email, but no one ever did it so you had to delete all those before forwarding (at least you did if you were OCD like me).  In all seriousness, I am honored that M would take the time and effort to tag me in his blog.  The only problem I see with this is that I can count the number of people I know that blog on one hand, so this limits the number of people I can tag to keep this thing going.

The obligatory inclusion of the Liebster logo.
The obligatory inclusion of the Liebster logo.

Now we get to the issue at hand.  Answering all the prodding personal questions.

  1. What is your current health related goal?

I’m not sure this is “health related”, but my current goal is to keep my ITB reasonably happy until December 14, the day of my first marathon.  At my current training juncture, this is a lofty goal.  I have considered moving in with my MFR guy until the marathon in order to accomplish this.

  1. What is your biggest irrational fear?

Runners trots.  Wait – maybe that is a rational fear, especially if Tex-Mex has recently been eaten.

  1. Do you enjoy wrapping presents?

I would enjoy wrapping presents if I had the ability to make them look presentable and cute.  But I can arrange tissue paper in a gift bag like a pro.

  1. What’s your favorite cross training activity?

People cross train?? I thought that was just an urban myth.  I enjoy cycling, when I can squeeze it in.

  1. If I came to visit you, what would we do? 

The most exciting thing to do in my town is watch the cattle graze.  But after all that entertainment, we would most likely go to Dallas and hit all the touristy places like, where President Kennedy was assassinated.  Because I think that may be our only claim to fame.

  1. You have 2 weeks off of work and 2 round trip plane tickets to ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take?

Scotland or Spain.  Maybe I could spend a week at each and would most likely take my oldest daughter, Taylor.

Speaking of Taylor, here she is, having recently turned 21, on the beer isle.
Speaking of Taylor, here she is, having recently turned 21, on the beer aisle.
  1.  What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you during a run or race?

Thankfully, I have no answer to this question.  Check back, though, because I’m sure something embarrassing will happen sooner or later.

  1. Tell me the 3 best days of your life. Or at least the first 3 that pop into your mind.

Let’s go with events, because they aren’t necessarily “days”…

1) Volleyball with my girls.  We live so far from the Dallas area that playing club volleyball means a one hour drive each way for practices and tournaments.  I cherished the time spent with Taylor (and now, Alli) in the car because the conversations brought us closer and allowed us to talk about a wide range of subjects.  The volleyball part has been a lot of fun as well. 🙂    2) Deciding to “get healthy” before I turned 40.  Acting on this decision was the BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself.  I cleaned up my diet and started running, which has yielded much, much more than just benefits to my health.   3) My friendship with Allison.  Most of you don’t know about Allison, but she was my soul mate and best friend.  She died 10 years ago, but I am SO THANKFUL for being blessed by her friendship.  Most people live a lifetime and never experience a friendship as rich as the one we shared.

  1. Okay, you HAVE to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would you choose and what would you order?

Chick Fil A.  I would have the grilled chicken wrap with avocado lime ranch.

  1. Have you ever met a celebrity?

I met Dubya, back when he was governor of the great state of Texas.  Does that count?

  1. Share a picture of yourself in non workout clothes!

    This non-workout pic is proof that a) I own a dress and b) I have actually worn a dress.
    This non-workout pic is proof that a) I own a dress and b) I have actually worn a dress.
  2. If you could choose to have a ‘do-over’ and switch careers, what would you choose and why?

Volleyball coach or an athletic trainer, for sure!  Because, in my mind, I’m already a trainer and a coach.  The fact that I haven’t been formally trained is beside the point.

  1. If you won the Olympic Gold Medal – how do you think you would react?

With shock and awe, because, well, I’m a #turtle

14. What do you want for Christmas?

A tattoo commemorating my marathon.  And maybe a couple of pair of Zensah compression socks.

Now I’m instructed to tag a couple of new bloggers or newly returned to blogging.  This is the hardest part of the entire exercise, since I am completely oblivious to the world of bloggers.  So I’m going to view these instructions as guidelines, open to interpretation, and just tag one of bloggers that I know, even though she isn’t new to blogging:

Jane from Canada and her blog 50 State Canuck

Apparently you can change one of the questions, if you wish.  I didn’t because I’m terrible at interrogating interviewing people.

Happy running, everyone!