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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Running

Found on Jeanne's blog...

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

LOL. Non-existent. If we're talking 10 years ago it was 1998 and that was the year I joined Weight Watchers and started getting into fitness, but it would be another 5 years at least before I really seriously started working out. In 1998, the most that I was doing was walking to work from the light rail or bus, and walking around UMBC's campus. In fact, I never worked out or exercised extensively. I was never involved in sports, I didn't run a full mile without walking until May 2005. I did take some dance classes though, when I was a kid.

Heh, all of this coming from the person who just last night realized she couldn't fathom not being able to bang out 10 miles on a whim at any time.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?

Let's see, best run or race... That's really tough... I am really proud of my first Disney Marathon (January 2007) because it was so hot (85 degrees) and yet I still finished only a minute slower than my 2006 Marine Corps time. Plus, Todd was there with me and he was awesome. Yet, I also really loved the Frederick Half Marathon this year because it was the longest race I've run where I felt really great the entire race. I don't get that out of full marathons.

3. Why do you run?

I started running to lose weight and get outside. I started racing to challenge myself and to see if I could do it, and because I needed something measurable to gauge my progress. I started marathoning to fight my demons, and for the glory (hey, who doesn't love spectators?). I couldn't sustain my interest with any of that, so honestly I continue running to see improvement in myself and quite frankly to hang out with my friends. It's become a way of life, and now I just run.

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?

Best... Slow down so you won't get injured (or..."Slow! It's the new fast!")
Worst... Hm. "Todd, take my beer tickets and drink up!" (After the Baltimore 5k 2005)

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.

This is something totally different than the other 4 questions. Is this supposed to be about running or what? Why do even the simplest online surveys have a bizarre question at the end?

Hm, something surprising. One of the things I guess is that I once played Pablo Picasso in a school play. And I can still remember most of my lines.

3 comments:

erin said...

I knew Kim in middle school and high school, and haven't really seen her since. If someone had approached us then and asked, "In 15 years, which of you won't be able to fathom their lives without being able to run 10 miles at the drop of a hat?" we would have had a very difficult time communicating through our peals of laughter long enough to say neither of us.

Kim, how can I be this proud of you and not even know you anymore? You are an inspiration. Congratulations on taking control of your body... and in some way, your demons. Yay running!

Kim said...

OMG, how sweet are you?!?!

And you're exactly right. It wasn't even that I just didn't run... I actually avoided running and even cursed and hated any activity that required me to run.

I need to get back to my non-running roots, though, because realizing that I could no longer comprehend NOT running means that I can't be there for the beginners and shorter distance runners that I know and that is a bad thing. So, I've decided to go back and re-read some of my old blog posts from when I was first starting (most of those are back on my private blog, but I might port some over here sometime).

Erin, you're awesome and we're going to get together sometime soon, ok?

erin said...

Fabulousness! I hear the margaritas calling our names! :)

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