Liebster Award

This past week I was honored to be nominated for the Liebster award by few fellow bloggers! Julie at Unexpected Runner and Lis and Steph from 26.2 x 2! It is an award that focuses on blogs with less than 200 followers!  This is a fabulous idea to learn about other great blogs and to  gain more of an audience!
Thank you Julie and Lis & Steph for thinking of me!


There are a few “rules” that go along with the award!

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award.
  4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees.
  5. You must go to your nominees blogs and notify them.

The Q & As from Julie:

1. Road, trail, or mud?
I am a road runner.  I have done a few trail races and they just aren’t for me.

2. What is your preferred distance?
Lately I have been on a 5k kick.  My favorite distance is a 10k. When I am up for the challenge I love the feeling of finishing a half marathon. 🙂

3. What is your “dream” race?
The Maui Marathon! This is the race that I first saw advertised many years ago and began my interest in running races! 

4. What fitness app do you use the most?
RunKeeper, My Fitness Pal, Pact App, & Rock My Run.

5. What do you do for cross training?
My favorite way to cross train is Body Pump.  I also like to ride my bike and swim!

6. What is your funniest running or race story!
This is only funny now that it has been a few years.  Back in 2010 a dear friend of mine, Elizabeth, and I decided to run the Nashville marathon. About 6 weeks before the race I injured my foot and was unable to run, so I decided to walk the half.  Race day came and started out beautifully.  Then the storms hit!  Thunder, lightning, torrential rain and TORNADOES! (ok, this part was NOT funny, it was a little scary at times).  I am not really sure what we were thinking at the time, but both Elizabeth and I gave our phone to another friend (Kim) who was going to cheer us on. Due to the storms we all got separated and had no way to communicate! After Elizabeth finished the race she looked around for Kim and I and could not find us.  She managed to get back to our hotel where she was safe.  After I finished the race I walked around in the rain for what seemed like hours.  After a while (and a lot of praying), I ran into Kim!  We had NO idea how we were going to find Elizabeth.  I was getting ready to call her parents in VA to see if they had heard from her when I saw a message on twitter from her! She was able to log onto twitter from her computer at the hotel to tell us she was safe!  In that moment I was never more thankful for social media!
After we knew she was safe we decided to find my rental car!  I had looked around for it in the rain but was unsuccessful.  Thankfully Kim knew where she had parked so we headed to her car.  Then we drove around the race parking lots and finally found the rental car!
After all the craziness the sun came out and we enjoyed the rest of the day with a yummy meal at the Cheesecake Factory and a local fro-yo place called Sweet Cece’s!


7.  If you have one, who is your favorite running partner? If you don’t have one, what celebrity would you most like to join you on a run?
I have a few friends I run with on occasion, which I love, but my normal running buddies are the twins I nanny for! They really enjoy going in the jogging stroller with me a few times a week.  My FAV runner, who I would love to run with is the 2014 winner of the Boston Marathon, Meb!

8. How many pairs of exercise-related shoes do you own?
I only have 3 right now.  My feet are challenging to find shoes for 😉

9. What is your favorite snack?
Healthy- Almonds and an apple.  Junky- Chocolate, specifically, Endangered Species Sea Salt & Lime Créme Filled Dark Chocolate

10. What is one thing that you can do today that you never thought you would be able to accomplish?
Complete half marathons.  I have finished 8 now! Several years ago I would never have thought that I would be able to run/walk that far!

The Q & As from Lis and Steph

1. What is your preferred sport, and why do you love it so much?
Although I love running, my FAV sport is volleyball!  I have played volleyball since I was 8 and it has always been my life long love!

2. Tell me about your worst running/fitness related injury.
The summer after my sophomore year of college (2002) I fell while running and fractured my foot.  I was in and out of a boot cast for the next 18 months as the bone was not healing correctly.  Then I had surgery to remove the bone fragment so it would not cause any more damage to my foot or the rest of my body.  Post-surgery I was on crutches till I fell and injured my shoulder.  Then it was a wheelchair for 10 weeks, a walking cast for 4 more and back to the boot as I did physical therapy.  It was about 2 full years from the original break till I was able to start to run again!

3. What type of running/workout shoes do you wear? Would you ever try something else?
I have unique feet, and the only brand that really fits me well is New Balance! I would love to find another brand that works for me, but so far I have not found any. 

4. How long have you been pursuing a healthy lifestyle for?
I have always been active, but not always healthy.  After 20 years fighting an eating disorder, I have been free from behaviors and living a healthy lifestyle the past 6 years 🙂

5. Currently, what are your short term goals vs long term goals?
Short term- Run a 5k(+) everyday in May, lose 20 more lbs, get better sleep.
Long term- Run a full marathon, run a half marathon in each state (5 down, 45 to go), lose 100 lbs.

6. Favorite running/workout gear (not including sneakers)?
I love my yoga pants, my zebra yoga mat, my polar heart rate monitor, Energybits (discount code: runchocolate) & my TuneBelt phone holder.

7. Finish this sentence: when I’m not running/working out, I’m…
Working, experimenting in the kitchen or trying to sleep.

8. What was the last great book you read?
God Loves Ugly by Christa Black

9. What’s your favorite healthy food/meal?
I love a salad with lots of veggies, nuts, seeds, chicken, fruit & avocado.

10. And your favorite non-healthy food?
Mac and cheese!

My nominees are:
1. Noelle from Noelle’s Notebook
2. Kristen from {Run by} Faith and Margaritas
3. Debbie from Dietitian Debbie Dishes
4. Lisa from Got to Run Now
5. Lindsay from Your Fit Trip
6. Lauren from LNRB for Miles
7. Samantha from Dance to the Finish Line
8. Anne Marie from Fit Foodie Momma
9. Sara from Sara’s Running
10.  Jennifer from Happily Uprooted

My Q & As for you:
1. What inspires/motivates you to run or workout?
2. If you had $1,000 to spend on fitness related items/races, what would you choose?
3. What is one food you never thought you would like but now do?4. What is your favorite magazine? Fitness related and non-fitness related?
5. What is your go-to recovery meal?
6. What is your ultimate dream fitness accomplishment?
7. What would your perfect home-gym look like?
8. What is your favorite drink?
9. What has been your proudest moment thus far in your life?
10. What is your favorite vacation spot?

Can’t wait to hear your answers!
Keep up the great work!!!

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