Sunday, June 2, 2013

Someone is Getting a Big Thumbs Up!! (Is it you?)

Hi everyone!

It's time for another installment of the Thumbs Up award!!

This month's recipient is Erika from This Spartan Will!!


There are a number of reasons I'm giving Erika a big ol' Thumbs Up:

1.  I met her online, but when she moved out here we became friends immediately.  She is a real person from the moment you meet her.  I love her openness and was pulled into her vortex from the start.

2.  She is the athlete I want to be...I will never be that person, because she has been an athlete since she was a zygote.  She did her first Ironman in Arizona in 2012, and finished it in 12:19:04.   She crushed it!

3.  She's also "wicked-smaht".  She has a very important job at Stryker and does fancy things like teach doctors how to use their equipment.

4.  Erika is always up for a good time (in a grown-up sort of way...not in a Girls Gone Wild kind of way).  She and her husband are so fun to be around, and even though she might argue it, she amazes me with how she juggles work, marriage, a fun and high-spirited 3-year-old, and exercise!
 
Aside from all those things, there is one more reason Erika gets a Thumbs Up:

If you read my last post, you saw that she ran with me and paced me to a half marathon PR.  After that race said that I *might* sign up for a marathon...and then I did.

When Erika found out, she said that if I wanted her to come out and run it with me she would!!  (Did I mention that she just moved back to Michigan?)  So now, I will be running my first marathon with my trusty pacer and unofficial coach by my side!!

Erika, this is for you.  You rock.


18 comments:

  1. Erika sounds awesome and I will definitely go to her site. Good job Erika!
    But holy crap, I have to keep pace with you in order to earn the badge?!? I'm already too exhausted to eliminate myself.

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    1. Yes she is and yes you should!! And no, you do not have to keep pace. Don't worry, you are still in the "running" :D

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  2. She is definitely a wonderful friend and person!

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  3. a solid pacer/training partner for a marathon is worth her weight in gold!!!

    [And the only other people I say that about are reliable, careful movers!]

    Glad she's on your Marathon Training Team!

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    1. I agree with both those statements! I'm glad too :)

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  4. Aww I love your drawing of her!

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  5. I stumbled upon your site the other day and I can't get enough. Your blog is so unique, especially with your illustrations. I'm officially hooked!!

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  6. Erika is a terrific recipient for your "thumbs up" award. :-)
    PDX was my first marathon too. You will get to run it with Sandra Bullock too! Great choice for a first.

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    1. Isn't she? I thought so too!! Oh, Sandra Bullock, eh? Maybe we can be pace pals ;)

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  7. Congrats to her. She's the kind of athlete I'd want to be too.

    Well, I think I just need to exercise more...

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  8. Thank you so much for this - you have no idea how much it means to me!!! I really appreciate this and am SO excited that we get to venture into this marathon thing together! I'll be there to help however I can - including with bad stories, horrid jokes and many forms of jazz hands :)
    LOVE YOU!!!!

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    1. JAZZ HANDS!!! Can't wait!! You are so welcome. I meant every word and I'm so excited to get started!

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  9. Go Erika! And...marathon?! I have some catching up to do. I'm so excited by that.

    Also - Erika gives me hope that one does not inevitably reach sofa-dom after children.

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    1. Oh yes, Erika is definitely not a sofa-surfer!

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