Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy National Running Day!

Today is Memorial Day in the US. I am learning to not confuse my holidays (I've only been here 15 years and should know by now.) This is the day to commemorate fallen soldiers who gave their lives in the line of duty. It is also a day that people have BBQs with lots of hot dogs and hamburgers, apparently. I think it's a way to kick off the summer.

Tomorrow WEDNESDAY though is National AND Global Running Day and I have pledged to run! (Edit: I don't count well, as you'll see in the post, so thank you to Lea at Running with Ollie for straightening that out for me!)


See? Although apparently that's for kids, but oh well.

I'm also joining up with Kristen at jonesinforarun.com She sent out a questionnaire that everyone linking up with her is answering. Click here if you would like to read her interview and see or join the linkup! So, on with the interview!



Why do you run?

It also just makes me feel good.

How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?

By running on National Running Day!


And since I'm in LA, I'm pretty sure no one will bat an eye at my hat and maracas.

How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?

Oh dear, math is not my strong suit.


165.26 miles!
No mileage goal; I tried that a couple of years ago with one of those "Run 2014 miles in the year 2014" but I didn't get anywhere close. It doesn't really do anything for me other than make me feel bad about an arbitrary goal, so it's clearly not my thing.

What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?

We Run the Grove 10k. It's "big" because it will be my first race in California, and it's in Beverly Hills!


But I think it's more of a run on some major streets, rather than a scenic route.

I'm hoping to find a half marathon or two to run this year as well.

Before I leave for a run I must have:

For runs under 8 or so miles:


Anything that requires on-the-go nutrition and hydration:


Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?

I use a Garmin watch.


It *is* normal to take pictures of your watch, right?


Also normal to stand around and wait for the satellites to come online.

Who is your favorite running partner?

I have had several running partners over the years.

Friends:

Ann Marie.                                                                                             Erika.

 
Christy.


I don't know why they were all blonde. 

Family:

My sister.                                                                                             My nephew.







I would have loved to have my dog be my running partner but, well, she's challenging.


So currently, my running buddy position is VACANT.

What races have you run so far this year?


But I have that 10k coming up in a couple of weeks and I hope to find a lot more races to run in my new town.

If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?


But it WILL get easier once you can build your endurance to a few miles.

I think if you are new to running you owe it to yourself to at least build up to 3 or 4 miles before deciding whether or not you like it. Most people I know, myself included, really struggled until hitting that 3 mile continuous run milestone.

Describe your relationship with running in one word:


I know it's cheesy, but it's true.

I started running at the age of 34 and it has taught me that I can do things I had told myself my whole life that I couldn't do. Sometimes I get frustrated with my speed (ok, often) but running has made me stronger and tougher, and has introduced me to so many people I would have never met otherwise.


So, will you be celebrating Running Day, and if so, how?



UPCOMING POSTS: CARDIO CAMP, WE RUN THE GROVE RECAP

31 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love all of your memes. I feel the same way about tracking my mikes as you do, just another thing to stress and obsess over. Happy Global Running Day!

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    1. Exactly--who needs extra stress!! Thanks for coming over :D

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  2. Totally normal to take photos of your watch. Who doesn't?! I agree that setting a mileage goal can add stress to something that's supposed to be fun and skipped having one this year.

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    1. Right? My watch is a superstar according to my photo records! Thank you for coming by!

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  3. I guarantee this will be the best National/Global Running Day post ever! I may not even run at all since I've signed up for spinning. Oops.

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    1. Aw, thanks Coco! Well spinning is a great workout too!

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  4. I wish I could fill the spot of your running partner, but I'm sure you'll find one soon. I love your post!!!

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    1. Thanks Lea--I do too! I think we would be great running buddies. And thanks for helping me with the days of the week; I need to edit this thing pronto!

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  5. Ok, so ,it's my first visit here, but I totally love your stick figures... I will need to read more. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving some tips.

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    1. Thanks for coming over, Lucie! I'm so excited for your race!

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  6. I loved the graphics throughout your post!! So CUTE! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks Kristen! This is a fun linkup!

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  7. That watch is nearly as big as your head! If you lived nearby I'd loan you Milo as a running partner. He's a great little running buddy and doesn't get tired...as quickly as I do. Which is to say, after 5 minutes.

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    1. Yeah, my watch is big. Thankfully not as big as some of the older models! Umm, we do live closer now, but still not close enough otherwise I'd definitely borrow Milo :D

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  8. I love your memes! They are so much fun! My favorite is what you need to head out the door! Both pictures are awesome! I am so happy that I found your blog through the link up!

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    1. Thank you so much, Missy! Hooray for linkups!!

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  9. I have been following your blog intermittently (thanks to Facebook hiding it from me...GRRRRR). I totally LOVE all your artwork!! (I wish I would have thought of that, but gosh...that's a lot of extra work LOL). I agree with what you said about working up to 3-4 miles. Once I reached that "milestone,"I felt like I could run forever (well, sort of).

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it does take time but I enjoy it :) Facebook is so fickle! I follow you intermittently too--I think on Facebook, maybe on Instagram? Sometimes I get mixed up on all my social media. It's so interesting how '3 miles' is the magic number for so many people!

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  10. Love all the stick figures! So cute. Happy running day

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    1. Thanks Deborah! Happy running day!

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  11. That's amazing you started at 34! I always get frustrated too by how slow I run or tired I get on hills, but I know I'm doing the best and can and lapping everyone on the couch ; )

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    1. I think it falls under the "it's never too late" category, though there are lots of people who have started older than me. And yes, we should be proud just for getting out there!

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  12. Can I say how much I love this? I've always loved your illustrations but you've really topped yourself with this post!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! That really means a lot :D

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  13. Omg - just found your blog for the first time through the Global Running Day link up and I loved it - your drawings are soooo freaking adorable! You're so funny. :) The one about waiting around for the GPS to work on the Garmin watch? So crazy, right? I always feel so ridiculous. Like, when people drive by me who AREN'T runners, I'm always thinking, "Oh, man. That guy just thought I'm standing here with my hand on my hip staring hard at my watch for no reason." I always wanna look up and catch his eye, "Just waiting for my GPS to find me." :)

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    1. Hi! Yay I'm glad you found me! I always feel like such a weirdo waiting for my watch :D

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  14. Love your graphics!! SO cute!

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  15. What water bottle do you use to run with? Just found out my CamelBak isn't allowed at the marathon I am doing and I saw in one of your pictures you had a handheld.

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    1. Hi Abby! I use Amphipod. My wrist does get tired and I switch hands from time to time but I like it better than a fuel belt. That sucks that CamelBaks aren't allowed!

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