I've been tagged by Stacie to answer the following questions. Thanks, Stacie!!
1. What was your toughest race? I'm sure you all expect me to say my 50 miler, or some marathon, but my toughest race was actually a local 5 miler I ran on July 4th 2009. It was my 12th time running this race and it was in my hometown; I've run this course literally hundreds of times. I had just started "Clean Eating" earlier in the week and I wasn't eating enough because I was still learning what I could eat. My goal for the race was 34:59. At mile 3 I had nothing left. That was the first time I ever felt like that. I wanted to quit so badly or start walking. Mentally I wasn't into it, physically I was hurting, and having tons of people speed past me didn't help either. It was probably the most miserable I've ever felt while running. Good thing it was only 5 miles. I ended up with 37:30, still a great time, not sure how I pulled that off.
2. What are your goals for 2011? Well, as you all know, Ryan and I are getting married (finally) in May. Currently for 2011, Ryan and I are signed up for 5 marathons, Disney, Hyannis, Boston, RNR San Diego, and Desert Island Marathon. We are also planning on doing a 50 km in May and we both hope to run the Stone Cat 50 miler in November (same one i did this year). I really want to do another 70.3, but with the wedding and honeymoon, I don't see it happening. I would like to focus on riding my bike more. In July, i have plans on volunteering at Ironman Lake Placid and then hopfully being able to sign up for 2012 IM Lake Placid. I'd like to work on speed too, I'm overdue for some PRs.
3.If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Here. I would never want to live anywhere else. All my family is here and I like the weather in MA. If i could though, I would love to spend the summers in Alaska. I love Alaska so much and I think about it at least once every 5 minutes. My heart aches when I look at pictures, I just want to go back so badly. But i wouldn't want to live there year round because I'm not that tough.
4. What is my guilty pleasure TV show? Hannah Montanna. Don't judge. I don't watch it very often though. The only TV show I watch is The Biggest Loser, I've been watching it since season 1.
5. How do you keep a sense of balance? hmm, not sure how but i always feel like I'm balanced. I'm very disciplined and efficient and I always get done what I need to get done. i wake up early and go non-stop until bedtime but that's what I like to do so it's doesn't stress me out or anything. I get a lot done in a day and I always find way to squeeze things in. I guess by not wasting anytime I get everything done. Obviously running makes me feel balanced. I started running in 1998 and don't want to imagine my life without it! I don't know my adult life without running (I was 12 when i started) so I'm not sure how I'd be without it, and i don't want to find out anytime soon.
Thanks for the fun, Stacie! I tag Ryan :-)