Liebster Award Answers! (PART 1)

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Kathleen and I are fairly new to the blogging world, and we have had so much fun writing our own blog and reading others. Running, Lifting and Life is one of my favorite blogs to read, and she was nice enough to nominate us for a Liebster Award! We have been busy with DC so it took me a while to post these, but here are our answers to her questions:

Lauren’s Answers:

1. What if the longest you’ve ever run?
— Currently the furthest I have ran is 14 miles. This will be changing really quickly due to the training for my marathon in June! (Actually changing tomorrow as I tackle a 16 mile run!)2. What is your ultimate race goal?— One day, I would love to be able to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It’s funny, because I really dislike Boston (just because of their sports teams – I’m a huge Colts fan which makes me a HUGE Patriots hater!), but it is the most prestigious race in the country. I also like how the city really rallies around all the runners, and it would just be awesome to be at that level running wise that I could qualify to participate.

3. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start running but didn’t know where to begin?

— Start with the Couch to 5K program! I was never a runner, in fact, I used to despise running. I didn’t understand the hype, but I was tired of just doing the same old thing in the gym so I decided to give running a shot. And at first, I would go to the park, attempt to run, and feel really discouraged when I couldn’t go far at all and I was exhausted even covering small distances. That’s when I researched online and found the Couch to 5K program. It really eases you into running so that you aren’t overwhelmed. I stuck to the program and at the end I was able to run 3.11 miles straight and I only moved forward from there. Also, I would encourage beginners to not worry about their time at first, just worry about the distance. The better, faster times will come the more time you spend running. And really, at the end of the day, unless you are an elite runner who cares how fast you go! Just getting outside and running is the most important part.4. What made you decide to start blogging?
–Kathleen! Well, I had started a blog last year, but I got bored quickly and stopped writing in it. Now, doing it with my sister, she encourages me to post and we have more followers and commenters which also help me to blog even on days when I just don’t feel like it.
5. Have you ever met anyone through blogging in person?
–Last weekend we met a bunch of bloggers at the Nike Half Marathon Blogger Brunch. It was really cool to meet some people who’s blogs I have been reading in person!6. Have you ever been sidelined by an injury from running?
–As of now, (knock on wood), no. I have fallen a few times, but nothing serious. It worries me constantly though, so I make sure to do a lot of cross training to help avoid injury. I need to work on stretching better after my runs, because that would definitely help as well.7. What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big race?
— For my previous long races, I have just had spaghetti. I’m thinking of switching it up though to something healthier like grilled chicken and vegetables.
8. Do you follow any other sports other than running?
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— Oh yes! I am probably one of the biggest Indianapolis Colts fans out there. I honestly get depressed in the off-season, so running is a nice distraction from my football not being on 😦 . I also like watching the PGA Tour (I’ll admit it, I only watch closely when Tiger is playing), and Illini football and basketball. I need to be a better Illini fan, but I work so many nights that it is hard to watch all the games ( for basketball at least)!9. What are some of your other hobbies?
— I love taking my dog on walks, reading (I work at a library), watching movies, hanging out with friends. My new favorite hobby is group fitness classes! I am obsessed!
10. When is your next race?
— I have a few smaller ones coming up and then it will be my first full marathon – Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. I am very excited, but obviously also very nervous!
Kathleen’s Answers:

1. What if the longest you’ve ever run?

— Right now, the furthest I’ve run is a half marathon (five times). I’ll start training for my January Marathon in July!

2. What is your ultimate race goal?

— Time wise… I’d love to someday (not anytime soon), run a sub 2 half marathon. Marathon wise, I just want to complete the Disney Marathon in the allotted time in January… no time goals!

3. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start running but didn’t know where to begin?

— Anyone can run. I was not a “runner” when I started and I don’t feel like a “runner” all the time either. I started slow time and distance wise and just kept working at it! Don’t give up when it gets tough and if you’re serious.. you might want to invest in good running shoes 🙂

4. What made you decide to start blogging?

— Social media (in particular Twitter) has really been a constant for me since I started running. I follow a lot of people, organizations, races, and more that I would never have been interested in before I started running. With that being said, I also started reading a lot of blogs. One of my high school friends, Kathryn (dancingtorunning.com) had a blog and she had a really good following. While I couldn’t commit to doing a daily blog post (I’m a pretty boring person outside of running), my sister was also running and I thought it would be something fun for the two of us to do together!

5. Have you ever met anyone through blogging in person?

— I’m writing this pre Nike Women’s Half Marathon, in which we will be going to a bloggers brunch before the race… so we will meet some people from the virtual world there! I’m hoping to meet some more people in Disney in January!

6. Have you ever been sidelined by an injury from running?

— Yes 😦 Unfortunately, training for my first half marathon was not the best experience. After a long run, I sat down in the grass and I couldn’t get up. On top of that, I was going to work afterwards where I would be on my feet for 6+ hours. It was not fun. I realized something was pretty messed up. After going to the doctor the following week, I determined that I had weak ab and glute muscles and would have to do physical therapy for at least a month. During this month, I could not run. I learned the best ways to stretch and I came out of physical therapy stronger than ever. My second half marathon (yes, I ran the first one injured and my time was horrible) was 25 minutes better than the first and I’m determined never to get that bad again!

7. What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big race?

— I don’t have any pre race foods that I absolutely need to have. I usually carb load, but it’s not necessary. As long as I don’t eat too much, my stomach is usually fine during a race.

8. Do you follow any other sports other than running?

— I’m a huge men’s college basketball fan… so from November thru March, I’m following my favorite team—the Fighting Illini! I also work at a golf course, so I know a thing or two about the PGA tour!

9. What are some of your other hobbies?

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— I love to travel! Traveling for races has become a hobby, but I also enjoy traveling in general too—I went to Ireland in November 2013. I love seeing musicals in downtown Chicago, going to movies (especially Academy Award nominated ones), and shopping at outlet malls 🙂

10. When is your next race?

— My next race is the Rock N Sole Half Marathon in Milwaukee in the middle of June. State #5 and half marathon #6!

We were lucky enough to be nominated for another Liebster Award by another blog, so stay tuned for the answers to those questions tomorrow (as well as our nominations/questions for fellow bloggers)!

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5 thoughts on “Liebster Award Answers! (PART 1)

  1. It’s so fun getting to know other bloggers through these Q&As. The couch to 5k app is how I started running too and I think it’s a really great way to ease into running.

    • Yes, I really think its the best out there! I could not run for 30 seconds before doing it, and by the end I could run the 5K pretty smoothly!

  2. Great race goal and you can do it!!! Ohhh, group fitness classes!! That’s a great hobby!!

  3. Love the pic 🙂 and lol Lauren I remember in college we were go to the ARC and die while we were on the elliptical! We were like who does this for fun?! And I’m glad you’re liking your group fitness classes! And I loved your first blog name- I run for the tshirt! Lol but I’m glad you and Kathleen both do this blog- it’s updated way more and it’s a fun twist on things- two different perspectives 🙂

  4. great to meet you ladies last weekend! and i too started with C25K! i have never run farther than 3 miles without stopping until i finished C25K!

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