Liebster Blog Award

Thank you so much to Paulette for nominating me for a Liebster Blog award!  The Liebster is meant to honor up-and-coming blogs with smaller followings that you really like. I'm excited to be a part of it to share my story and to nominate other bloggers you should check out.

The Liebster Blog award asks the blogger to do the following:
1. Answer 11 questions posted by the person who nominated you.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 11 blogs.
4. Write 11 questions for the blogs you nominate.

Here are Paulette's questions/my answers:

1. What is your favorite race?
As far as race distance, I loved doing a 15K this spring - long, but not too long.  (And everyone had better run Hot Chocolate 15K with me on March 3!) Favorite race specifically? I really love the smaller hometown races that are easy to get to, involve the kids, hopefully a beer, etc.  A perfect example is the Can Do 5K or the upcoming Labor Day Half/4 Miler.

2. What is your least favorite race?
I'm not a fan of the 10K distance - it's hard for me to pace that one right; it seems like a long time at a pretty hard effort.  Not a fan, but I want to try one again soon!  I'd hate to call out any specific race as a least favorite; although, there was one race last year that allowed dogs on leashes and I got clotheslined by a dude trying to PR with his dog in tow - not cool.  AND, it was a 10K.

3. Do you have pets, and if so what kind?
I grew up with dogs, mostly golden retrievers but always wanted a Pug and that's what my husband and I got after we bought our first home/condo in Chicago.  Peeps misses the city, too.  He's the perfect city dog, but loves the temperate weather here in Seattle as much as we do.  We also like to torture him with costumes from time to time...


4. Where did you go to school?
The home of the Fighting Illini - Go Chief!

5. What is your favorite long run fuel?
Clif Shot Bloks or Gu

6. Name one thing on your running bucket list.
Hood to Coast!

7. If you could vacation anywhere for a week, where would you go?
I've been to many countries and travelled quite a bit; but these days, all I ask is for the beaches of Mexico, chips, guacamole, margaritas and a book.  Specifically Cabo so that I could go to Edith's for dinner.  One of the best meals of my life so far.

8. Coffee, tea, or none of the above?

9. What sparked your commitment to healthy living and fitness?
I grew up in an environment of an active and healthy family, so I really never knew any different. 

10. What hobbies do you have outside of running & fitness?
I love to read and cook (BO-RING, I know, but the rest of my free time is spent raising two humans)

11. Why did you start blogging?
I sorta spoke to this question not too long ago.  My initial aim was to become more connected to my Oiselle and running tweeps, as well as keeping my oh-so-far-away family up to date. 

My 11 Random Facts:

1. I hate being barefoot.  Even on a hot day.  Once I'm inside, I kick off my flip flops and usually put on socks.  So, yes, I wear socks to bed.

2. I'm left handed, that means I'm in my right mind.

3. When I learned my first child was a boy, I was SO happy because I have an older brother.  I wanted whatever child that came afterwards to have the same awesome experience of having a big brother.  I never had the OMG puhleeeeeez let it be a girl feelings with either kid.

4. My big brother is a captain (manager) of a Trader Joes and whenever people tell him how much they love it/love favorite items he says "thanks for feeding my kids!" This cracks me up.  Oh, and go feed my nieces and nephew!

5.  When I learned my second child was a girl, I was ECSTATIC and PETRIFIED at the same time.  Still am.

6. I've had two c-sections and the worst part for both of them was getting the IV: major abdominal surgery and I fainted for both IVs and had constant pain at the IV site both times.

7. My favorite day of the week is Saturday: it's my 'sleep in' day (until around 9am), we usually do fun family things, we clean house, sit down to dinner together after the kids go to bed, and watch a movie with after dinner cocktails in our nice and clean living room.

8. I like rituals, structure, cleanliness and organization. (SHOCKER!)

9. I used to be totally against the idea of 3D movies until we watched Tron Legacy in the comfort of our own home in 3D.  There ARE films that are made for this medium and are amazing.  Highly recommend.

10. I also used to be against the idea of e-books until my mom got me a Kindle.  I'm a big supporter of the library and not paying for books.  But because King County Library System is SO awesome, I've been able to check out 95% of my books on my Kindle.  Also, putting the Kindle app on my phone has given me so much more time to read on the go whenever I have a few extra minutes throughout the day.  WIN.

11. My random fact I use every time I've had to play 'getting to know you bingo' (since having kids, I've been inexplicably faced with this icebreaker several times...) and it's also on the getting to know me page: I went to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL when I was twelve.  It was pretty awesome and, yes, I got to sit in that spinning thing with concentric circles.  Although, the hand control was mounted there as a prop for the movie (fyi for anyone that actually SAW the movie) and it doesn't do anything.

Here are 11 blogs/bloggers I really admire and 11 questions for them if they feel like playing along!

The Local Elite
Meghan's Wanderings
Daily Sweat
Running Kellometers
Yo Momma Runs
Moveable Mom
Super Runner Mom
Lindsay on the Go
Ricole Runs
Marathon Lar
Skipping in Seattle

1. What's your current running/fitness goal?
2. What's your guilty pleasure running song?
3. Do you have a favorite post race meal/restaurant?
4. Do you have siblings?
5. Are you right or left handed?
6. Best meal of your life? 
7. Where would you want to retire?
8. Favorite day of the week?
9. What did you want to be when you were little?
10. Cat or dog person?
11. Ever have major surgery?


  1. We have the same bucket list item. Hmm, need to make that happen. I want to enter the H2C lottery for next year.

    Love the post, glad you did it!

  2. Awww, thanks for the nomination!

    Your Saturdays sound nice. My weekends are always so hectic and husband works all weekend so they sort of feel like every other day. Hoping to change that someday!

    I've been against e-books for a long time and have recently found myself wanting a kindle too. hmmm...

    1. ughhhhh - I would be VERY displeased if my husband had to work on the weekends :( boo!

      Oh, the Kindle is the best, truly. We have a shared Kindle Fire for games and fun that my husband does his reading on, but I love my cheaper e-ink one. I think there are some you can get for as little as $70...? Definitely worth it if you've got a good library lending system :)

      See ya tomorrow! I'm thinking it's gonna be wading pool weather...

  3. My hubby is a fighting Illini too :) I'll be heading that way shortly for some family gatherings. Funny, I was actually thinking of doing a race there one of these days. They have one right on campus in April (I think April). But, I've got next Spring pegged for my first FULL so I might save the Illini race for the following year. Thanks for the mention - I'll try to do my list this week!