Rocketman Florida Triathlon Race Review

RocketMan Florida Triathlon 2014There are those races that you are completely prepared for and they go exactly as you plan them to go. And then there are those races that you are not prepared for and just pray that you will survive them. But what about those races that have so many variables that you can’t be prepared for all of them. What happens during those races?

This race weekend was … interesting. I managed to get the entire weekend off from work so I wasn’t stressed about getting to the packet pickup or hurrying back to work on Sunday afternoon. I decided to drive down with Mel and her husband to check into the race and then head back on race morning rather than getting a hotel room. It all worked out nicely. They have a bike rack that could carry all three bikes for us.

Unfortunately, when I grabbed my bike to meet them I noticed the back tire was flat. Not just low, but completely flat. It didn’t make much sense to me since I had just used it a week earlier and it was fine during the ride. I just crossed my fingers and hoped that the bike shop that was going to be at the registration would be able to replace it for me.

The packet pickup/registration was in a field near the Boeing offices. Not too bad, but the field was covered in red fire ants. And they loved my feet. I got my bib, swim cap and shirt and had my tire fixed. They were able to do it quickly and we racked out bikes and headed back home.

For dinner I had my standard pasta and red sauce and tried to get to bed early. I actually got to be around 11:15. I wasn’t able to sleep very well though. That is the norm for me the night before the race.

I was up at 4 and on my way to meet Mel again by 4:20. They had some delays getting on their way, but we made it to the transition area around 6:00. I got my things set up with my food taped to my bike and everything else laid out to make the transition easier. The was about five minutes left before transition closed that I discovered that my tire was flat again. A very nice gentleman pumped up the tire for me and told me not to worry. Apparently, when you rack the night a race before they will let some air out of your tires to avoid blow outs overnight.

I got out of the transition area just in time and then I had over an hour to wait before my wave entered the water. We talked to some interesting people I was able to use the porta-potties without any wait since most people were already heading to the river.

Swim

We had been warned that we would be wading through the river mud (aka, muck) and that there would possibly be shells in the bottom so I decided to wear my Five Fingers for the swim portion. I’m not a big fan of muddy bottoms so I am glad I wore them. Even through the Five Fingers I could still feel the muck. Unfortunately, the river remained shallow for the entire course for my distance. I really wanted to swim and the people around me were just running the course. The guards on the paddle boards were encouraging people to swim and save their legs for the rest of the race, but no one was listening.

I tried to swim as much as I could but with everyone running around me it was almost impossible and the water was so murky that when I did swim I could barely see more than 6 inches in front of my face. After was swam, we had to climb onto the dock and up the stairs before heading back to the transition area.

T1

I got to my bike and realized that I didn’t do a great job setting up. Taking off the wet Five Fingers was easier than putting them on at least! Once I got myself situated, I check my tire again and found that it was flat. AGAIN! I grabbed my bike and headed towards the exit hoping that there would be someone to help. Thankfully, I found the person who had installed the tube. He had to get a wrench to take the wheel off, but this time he inspected the tire and found a staple in it. He pulled that out and put a new tube on. Mel was two waves behind me and caught up to me at the transition. She was totally awesome and waited for me to get situated before we left together. We were the last people to leave on the bikes.

Bike

Mel and I made our way out of the transition area with our own police escort. We turned on to the NASA causeway. After heading over the huge bridge, we took the causeway past the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center and through the NASA security gate. Before we got there, we were able to see tons of wildlife.

At one point, Mel pointed out a huge gator on the side of the road. Right when I looked at it, it leaped out of the water towards up. Thankfully, it was in a ditch and probably about 20 feet away from us, but both of us screamed and peddled as had as we could to get away from it. After that we saw smaller gators. Our police escort laughed at us and got on his speaker to remind us that we were in a race, not a sightseeing tour. We laughed and said that sightseeing was the main reason that we were doing the race.

The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) was is so large, that we felt like we were never going to get there. Once we started heading north, there was finally hope that we were going to get there. After another half mile, I asked the police office if he would be okay with me stopping for a minute to get a picture. He said to go ahead. And then he pulled in front of me. Well, now he is being featured in this review!

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Road to VAB

I was really feeling good and I started catching back up to Mel since she had pulled away during my stop. One of the bike support volunteers caught up to me and started riding beside me. I asked him how my back tire looked and he said it looked a little bit low, but not flat. I was fine with that and I though it might just look like that because of my weight on the bike. We kept going and made the turn over the train tracks and then I was suddenly riding passed the VAB. I was so excited and I smiled and waved at race photographer. I can’t wait to see the pictures!

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Launch Control and VAB

Less than a mile after the VAB, I noticed a weird noise and then I noticed that my bike felt weird. I stopped and checked the tire and it was completely flat again. The bike support rider had a CO2 cartridge with him and he blew up the tire with that, but unfortunately, the tire lost the air before I was able to get moving again. He had a spare tube with him, but we needed the wrench still. Him and a representative from the Space Center tried to use another tool that one of the police offices had to try to take off the wheel but had no success. We tried to reach some of the other bike support volunteers, and after maybe 15 minutes, we got in touch with one of them. By that point in time I had already decided that I was done with the bike. There was obviously something bigger going on with my wheel than the staple in the tire and I didn’t want replace it again only to be in the same predicament in less than an hour.

Unfortunately, that meant no launch pad pictures for me. But I was able to be driven back to the transition area. I was able to get this picture before we headed back!

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Just because your equipment fails you doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun!

T2

Of course this transition is much easier. I racked my bike, remembered to leave my helmet on the bike, grabbed my bottle of Nuun and headed out to the run portion of the race.

Run

The run started out okay. It was already really hot out though. The first mile was entirely in the sun. It was hot and there was only one water stop on the 5K+ course that was around the half way point. The course was pretty flat but it there was a slight hill but nothing that wasn’t manageable.

The turn-around point was at the Valiant Air Command War Museum. Several old planes were pulled out for us to run by. I was really hoping to see a Blue Angel. I’ve had a slight obsession with them since ever since I say Van Halen’s video for Dreams (remember music videos?). Unfortunately there weren’t any out there. Kudos to my sweetie for just pulling up the video and playing it on our Google Chromecast too. I’m pretty sure if one of the Blue Angels was out I would have gone over to it and given it a hug.

There were a lot of really cool Air Force and Navy. I’m partial to Navy since I grew up so close to a base and have a lot of friends that were in the Navy, but since my dad and uncle were in the Air Force, I hold a special place in my heart for them too.

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US Air Force Skyblazers

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Since the water station was positioned at the entrance to the museum you actually pass it on the way in and on the way out. I took a few cups of water and dumped them on me. I grabbed some ice too and dropped it down my bra. It definitely helped me cool down. I also met one of the men who was doing the half iron distance. He had done 4 Ironman races and 28 marathons outside of the Ironman distance! Can you just say wow!

When I made the turn to head back to the finish, I found Mel sitting on a guardrail in the shade. She was not feeling well, getting dizzy and nauseous and losing some of the feeling in her fingers. I gave her some of my Nuun to drink and we walked back. I kept my eyes on her and made sure that she took it easy. Once we made the last turn towards the finish she decided she really needed to sit down. Her husband had already finished and started making his way towards us so she told me to go ahead and finish.

I really wanted to run, but I was so hot and I had a cramp in my calf that seems to be a recurring issue. I’m now working on it with a foam roller so it doesn’t affect future races. Once I got to the red carpet of the finish line I ran in. There was a balloon arch that was low enough that I jumped up to reach it. I was so thankful to finish the race.

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2014 Rocketman Triathlon Medal

So, the day didn’t go quite as planned. I’ll definitely want to do this again. With my new schedule at work, I will be able to get more Sunday bike rides in. Unfortunately that won’t be happening until I figure out what is wrong with my tire. The bike support people think it could have been one of the spokes. I’ll be taking my bike in to get it looked at but I don’t think I’ll be investing too much more money into it. I hope to get a new bike before next spring.

It looks like I owe my friend a banana bread since I didn’t meet any of my goals that I set out for myself. I honestly think I would have been on track for the bike time I set since Mel finished the bike in 2:45 and change and I was doing good keeping up with her. I guess I’ll just have to see how that works out next time!

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Race Goals

This post is a little bit late in coming but I wanted to get it out before I head to bed. I have the big race that I’ve been training for in the morning. I am so excited to race the Rocketman Triathlon tomorrow!

A teammate of mine from Run GKTW challenged me to set some challenging goals for each part of the race. I came up with some, but I think I will modify what I initially stated after seeing the race course today.

Original goals: Swim 9:58, Bike 3 hours, Run 43 minutes.

After seeing the course and finding out where the swim time actually starts and ends, I think I’m going to allow myself some more time. The swim starts in the water. We have to wade out about 100 yards before the start. After we complete our distance, we then have to wade back the 100 yards, climb up stairs from the river and run towards the transition area. I’m not sure exactly where the swim out time will be recorded, but I know it won’t be any closer than the top of the stairs.

I plan on keeping the bike and run near my original goal times. The official distance for the run is supposed to be 3.5 miles instead of 3.1 miles. I’m not sure if I can make the time but I’m going to try my hardest. And as for the bike, well, we’ll see how I survive that!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

I’ll be here around 8:30 tomorrow morning…

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Rocketman Florida Triathlon Swim Course

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Leader of the Pack

This week was another race weekend at Walt Disney World. People from all around the country (and world) descended on Lake Buena Vista to run the Tower of Terror 10 Miler and all of the fun races that were included in the weekend. And I was working. I am definitely not complaining. It was fun seeing all the people in their costumes heading out to the race. This is actually the only runDisney race I haven’t run on the East coast.

My Team in Training coach was actually one of the people participating this weekend. She ran the 10 miler on Saturday night. Since I am the mentor for the season, I was asked to run a mentor-lead training. I don’t blame her for wanting to be rested for a nighttime race. Of course I wouldn’t let the Team down. My coach dropped off the water coolers with me on Friday and I was lucky enough to get out of work a couple hours early so I could be rested before having to get to practice.

The practice was scheduled for 6 am in Winter Springs. We were running 7 miles on the Cross Seminole Trail. I live an hour away for the meeting point which made for an early morning for me. I got there about 10 minutes early and with the rainy weather we have been having for the past few weeks, I wasn’t surprised when it started raining as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. Thankfully the rain didn’t last long though.

It wasn’t a big turn out for us. Only one other Team member showed up. She is training for the Dopey challenge so we did our 7 miles together. She was kind enough to go my slower pace. Once we got back to the start she turn around to do another 8 miles. She was a rock star doing that on her own! I had to collect the coolers but I made sure to leave extra cups of water out there for her since she would be doing the same out and back again. It was still really warm that morning and even though the rain stopped it was disgustingly humid.

I used my Map My Run app to keep track of the route. It was not accurate at all. Within the first 3 miles the app was bouncing the GPS all over the place. The app says that we did 12 miles, but we only did 7. Any tips on making an app or GPS be more accurate? Here’s a pic of the route it recorded.

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My “route” according to Map My Run

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Cross Seminole Trail 7 mile run

I’m a bit sore today, but I’m getting/staying focused now. One more week until the Rocketman Tri and then it is time for me to focus 100% on marathon training. I’m nervous about the bike portion of the race next week, but I know I’ll be able to do it. The course should be relatively flat so I will just have to power through!

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50 States Challenge

In running, there are is a badge of honor to run a race in all 50 states. So far I’ve only done races in two states. I will have to wait until I am in a much better financial position before I can do any traveling to other states to work on my own challenge.

I have my own fundraising challenge going on right now. A teammate of mine started a 50 State Challenge and I stole her idea.

Cancer affects everyone no matter where you are from. Let’s see if I can fill up this map with purple. It doesn’t take much. Just skip your Starbucks for the day and drink the coffee in the office (if you work with me, I know that is a big sacrifice) or skip your martini at happy hour. Take that money you saved for the day and make your donation.

I know people in most states but not in every state. Please share this with your family and friends and see if we can fill this map together! I’ll color in the states as I receive donations and I’ll try to update every other week or more frequently until my map is completely purple.

Make your donation here.

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50 States Challenge

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Iron Girl Clermont

Did you ever wake up in the morning and think, “Hey, I want to run a triathlon this morning?” No? Only me?

Well, it didn’t quite happen like that but it kind of felt like it. The Iron Girl Clermont Triathlon had been on my to-do list all year. I never got around to registering for it. I kept putting it off and up until the Friday before the race, I thought I may not even do it. On that Friday I was thankful that I hadn’t registered because I thought I would need to go home to Connecticut the next day.

I had actually made the effort to switch my schedule with a friend so that I wasn’t working past midnight the night before the race and when I realized that I wouldn’t be going to Connecticut for a few more days, I decided to get up for the race to cheer on Mel. I did take the extra steps to get everything together in case I decided to do the race. I made sure that my bike had enough air in the tires. You know, the important stuff. I even sent Rob a text message to look out for my stuff since he would be getting home late and I didn’t want him to trip over anything.

Sunday morning I got up at 4:45, got everything into my car and made the 20 minute drive over to Lake Minneola. As soon as I was parked, I grabbed my bike and went to the registration table. All bikes had to be in the transition area by 6:30 so I wanted to make sure I got my bike in there as soon as I was able to.  At the registration table I was able to meet Meghann and tell her about being registered for the Rocketman Tri.

Once I got marked and racked my bike (in the wrong section – whoops! I fixed it before the race started), I went back to my car and got the rest of my stuff and sent Mel a text message letting her know that I was there.

After getting my transition area all set up (in the right section), we headed over to the beach to relax before our wave started. Mel wanted to line up at the back of our wave so that we wouldn’t need to deal with the mad rush of people trying to start the swim. There was a total of 5 waves, 3 for the Sprint distance and 2 for the Super Sprint distance and I was in the last wave.

The Race

Once we got in the water, we had to run out a bit before we were actually able to start swimming. Normally we would have started further out in the lake and the drop off would have happened sooner, but we’ve had so much rain recently that the shore was about 30 feet “higher” than the last time I saw Mel do a race here.

I was able to start swimming and very quickly started passing people. I had to stop and tread water a few times to avoid getting kicked in the face or swimming right on top of people. By the time I was heading back to shore, I was passing people who were in the wave ahead of me. When I was able reach the bottom, I started running. I wanted to run all the way to the transition, but I am just not that good at running on sand so I moved as quickly as I could.

For T1, I was able to get my feet rinsed off quickly and then I tried to put on my shoes. Here would have to be my biggest mistake. I decided to try my Vibram Five Fingers because 1) my bike seat was a little bit low and I thought the thinner material under my feet would make it seem like my seat was higher and 2) I thought they would take less time to get on than dealing with socks and sneakers.  Yeah… I finished the swim 2 minutes before Mel and she still caught up with me in the transition. I just couldn’t get them on with damp feet.

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Bike Elevation Profile – Check out those hills!

For the bike, I survived. As I mentioned before, Clermont is hilly. Florida has hills folks. The first hill was not very long after the start of the bike portion. It was a pretty good climb, but it was followed by a nice and fast down hill. Unfortunately, the entire bike portion was rolling hills for the rest of the ride. We biked around all of Lake Minneola. It was very pretty and maybe next year I can actually plan on training on the course a few times. The last big hill was actually the worst. I managed to make it up it without stopping though!

My T2 was remarkably fast. I got in, racked my biked and turned around to head out right away. Notice something I forgot to do there? I didn’t notice right away either.

I was so thankful to only be doing the 2 mile run by that point. But very quickly, I realized that wearing the Five Fingers was the worst decision I had made. My feet and legs were not happy. There were a few parts of the run course that were out and back. I was able to see Mel and she kept encouraging me to catch here. I tried to, I really did and maybe with my sneakers I would have been able to, but my legs just could not move any faster.

Back to that thing I forgot to do during T2. About a half mile into the run, one of the other participants asked me why I was still wearing my helmet. What? Oh. Whoops! I took off my helmet and started carrying it. Then one of my swim coaches happened to bike by. She asked why I was carrying my helmet. Yup. Thankfully there were some bushes nearby and I through it in there so that I could pick it up on the way back. I didn’t want to run through the finish line with the helmet so I though it to the side again just before the finishing chutes.

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You are an Iron Girl!

I was pretty satisfied with my performance in my first triathlon. I was already making plans to do it again. I can’t wait to do my next one!

My stats:

Total time: 1:30:31

Swim: 9:58

T1: 5:43

Bike: 43:17

T2: 1:11

Run: 30:22

Lessons Learned

I came in 5th in my age group for the swim. I was so close to the next person that I am certain if I had started at the front of my wave I would have come in 4th for the swim. I spent too much time during the swim stopping and battling my way around people. Also, only socks and sneakers for my next race. I know I can slip my socks on damp feet much faster than trying to get the Five Fingers on. Oh yeah, and leave my helmet with my bike!

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Fundraising Ideas

I am in full swing with my fundraising for Team in Training again this year. There are so many different ways to raise money for charities. I have a few that are different fundraisers that I am running right now and a few more ideas that I am working on.

logo_tnt_teamPampered Chef Catalog Show

A friend of mine from work is a Pampered Chef consultant and has set up an online catalog show for me. I love Pampered Chef products. So much so that I used to be a consultant for them when I was first out of school. They also have some really good recipes that I like to use. I plan on making their French Apple Pastry this week. It is apple pie season and I have been craving some lately. I’ll be sure to post that recipe and pictures of the finished product when I make it.

For the catalog show, 15% of all the sales will go towards my fundraising. Additionally, $3 for every show booked will also go towards my fundraising. I’m not sure if that will apply to other catalog shows, but if you are local and want to host a show, please get in touch with Taryn and she will get you started. Check out the Pampered Chef fundraising show here and place an order today!

Banana Bread to Beat Cancer

This idea come from one of the girls that is on the Space Coast team. She is known for her oatmeal cookies. I decided that there is one baked item that I am really good at. I’m selling banana bread for a $15 donation to my website. Currently I’m not able to ship the bread, but if you are coming into town, I am willing to drop off the cookies at most local hotels. This is especially a good idea for those of you who are coming into town for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. I have an event page on Facebook with more details.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Finally, I have a Yankee Candle fundraiser that I’m running. I have a catalog sale right now, but in the next few days, I will have the website up and running. The website will be up until the end of December. This is an amazing deal. Team in Training will get 40% of all the proceeds. You can place an order for Yankee Candle here. You may need to enter my Group Number 990056039 and my Seller ID Megan1 in order for me to receive credit.

Of course, direct donations to my fundraising site are always welcome too!

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Dead Last Finish

After a long overdue post, I am sharing with you the time that I had a Dead Last Finish. In my early days of running I signed up for a local 5K to give myself a goal. It was during my training for my first half marathon and timing-wise it fit right into where I should be.

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Dead Last Finish

I ran the Phoenixville 5k back in October 2008. It was only about 10 minutes away from home and they also ran a 10k that day. I wasn’t really nervous about it, my goal was just to get out there and get it done. The race was small and local. I guess I should say that was actually nervous.

Phoenixville is a town on a river with lots of hills. The 10k actually went down to river and back up the other side before returning to the finish line. The 5k stayed on the same side as the start/finish line, but that didn’t make the course any easier. There were still some decent rolling hills throughout the course. Maybe it wasn’t the wisest choice for a first race, but the timing was right.

I lined up near the start line. The race was so small that there were no corrals. When the gun went off, I started off at a comfortable pace with everyone. Of course people were passing me. I had been following the C25K plan inconsistently prior to the race but I didn’t continue to follow it during the race. I was a new runner so I thought I could handle it! Boy was I wrong. My Nike+ measured the first mile as my fastest mile to date. I quickly lost my speed after that first mile.

http://whomerun.comWhen I reached the turn around point, I knew I was the last runner. The other people were still in sight though. The volunteers at the water stop were really encouraging so I kept going. During the last mile I was exclusively walking the race. By the time I was in sight of the finish line most of the 10k runners were finished. The volunteers at the finish line were great and cheered me on.

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Dead Last Finish

I managed to finish strong and even finished in under 45 minutes. It was a surprise to me that I still met my goal for the race. (I’d like to note that on any given day I’m still not much faster than that in a 5k.) This race was definitely filled with fast runners. I’m not sure how far behind the rest of the group I was. At the end of the day, I was still satisfied with my race.

In case you missed it, you can read about my DNS (Did Not Start) and DNF (Did Not Finish).

DLF>DNF>DNS

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2 Degrees Bar Review

I was provided with samples of 2 Degrees Snack Bars through my association with Raynforest. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

I had the opportunity to try 2 Degrees Snack Bars recently. 2 Degrees is an amazing company that was started by two friends in San Francisco. Their mission was to make delicious product and feed hungry children around the world. It is their goal to fight childhood hunger.

How do they do that? It’s simple. They use a “Buy-One-Give-One” model. For every bar that you purchase they give a child a meal. According to their website, their try to purchase food that is produced locally in the region where the meals will be distributed. They work with non-profit organizations in developing countries to help distribute the meals through health clinics, schools, and community groups. In the United States they work with Feeding America to distribute the meals. You can see some of the other countries that they are working in on their website.

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2 Degrees Snack Bars

So how are the bars? I really enjoyed them. My pack included four different flavors: Chocolate Peanut, Cherry Almond, Chocolate Banana and Apple Pecan. The bars contain all-natural and nutrient dense ingredients such as nuts, chia and quinoa. If you are allergic to nuts, I highly recommend the Chocolate Banana. It is incredibly delicious!

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Cherry Almond

I can’t decide my favorite between the Chocolate Banana or the Apple Pecan (which reminds me of an apple pie). The Chocolate Peanut was yummy too. The only one I wasn’t a fan of was the Cherry Almond. Funny enough that is was the one that I got a picture of in it’s package! It was a good bar, but I’m not a fan of cherries so it didn’t really appeal to me.

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Apple Pecan Bar

I had one before one of my long bike rides and it held me over until I got home. I plan on ordering some of these again and I may even take them with me while I do my Rocketman Triathlon next month. I think one of the bike might be a great source of fuel.

Here is a added bonus: all of the bars are vegan and gluten free! I know I have some friends that would benefit from that.

If you are interested, you can use the promo code Megan15 that you can use on their website. It’s good for 15% off. For full disclosure, I will also receive a small percentage of any purchases made during my discount code. As with any other income I make through this blog through the end of the year, I will be donating it to my fundraising.

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The Liebster Awards

I can’t believe I have been blogging for six years now and I just received my first Liebster Award. I was nominated by Lara at Methodical Living. Check out her blog!

Here are my answers to her questions:

1. Who is the most influential person in your life?

My Mom. She has always been the most supportive person in the world. She also isn’t afraid to tell me when I need to get my act together.

2. What is your favorite desert?

I have to pick one? I love pie. My favorites are apple, pumpkin and chocolate cream. Hmm… I haven’t made that in a while.

3. If you could own any animal, what would it be?

A dolphin. I love cats and would love to have one of them as a pet, but I think dolphins are the most amazing animals in the world. I would love to have one to swim with every day.

4. I’d like to believe that there are two types of people in the world Beatles fans and Elvis fans. Which one are you? True, there are people who like both but typically everyone likes one a little more than the other.

I’m an Elvis fan. I think this question is funny because I usually make the same distinction. I don’t dislike the Beatles when forced to choose, I pick Elvis every time. I always liked him music but when I visited Graceland in 2007 it solidified my love of his music.

5. What is your proudest moment?

Graduating from college. It has been 15 years now, but that was a big accomplishment. I went from a small, all women’s college my freshman year to a large, top 50 university. It was much more academically challenging and it was a huge cultural shock for me too. I never thought about going so far away to school until I visited Washington, DC and fell in love with the campus and the city.

6. If you could have dinner with any celebrity, politician, or other influential person (alive or dead) who would you choose?

Bill Clinton. I lived so close to him for 3 years of my life but I never had the opportunity to meet him. Despite his personal dramas, I liked him as a president. I think he is a very fascinating person.

7. What is your absolute favorite book?

One book that I read for the first time when I was a freshman in high school, again as a senior and then again in college, and probably the only book I actually finished of all those I was assigned to read was Animal Farm. It is actually one that I would read again on my own too!

8. If you could live anywhere on Earth, where would you settle down?

Aside from Florida? I would love to live in France. Any part would make me happy!

9. What have you learned since starting your blog?

I’ve learned that when I am not meeting my daily fitness goals, I’m less likely to sit down to write a post. I’m sure it’s noticeable here, but my desire to sit down and write a post goes hand in hand with my desire to get off the couch and do anything.

Here are my nominees:

Tabetha at I Run on Water

Stephanie at Cat Lady Runs

Karen at …Just Me and My Running Shoes…

Mindy at Road Runner Girl

Lacey and Miranda at Fairytales and Fitness

Kimberly at Black Dog Runs Disney

Heather at Divas Run for Bling

Nominees, here are your questions:

1. What do you like about blogging?

2. What is your favorite type of exercising?

3. What race is on your bucket list?

4. What is your favorite “cheat” meal/snack?

5. What was your favorite activity when you were in elementary school?

6. Have you ever run a race in a costume? (If so, please share)

7. Name three songs that describe you right now.

8. What are you surprisingly bad at?

9. Do you have a significant other? How did you meet?

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10 Things on Tuesday Volume 8

Ten Things on Tuesday http://whomerun.com

1. I can’t believe it is September already. We had a crazy weekend at work with lots of check-ins, but by the time I get back tomorrow most of the people will be gone for the week.

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Boogie Boards

2. I had another beach day yesterday. Rob got a boogie board for me at the Ron Jon store in Cocoa Beach. I managed to get a couple really good rides in. I never had a boogie board before so for me there was a bit of a learning curve. I had a lot of fun.

3. I found a Christmas Tree Shop in Florida. We were in Altamonte Springs last week and I saw one in a shopping center. After screaming and making Rob turn around, we easily spent an hour in the store shopping.

4. I’ve got lots of different fundraisers in the works for my fundraising with Team in Training. I’m getting closer to meeting my goal, but I would like to reach it as quickly as possible.

5. One of my fundraisers it selling loaves of banana bread. I have to admit that my banana bread is really good. If you or someone you know lives in the Central Florida area, I can make you some for a $15 donation to my fundraising page.

6. I’m also hosting a Pampered Chef catalog party. A friend of mine is a consultant and she set me up with a party. A portion of all the sales will go to my fundraising goal.

7. Yes, I know, lots of TNT updates… I was asked to mentor the Disney Team for the North and Central Florida chapter of TNT. I’m excited and nervous about it. I mentored a season with the Eastern PA team when I lived in Philadelphia. There were multiple mentors out there for the whole team. This time I have THE WHOLE TEAM. No pressure.

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Muppets Most Wanted

8. I got to meet the puppeteer who was Constantine in Muppets Most Wanted last week. He signed my copy of the movie too.

9. I have been having blog guilt. I feel bad that I haven’t been posting that much, but I plan on getting a few more ready for you this week. I have so many things that I want to write about!

10. I’m ready to get a new pair of sneakers. I think I’m going to be getting a new pair by the end of the month.

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