Tagged! Why I run!
Argh I have been tagged! Only in the blogging sense though, so I (and you) shouldn’t freak out! No house arrest or anything.
The awesome blogging ladies Lill and Jill – who make me spill coffee all over my keyboard at least once a day – want to know more about me. The idea of blog tagging is 1) to ask a question to a blogger about something relevant to their blog and 2) the fun part: tag other bloggers. 🙂
Lill and Jill asked me 2 questions (is that allowed?), why I started running and what my favorite run in London is.
Why do I run?
I ran track and field while I was in high school. Every run over 400 meters (that’s a lap in the stadium!) I considered an endurance run! I stopped doing track and field when I started college and didn’t take up running again for something like 7/8 years maybe.
About 10 years or so ago (time is blurry…), I had a virus infection that left me exhausted for 6 months. After consulting several doctors, the last one recommended to take up walking outside as part of the healing process. So, I started walking. After the virus passed, I changed the walking to running and then had the CRAZY idea of running a 5k. Can you imagine, running 5km, 5000 meters!! That was a CRAZY distance then. I trained for it, ran it and had the biggest smile on my face for 2 weeks after the race. (The next time I had such a big smile was when I finished a marathon! Talk about CRAZY!!).
After that race I kept running and noticed how it calmed me down, de-stressed me and just made me feel better. So, I figured RUNNING IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY, so I kept running. Since my first 5k, I run every year for a charity. And there is no better way of combining something you love doing that’s good for you and helps others, too. This year I am running with Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in San Diego. If you can, please support my fundraising for LLS.
My favorite run in London?
I love the parks in London. All of them are great for running. My favorite though is Richmond Park. I can see the river Thames from there, see all the way across to St Paul’s Cathedral (there is a protected vista that preserves the view all the way to St Paul’s – it’s 10 miles and created in 1710), see deer and feel like I am in the middle of the countryside.
So, now to my favorite part, tagging others. 🙂
Cat just finished the London Marathon, Congratulations, Cat! My question to you: How long did it take you after the race from “I never ever run a marathon again” until you started planning your next race? (It took me about 7 days after my first marathon…)
Riveroflife just started blogging about life, love, dreams. My question to you: If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?
Amy (a dose of good) has a very positive outlook on life. But seriously, Amy, “a wonderful rainy day”? How do I keep a positive outlook after more than 2 weeks of rain?
Fla midwyfe is a midwife currently living and working in Asia. My question to you: What has been your most touching moment in Asia so far?
Jog on Jules finished her first ever race a few weeks ago and quit smoking! Awesome accomplishments! My question to you: How healthy do you feel? And what do you do with all this new energy?
! Happy weekend!
I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
~ Jesse Owens