The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to recognize other bloggers that they enjoy and is a grass-roots way to help find new awesome blogs to read.
Last August, I was nominated for a Liebster Award and had a lot of fun answering the questions and nominating other blogs (feel free to read about it here for a flashback to the past). I’ve been overwhelmed to be nominated by several different bloggers this week. Because I’ve participated before, I won’t do the whole process but I really wanted to participate and answer all the questions.
I’ll start with Sara from Life Behind the Miles (thanks Sara!).
1. If you could spend the day with one famous person, who would it be and why?
Yowza this is a hard one. Do I go all noble and name some philanthropist? Or intellectual and name some famous thinker? Or “woo-woo-girl” and name Brad Pitt or Hugh Jackman? Hmmm. I think I’ll choose “woo-woo-girl” crossed with “geek girl” and name David Tennant. Mmmmmmmm.
2. What is an attribute you admire in others?
Extroversion, confidence, being outgoing. Once I know someone, I’m all of those things but when I’m in a group or with people I don’t know well, I tend to feel awkward and to act like a wallflower.
3. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would be the 3 things you would take with you?
Water purifier kit, guide to living on the land & a whole box of books (LOTR, Jane Austen, Harry Potter)!
4. If money was no object, what would you choose as your career?
Photography, travel writing and art. I love creating and I think I have a different perspective from the average person. I’m just too risk adverse to have such an uncertain cash flow.
5. What is YOUR greatest achievement?
Another hard one! I think I have different things for different areas of my life. Raising great kids, getting my CPA certificate, meeting my running goals, sticking with blogging for over a year.
6. Why did you decide to start blogging?
Two reasons. (1) To get invited to meet-ups by runDisney (yeah that didn’t ever happen) and (2) to stop driving my family, friends and coworkers nuts with my running obsession (only partially successful). I’ve kept blogging because of the friends I’ve met. I considered quitting after PHM this year, but I met a couple of people who said my blog helped them with their training and that was such an amazing feeling, to know I’d made a difference even to a couple of people… That’s why I keep blogging.
7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I cannot stand bad grammar. A great meme with the improper use of your vs. you’re just makes me crazy! I also hate it when people smoke in public. It’s not fair of me but I swear I can even smell it if people are smoking in the car in front of me with their windows down.
8.What is your favorite pizza toppings?
Shredded carrots and garlic. Yes, I know…
9. What is the theme song of your life?
“Dig a little deeper” from Princess & The Frog.
10. If you had $1,000 that you could spend on anything, what would you spend it on?
Ending with an easy one: Disney. A trip to WDW, a Disney Cruise or runDisney races!
OK, next up is Kristy from Kristy Runs Kato, thanks Kristy!
1. If you could run with anyone,in any place in the world, where would you run & who would you run with?
I hope this doesn’t sound too sappy, but I really love traveling with my husband. So, I’d run with Erik. Where? I cannot possibly come up with just one top place. Alaska (in the summer!), the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Appalachian Trail, Hawaii, Italy, Greece, Scotland, China, France… Can I please win the lotto???
2. If you weren’t scared, what would you do?
Mountain climb. I think it must be just breathtaking but while I’m not unusually afraid of heights, I cringe when I see those people dangling from ropes. Second answer: travel to Egypt, there is nowhere like it but I’m afraid of the violence.
3. What has blogging done for you and your life?
It’s opened up my social circle to encompass such amazing people with similar interests from near and far. It’s given me some new friends and has helped me feel like I belong in a group (I’ve never been a ‘joiner’). It’s helped me stick with my goals and celebrate my victories and cheer on my friends. It’s given me an outlet for my obsessive research tendencies. It’s helped me find my strength and my voice.
4. What is your favorite restaurant?
Satchel’s in Gainesville, FL. It’s where I get my pizza with carrots and garlic on it. A fun, eclectic place with great food.
5. What was the hardest race you have run? Why was it hard?
Can I keep cheating and answer more than one? My very first race ever was the Micanopy Half Marathon in the mid 90′s. I was undertrained, wearing cotton everything, no fuel, no hydration, no plan. I swear I cried the entire second half of the race. But I finished. The runner-up was my Tink Half this year. I got overconfident because it was my 3rd half marathon in 3 months, so I didn’t rest enough, eat properly or let myself recover from the 10k the day before. I didn’t cry, but I wanted to!
6. When was the last time someone did something really special for you? What was it?
I think it was going to Anaheim for the Tink races. I went without my family and it was not a popular move, but it was for me and despite the miserable half race, I really enjoyed my trip.
7. East coast or West coast?
East coast all the way! Those Pacific waters are way too cold! And earthquakes? No thanks!
8. How would you describe your style?
Eclectic. I think that’s a nice way of saying: none really.
9. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Parenting two great kids, getting my CPA certificate, being the first generation in my family to finish college, four halfs in four months, sticking with blogging!
10. Are you a hugger, hand shaker or high fiver?
I’m really a hugger, but I’m not always confident enough (darn you middle school social issues!) to initiate the hug (yes, I know how silly that sounds!).
And now on to Lauren from Running the States:
1. If you could run for any charity, which would you choose and why? (Stolen from #runnerslove)
I’ve actually thought about this one a lot because I’m considering on doing one of the runDisney runs in 2015 for charity. There are so many amazing ones out there that do essential work. It’s probably a tie between Give Kids the World because they recognize how important having a magical experience is for critically ill children and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because of the amazing research they support.
2. What’s your biggest “one and done” activity that you would do?
I’d love to do an Ironman….once.
3. If you could live in any city, which would it be and why?
I would love to live in New York. The energy is so pervasive and Central Park is gorgeous and the restaurants are amazing (I’m talking to you Dr. Han’s) and the museums are endless and you don’t have to have a car and the people are fun to watch and you can walk, walk, walk, walk everywhere.
4. What’s the furthest you’ve traveled from home?
I’ve been to Europe three times. Twice in high school when a family I babysat for paid for me to come over and help out over the summer (Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands) and a girls trip to Scotland with a great friend in 2008.
5. If money was no object, what is the one major purchase you would make?
If it had to be an object, it would be a well-kept Victorian house in the downtown area. I’m actually not a big fan of “things”, I tend to spend my money mostly on experiences so if that was an option, I’d do an around-the-world trip to explore everything!
6. What is the proudest you’ve ever felt?
I’m sure I’ve done things that are more worthy, but the proudest I’ve ever felt (one of those “golden moments” in life) was when I trained properly and prepared well for my first 15k back in 98. I ran the entire race, and the last mile of the race (Gate River Run) is up a huge bridge. When I reached the very top of that bridge, knowing I was on pace and had run the whole way (passing everyone who had to walk up that steep incline)…in that moment, at the top of that stinking bridge, exhausted and with the wind whipping through my hair, I was so very proud of myself. The desire to experience that again was part of why I’ve always wanted to start running again.
7. What is your favorite movie of all time, and why?
The BBC Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth. It’s one of my favorite books and they recreated the setting so beautifully. I know I wouldn’t really want to live in that era, but the movie makes me want to. I don’t know why, but it just makes me happy.
8. If you could meet any musical artist, who would it be any why?
I have no musical talent. I literally cannot even whistle. So I love meeting any musician because I’m so impressed by what they can do. Maybe Bjork because she is so crazy!
9. What’s your favorite restaurant?
Satchel’s in Gainesville, FL
because they have carrots and garlic toppings for my pizza, one of the best salads in the world, a crazy atmosphere and they treat their employees really well.
10. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Bad grammar and smoking (together or separately ha ha).
Well, that’s a lot of info about me! I really appreciate the nomination and I love that the Liebster Award helps spread the word about amazing bloggers. I’m only partially participating since I was lucky enough to get nominated last year, but I really appreciate all the nominations! THANK YOU!!!!