Comment of the Month – February

COTM BadgeHere in North Dakota, I am wearing flip-flops and many of my male classmates are wearing shorts.  It’s 30 degrees outside.

But since we have had lows of -30, this is a 60 degree differential, so it really does feel like a heat wave.  But regardless of the temperature here, it is heating up across the nation, and that means it’s starting to feel like race season. That means things (and posts and comments) are heating up around Salty Running too!

Today, of course, we want to honor our commenters, which means it is time for another comment of the month! This month, the unanimous winner was…

Amy, who commented on Clove’s Big Announcement (which announced that she would be running Badwater)!

I gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome a few years ago. As a type-A perfectionist, I did not handle it well initially. After a few months of grieving, I realized that so much is out of my control. I know it’s not the same as your situation, except that the Universe has plans for each of us that we might never have anticipated. I admire your positivity and perseverance. Those traits are going to help carry you through your bad-ass Badwater experience. Can’t wait to read your future posts. Good luck!!

When we contacted her to let her know she had won, here’s what she had to say:

Wow, I am so honored!  I was just telling my husband last week how much I look forward to Salty posts.  Each Seasoning brings a unique flavor to the discussion; in the vast realm of women’s running blogs, there is truly something for everyone at Salty Running.Amy & Aron Olson

I am a resident of Red Wing, MN, a wife of 15 years and a mother of three, ages seven, five and three.  I was a mediocre sprinter in track during high school and promptly gave up the sport when I went to college.  My twenties were spent partying, traveling and starting a landscaping business, Scenic Spaces.

I took up running again–sporadically– in my early thirties.  In between having babies, I would train for a half marathon during the winter to stave off S.A.D.ness.  (We have long, dark, depression-inducing winters here.) 

Last year I decided to cross ‘run a marathon’ off my bucket list. Since I’m an all-in type of gal, I figured I might as well go for a BQ and then run Boston as a 40th birthday present to myself.  I enlisted the help of a coach, Nichole Porath, who is a professional runner and ran in the last Olympic trials.  Long story short, with her expertise and my determination, I managed a 3:15 finish and will be in Beantown next month.  I’ve developed a serious passion for running and competing. With Nichole’s continued help, I’m shooting for some huge PRs this year as a master.

Thanks for recognizing my comment as the ‘comment of the month’.  I’m attaching a picture of me with my son, Aron, whom I mentioned in my comment.  This little, lovely guy inspires and teaches me so much.  He amazes me every day with his determination, persistence, and zeal for life.  He’s going to make a great runner some day!

Congratulations on your BQ and good luck with your upcoming races!

Thank you again to all of our readers and for all of your comments.  As the weather warms up (we hope it sticks), we are looking forward to the upcoming race season.

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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