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Salty Spice Name: Vanilla

Age: 38

Country/State/General Vicinity: Boulder, Colorado

Year you ran your first mile without walking: 1982

Year you became ‘a runner’: Officially, 1998, but on/off since 1982

Why you started running: When I took up running for good, my main goal was just to do something different.

Why you run now:  I love the sense of accomplishment and the sense of all of my muscles moving forward.

Month/Year you became a Salty Blogger: October of 2012

What is your voice on Salty Running?  I think of myself as being well-rounded as a contributor to all running related topics and the proponent of cross-training.

What is your favorite category of posts on Salty Running?  I love following everyone’s progress b y reading training logs and offering supportive comments.  I also love reading race reports to hear about race accomplishments.

What’s the most you ever spent on a sport bra? $40 for UnderArmour.

First race: The Police Athletic League 1 mile Fun run (age 8) before my Dad ran the race after.  (I can’t remember the distance of his race).

Last race: Running:  Race for the Cure, May 2012 (Columbus); Triathlon:  Ironman 5150 Columbus (Olympic Distance), July, 2012.

3 Races you most wish you could run: London Marathon; Tufts 10K (Boston) and Eugene (Oregon) Marathon

Favorite race: Boston Marathon, 2009, my marathon PR, great weather, great fans and just a good day!

Best running advice you’ve ever gotten: “Relax and enjoy the fact that you are able to and want to run, regardless of the pace. There are many that would love to even think that they can do this.”   My other fave came from my dad regarding Boston training:  “forget the uphills, practice the downhills…”  Some of the best advice he ever gave me!

First Running Shoe:
Some kind of Nike shoe with the amazing waffle-like bottom and cool swoosh.  (I was 8).

Do you run with a watch? What kind? 
Garmin 110, the cheapest one, Timex Ironman, or none

Running goals for 2012:  I’m coming off a nagging hammy issue that I had for about 9 months, plus, I am just getting acclimated to altitude.  Since July, hammy has been fine, so my running goals right now are to build base, throw in workouts and stay healthy.  Looking forward to training for a marathon in spring, 2013!

Current/Main/Favorite Shoe:  Pearl Izumi Streak II.  I rotate these, and I currently have 4 pairs I’m working with right now.

How many pairs of running shoes are currently in your house? Me:  7; Hubby:  6 that I can think of.

Running hero(es): Katherine Switzer, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bernard Lagat, Meb Keflezighi, Sister Madonna Buder and anyone who never gives up on their goals!

Favorite Running Partner(s): My Columbus teammates, hubby, ipod, and some new friends that I have met here in Boulder.

Non-running hobby: Triathlon, weight training, cooking, college football (Go Buckeyes), shopping.

Who’s in your household?
Hubby and lots of training gear.

Occupation (how you get your shoe money): Hubby right now since I am not working.

Would you like to add anything? I am excited to be involved with Salty Running, and I am excited to hear from and learn from others when it comes to training, eating, relaxing, etc.  My philosophy is to treat all training cycles and races as positive learning experiences which leads to the pure enjoyment of running , plus it’s more fun!

5K:  19:18  (2008)
10k – 40:07 (2009)
1/2 Marathon – 1:26:17  (2009)
Marathon – 3:03:21  (Boston)

Native Ohioan now living in Boulder, Colorado. I love to run, tri, train, eat good chocolate, drink good rum, and laugh (a lot). I am a CPA by trade and work for Newton Running.

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