Comment of the Week – March 23, 2013

Happy Spring, Salties! It’s still chilly here in New York but that isn’t stopping the tulips and daffodils from popping up all over Brooklyn, or on our new spring banner. And other signs of spring are popping up, like March Madness.

But forget basketball, we’re just mad about women’s running! Sassafras has created a huge bracket, pitting the greats against each other to find out Who is the Greatest Woman Runner of All Time? and YOU get to vote! Round one is almost complete, so get voting, Salties, and may the best runner win!

And of course, we’re just mad about all the great comments we receive too, and just like always, follow the jump to find out who our lucky winner is this week!
Who wins the badge this week?

But before that, let’s take a look at the week:

Salty kicked us off again with her Postpartum Running Update – Week 15. Both baby and mom have come a long way, but there are a lot of changes ahead!

Pepper‘s back!  And she’s got a new acronym for us to help push ourselves to the limit. IWBMATTKYT – Embrace the Pain  What does it stand for? You’ll have to read to find out!

One of Ginger‘s friends, Barb Broad is 62 and Still PRing – seriously! Check out Ginger’s interview with her to find out her secret!

After a cliffhanger last week, Clove‘s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Cycle One, Week 5, brought us some good news and some bad news…

Think it’s okay to race without a warmup? Think again.  Salty tells you Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Race Warm-Ups, and even gives you some great race-specific warmups to try out.

Our not-such-a-beginner-anymore, Nutmeg, has returned to blogging with 5 Lessons For Running From “The Real Housewives” It’s highbrow culture at its best, and teaching us all a little something about running.

Vote on the bracket matches!

 

And now for the big announcement… Who has won this week’s Comment of the Week?  Read on to find out!It’s Salty Reader AMANDA D. from Seattle, Washington!

Congratulations, Amanda!

We loved her comment on Pepper’s post,  “IWBMATTKYT – Embrace the Pain” because it made us laugh – we all know the “Breathe, Don’t Die, Breathe, Don’t Die” mantra all too well.  And we all know that IWBMATTKYT is…um…challenging to recall in the heat of the moment, shall we say?  As smart women I think we can all come up with something easier to remember.  Like Embrace the Pain, perhaps?

When notified of the glory that awaited her, Amanda had this to say:

Thank you so much I’m excited to be picked for comment of the week.  Here’s a little about me.

I’m a newlywed living in Seattle with my husband and two furry children (dog and cat) chasing after my running dreams on tempo run at a time.  I started running about 3 years ago as a fluke.  My school gym only had a few ellipticals that were always taken so I would run on the track around them while waiting for them to become open.  Gradually my runs became longer and my time on the elliptical became shorter until I was hooked.

Over the past 3 years my love of running has only grown stronger as I’ve improved my running with the help of an amazing coach.  My long term goal is to make it to the elite level of marathon runners.  Right now I’m a long way from that but I’m working on training smart and gradually improving my speed and endurance to hopefully meet this goal in the future.

Currently I’m training for the Mercer Island Half and hopefully will be done with the race by the time this post goes up.  My goal for this year is to run a sub 1:40 half marathon but I’m hoping for a sub 1:45 race at Mercer as I’m not quite ready to go for the 1:40 right now, but it’s all about baby steps.  I chronicle my running journey at runningchances.wordpress.com!

We know Amanda well and love following her progress at Running Chances, and we hope you do too.  We’re lucky to have such an awesome lady as part of our community!  THANK YOU, AMANDA!

 

And now, Salties, Go vote on the bracket!  Round 1 will be closing Monday night, and we’ll gear up for Round 2!

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. She has 8 more minutes to knock off her marathon for a 3:40 BQ, and will get there or die trying. Her writing is an eclectic mix of finding wholeness as an average runner, news reporting, curious reactions, satirical humor and more.

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