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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Runner Spotlights #2

This weekend has been super busy...again!  I had an 11 mile run yesterday morning.  Then we had the boys' birthday pool party yesterday afternoon.  They had so much fun!!!

After the party, Stephanie and I had to go pick up the stuff that didn't sell at the consignment sale.  The good news is that it seems like a lot of my stuff sold...ALL of my big items sold.  I did have a stack of clothes left and some shoes.  The bad news is I still don't know how much money I made but should find that out soon.

Another thing we are watching this week is this tropical storm that is coming into the Gulf...Isaac.  I'm debating on whether we should stay here...or if we should evacuate.  If we evacuate we will head to Tennessee with Stephanie.  Just so you's pretty much coming straight my way!  :-(

It's time for another runner spotlight!  If you want me to spotlight you send me an email at!

This week I am spotlighting Melissa from 13 Going On Crazy!  Melissa is one half marathon away from completing her challenge of running 13 half marathons in 13 months!  Her last half marathon is next weekend in Disneyland!  What an ending!  Read on to learn more about this inspiring runner!

When and why did you start running?
I started running in the summer of 2005, my first summer living fulltime in LA. When I got started, I could run about 1 mile. Then I built up to 2 miles. I ran my first race in Phoenix at the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, in January 2006. From there, I took a short running hiatus and picked it up again in 2008 and have been signing up for races ever since.

What is your favorite race and race distance?
I took my first steps at Epcot in Walt Disney World, maybe that is why I love RunDisney so much. Though I love all RunDisney events my favorite is the Disneyland Half Marathon. Though this was my second half marathon, this was the race where I realized how much I love running and that it was a sport that I wanted to continue participating in.

What is your race day routine?
On race day I always and only eat a banana before the race and I pack a GoGo SqueeZ Apple Sauce in my pocket. I know that it is strange to be eating apple sauce on the run, but it works well for me. 

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
I am a gadgets geek! If it needs to be charged I will most likely love to get my hands on it! My favorite running gear is my Garmin 610. Syncing my runs and being able to visually see how far I have come in terms of my training always pushes me to go harder and further.

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
I eat very clean, no junk, nothing fried, and very balanced. I limit my carb intake to only 1 meal a day and it will most likely be at dinner, as I never know what the night will hold! I also drink at least 2 bottles of Smart Water a day, which is a lot of water for petite person!

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I am a type A person, which naturally makes me competitive, I wish that I would have realized sooner that when it comes to running that I am only competing against myself.

What is your fondest running memory?
Each and every time I run right down the middle of Main Street towards the castle in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland it's the most thrilling and exhilarating moment for me as a runner. At this point of the race everything simply clicks. Besides crossing the finish line, this moment makes all of the miles, training, pain, early morning runs, and sweat worthwhile.  

What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I love edamame and green beans, but I hate peapods!!

Here are all the different ways you can connect with Melissa!

Instagram: 13goingoncrazy

Thanks so much for sharing with us Melissa!!!

QOTD: Do you evacuate for hurricanes? Or do you just ride them out?

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