I’m so excited to be kicking off another fun weekend of I’m a runner posts! And I think I’ve found my blogger twin in this next featured runner.
Just so you know, I like to blog stalk my I’m a runner blogger contributors a bit so I can properly introduce them. Some of them I already know because I read their blogs and some of them are new to me. As soon as I clicked on Victoria’s blog Running Peanut for the first time, I knew I had met a kindred spirit and proceeded to add her to my blog roll.
Like me, Victoria…
- is very short
- is training for her second marathon
- loves the Real Housewives of NY
- has a husband with a wonderful sense of humor and likes to dance
- thinks Carolina is awesome
- is loving The Hunger Games
Yeah, we’re practicially bosom buddies already, which is probably news to Victoria.
Blog: Running Peanut: scootieshow.blogspot.
My sister-in-law signed all of the siblings up to do the Princess Half Marathon in March 2010. Having never run more than three miles at once, I was somewhat terrified at the idea of 13. Imagine how surprised I was when I not only finished the whole thing, I actually liked doing it! After that, I was hooked!
2. In how many races have you competed?
15. I’m now training for the Marine Corps Marathon
3. What is your favorite pre-run fuel?
I can only eat peanut butter on toast. It’s my default. I tried to vary it, and the results were not pretty (see #4 below).
I had a group run of 16 miles, and had to stop 11 times. ’Nuff said. Now I know where all the porta-potties are on our routes.
Running group all the way!! I love my group. They keep it real and keep you moving when you want to stop. I won’t get up at 4:00 in the morning on the weekends for anyone but them.
6. What’s your must-have object on a run?
For a long run, definitely need a fanny pack, i.e., my spibelt. It usually has shot bloks, my car key, and T.P. (You can never be too careful. Again, see #4).
The A1A Half in Fort Lauderdale. I got burned out by the pacer and it was really, really, hot towards the end, even for a Florida girl like me. Plus, I may or may not have indulged in margaritas and Mexican food the night before – not exactly ideal pre-race nutrition.
9. What’s your favorite race distance and why?
I don’t really have a favorite, but I definitely have a least favorite and that would a 5k. I may be low to the ground, but I am not built for speed!
10. How many times a week do you typically run?
Between three and four. I’d liked to do more, but I just don’t have the time.
11. How has your running or your feelings toward running changed over the years?
When I was in college, I only viewed running as a weight loss tool. For that reason, it was never any fun. I remember running on Thursday nights before I went out so I could burn enough calories to drink and eat whatever I wanted. It was a chore and a necessary evil. Now, I view running as my sanity saver, the time I spend on myself that makes me happy. Running isn’t a form of exercise to me; it’s my freedom. And if I get to eat a couple extra cupcakes because of it, well, that’s just a bonus.
12. What’s your pie-in-the sky running dream?
Like many other runners, I would love to BQ (qualify for the Boston Marathon). Hey, I only have to take about an hour off my marathon time!
Victoria, thanks so much for sharing your running experiences and agreeing to be featured on Foodie Fresh today. I had a great time learning about your relationship with running and plan to check out your blog more too!
If you would like to be featured as part of the I’m a runner series, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.