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Friday, September 19, 2008

WEEKLY PACE SETTER: Big & Lil

Two for the price of one today, folks...
Meet Big & Lil!

Name
Lil

I run in...
Asics Kayano 14 and Asics 2130s (I rotate because Big makes me).

Why I run...
Running allows me to escape and clear my head. Energizing me and lifting me up, feeling the pounding of my feet on the pavement, the rhythmic beating of my heart, and the harmony with God's universe.

I've been running since...
Competitively - 2 years; Recreationally - 14 years

I'm currently training for...
Chicago Marathon

Running Pet Peeve
When other runners spray their sweat onto me / having bad B.O.

Favorite Running Song
Leavn’ by Jesse McCarthy

Favorite race
Ele's Race

Favorite place to run
Mackinac Island

Short Term Running Goal
Marathon = 3:40

Long Term Running Goal
Run 5K sub 7 minutes per mile

Favorite Cross-training activity
Yoga

Favorite inspirational quotation
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life.

Post Run Guilty Pleasure Food
Anything sweet with lots and lots of sugar.

Running Gear Wish List
Garmin Forerunner 405

Proudest Running Moment
Running 24 miles and feeling great

What’s the best piece of running advice you’ve ever received?
Run your own race.

Favorite Race Fuel
Shot Bloks

Magazines you currently have subscriptions to?
Ensign, Lucky

What is at the top of list for places you’d love to visit?
Fiji

What is in your CD player right now?
Vampire Weekend

What is on your nightstand?
Journal, clock, lamp, candle, water.


Name
Big

Blog
Big's Running Blog

I run in
Asics Kayano 13 and Asics Nimbus 9. I alternate between the two, with the Kayanos being used for long runs and Nimbus for mid/short runs as well as races.

Why I run...
I run because I love to, because it’s a moment of peace, because it is demanding and physically taxing, and because it is rewarding beyond measure.

I've been running since...
I’ve been running since a child, competitively since middle school, and ever since. But, I’ve been a serious non-team affiliated runner for 12 years.

I'm Currently training for...
The Chicago Marathon

Running Pet Peeve
Guys running shirtless but carrying their shirt in their hand. This shouldn’t bother me, but it does. Decide before you leave—shirt or no shirt—then commit.

Favorite Running Song
Right now, Brother Lee by Citizen Cope (maybe the best song to start a kick to…ever).

Favorite race
Mackinac Island 8M and Detroit Turkey Trot 10K

Favorite place to run
Kensington Park, the 8 mile loop around Kent Lake is amazing.

Short Term Running Goal
Run a 5K PR before December

Long Term Running Goal
Qualify for Boston and run a marathon in Australia

Favorite Cross-training activity
Yoga and Tennis with Lil if sitting on the couch and watching sports while eating Cheez-Its doesn’t count.

Favorite inspirational quotation...
It doesn't say much. Only 'Howard Roark, Architect.' But it's like those mottoes men carved over the entrance of a castle and died for. It's a challenge in the face of something so vast and so dark, that all the pain on earth-and do you know how much suffering there is on earth?-all the pain comes from that thing you are going to face. I don't know what it is, I don't know why it should be unleashed against you. I know only that it will be. And I know that if you carry these words through to the end, it will be a victory, Howard, not just for you, but for something that should win, that moves the world-and never wins acknowledgement. It will vindicate so many who have fallen before you, who have suffered as you will suffer. May God bless you-or whoever it is that is alone to see the best, the highest possible to human hearts. You're on your way into hell, Howard. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Post Run Guilty Pleasure Food
Pizza, Taco Bell, salt bagels

Running Gear Wish List
Ever since Lil gave me a Garmin, I want for nothing; but new shoes are on the horizon.

Proudest Running Moment
Running in my first State Track meet and running up Grandad's Bluff in La Crosse, Wisconsin. My best friend Eric and I started around 5:30am. The sky was filled with a very bright full moon and the sun started rising as we were ascending. At one point I couldn’t tell if we were running in moonlight or sunlight, but it was amazing. Sadly, the moment was ruined when an inflatable gibbon who had ‘run’ up with us committed suicide by jumping off of the bluff.


What’s the best piece of running advice you’ve ever received?
To focus on staying relaxed and smooth when you are feeling good at the beginning of a race; thusly preventing things from falling apart in the latter stages of a race.


Favorite Race Fuel
Clif Shot Bloks and Roctane Gu

Favorite Candy
Mounds and Dark Chocolate Twix. I keep a candy bowl stocked at my office. Currently there are Mounds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (the big ones), 3Musketeers, and pumpkin shaped York Peppermint Patties with orange fillings (same flavor, cool color).


Ninjas or Pirates, and why?
Close call, but Ninjas prevail due to sheer sneakiness. You can always hear a peg-leg coming.


What is in your CD player right now?
Dashboard Confessional’s latest album


What is on your nightstand?
A picture of Lil and I, three orange candles of varying heights, a few books, and shirt stays.

3 comments:

Kel said...

How cool would that be to have a built in running partner for all those moments when you don't want to get out of bed? :)

Good luck on the Chicago Marathon you two!!
~K

Eric Gervase said...

Well... I can attest to the shirt/no shirt problem. I would prefer to run with a shirt.... However, sometimes the chafe monster doesn't allow it. So, I end up carrying my shirt the rest of the run. Make sense?

Dando said...

Hi,
I just happened across your blog. I am guessing you live in Nashville too unless there is another race called the Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15k. I am planning on running that this weekend if I can get over my head cold. I have just started running and I am hoping I can do the Chicago Marathon next year. Good luck on your training and marathon!