It’s been a crazy week, lots of meetings, a new computer at work, so nothing was getting done on the work front. The meetings meant getting home later than normal, then we have cross country practice in the evening, so not much blogging is getting done either. I haven’t even had time to read or comment on other blogs! Now that’s busy!
I’ve seen this random things idea on a few blogs and it seemed like a nice, quick way to
brag about myself let you get to know me better. Some new stuff, some old stuff, I’m starting the storytelling process.
- I’m very shy. I’ve mentioned this before, but I was the little girl in school who couldn’t talk in front of the class, would actually throw up if she had to, who couldn’t look people in the eye, who was always told she was “stuck up” because she was afraid to talk. In spite of that I…
- …tried out for cheerleader in 9th grade. Didn’t make it though. I also..
- …was in a stage play in high school. In fact, I loved acting and drama class. Playing a part was easy, it was being myself that was the challenge. I also..
- …sold vacuum cleaners for a while. A very short while because I wasn’t good at it. This was the old-style Kirby sales job, where you knocked on doors and did 60 minute presentations demonstrating just how awesome the Kirby was. I believe I sold one vacuum cleaner..to my parents.
- I’ve run 35 marathons, including Honolulu (my first), Rock & Roll (the original, in San Diego), St. George (my PR), and Paris (twice!).
- I had exercise induced asthma issues in each and every one of those marathons.
- I’ve done 2 triathlons. Both were sprint distance. Yes, I had asthma there too.
- I’ve done a lot of century bike rides, including one stretch when I rode a century a month for 18 months. No asthma on bike rides.
- I once rode 6,000 miles in one year. Allow me to do the math: That is 500 miles per month, or about 125 per week. Even in the summer (that was freaking hard!).
- I have a granddaughter who is 17 years old. I rarely see her because her mother is evil. I don’t talk about her because it makes me sad.
- I smoked cigarettes for 20 years.
- If it weren’t for cigarettes, I might not be in the fitness business today (yes you read that right). If I hadn’t smoked, I wouldn’t have had to quit, thus starting the cycle of weight gain, which led me to exercise, which led me <here>
- I was adopted, as were my two sisters.
- My younger sister Sue (the middle sister) died of cancer almost 10 years ago. She was 43.
- I met my husband at a race and married him at the same race three years later. After we ran the race together.
- One of my proudest “Mom Moments” came when I ran across the finish line of the La Jolla Half Marathon with my oldest son. It was a long journey for both of us.
- I worked at Bob’s Big Boy for about five years. Back in the old days when Bob was fat, the servers were “waitresses” who wore big buns in their hair, and “if they didn’t fit the skirt, they didn’t fit the job!”
- My mom always kept my hair short (“until you can take care of it yourself!”). When I was a little girl, I took a fall when I was skiing and a lady said, “oh you poor little boy.” I was traumatized. I didn’t correct her (remember I was shy too), but I remember it to this day. Probably why I still keep my hair long.
- While I talk a lot about the health benefits of a plant based diet and lifestyle, I really became a vegan for the ethical reasons. Because of that, I don’t freak out if I eat fake chicken or cheese once in a while. It is still healthier than the alternative (for the animals).
Well, I was aiming for 20 (and I know as soon as I hit publish I’ll think of at least one more), but 19 is a nice odd number that I like.
Now it’s your turn! Tell me one random thing about you. I know you’ve got a story to tell too.