I'm going to start with questions some of my readers and twitter followers submitted a long time ago but I never got around to publishing. I answered a few of them about why I got into running last week. Yesterday I answered Erin's winning question, and this week I'm going to tackle a few of the other random questions I received last fall. (I apologize that I don't remember who asked these questions - I'll do better giving credit with the next set!)
Here we go!
- How did you decide on your chosen profession? I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and I sorta came upon the profession by accident. Back in high school, I had to take one of those "career" tests and this was one of the professions that came up. I didn't give it much thought, other than observing a therapist in a hospital once. In college, I took a speech/language class as part of the psychology program and loved it. Never looked back. I worked in a private practice seeing a variety of clients doing neurologic rehab (think strokes and traumatic brain injuries) then took a job in a large a rehab hospital. For the past 9 years or so I've been in the public schools working with kids who have speech and language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities, etc, and I love it.
- Have you ever chosen Dare in a game of Truth or Dare and what was craziest dare you ever dared? Yes, I've chosen the dare and probably the craziest dare was skinny dipping. (Sorry, Dad, if you're reading this.)
- If you could PR any distance by 20% which distance would you pick? Aka, which distance would you love to excel at? These are really great questions. Tougher to answer now. When I received this question last fall, I was healthy and training for my full marathon. This was the answer I had in my files. "I've been chasing the elusive sub-30 5k, but if I had to pick, I'd want to PR the 1/2 mary by 20%. It's a challenging distance and I'd need to take a lot of time off per mile to do it. A 20% PR would put me under 2 hrs, which would freaking ROCK." Since getting injured, I know this is extremely unrealistic now. I have a goal to PR my next 1/2 marathon (Disney's Wine and Dine in November) but the PR won't be anywhere close to a 20%. I think if I work my ass off, I might see a sub-2 hour 1/2 marathon, but it will be a couple years off. At this point, my best hope for a 20% PR would be in the 10k (assuming I can get my mojo back). My 10k PR is 1:09:57. I'd need to run about a 56 min 10k for that 20% PR
if I've done the math right. When I've been healthy, I've hit right around an hour in training runs, so who knows. Maybe I'll see it in this next year (or two).
- What is your favorite distance to run? This goes with the previous question but isn't necessarily the distance I'd want that 20% PR at. My favorite race distance is probably the 10 mile. It's challenging but doesn't totally kill you. It's also the distance I set my pace PR at last fall (racing a 10 mile race near the end of marathon training will do that for you - in case you ever want to set a crazy PR) and beat my husband in last spring (it's the little things in life). Neither of those events will happen this year. I might try the 10 mile Bridge Run again in September if things go well, but I won't be running it in under 1:40, I can guarantee that. Stupid injuries.
Anyway, there you go - a few more tidbits about me
and I'm almost caught up with last fall's questions.
Now a question for you! Pick one of my questions and answer it in the comments. I'd love to know more about my readers as well :)