As most following know, I am very new to the blogging world. So imagine my surprise when runninglarge nominated me for a blogging award – the Sunshine Award. I do not know much about these awards, but I have already seen some throughout the blogosphere. Not to be unappreciative or elitist (too things I’m actually very good at), I do view these much like the “Super Lawyer” or “Legal Elite” awards that are given each year in my profession. I put them in the “I’d rather have the designations than not” category, but it would be naïve (something else I’m very good at) to think its a particular important recognition. But I also want to be a good sport and there’s no harm here, so I will be compliant and cooperative. Most of all, when I think of the “Sunshine Award” I think of my grandmother who always loved to sing. I can still hear her softly singing – “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are blue, you’ll never know dear how much I love you, . . . ” So, in honor of my grandmother, I will embrace the Sunshine Award.
As an award winner you are asked to answer ten questions, nominate others for the award, and ask them my own ten questions. Because I “crossover” as a blogger between topics on running and topics on the Christian faith, my questions and my nominations may push the envelope of those previously receiving the award.
Here are my answers to runninglarge’s 10 questions:
1. What is the most important piece of advice for new runners?
Listen to your body and run your own race – different things work for different people. One size does not fit all.
2. What is your favorite song to run to?
Start Me Up (Rolling Stones)
3. Have you ever been injured while running? If so, how did you overcome it?
Rest – stay off your feet.
4. What do you do besides run to stay in shape?
Not enough. Starting to incorporate more core (and yoga).
5. What do you watch on TV?
Modern Family, Nashville & Revenge
6. Have you ever done a destination race? If so, where?
7. What is your one piece of must have gear for a run?
Garmin Forerunner 305
8. What would cause you to quit running?
9. What has been your favorite race?
New York City Marathon
10. What has been your least favorite race?
National 1/2 Marathon (Washington, D.C.)
Here are my nominations:
Here are my questions for the nominees:
1. What is your favorite distance for a race?
2. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being “most important”), how important is your time when you enter races?
3. Do you wear earbuds and listen to music or spoken word when running at least 50% of the time?
4. Do you ever see your time on your feet as time for personal introspection? If yes, in what ways?
5. What percentage of your runs are solo?
6. Do you try to carb-load before a race of more than 15 miles? Does it work?
7. Is there a better running movie than Chariot of Fire?
8. Do you see any connection between your running and your spiritual life?
9. For long runs/races – do you use gels? Do you need them?
10. Have you read The Race before Us? 😉
I promise to very quickly return to The Race before Us and the exploration of running and faith. Please don’t go too far.