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In the form of a bunch of random facts, mixed with my favorite quotes on my own photography from my travels. Here is a little insight into who is the gal behind Runaway Bridal Planner and help you decide if you really want to follow my blog.
I am a runner, up until a work injury I received in January 2013 I had been working on a goal to run a full marathon in each of the 50 states & D.C. I am currently at 32 completed and I am really looking forward to finishing battling back from this work injury and getting back into it and finishing the last 19, because frankly it's just a fun goal, and I want it badly!
I am a wedding planner/decorator. I originally went to college for Interior Design and took a little time after to figure how the best way to use my skills and degree. I employ some of the greatest decorating team members ever, we seriously do make an amazing team, we make our clients very happy and have such a fun time doing it! Even on the crazy insane wedding days!
Fall of 2016 I decided to go back and finish one of my life goals and finish college, so I moved back to the University I originally attended, signed up for classes and quit my other jobs and put my company on semi-hold for a few years while I work on it to finish. FYI It's going well I pulled off a 4.0 for Fall 2016 Semester, it was a lot of hard work but worth it. I look forward to seeing what happens over the next two years as I finish!
I've run 39 marathons. About 7 half marathon races. I lost track years ago on how many 10k's and 5k's, but I do know the combined number is well over 100. I seriously love all distances, even if my race of choice is 26.2.
In all the marathons and races I have done. I've never had a serious injury from running.
Sure, I have had injuries (like the work one) that have kept me from running, but all were done while doing other things, because sometimes I forget I need to be careful at work or playing around! (It's true, I forget to think before I act, I'll be the first to admit I have my dumb moments.)
I attribute being a mostly injury free runner to a couple of factors. First, I train old school the way my dad trained me. I believe in putting the weekly training miles in 5-6 days a week and definitely understand the importance of all those long runs!
But mostly think it's because I haven't gotten into any of the newer training trends that have come out on the market for runners over the last 10+ years. In my mind I figure if most marathon runners in the 70's-90's were pretty healthy and injury free, and it seems like newer runners trying all these "new" methods nowadays get injured all the time. I figure the older ways are good enough for me and why change what works!
I am the (self-proclaimed) world's greatest aunt. I am an awesome aunt to 9 even more awesome kids and when I am not working I am usually out playing with them. They help keep me young, and I can pass on my love for camping, hiking and running to them.
I ran my first race (1/2 mi.) when I was in the 2nd grade and I remember it in detail to this day. Because I was mad I came in 2nd and only, 1st place got these cool Coke trophies. When I was upset about it, I remember my dad taught me a valuable lesson. He was proud of my accomplishment but reminded me if I want to do better and I want the trophy's, I could get them but I needed to work harder at it.
He was right, and I thank him and my mom for passing down hard work ethics and goal-oriented determination that has helped me have the work philosophy and success in my life that I have had.
I am weird, if I run the entire way in a marathon and I am talking about the race to others I will say "I ran a marathon." However, if I walked in the race at all (minus a few steps at water stations if it's forced because they are crowded. ) I will tell you is "I finished a marathon." I have a story behind this, as to why I am weird this way but it would make everyone roll their eyes. FYI, believe it or not, my mind doesn't generally think this way when others tell me about their races, it's just a personal thing and frankly, it doesn't even really matter. Again, like I said above, I am odd sometimes... lots of times, LOL
I am a thrill seeker and I am a little fearless (yet still careful) when it comes to exciting things. These are a few of my crazier adventures; Skydiving, Shark Diving, Kayaking in a portion of the Bermuda Triangle, Para Sailing, Cliff Diving, Repelling, Rock Climbing, Caving, Canyoneering, Bungee Jumping. Mountain biking Moab Slickrock and Alaska Glacial landing near Denali.
Sometimes there is nothing better than the adrenaline you get trying something that scares you a little, or something that you know not everyone would be willing to do. (FYI: for skydiving, I made an attempt to pick the highest dive so I could have the longest freefall, just over 60 seconds of freefall from a little over 18,500 feet. So AWESOME! - I recommend a long freefall to anyone wanting to try it!)
I tried an ice bath twice (the NYC Marathon and Little Rock Marathon), I didn't notice it did much for me other than reward my efforts with freezing cold misery.
So I don't do them anymore instead I have found a mile walk or very easy short run/hike the evening after a marathon helps the healing process and swelling even better or just as good.
I know several runners beg to differ, but I mean I just ran 26.2 and gave it my all, why on earth would I want to sit in a tub of cold water and ice cubes as a reward? No thank you, I would rather reward myself with an ice-cold Pepsi and a juicy burger or fat slice of pizza and enjoy rather than freeze to death after my accomplishment.
|Just a few of my medal bling pretties :)|
I grew up in a family that hunted, but somewhere through the years, I found I enjoyed shooting them with my camera far more than a weapon and so did most of my family. Now I take my camera with me hiking in case I see something amazing and I have given up hunting (for now)!
I only display my marathon finisher medals, and first place finisher medals (even as few 1st's as there are.) The rest are in storage boxes or scrapbooks, however, I have also boxed up all first place medals and ribbons from my younger years. There is just a point where too much is too much!
Additionally, I'd also rather NOT receive finishers medal in shorter races, I would much rather fun runs go back to how they used to with some fun creative swag I could actually use or a free race picture instead. (I am well aware I am in the minority on this, and that is definitely okay:)
In my perfect world, I would be camping at a different location every other week! Oh, and there would be a considerable amount of hiking and fishing thrown into that!
I love to read, I enjoy both classics and current books, I can often read a book and tell you if it is actually going to take off and be a popular best seller or not. I have a wide variety of tastes although I do read a lot of YA books. I go through phases on what interests me, I enjoy escaping into reads and mixing it up often!
Different than many runners (unless you live out west) I HATE flat marathon courses, they are too boring. I actually enjoy hills. ( I know you are either thinking, she's nuts or rock on!)
I also like race courses that take you back to places where you can go miles and miles without seeing anyone other than the other runners. Sometimes I find it's nice to allow your own thoughts to motivate you rather than cheer support and the ever annoying "you're almost there" shouts.
However, I am NOT a people pleaser or one who joins in with the crowd. (Unless you hire me for your wedding, and then it may only last one day. LOL)
It's a fairly decent bet that if I am not okay with a conversation or something going on. I will be the one to stand alone against it and by the time I am finished, others will either agree with me or know there is no changing my mind!
The greatest running advice I have ever been given was given to me by my dad just about every race I have run since I was 7. If you are a runner and he has trained you or talked with you before or even if he comes in contact with you as he is dropping me off at a marathon starting line. (Yes, I get the people person, talk to random stranger thing from him. ) He will share his famous yet excellent words of advice to win or have the best race possible. "Start out fast, pick it up in the middle and pour it on in the end." Quite great huh!
So now you know a little bit more about me and I can say if you like what you read above, then you will probably enjoy my blog because I bring in my different passions for life into the subjects I write about and share on here.
If you didn't like what you just read, or can't relate, no worries. That is the beauty in life and people, we all like and enjoy different things, and that is actually a great thing! There are so many awesome different types of blogs out there, and I am sure if you search you will find some great ones!
My Blog and Life Mission Statement
I believe goals are meant to be made and achieved.
Dreams are meant to be big, bigger and lived.
I truly believe with all my heart that absolutely anything is possible
if I want it bad enough. But may only be achieved if I am willing to put in
all the hard work necessary to get it! I also believe very little will naturally fall
into my lap if I don't take the initiative to do what it takes to earn it!
I believe I have the ability to learn how to do anything
and the sky is really only the limits I make it.
I don't believe quitting is for losers because I understand goals may have to change.
However, I do believe quitting on things you are passionate about is a sure way
to miss out on a life of happiness. Even if it takes the rest of your life working to achieve it.
I believe not everything you do should only be about yourself.
Being kind, charitable and showing awareness towards the needs of others
will bring you far more happiness than the biggest dream you can imagine!
Now that you know some Random things about me, you can decide if you want to click on my follow buttons and keep up with my journeys!
If you do want to follow my blog and journey, I'm thrilled to have you along for the ride!