10 Reasons To Date a Long Distance Runner.

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It’s national love day. It’s Oregon’s birthday. It is the completion of a hellish week in the school of dental hygiene. I am exhausted. But. This post needs to be shared.

The preface is this: I am not touting my unattached status. Technically, I’m married. To school, that is. It isn’t the healthiest relationship, as it takes up all of my time and currently gives little in return. I’m told that my patience and perseverance will be rewarded in the end, and it will become a mutually beneficial relationship come August 2015. Crossing my fingers. Plus, any and all free time is filled with running. Sorry, boys.

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While I am not a large fan of obligatory displays of love and affection fueled by Hallmark and would much prefer chocolate, flowers, or a covered race entry fee on a random Wednesday, I want to give a shout out to my fellow lady runners in their pursuit of their sole mate. Er, soul mate.

Gentlemen, listen up!

10 Reasons to date a long distance runner:

1. Short shorts.    Need I say more?  Runners wear them. Killer legs usually come with.

2. Determination and dedication.   A lazy person does not make a good runner. A dedicated person has dreams, turns them into goals, and rocks the socks off them. This is a runner. A person who is truly into long distance running is dedicated to what they do. This dedication continues on into each area of life. Totally desirable.

3. Independent and strong.   Runners tend to be self-sufficient, ‘do it themselves’ type of people. There’s a certain personality type that comes with running long distances. They appreciate running with others, but know how to run alone (even, at times, preferring it.) Their strength enables them to push themselves to achieve the seemingly impossible, like running in the snow and pouring rain or going a longer distance than ever before. There’s a certain mental toughness that must be achieved. She’s also the opposite of clingy. She doesn’t need you in her life, and you’re damn lucky if she wants you there. Just don’t try to interfere with her training schedule.

4. They’re Easy.   But not like that. Goodness. They’re easygoing, laid back. They’re what you might call a guys’ girl. They can be showered, ready, and out the door in 20 minutes after a run. The girl that gets along well with your parents and your guy friends. The girl that probably doesn’t know how to put on her makeup like a pro or how to tell whether her clothes match outside of running shorts and singlets.

5. More Brazen.   Long distance running isn’t for the faint of heart. These runners aren’t afraid to accept a challenge and try something new. They’re brazen. They’re badasses. But, they’re not cocky about it.

6. Diet.   I can’t speak for all lady long distance runners, but a lot of us run to eat. And, if you’ve ever seen a runner two days before their next marathon or ultra, you know what I’m talking about. The amount we eat is embarrassing at times. But, we don’t hold back. Food is fuel, and we may just challenge you to finish that next pint. Plus? A lot of runners I know can cook. And, you know what they say about a girl that can cook…

7. Predominately happy people.    All of those miles outside aren’t just for fun. They bring some serious endorphin and serotonin boosts. Runners, by nature, seem to be happy people. Just so long as they’ve gone on their run today. If they haven’t, well, watch out.

8. Cheap date.     I’ve learned that this is a good thing. Low tolerance = athlete problems. A couple drinks and done. Plus? A long distance runner girl is bound to be in bed early on a Saturday night. Sunday run day, remember? And that day is usually the long run day. That’s not to say that she doesn’t know how to party. That, in and of itself, is an entirely different topic. Just not during training.

9. Competitive Nature. She runs races, guys. Do we really need to question her competitive nature? As aforementioned, she’ll take on a challenge and give it her all. That being said, she may not be competitive with others so much as she is competitive with herself. 

10. Runners’ body This is a tie in with number one: great legs. Great body. Not perfect, but damn strong. Plus? Runner girls will not hate you for spending time in the gym and/or running. She does the same. And she encourages you to as well. And well, you know what they say about being in good physical shape…

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Liebsters.

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Here is an atypical post, but one that I am quite excited about: the Liebster award. It is a little special recognition from fellow bloggers that says, ‘hey, we like your blog. Pass on the kudos.’ Most of you probably do not have a clue what this award is, so here are the rules: Once nominated you must…

  • Make a post about the Liebster Award and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you (except my nominator only chose 10.)
  • Nominate 11 fellow bloggers for the award.
  • Write 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • There is no actual award, it is just a matter of recognition.

So, before we get down to business, a big giant thank you to Concentrate on Yourself. You’re wonderful, and I appreciate the nomination! Keep up the great work towards your resolutions.

Here are my questions!

  1. Name 5 things you want to accomplish before you die.
    Running a 50 mile ultra. Visiting all 7 continents. Learn to swim. Grow my photography into a successful small side business. (Check out my little Facebook page here.) Take a week long backpacking trip. Learn to play piano. Oh, wait. That was 6.
  2. What is your favourite thing to do?
    This is a rhetorical question, right? Running! And eating cupcakes. After that, I’d probably say hiking, reading, or shooting photography. None of which I get to do often enough. Thanks, school.
  3. What would your ideal day be like?
    Hmmmm…A long trail run with friends followed by amazing food. Followed by time at the beach, toes in the sand, and deep breaths of ocean air. Oh, and a glorious nap. If we could throw some swings in there at some point, that would be great.
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  4. Do you have a favourite food?
    Pineapple. I would eat pineapple until all those enzymes in it make my mouth raw.
    Honeycrisp apples with almond butter coming in for a close second.
  5. Do you have a best friend?
    Yes. His name is Monkey, and he is the best four-legged friend a girl could ask for.
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  6. What have you done that you are most proud of?
    Of these 10 questions, this was the most difficult to answer. I don’t know that there’s anything I’ve ever done that I am particularly proud of. Many goals I’ve worked to achieve, accomplishments I’ve made…
    Perhaps the most noteworthy experience is something worth mentioning. Last summer, I climbed Mt. St. Helens by the moonlight to watch the sunrise at the top. Not a huge feat, but certainly one of my most favorite memories.
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  7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
    Is everywhere too ambiguous of an answer? I went to SE Asia over 5 years ago for 3 months. That is the last time I’ve really travelled internationally, save for a couple trips to BC and Quebec. But those hardly count.
    Real answer is this: I would be willing to take the next international flight out of the country, wherever it may be headed. I’ve quelled the feelings of wanderlust for now in order to focus on school and achieving goals. But really, I want to see all the world has to offer. Each destination has something unique and amazing to offer, and I cannot wait to someday explore.
    I’m going to see all 7 continents, remember?
  8. Do you have a favourite quote?
    It changes often. Right now, it is this: “Wherever you are, be all there.”
    I’ve been so focused lately on trying to live in the moment, enjoying it for what it is worth, instead of planning what I am going to do next. Truly trying to enjoy and savor.
  9. If anything was possible, what would you invent?
    A teletransporter. End of story.
  10. What would your superpower be?
    To control time. Stop, pause, fast-forward. (Does this mean I have control issues?)
    I mean, I’ve already learned to fly. It’s a knack, really. You just learn to throw yourself at the ground and miss. (Help: here.)

My nominees:

Now a few questions for them:

1. Who is the most inspirational person in your life, and why?

2. What is your dream job?

3. What made you decide to start a blog?

4. What is your favorite song right now?

5. How would you describe your philosophy in life?

6. Where is your favorite place in the entire world?

7. Is there anything you cannot live without? Why?

8. Name your three biggest goals in life.

9. Do you have any random talents?

10. What is the best compliment you’ve received?

11. If the answer is 42, what is the question? (If you need help on this one, click here.)

With that, I keep it short and sweet. Portland is experiencing some awesomely different conditions that have rendered the entire city useless. Everything is shut down, and Portland residents this morning received an alert advising everyone to stay indoors today and not drive. A few inches of snow accumulated, turned freezing rain.

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That’s fine, I’ll stay home. And run through the streets. And make snow angels. And take running selfies. I hope everyone out there in Portlandia’s Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse is staying safe!

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I think they call this ‘cheesin.’