Happy February 1st!
I always look forward to the 1st of each month- not because YAY I get to pay my rent, but because, as many of you know- we feature the “Tomboy That Wears Makeup Of The Month.” The TTWM Of The Month is a beautiful, inspiring, motivating woman that is putting big energy into the universe. My lovely lady this month is of course nothing short of amazing.
Her name? Skinny Runner (this is what she goes by in the blogging community) Oh, and yes, she is a blogger. I have no idea really how I came across her blog. I am discovering how intertwined this whole blogging world is and I somehow stumbled across her website. I check out A LOT of blogs, and this one stuck. I have her bookmarked and visit pretty much everyday.
My stalking of SR (skinny runner) goes a bit further than just reading her blog. She lives in California now, but is originally from Washington (just below Vancouver, BC). One day she was talking about getting her hair done and how even though she lives in CA, she still gets her hair done by her awesome hairdresser Ashely in Bellingham, WA….Sooooo, seeing as I think SR has a perfect shade of blond, when I decided to change my hair back to blond from brown, you guessed it- I went to Washington to get it done! And Ashley the hairdresser did a fantastic job and I will definitely be going back. So thank you SR for sharing your secrets;)
The reason I like SR so much? She is a super funny, down to earth- what you see is what you get type of girl. She is gorgeous and likes to look good, but she is also not afraid to show sweaty running pictures, or pictures of her in her fishing gear. (She works on her family owned and operated fishing boat 3 months a year and fishes with her family.) She runs a ton of half marathons and marathons throughout the year and get this- SHE IS FAST TOO!
Ok, I’ll stop gushing, read on as we have a lil chat……
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a 28 yr old trophy wife just trying to figure out how to pick the winning lotto numbers. I dream big.
So, what inspired you to create Skinny Runner?
I wanted to talk about myself. seriously.
Once I started blogging, I realized more what type of blogs I liked, what drew me to them, what interested me, so SR really became the blog that I’d want to read if I wasn’t me. (I swear I’m not that narcasstistic)
I want to motivate people, encourage people, educate people, but at the heart of it all, I want to entertain people. I hope they get a smile or a giggle (or a gut busting, milk shooting out the nose laugh) from what I write.
I definitely laugh when I read your blog..and I get motivated, what are some of your running goals?
Run a sub 3:20 marathon. I’m 54 seconds away but that kinda seems like a lifetime right now.
You are so fast! Would you ever get a coach?
No, at least not at this point in my life. I run purely for myself (wow, does that sound selfish or what?!) and I want to run on my time, when I want, how I want to. I don’t want anyone telling me how to run. I swear I don’t have a problem with authority…
How many races will you do this year? Hmmm thats a good question. Last year I ran 21 and so far in 2011 I’ve ran 2 halfs and a marathon so I think I could safely shoot for 1000. Reach for the stars, right?
21 races in 12 months?? That’s incredible…What has been your absolute most favorite race?
Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas Marathon in December 2009 was my first marathon and the first time that I BQ (Boston Qualified) so that will always be special, but NYC Marathon takes the cake. It was awesome, the whole experience. Almost surreal.
(SR at the NYC Marathon)
I would LOVE to run the NYC Marathon. What are some “insider” tips you would give to someone just getting into running?
Get fitted for proper shoes that fit your needs. That’s an easy way to prevent injuries. Everything starts from the feet up. -Sign up for a race. It’s a great way to have a deadline to force you to train and get your runs in. -Buy a few cute, comfortable running clothes. They don’t have to be expensive but things that you feel good in. Who wants to run looking ugly?!?!
Exactly! BTW (here’s a video I made on finding proper shoes) Ok, besides running, what are some other things you enjoy doing?
Does reading People.com count or just make me supremely lame? I love to travel and try to get anyone I know to go on vacation with me. I’m a pretty serious vacationer. I mean, I could go pro at it maybe.
I’ll go with you!!! You always look good, even when your running, what is your favourite beauty product?
If I had to pick only one, I’d say black eyeliner. It makes you look put together even when your life’s a mess. If I could pick another, I’d say dry shampoo. I like messy, dirty hair but greasy, stringy hair isn’t quite as attractive…
What is your biggest fear?
My mom dying. I really like her and would like her to stick around for awhile.
Seems like (from what you post) you are very close with your family. It is nice to see. What is your favourite quote?
“Life is tough but God is good” by Tony Dungy
I like it;) What is your greatest achievement?
Maturing and getting my life together, marrying someone who loves the Lord and loves me. He better or else I’ll beat him…
haha, If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow: fantastic athlete, amazing work ethic, and incredible character. Now that professional sports, especially the NBA and NFL, are pretty much known for drug charges, rape charges, and paternity lawsuits, Tebow is the anomaly. EVERYONE hates on the guy (‘He’s too much of a goody goody, he’ll never make it in the NFL”) and yet he conducts himself with maturity and grace, sticking firm to his beliefs and morals.
Someone who is great athlete, with a strong work ethic, character and morals would definitely make for a sweet lunch date – Who do you admire?
So it might be obvious I have a Tim Tebow crush… but I admire people who stand up for their beliefs even when it goes against what’s popular. It’s easy to say, hard to do! And my mom, she defines selflessness. I wish I could say that about myself.
I’m sure you are selfless enough SR….What is something about yourself people may not know?
When I was born I came out wearing Christian Louboutins. Actually, I had to wear a girdle-stirrup contraption for a few months when I was born because the doctor thought he heard a clicking in one of my hips which could mean one leg would be shorter than the other. To this day, I blame every bad race on it.
HAHA! I’m smiling right now, what is something that makes you smile?
Making up words and phrases with my husband… how the heck did we come up with “schwertner doiburger” and what in the world does it mean? We are two peas on the same short bus.
I love how you always call him by a different name, (one day you’ll make headlines- “What will skinny Runner call her husband today???”
And last question…What do you do to RELAX?
Run. seriously. It makes life better and me less crazy.
I think your on to something with all this running. You definitely motivate, entertain, inspire and make people laugh. Thank you so much for doing this interview. Come to Vancouver and do a race??? Or maybe I’ll see you at the NYC marathon sooner than later;)
I am going for a swim, then running tonight with my triathlon club. If I ever don’t feel like working out, I know where to go for a push! Skinnyrunner.com is open 24/7!!
WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO PARTY TIME!!!