A Liebster Award Q & A


My blog was nominated by Emily over at runswithhope. This is an award given to bloggers from fellow bloggers to as a way to get to know one another better.  Thank you Emily for the opportunity to get to know you and well as share a bit about myself!

I was given the following questions to respond to:

1. Why Blog? I blog because it helps get the stories out of my head. I have a tendency to talk to much and ramble on and on. Writing it all down helps me to get the story out without feeling the need to tell the story over and over. LOL  I also like to have a record of the family memories, progress in my weight loss and recipes to look back on.  If I inspire one person along the way, that is a great bonus!
2. What is your preferred fitness activity? I would have to say hiking. I would love to live in a house that backs up to a state forest so that the trails are right outside my door.  I love the peaceful silence that comes over me when I am out there. 
3. Who do you admire? My sisters. They show strength, determination and grace every day with their own life challenges. They inspire me to be a better version of myself.
4. If you could have one food everyday, what would it be?  Hands down – buffalo wings “hot with honey” flavor.  This is my food addiction. Up until a few months ago, I had to have them at least once a week.  This was a hard habit to break! 
5. Who is on your playlist? My current running playlist goes like this: Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Natasha Bedingfield, Gaga, Neon Trees, The Decemberists, Sugarland, Elton John = 32 minutes
I run a 5k in 38 minutes so I need to add 6 more minutes of music – LOL 
6. What is your favorite meal/dish?  See #4 and add to the list BBQ pulled pork which is my 2nd biggest food addiction. North Carolina style with the perfect coleslaw on top…. Mmmm Mmmm hold a moment while I wipe my chin.
7. If you can travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go? I would feed my obsession for castles and cathedrals by touring Europe. Scotland would be first on my list because I have always wanted to go there. I remember seeing a picture of the Isle of Skye when I was little and have been in love with the place ever since.
8. What would you do with your winnings if you won the lottery? Dan and I daydream about this a lot. If it was the Mega Million and it was an obscene amount of cash,  I would:
make major renovations to  my house or move to the mountains or both
put money aside for Allyson and her future
set up college accounts for my grand nieces/nephews
and start a pet rescue
I said we do this a lot! Major thought has gone into this.  All the way down to the color granite for my new kitchen counters – LOL
9. What do you do in your down time? I love to read historical fiction novels, run, garden, go for long walks with Dan or we just sit and listen to music enjoying each other’s company. If you asked me this question more then a few years ago, I would have said anything other then sit home.
10. Morning person or Night Owl?  Neither actually.  I am really a Mid-day person.  I like to sleep late and go to bed early. I am at my best between 10AM and 8PM.
Now I get to give you 10 random facts about myself!   Hmmm… let’s see… What can I share that won’t make me sound crazy?
  1. I have a sadistic sense of humor. If you fall, I will laugh first before helping you up. 
  2. I am really working at being more tolerant of things that irritate me.  It’s a process but getting better. It’s a LONG list! LOL
  3. I grew up at 220 Summit Ave. My birthday is 8/8, which just happened to be the 220th day of the year (except leap year). Numbers have a way to line up like this for me all the time. 
  4. I have had the same recurring dream about a green Victorian house that I have had since I was a little girl.  I dream about it more in times of high stress.
  5. I can not eat scrambled eggs or omelets because I literally gag. 
  6. If some experience comes up that is outside my comfort zone, I would rather skip it then go alone. Something else I am working to improve. 
  7. My favorite color combo is pink/black- the brighter the pink the better.
  8. I cut and dye my own hair.
  9. I can not wear sandals without my toes painted. 
  10. I do not like clowns.  Clowns are evil.

Now I get to nominate some blogs!  These are women who I have interacted with or stalked though community groups we are all involved in.  

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Half Marathon Mama

Suzlyfe-Live Beyond Expectation

Mom Running on Empty

Mommy Go Run

I would like to know more about you! 

  1. What is your favorite meal of the day? 
  2. What animal would best fit your personality?
  3. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
  4. If you could time travel, would you go back in time or go to the future and why?
  5. Who inspires you?
  6. What is one non workout related thing you like to do for fun. 
  7. Name one thing in your gym bag that you can not live without.
  8. When you want a treat, do you crave savory or sweet?
  9. If you could sit down and interview one celebrity for your blog, who would it be?
  10. What is your favorite summer activity? 

I tried to pick questions that have not been overdone. This is all in fun so no pressure if you choose to pass. Have fun!


It’s a major award!




A few times a year you might see a little thing called a Liebster Award being handed out from blogger to blogger.  It’s a fun thing to participate in. If you are not familiar, this is what it’s about:  

The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers by bloggers. When you’re nominated for the award, you answer a set of questions asked by the blogger who nominated you and then nominate 11 other bloggers, and give those bloggers a set of questions to answer.  It’s a fun insight into the mind of your fellow bloggers.

I am not sure of the origins of this particular award but I was last nominated 1 year ago.  My answers then are the same now and more general questions so if you want to know me even more, feel free to read those answers as well.  This round is quite a challenge based on the questions that were given to me by my nominator The Half Mad Half Marathoner.  When you are done here, hop on over to her page and check out her Q & A and other posts!  

On to my questions…

My Questions:

1.  If I was coming to your city and could race only one race, what would you recommend? I am a leisure racer.  I have only done one this past fall and signing up for my 2nd 5k this Memorial Day Weekend!  But I can say from my friend’s experiences, you need to check out the Broad Street Run or the Love Run.  

2.  Almond Butter or Peanut Butter? Neither actually due to a cranky gall bladder. I stick with Sunflower seed butter now.  If you have never tried it, you are missing out.  It tastes just like PB!

3.  Your favorite running shoe company has just offered to sponsor you to run 50 halves in 50 states.  It’s all expense paid, plus you get to bring a friend.  Who (dead or alive, famous or not) do you want to run with? That’s easy – My daughter.  She would push me to keep going and not let me quit.  We ran together a couple times last summer before she left for college.  Once she smoked me with her long lean legs and the other time she stayed by me and we chatted. Probably my favorite run ever.

4.  What is your must have, can’t  live without running gadget? My “Map My Run” app on my Iphone. I use it for hiking too.

5.  Dream race-station location? I would love to run all over Scotland. 

6.  Runderware or no?   Ok this one I had to Google because I was not sure if it meant where I thought it meant.  It did. LOL I had NO IDEA that to go Wit or Witout was such a big debate! I go Wit because I do not think I would be comfortable otherwise.  BUT it has to be performance type – My go to is Moving Comfort – this one right here. There – now you know my business.

7.  Are you as annoyed as I am by the signs & shirts that say, “Run like Ryan Gosling is waiting for you at the finish line?”  I don’t want him to see me all sweaty and gross.  ~ He does nothing for me. He’s all yours ladies… 

8.  How many running related stickers do you have on your car?  None (sigh…..)

9.  What’s the most annoying thing you’ve had to deal with on a race course? My only time on a race course had everyone line up in whatever order.  I was going to start off walking and thought I was OK up near the front but to the side.  Nope. It was run now or be pushed out of the way.  So, I ran.  I was already warned not to feel overwhelmed off the start but I was not prepared to be trampled! 

10.  Pen and paper or technology? I am a technology girl. My cell is always in my hand or close by. Text me if you need me.

11.  How far out do you start your training schedule? This does not apply for me but maybe someday I will be asking you all this question!

Thanks again Half Mad for the blogger love! 

Here is my list of nominations.  You have all been picked as bloggers that are still new to me.  I would love to know more about you. If this is not your “thing” no worries or hurt feelings.  Remember, this is all in fun!

The Coily Bombshell 

by allison

Rock The Dogs


Snow Cream and Syrup

corral b.

Jonesin’ For A Run

Just Call Me Janks

The Journey

Mini Me Mannabe

The Fotographing Fat Kid


1. Thank the blogger who has nominated you
2. Answer the questions given to you
3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers (I honestly do not know if I violated this one since not all blogs show their following)
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know that you have nominated them.



  1. In honor of spring, what is your favorite outside activity?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. What is the furthest distance you have run/walked/hiked/walked?
  4. I love to grill.  Do you prefer to host a cookout or be invited to them?
  5. Name one gadget you cannot live without.  This can apply to any part of your life.
  6. What was your first car? Loved it? Hated it?
  7. How many places have you lived?
  8. What would be your dream vacation?
  9. If you could describe yourself in one word, what would that be?
  10. Do you have a theme song?
  11. Do you prefer to sit and read or watch movies? Name your favorite.

Thanks for playing everyone!