Very Inspiring Blogger Award

20140713-112216-40936511.jpgSpeaking of procrastinating, I was nominated several weeks ago by Running to Her Dreams for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and it’s taken me until today to get around to posting about it. Since RTHD nominated me, five more bloggers kindly added me to their list of inspiring bloggers — Helly on the Run, Run Salt Run, Running Around the Bend, I’m a Runner & So Can You and Fit Recovery.

Thank you to all of you for thinking of me. I feel honored and unworthy.

Here are The Rules:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

I already follow the bloggers who nominated me, and, man, am I ever glad that I do. I’ve learned so much from each of them and my day is always more interesting by being able to read their posts. My favorite thing about these kinds of blog awards is finding fantastic new bloggers to follow. To that end, I want to link back to some of my favorite posts by each of them in the event that any of my readers haven’t discovered these wonderful people yet and want a glimpse into what makes them so special.

Running to her Dreams takes the most beautiful pictures of hearts she finds in nature. Her images are so inspiring that I found myself running all over Iowa, Pennsylvania and Ireland last summer taking pictures to send to her blog. She also leads a successfully balanced, jam-packed life (hello job, parenting teens and graduate school!), and finds time to run too. She was on fire the day she wrote the post Enough is F-ing Enough.

Helly completed the R2R2R in the Grand Canyon trek in May. Not only did she take some stunning pictures, but she impressed the hell out of me because the closest I’ve come to going to the Grand Canyon is flying over it and the story my husband tells me about when he almost died doing the climb out. You can read about Helly’s adventure here and here.

Salt is ridiculously fast for a relatively new runner and getting faster and can yoga-pretzel herself like nobody’s business. To say I am envious would be an understatement. She also seems like a really fun person, so I can’t bring myself to hate her, darn it. She ran her first marathon in May and kicked its ass. Read about her triumphant race here and here. She had such a great experience that she had her finish time tattooed on her forearm. I didn’t do that with mine because it would just depress me for all time.

I can’t think of enough positive things to say about txa1265 of Running Around the Bend. He writes some of the most thought-provoking posts and has a strong social justice ethos. It’s rare to find a male feminist as vocal as he is. To top it all off, he has an incredible weight loss and running story. I am impressed by how many miles he puts in each week. And his love for his wife and sons is lovely to read about. It was really hard to pick just one of his posts, but I am going to reshare this one about the unreality of blogging that delves into body image issues, among other things. I feel strongly that this is an important post. Definitely take time to go through his archives, though.

Andy of I’m a Runner… does a phenomenal job at race recaps and posting information about races in the Northeast area. His enthusiasm for running and encouragement of newbies is contagious. He recently ran the Boston Marathon and was one of the people whose bib number was stolen by bandits — not one person but by multiple people. He wrote a great post about it here. I want to add that I really dislike race banditing. Maybe I should do a post about why it makes me ragey.

bgddyjim of Fit Recovery is a more recent find of mine. I first found him commenting on Running to Her Dreams’ blog on the post I shared a link to above. He is a cyclist and sometimes runner who also inspires me with his long term sobriety. It’s great for me to see someone healthy and out in the world and see that I can do it too. He wrote a great post about happiness that I should take notes on called Noodle Salad. That post name should be enough to send you over for a read.

Ok, on to seven facts about me.

20140713-122855-44935131.jpg1) I planted every single bush, bulb and plant in our garden (plus some of the trees). I’m not the best gardener because I loathe weeding, but I do love digging holes for some reason. My husband and I also hand-selected the majority of the stones for our walkways and patio. The trip to the quarry was one of my favorite field trips ever.

2) I had a massive crush on Luke Skywalker when I was in 5th grade, before I realized he was a whiny pudwapper. I carried around a little picture of him from Dynamite Magazine (anyone else remember that one?) in my pocket until a friend caught me staring at it one day. And now I am wishing I hadn’t shared this little factoid.


This might be the actual photo I ogled in my youth. No, it is not currently in my back pocket.

3) I intensely dislike Bounty Select-a-Size paper towels. It puts me in a snit when I go for a towel and I end up with a halfling. My son thinks it’s hysterical that it bothers me so much… and that I occasionally buy them by accident and find out when I need to clean a spill. He thinks it’s so funny that I refuse to let him buy paper towels because I know exactly what he’d do. This is what I get for teaching my son to be a smartass. #parentingskillz

20140713-131852-47932188.jpg4) I played the oboe for about three months while in middle school. I chose the oboe because the band teacher said it was the most difficult instrument and that appealed to me. Plus it guaranteed I got first chair since no one else wanted to play it. I quit because my parents kept complaining I sounded like a sick cow whenever I practiced. Frankly, I think that’s insulting to sick cows.

5) The first time I thought that running might not be so awful was when I was a freshman in high school. We had to do a short sprint on a track in gym class, and I badly didn’t want to come in last place for a change. I focused on the sound of my feet hitting the ground and had little awareness of the other students beside me. I was surprised to come in first place in my group. Hell, pretty much everyone in my class was surprised. I’m not sure why I didn’t try to do any running after that minor success (maybe I thought it was a fluke?), but it is a nice memory.

6) Shortly after the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out, the magazine Entertainment Weekly had a story quoting star James Franco, who argued that co-star Andy Serkis, who played the ape Caesar using motion capture technology, should be eligible for an Oscar. I wrote this response to the magazine (and it was printed in the January 20, 2012 issue):

I’m kind of looking forward to seeing the latest installment of Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I’ve got a date on Tuesday with a bucket of popcorn and a hot simian.

7) My husband’s family all think I’m a little odd. I can’t figure out why. 😉

And… if you’re still reading, here’s my list of nominees, some of whom have already been nominated by others and some of whom, ahem, haven’t posted in a little while (so post again already!). They’re a hodgepodge of different kinds of blogs (I’ve been blogging awhile and only recently veered into running blogging). Check them out!

Running blogs
278 to Boston
Attempted Runner
Boring Broad Runs
Colby & Tina of It’s a Marathon & a Sprint
Maybe Marathoner
Run Doodle Run
Run Far Girl
Run, Karla, Run!
Running & My Random Life
Running Boston & Beyond
The Girl Who Ran Everywhere

Other Inpirational blogs
Guitars & Life
I’m Just Fine
In Bad Company
Life: Everyone Has One
The Project

14 thoughts on “Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1. Martha B says:

    Thank you for the kind nomination!!
    I dabbled in the clarinet for a few months in grade school, and it definitely wasn’t my thing… But the oboe is definitely a bad ass upgrade from that.

  2. Thank you so much… I’ll have to get my thinking cap on…

    BTW – you played the oboe… so did I from 11 until 16! There is so much about us that is common it is frightening! Lol

  3. Syd says:

    Thank you, Judith. I appreciate your thinking of me. I might have already done so many facts about me over the years that I am factless! I enjoy reading interesting things about others though. You rock.

  4. First of all THANK YOU. I’m having an otherwise crap Monday and your kind words really cheered me up. 🙂 You are 110% worthy of every nomination you got for this. You inspire so many of us and I loved getting to know more about you. Ummmm your house? GORGEOUS. I have a total black thumb so I’m very impressed by your planting skillz. I feel the same way about those damn paper towels, but Mr. Salt LOVES them so we always have them in the house! And I am so excited to see the new POTA movie!! I heard it was amazing. (And I loved the first one and totally agree with you that he deserved an Oscar nod for that performance.)

  5. Thanks for sharing these nuggets about yourself. I’m full on opposite for #3, I’ve grown to love the select a size paper towels, so rarely do I encounter something that requires the full size. And I’m right there with you on feeling the zing of having a wise ass kid, I love that my daughter has a creative wit, but sometimes I find myself wondering if I should have waited a few years before introducing her to sarcasm.

  6. Thank you for the nomination! I think it’s hilarious that you hate the select-a-size paper towels so much! Loved reading this..and that you planted your whole garden. Impressive!

  7. Thank you SO MUCH for your incredibly kind words. I was reading this in line on Sunday as we grabbed some groceries, and stopped to have Lisa read it because it was so touching and kind. Thanks again.

    And I really love all of the tidbits you shared – definitely love these types of posts for this very reason. As for the paper towels, I think it would be payback for you laughing at him about the cheerleaders in the hotel when he had to study 🙂

    I personally view weird as a badge of honor … and i see it in my kids as they try to share Eraserhead with friends as a movie they would enjoy socially.

    And in 1977-78 when I was 11 or 12 seeing Star Wars in theaters I wanted to BE Luke Skywalker … so I guess you could say you thought nice things about me even back then! haha

  8. Yes, it’s taken me THIS long to say thank you. (red in cheeks). I read this post when it was new and kind of got overwhelmed with stuff, but I will be passing this along. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and find that we have some quirkiness in common. In a completely normal way, that is 🙂 Thank you.

  9. TR says:

    Thank you so much! Love the Luke Skywalker story! I had a similar experience in running like yours in #5. It is kinda weird and cool to look back on a memory where we excelled at something without any parental influence and find that it may show our true self. Thank you for sharing your stories and inspiring me. xx

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