I’ve been tagged…why do you run etc.

Jeanne over at Not Born to Run tagged me, I’m a sucker for a pretty face.
Five questions for enquiring minds.
Q1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
Non-existent. However I was running 5-8kms, 2-3 times a week in 1993-1994. I was also really big into Volksmarching from 1990-1997, logging over 3000 kilometers.
Q2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?
My worst run/race experience was probably my first marathon, I went out way too fast, cramped up, and slogged my way for most of the last 10 miles. Since then I’ve learn to go home before it gets that bad.
I really can’t think of a best race experience…the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a strong run/race is always a “best experience”.
Q3. Why do you run?
I just have to use Jeanne’s answer „Silly question—so I can eat, of course!“
Q4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?
I think the best advice I have been given about running is to run my own race, don’t run to please anyone else.
The worst advice, probably “Du übertreibst!“, which translates to going overboard, or carrying to excess. I generally start hearing this when I have run more than 1 or 2 marathons in a year (e.g. in April or May 😉
Q5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
I consider my life so routine and normal that I can’t think of anything exciting for this question.

Tagged for Christmas

I actually enjoyed this one from Rich:
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate, egg nog redefines running for me.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa wraps.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? No lights.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Only when I feel like standing around and waiting for a kiss.
5. When do you put your decorations up? The first week of December.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Turkey with stuffing.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Family get-together’s.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? When I caught my father putting the present’s under the tree.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Sometimes.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? This is my wife’s department.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it as long as I don’t have to drive in it. Running is pure lust!
12. Can you ice skate? On my feet or on my rear?
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? My wife (okay that wasn’t Christmas).
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Jesus’ birthday.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Anything sweet.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Sleeping late.
17. What tops your tree? The heavens (the tree is outside).
18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Giving.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Away in the Manger.
20. Candy canes? Pure poison.
21. Favorite Christmas movie? What’s that one with Chevy Chase.
22. What do you leave for Santa? We all know the deal on Santa, right? And besides, Santa doesn’t run all year just so he can pig out on cookies on Christmas day. Or does he?
I don’t know who’s done this before, as I’m behind in reading blogs, but I’ll tag Rae, Dawn, Thomas, and Stefano just to keep it international.

Round and Round we Go

So Thomas obviously thinks I have time on my hands during my recovery, so has tagged me:
4 Jobs I?ve had:
– Farmhand
– Pizza chef
– Bartender
– Grocery manager in a supermarket
4 Movies I watch over and over:
– Streets of Fire
– Dirty Harry
– Predator
– First Blood
4 Places I have lived:
– Ratcliff, KY
– Ettlingen, Germany
– Aberdeen, MD
– Hinesville, GA
4 TV shows I watch:
– CSI Miami
– CSI Las Vegas
– Home Improvement (I am a Tim Allen fan)
4 Places I?ve been on Vacation
– France
– Holland
– Denmark
– Austria
4 Websites I visit every day:
USA Today
4 Favourite Foods:
– Pasta (any)
– Salads
– Cake
– Lobster
4 Places I?d rather be right now:
– Running
– Norway
– Alaska
– Upstate NY
4 Favorite Bands/Singers:
– Toby Keith
– Brooks and Dunn
– REO Speedwagon
– Charlie Daniels Band
4 Bloggers I?ll tag:
I don?t know who has done this already, so if you feel the urge, just do it!