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liebster award!

on wednesday, i was surprised to find out that mary and annmarie both nominated me on their blogs for a liebster award. i had seen others' posts about being nominated, so i was very honored that both of these ladies thought of me when they were doing nominations. thank you so much, ladies!

for those of you unfamiliar with the liebster, it is an award given by bloggers to fellow bloggers, particularly for newer blogs. it's a fun thing that helps you get to know bloggers a little bit better. the rules that go with the award are:
1.) you must link back to the person who nominated you
2.) you must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you
 3.) you must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award (with a small following)
4.) you must create 10 questions for your nominees
5.) you must notify your nominees

because i was nominated by two different people, i've decided to answer both sets of questions.

mary's questions
1.) in honor of spring, what is your favorite outside activity? watching baseball games! i love sitting in the sunshine, eating delicious food, hanging out with friends/loved ones/other baseball fans, and watching a game.
2.) why did you start blogging? i started blogging as a way to just document, for myself, the progress i made in running; a public journal, if you will. i then found fun groups like i'm fit possible and decided that i wanted to be apart of it, and that's when the blogging became a bigger thing.
3.) What is the furthest distance you have run/walked/hiked? in terms of my current training, i've gotten up to 5.1 miles running. but when i was 8, i randomly decided i wanted to walk bay to breakers, which is about 7.45 miles, and my dad helped me do that.
4.) i love to grill. do you prefer to host a cookout or be invited to them? i definitely prefer to be invited to them; i have no real cooking skills and feel too much pressure when hosting others for food related things.
5.) name one gadget you cannot live without. this can apply to any part of your life. my iphone. i rarely leave the house without it.
6.) what was your first car? loved it? hated it? a 1990 toyota corolla i named sheldon. i love that car, despite it being a little janky. i don't drive him anymore (he wouldn't have survived the trek to chicago), but he's still at my parent's house. he's going to hit 300,000 miles soon!
7.) how many places have you lived? five: central california, the bay area, northern california, southern california, and chicago.
8.) what would be your dream vacation? a trip to southern, western europe, including spain, france, italy, and greece.
9.) if you could describe yourself in one word, what would that be? random; i'm such a hodgepodge of interests and traits.
10.) do you have a theme song? not that i can think of.
11.) do you prefer to sit and read or watch movies? name your favorite. sit and read, preferably outside. my favorite book is john green's looking for alaska.

annmarie's questions
1.) where is your favorite place to travel and why? new countries. i love learning about different cultures and seeing foreign places, plus new passport stamps make me happy.
2.) what is the last good book you read? i haven't had a chance to read a book that's not for school in awhile, but i'm currently, slowly reading van gogh: the life and really enjoying it.
3.) what did you want to be when you were little? i wanted to be a veterinarian for most of my childhood.
4.) what is your favorite way to be active? currently, running. but i've always loved swimming.
5.) what is your go-to breakfast? some type of carb and fruit (so original, i know). this usually means a bagel topped with peanut butter and bananas, or granola with fresh berries and almond milk.
6.) if you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? this question always stumps me; i love food! i'm going to go with pizza, because toppings can be varied to fill any craving, i feel like.
7.) what are your hobbies outside of work/blogging? reading. i've always loved books, and can spend hours in a book store.
8.) would you ever be able to go a day without your phone? i can, but it makes me really anxious.
9.) do you prefer to exercise in the morning or at night? night.
10.) what is your favorite thing about blogging? the community! bloggers are so fun, and i love getting insight in to others' experiences with fitness and life in general.

my nominees (these might not all fit the "less than 200 followers" rule; not everyone displays that)
heather to 26.2
mommy got fit 
grab your kicks
runs with pugs
fit mama love
runs with hope
eats and exercise by amber
running for cupcakes
baby blues to running shoes
a change of pace

my questions
1.) what is your most-loved fitness gadget?
2.) what is your favorite store/brand for fitness clothes?
3.) who is your biggest support system?
4.) how do you relax after a race?
5.) what is your favorite post-workout snack?
6.) what was your first race?
7.) what is your favorite distance to run?
8.) what goal are you currently working on?
9.) when did you start considering yourself a runner?
10.) what are you most looking forward to this year?

thanks again for the nominations, mary and annmarie! this was fun, and i look forward to reading others' answers to my questions.

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