More about Eri-thon: A Running Blogger Survey

More about Eri-thon: A Running Blogger Survey

Kelly from Kelly the Culinarian invited running bloggers to answer a few questions about their training, runs, and races so we could all get to know one another a little better.

Since this week has brought many of us together as a community I think it's only right that we share more about ourselves.

Best Run Ever

The best run I've ever had was my very first 18 miler back in 2010 when I was training for the Chicago Marathon. The weather was perfect, my fueling was spot-on, and I finished that run feeling super strong. I could have run the entire marathon that day, I'm sure of it.

The best race I've ever had, though, was the 2011 Milwaukee Marathon.


I finished that race feeling fantastic and I took almost 45 minutes off my first marathon time. Plus, I got to run it with my best friend. What more could I ask for?

Three Words that Describe My Running

Motivation. Experiential. Friendly.

My Go-To Running Outfit

Ideal = Tight shorts (some may call them booty shorts) and a v-neck or scoopneck tank top. I'll swap the shorts for capris and the tank for a t-shirt (and sometimes arm warmers) in the early spring and late fall. In the dead of winter I have one pair of tights that I love and a teal jacket I wear with everything.snow_fun_run_2011

I also have to wear something on my head. Whether it's a fleece headband in the winter or a hat or visor the rest of the year. I hate when I have hair stuck to my sweaty face or sweat running in my eyes. However, I recently left my running hat in Phoenix at a hotel so I'll be busting out a visor until I can replace it.

Quirky Habit While Running

Looking at my reflection when I pass building windows. I'm checking out my form. Yeah.

Morning, Mid-day, or Evening

I much prefer running in the evening. But I don't mind mid-day if I don't have any afternoon meetings. And mornings only happen on weekends or when I can convince someone to meet me before work.

I Won’t Run Outside When It’s...

Lightening. Or over 100 with the heat index. That's really it. I kind of wussed out a lot this winter but typically if I can find someone who will run with me in the current conditions, I'll go. I prefer not to run in the dark by myself but will definitely do it with a friend or a running group!


Worst Injury – And How I Got Over It

I currently have a left hip issue that has been diagnosed as several things including a labral tear, femoral acetabular impingement (also known as FAI), and a myriad of other options depending on what type of doctor or therapist I'm seeing. Basically, I'm not "over" it, but as long as I avoid certain activities, do a lot of stretching and strengthening, and slow down my running a bit, I'm fine. It took me awhile to get over the fact that I might have to stop chasing personal time records, but I'm okay with it now.

I Felt Most Like a Badass Runner When...

A running coach told me I must have run in high school or college because my running form was so good. I started running at the age of 27 so, yeah, that was pretty cool.


Running Goal for 2013

Finish the Illinois Marathon on April 27th and then run whatever other races I want to do for fun.

Next Race Is...

Technically it's the Presence Covenant Medical Center Illinois 5K which is the night before the Illinois Marathon. Yes, I'm running a 5K the night before. It's my pre-race shakeout run!

Want to learn more about some Chicago-area running bloggers? Check out the link-up going on over at Kelly's!


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    Erin Vandenberg

    I'm a 30-something who decided to get off the elliptical and expand my fitness horizons. Since moving to Chicago in 2008 I've run marathons and biked miles. I've done group fitness classes and lifted weights on my own. And now I want to share my fitness finds with you!

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