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…Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


The lovely Courtney nominated me for my very first blogger award! Hard to believe, right, since I’ve been blogging off and on for the past 5 years or so (not always as The Blonde Runs). So this nomination is super special! Courtney is somewhat of a newbie in the running community, but her passion for the sport inspires me daily! I got to give her a big hug at the Leadville Marathon and she is as cute in person as on her blog. C is authentic, compassionate, and a little firecracker! I love her spirit! Her blog is a great read!

Here are the rules:

* display the award logo somewhere on your blog

* link back to the blog of the person who nominated you

* state 7 things about yourself

* nominate 15 (or less, if you are like Courtney and I) other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs

* notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements


7 Things About Me!

1) I’ve been a runner for over 20 years. I started running when I was 11 years old in middle school. Yes, you did the math right. I’m 31. I suppose it was because my older brother was running track and cross country and I had to follow suite. And here I am, still running and loving it! Now, much longer distances…

2) I have 7 marathons under my belt. 2 of which were in Boston. I have only been marathoning since 2008. After each marathon I have said I never want to run another marathon again. That hasn’t turned out very well. 😉 At the moment, I have several marathons on my wish list. But, I’m looking at some different distances too.

3) I call myself a “quasi-Colorado native”, because I moved here when I was 5 years old. Colorado is one of the most wonderful places to live, in my opinion. I moved away briefly a few years ago to another beautiful place, but I ended up finding my way back to Colorado. I guess sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. I do love our 300 days of sunshine! But, it would be nice if we had more water!

4) I was born in Louisiana. And sometimes “ya’ll” will slip out. I also credit my Cajun cooking to my Southern roots. I do love a good crawfish pie or gumbo.

5) I love to cook! I have a cooking blog that I don’t update very often. But every once in a while I’ll take a nice photo of something I’ve made. Maybe when I start posting more I’ll link to the blog. 🙂 I have fantasized about opening my own little cafe some day with a hodgepodge of my favorite things I like to make. But, doubtful.

6) When I’m really relaxed, my toes naturally “cross.” My big toe will cross over my 2nd toe and rest there peacefully until I look down and realize they did it without me knowing.

7) I love photography and wish I knew more about it. Until then, I turn dials and push buttons on my fancy camera hoping for the best. Every once in a while I’ll snap something decent. Sometimes those photographs show up here. The rest of the time they are the foggy photos from my iPhone.

Okay, those are mostly boring. So for continuing to read, I’ll give you another little tidbit: I have a serious weakness for ice cream. There. The truth shall set you free.


7 Nominations

1) Chronic Runner Chronic Runner is a long time runner who knows what running in Boulder, CO is all about! She speaks honestly of balancing work and family life with her passion of running. CR is a climber, a coach, and is the mastermind behind The Kids Running Project.

2) Figuring It Out J posts some of the most beautiful photographs on her blog! Based in Nova Scotia, J recently took on one of her biggest challenges yet: a 50k ultramarathon! As a potential ultrarunner, I loved reading about her experience: from the training, to her pre-race thoughts, to her race report, J offers a realistic approach to running long.

3) LGSmash I just started reading LGSmash in the last year or so and I love her blog! I was able to meet her at a recent blogger meet-up in Boulder too; what a sweetie! LG loves fitness and loves her fiancee. 🙂 In fact, she is getting married VERY soon and often posts about her wedding planning experience. LG also writes about a joint condition she has that affects her knees and how she overcomes it. And she does so beautifully!

4) Meghan’s Wanderings I first met Meghan when I was living in Washington state. But it was after I moved back to Colorado and started blogging again that I realized she has a blog too! Duh. M is saucy and quirky and I love her photos that include her little finger puppets (Ragnar and Drunk Puppet). Oh yeah, and the banana suit. And the cupcakes. And heels. Go read.

5) Xenia X is the very first person who EVER commented on my blog. Years ago. So, she kind of holds a special place in my heart. X is just your normal ‘merican-girl-next-door who happens to live in England and is working on her Ph.D in dirt digging. That’s totally normal, right? X is sassy. X is funny. X often asks readers to place bets on her running goals. X often posts pics of England, but you won’t find any of her. She prefers incognito. Sorry X, the boy turned down the offer (wasn’t worth it in the end) and I’m not going to be moving to England after all (true story). 😦

6) These Happy Miles Christine is an east-coast gal who loves her running and loves her fashion. She offers great music ideas on her Weekend Play List posts too. From race reports to travel pics, Christine’s blog is a fun read! And I’m only mostly envious of her east-coast living. Just beautiful! And the water! I swoon…

7) Keith’s Odyssey Last but not least, another Canadian! I have been reading Keith’s blog for years. He is primarily a tri-er who completed Ironman Canada in 2010. Stud. He also writes a lot about yoga, his cats, Linda, and Canadian politics. With occasional rants. He’s really good for a care package exchange too. For those of you who want some good homemade cookies. Couldn’t convince him to send me a bottle of homemade wine.


9 thoughts on “…Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

  1. I love it – you deserve it!

  2. You totally deserve and – wow! – do I feel honoured to be listed amongst such company. Thank you.

    And for sure I’ll post my nominations this weekend!

    Thank you again. And thank you for introducing me to more great bloggers! (How on earth will I ever get any work done now?!?!)

    • Thank you so much!

      I’m with you. There are so many great bloggers/people out there. And some of their blogs are so compelling that I get lost in them for a while. 🙂

  3. So nice of you to mention me; I will have to read up on my blog company there. And the wine thing is not me. Believe it or not, it’s not legal to ship wine across provincial boundaries, though they are working to change that. I can just imagine what the USA border people would think of a bottle of wine. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t get it. You’ll just have to come do a race up here…

  4. this is your first blogaward?! i’m totally surprised by this, LOVE YOUR BLOG!! you totally deserve this award!


  5. I say “y’all” and have a seldom-posted-upon cooking blog…we’re almost twins 😉

    So cool that you have been running for so much of your life!

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