Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Liebster Award and 10 Questions

Awesome. I was nominated for my first blog award by Lou @ Running Through China. You should check out her blog as she runs through China, teaches English and explores all that China has to offer. 
Liebster award rules.
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Answer the 10 questions from the nominee.
4. Copy & Paste the award to your blog.
5. Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs.
6. Create 10 questions for the new nominees.
7. Inform them of their nomination.

This seems like a fun way to share a little about myself and learn more about my fellow bloggers. Here are the questions that Lou asked of me.

1. Do you remember why you started running, and when this was?
Well, I started running regularly while I was in the military. After I got out I stopped doing exercise of any kind and gained a lot of weight. I didn't really take running seriously until a couple of years ago to lose weight and to get back into shape. I now have lost over 100lbs. Woo-hoo!
2. What’s your favourite post workout meal or snack?
If it is morning I don't eat before my workouts. So post workout I love to eat cereal and fruit.
3. If you could rewind to any age or point in time right now, what would it be?
I don't know. I suppose I would like to go back to my High School age with the confidence, knowledge, and self esteem that I have now. I am sure I wasted too much energy in worrying about what others thought and not living life to the fullest.
4. Do you have a favourite song? Or top 3?
I probably can't choose specific songs. Top 3 bands right now would be Vampire Weekend, Linkin Park, and Far East Movement. My favorites change with the mood and the activity though. lol.
5. Party drugs in your youth – yay or nay?
Nope, I am one of the only people I know that have never done any "party" or illegal, or recreational drugs. I actually haven't even tried a cigarette. I guess I am pretty plain. 
6.What is your biggest fitness motivation?
At first my motivation was to lose weight. Now it is to get better and push the limits of how fast and far I can run.
7. Ever not quite feel real?
Umm, I don't think so. Not sure what you mean though.
8. What 3 things bring you the most joy in life?
Running, family, and watching my sports teams. Oops, I probably should put family first in the list before anyone sees this. :) 
 9. Ever try any crazy 'fad' diet, such as Atkins, the baby food diet etc.?
No, I just reduced my calories and increased my activity. The website Myfitnesspal.com was a big help with that. I have been intrigued with Zach Bitter and his ketogenic similar diet though. But I don't think I can stop eating pizza, pasta, and my breakfast cereals though.
10. What’s your biggest goal that you are working on right now?
Well, because I am still fairly new to running. I have multiple big goals. The one I am currently working on for 2014 is running my first marathon.

Alright, I hope I wasn't getting graded because I think I failed. ;)

Alright now for the 10 bloggers I nominate.
Roberto @ Roberto Mandje
Elisabeth @ Running on E

The ten questions for you awesome bloggers and athletes are:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your main goal for 2014?
3. If you didn't have to worry about money, what would you spend your days doing?
4. Do you prefer short and fast or long and slow? (I mean running race distances, you dirty minded people)
5. Do you prefer working out in a gym or at home?
6. What sports, athletes, teams do you follow?
7. Where did you grow up and what is that area known for?
8. Are you a dog or cat person, and why?
9. What is you favorite food?
10. What makes you unique?

Have fun answering the questions fellow bloggers. 
Now anyone else, feel free to answer any of the questions and comment below. I would love to hear your answers. 


  1. 100lbs?! Wow, that's incredible! Awesome stuff. Looking forward to reading all about your first marathon this year then! Great answers David, definitely not a fail, lol..

    Cheers, Lou.

  2. Cheers for the nomination! - Roberto Mandje

    1. Great job at Lake Las Vegas. Hope to see you at future Xterra events.

  3. Congrats all around, David! On the award, for losing the equivalent of a small child, and for realizing that the BEST incentive to run goes much further than weight loss. :) Thanks for the nomination and keep on running for YOUR best...no limits. :)

    1. Thank you Cait. I really enjoy reading your blog so you earned the nomination. :)

  4. 100 lbs is SO amazing!!! Soooo.... have you decided on a marathon yet? I have no doubt you would do awesome.

    1. I haven't decided yet. I'm looking for one fairly close in California, Arizona, or Nevada late this year.

  5. Great answers. These lists can be a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers. So many great marathon options in your area. Can't wait to see what you pick!

  6. I have to agree with some of your answers! They were awesome, especially the high school one. I wish I didn't care as much but I think HS is such a HUGE life lesson for all of us!
    I hope you run your FIRST full this year! I am as well! :)