Monday, September 16, 2013

Liebster Blog Award Fun!

Over the weekend, I found out my blog was nominated for another Liebster Blog Award, this time by Lynette who blogs at Life's Better in Yoga Pants. Lynette is another Sweat Pink gal who is also into running, fitness, good eats and enjoying life to the fullest. So, thanks for thinking of me, Lynette - I'm super flattered! 

For those of you new to the Liebster Blog Award, here are the rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created for you
  • List 11 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers
  • Tell the bloggers you nominate that you nominated them
And that's it! That being said, let's get this started :)

11 Random Facts About Me

My first name is pronounced like the word "soon" not "son". It's a tricky name:)

My current running shoe of choice is the Saucony Kinvara - I love the flashy colors and lightweight feel of the shoe. 

And now I will have to get this shoe in every available color.

I spent a good portion of college doing my best to avoid having to write papers yet somehow ended up a writer. Crazy how things work out in life!

Tell me you're a runner and you'll instantly become about 20x more attractive in my eyes ;)

I eat ridiculously healthy all week - so I don't feel too guilty about indulging in a Frappuccino, Nutty Bar, Gummi Bears or a Monster Cookie on the weekend. 

My current treat obsession!

I run for the running apparel brand, Oiselle. Being a part of such a great group of women makes me want to work harder so I can be a better runner. 

I ask a lot of questions. Sometimes completely random ones at random times just because the thought popped into my head at that moment. Curiosity has yet to kill the cat. 

Speaking of cats, I have the CUTEST cat. His name is Eddie and he deserves to be featured in more than one pic. 

I was adopted as an infant, but have no desire to search for my biological family in South Korea. My family is the one I'm with now. The rest is just genetics. 

I love running in the rain. In fact, I would almost go as far as to say I would take a rainy run over a sunny day run. There's just something about battling through the elements that makes a run more satisfying!

Shhh - don't tell anyone - I own a lot of embarrassing music/movies/books. For example, Katy Perry/Crossroads/the entire Gossip Girl series. I could pretend to be a music/movie/book snob, but I'm not.

Questions from Lynette at Life's Better in Yoga Pants

1. What is your favorite thing to do in the fall?
Fall is my favorite season - I especially love running and hiking when it gets a bit cooler outside, and it's also the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen. Crisp temps mean homemade chili, soups, stews and my favorite, oatmeal butterscotch cookies. 

 I heart these cookies!

2. If you could go anywhere for a weekend getaway, where would you go?
If I could truly go anywhere, I'd fly to France and do a long run in Normandy along the coast. And then I'd hop over to Brittany and reward myself with a slice - or two - of Gateau Breton. 

3. Favorite workout?
Anything involving fast intervals. I like to make it hurt - and then hurt some more!

Just say yes to the track ;)

4. What feature do you absolutely love about yourself? 
I'm not superficial. I couldn't care less if your hair is green and your eyes are red or if you're carrying a bag from Chanel or Target. It's what inside that matters.  
5. What is your biggest health/fitness/wellness accomplishment from this year?
I ran my first 10k distance race and won my age group. I think if I train specifically for this distance I have the potential to run even faster!

Mom and I after the Madison Twilight 10k

6. Who do you talk to everyday?
My bestie Debbie, who lives in Portland.  It's like she never moved except now we can't meet for cupcakes or walks through the Marina.

7. How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog in March 2011. I look back on some of my first posts and just shake my head. :)

8. Do you prefer to get your nails done or do them at home?
I'm too impatient for either. I've tried the salon thing and it makes me antsy and at home I can never wait long enough for my nails to dry. 

9. What is your favorite short-term goal for 2013?
Get through Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon so I can get to the good stuff - 5k-specific training ;)

10. What is something you cannot live without?
Running - Getting in my miles is both energizing and relaxing. It's me time that allows me to think through everything or nothing at all. It's also the best way to get out any aggressions or frustrations! 

Running hard makes you feel like this - perfectly content!

11. Morning person or night person?
I don't especially like getting up early, but I'm more a morning person than a night person. I like knowing I'm getting stuff done rather than sitting around wasting time.

The 11 Blogs I'm nominating:
I'm keeping it local and nominating fellow MKE bloggers!
  1. Lace & Race
  2. SMW Roadrunner
  3. The Fit Girl's Kitchen
  4. More Beets Please
  5. Eating on the Run
  6. Backstage Balance
  7. Food n Focus
  8. Tracey's Space
  9. She's on the Run
  10. The Harmonized Run
  11. Truly, Margaret Mary
My questions for these bloggers:
  1. What's the last great book you read and what did you like about it?
  2. Would you rather have to eat an entire cake every time you sit down to eat or never eat cake again?
  3. What's a fashion trend you love - but for whatever reason can't wear?
  4. If you could only race one distance/do one workout the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. What's the weirdest way you've ever been hit on?
  6. Do you order the same drink whenever you go out or do you mix things up?
  7. What junk food would you eat if you suddenly learned it was healthy?
  8. What's the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
  9. Are you always early, always late, or right on time?
  10. What have you gained through blogging?
  11. Seize the day or patiently wait?
I can't wait to hear what my fellow MKE bloggers have to say! As for the rest of you, I'd love to hear your answers as well. Pick a question and tell me your answer in the comments :)

Happy Monday!

- ST


  1. I love that you enjoy fast interval workouts. Most people hate those, including myself. Also, your kitty is super cute and definitely warrants plenty of screen time. =)

    1. Thanks Haley! He knows exactly how cute he is, too ;)

  2. How fun, thanks for the shoutout for my humble blog! I look forward to writing this, sharing, and passing it on in the next couple of days :)

    1. You're welcome - can't wait to read your answers to the questions!

  3. I would have never have guessed that your name was pronounced like soon. Your not so healthy snack still seems healthy to me. :)

    1. Oh, you should see the Monster Cookies - Two large chocolate chip cookies with about an inch of icing stuffed between them, plus additional icing on top. It's the ultimate indulgence ;)