Chocolaterunsjudy in 5 words

Been reading this blog for years? Do you think you know me? Do you really know me? Can I really describe myself in just five words? I’ll share some takeaways for you, too.


There was a time in my running “career” that I ran quite a few halfs at basically the same finish time. While I’ll never be a fast runner, I had a deep conviction inside that there was a fast-er runner inside of me.

So I ran, and I trained, and I raced. Then one year I had my breakthrough year where I ran 4 halfs , each one faster than the last.

Takeaway:   training always pays off — but on its own timetable


I am very consistent, unless I’m sick or injured. I run, however many days a week feels right to me. I run in bad weather. I run on the treadmill. I’ve always said consistency is my super power — I show up and do the work.

Takeaway: consistency always pays off, just like persistence!

I am shy when I first meet people, although sometimes that also causes me to talk too much from nervousness. I’ve also led groups (weight watchers, yoga, meetups for designers) — I can do it, but being “on” is very draining for me. So it might surprise you that I actually do love running in a group. I turn into a real chatty cathy!

Takeaway: don’t judge a book by its cover. Or someone you’ve just met  (or while you’re running together).

Laser Focused
If it’s something I’m interested in? I go all out. I pour my heart and soul into the things I love. The things that don’t interest me? Let’s just say I know I need to do those things, but sometimes I struggle with motivating myself.

Takeaway: sometimes that laser focus gets in the way of the things that have to get done

Open to New Ideas
I love trying stuff! Food. Clothes. Styles of Yoga. Ways to train for running. I actually think this is another of my super powers when it comes to running. It keeps it fresh, anyway! I think the worst thing a runner can do is run the same distance on the same route day after day. Shake it up! Keep what works and throw out what doesn’t. Always have a beginner’s mind — be willing to try and learn new things.

Takeaway: it’s a super power and a curse — because sometimes trying new things costs $$$

What do you think? Do you feel as though you know me a little better now? What words come to mind when you think of me? What words did you — or would you — use to describe yourself? As a runner? As a person? What are your super powers?


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.


27 thoughts on “Chocolaterunsjudy in 5 words

  1. I would have described you with those words!
    And I would have added “reflective”. As shown in this post by the takeaways, you always dig a little deeper and highlight particular facets.

    I didn’t know that about your half-marathons or that you are chatty when running in a group!

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    1. Reflective is a good one, Catrina, thank you for adding that! I’ve always been a thoughtful person (not so sure thoughtful of other people, not as much as I should be, but introspective).

      Running makes me extroverted — it’s very weird, really!

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  2. I 100% agree with the 5 words you selected for yourself 🙂

    It’s interesting because as I’m reading the blogs this morning, you are the 3rd person to use introvert. I consider myself an introvert as well. People would probably think that bloggers are more extroverted, but that’s really not the case!

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    1. The funny thing about being an introvert is I’m not when I’m in a running group — not usually. Not while running, before & afterwards maybe.

      Those endorphins. 🙂

      Actually, I think that blogging is my way to get things out into the world!


  3. It seems a lot of runners are introverts. I guess that’s why we chose a mostly solo sport. I like the words you chose, I do see that in you through your blog. I agree with Catrina, reflective is also a good word for you.
    I try to be open to new ideas but I am definitely a creature of habit.

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    1. That’s true, Wendy, but I can be spontaneous too. Starting running was a whim pretty much. I’ve definitely had races I signed up for spontaneously too, but I general, yes, I put a lot of thought into my choices.


  4. Your words are all spot-on, but I’d also add “caring” to the mix 😉 I’ve seen the way you care for you mother (and you father, before he passed), and it’s no secret how much you love your fur kids ❤ Also, the fact that you're sharing so much with your yoga practice demonstrates how much you care about the well-being of others.

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    1. A couple of people mentioned that. Which I found really amusing because I don’t feel that way much! Some of the things I’ve done in my life, sometimes putting myself out there — that’s not easy for me at all!


  5. I am not at all surprised that you are persistent and consistent! I am also an introvert. Isn’t it funny that introverts can still have blogs and put so more information out for everyone to read? 🙂

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  6. I think “open to new ideas” is a superpower not just for running, but for life in general! All five of your words taken together are a perfect recipe for success. Thanks for sharing!

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