1. When/what was your first race?
If we are getting technical here, my first running race was the BTN Big 10k (but I did the 5k option) when it first came to Chicago in 2012. It was the first running event that intrigued me-mainly because not only do they involved all of the schools of the Big Ten conference, but you could sign up for your school (and I’m an Illini alum!) and my BFF Taylor is an MSU alum, so when she was in, we both signed up!
I just wanted to run the whole race, but I didn’t train, and I think I ended up walking about half of it? It was rough. I remember it was REALLY HOT that year, and I couldn’t move really afterwards, and I thought, seriously, there people that run for fun? Who are they? lol
But, fitness wise, my first race would be the AON Center Step Up for Kids Stair climb in 2012. My work does volunteer events, and if its an active one such as this/5k, you are allowed to participate in it also, so I was like, I’ll try it, I get to do it for free! I just wanted to make it to the top without stopping, which I was able to do!
2. What is the coolest swag and or bling you have received at a race?
I mean, this would have to be the Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC-how can you beat a Tiffany’s necklace with ROTC guys in tuxedos with boxes of Tiffany’s at the end of the race!?
I also do look forward to the BTN Big 10k-since everything is made for your school, I love everything they give-from the shirts, to the medals, the foam fingers, sunglasses, anything orange and blue-I love it!
And the Hot Chocolate Run-they always have really good swag-that’s what got me to sign up-I wanted that zip up hoodie more so then the chocolate at the end!
3. What is your favorite distance to run?
I can’t say… I guess 5k/10k are good, they are distances I have ran many times before so I know I will finish! After that, it gets challenging…once I past the 15k mark, it gets really tough for me (which I feel is normal for most people)
4. What is your favorite quote or phrase to keep you motivated to run?
“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the coach.”
I always have to remind myself that even though I have friends that run (and they run much faster than I do, and have been running for much longer than I have) that there are people out there who aren’t even willing to go to and run a mile.
5. If you could run anywhere in the world, where would you pick?
I really like parks-I like that I can run without really worrying about stopping for cars and traffic. I’m really jealous that Lauren lives right across from a huge park in STL! I think as long as it’s a park, and not hilly, I can handle it!
I mean, beaches sound amazing to run and all, but the idea of running on sand sounds horrible. lol
6. What has been your favorite and least favorite race? Why?
Favorite: I once again have to say the Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC-probably because it’s my first half marathon! And I really thought I wasn’t going to be able to do it, since training was really tough for me. The atmosphere was amazing, and I would say this is where I got Runner’s High, I don’t really remember it being terribly painful (unlike my first run I’ve done after this race) It was also fun because I got to do it with my BFF Lauren and it was a mini vacation in DC! Its all about the memories.
Least: This makes me feel like a running snob (which is weird, I don’t really consider myself as real runner yet, I consider myself as an amateur one still) but I’m over The Color Run and The Electric Run. I like them because these fun runs are encouraging people to go out and giving running a try and to be healthy, but they are SO CROWDED. And, I feel you need to do these just once, I did both twice within the same year, so I think I’m done. lol
7. Do you prefer running alone or in a group?
Alone. I know I’m not a fast runner, and I don’t like feeling that I’m the reason you are going slow, let’s just pick a meeting point, and I’ll meet you there at one point, with cold water please. lol
8. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I did struggle with finding a name for this blog, I really wanted to do something funny, pun wise with Phu, like phunny, but I noticed that if you didn’t know me, the name/words would look and sound strange. Therefore, I figured since I do so many random things, I feel like my friends are always like “Did you see what Phu did? She went skydiving! ” or “Did you see Phu did the Polar Plunge?” It’s always “Did you see Phu….” so I thought-Hey, it should be See Phu ____. It works since I just don’t want to write just about running, but anything I know I would post on facebook, but not write a novel along with my status update lol
9. Have you participated in any other competitive events besides running races? (Tough Mudder, Triathalon, Etc.)
Beside running, I’ve done stair climbs! It’s my goal to do all 4 that are in Chicago (and I’ve done 2 so far). I would love to do Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, a sprint triathlon, and a marathon. I just need to do these just once, just to cross them off the bucket list. And, I need to do an 8k and a 15k. I know these are rather random lengths, but Chicago has a few races with these distances, so I want to do them. And I would love to do a Disney run-the Princess and Tinkerbell Half Marathon! And another Nike Women in another city! And I would love to do the 3 Day SGK Breast Cancer Walk. Basically, I like doing insane things for charity.
10. What are your goals in terms of running/races for this year?
I really just want to get into a better routine of working out this year. I still can’t believe I jumped into running a half marathon from not being much of a runner at all, so I would like to make pure barre and running more of routine (and to make sure I don’t gain too much weight from nursing school! lol) It’s my goal then for next year to do two half marathons (Illinois Half Marathon and Chicago Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon) and I feel by doing those two I should be ready for the Chicago Marathon (I will run it next year-either by entering via lottery or by charity)