Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday Blogger Spotlight - Meet Danielle



Hello to all Saturday spotlight readers! I’m Danielle and I blog at ooh breathe, just breathe. I began blogging in 2009 mostly as a way to track my running (while throwing other random life stuff in there as well) and just recently we had our first baby, Henry! I’m now getting back into running and training for marathon #9 this month. Thank you, Stephanie, for having me as one of your spotlights!

You are an avid runner. What race are you most proud to have completed? 
What pushed you to train and run the way you do?

Yes it’s true, I love to run. Some might call it an addiction; I like to call it a passion. It’s really my "me time". I use running not only to keep in shape but to keep me sane in this ever changing/crazy life we live in. especially now with having a baby! I was lucky to have been able to continue running throughout most of my pregnancy, and ran a 5k, 10k, and two full marathons while pregnant. I think the race that I am most proud to have completed was this past November- the All Women and One Lucky Guy half marathon. I was coming off of two other half marathons in the previous 4 weeks, and I worked really hard to come back from having Henry and managing the new lifestyle (while going back to work full time as well) and was able to get a personal record for this race of 1 hour and 48 minutes. I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish in the past, recently, and hopefully in the future. I know that my husband is proud of me as well (and he is now training for a half marathon too!) and most of all, I am hoping that I will someday make Henry proud. 

As a mother to Henry, what do you think your greatest parenting moment has been so far? 
Your biggest parenting fail?

Since he is only 11 months old, this is difficult to say, but I think my greatest parenting moment so far has been that I was able to breast feed Henry until he was 4 months old. I felt like I gave him a great gift in doing this and the bond that we solidified in that time is priceless. Along those lines, I feel my biggest parenting fail would be that I was unable to continue longer than 4 months. I know deep down that is not really a "failure", but I had a very difficult time letting it go and really felt like I was failing him, despite the fact that I couldn’t do it any longer. Before I had him I didn’t think that I was going to enjoy breastfeeding, but I knew it was what was best for him. I was very surprised that I ended up loving it (I didn’t love having to do it on the 95 degree days or pumping after each feeding or feeling like my boobs were going to explode, but overall it was a wonderful experience). Henry is a healthy, strong, growing boy and I know I gave him everything I could for as long as I was able to.

If Hollywood was to make a movie about your life, what would the title be and who would star as you?

"Behind the starting line" starring Julianne Hough

Please share what a perfect day would be like for you. 

First of all we wouldn’t have all cold weather and snow... a perfect day would be waking up with a cup of coffee, a nice long run, and then spending the day with Ty (my husband) and Henry. Taking a family walk with our dog, Duke, or just lounging around in our sweats. I just like the family together time (of course while also getting in my run for myself).

What has been the most rewarding part of blogging?

The amazing people I have met through blogging is by far the most rewarding part of it all. My husband doesn’t blog or tweet and therefore doesn’t quite understand it, but the support I have received with both my running and during pregnancy/after giving birth, has been amazing. I’m a very social person and I have many friends outside of blogging, but the friendships I have gained through blogging are also ones that I really love, despite not having met many of them (and the ones I have met I have great friendships with!). I feel that I am the same person in my blog than I am in real life, and I don’t try to be someone I am not through my writing.
  
Using the first letter of your first name, D, describe yourself in 5 words:
Determined, Dedicated, Daring, Difficult and Decisive

18 comments:

  1. Danielle: That's great that you stay healthy and fit! I used to be a runner, but haven't gone running in years! I have to get back into the swing of things!

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    1. I've never meet anyone so dedicated to running as Danielle.

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  2. I always love to "meet" the blogger behind a blog :) Great idea on having a blogger spotlight series!

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    1. Thanks Dawn! I love giving others a chance to shine!

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  3. This is really fun to get to know blogger personalities!

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    1. I thought the spotlight post would be a great way to get to know the person behind the website.

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  4. I am trying to get into running! Julianne Houghe would be a great person to portray you!

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    1. Danielle has taught me that starting off can be tough but if you keep at it, anything is possible.

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  5. I am getting back into running to be in shape for summer.

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    1. Running is a great way of doing that!

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  6. I wish I was a runner, but arthritis stops me from being able to. Well done!

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    1. I hate to hear about your arthritis. Have you found a way to workout that is comfortable for you?

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  7. Running my first 5k ever at 46 years old with my 20 year old daughter by my side!!! :)

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    1. Way to go you! My first one is in June and I'm really excited for it.

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  8. I think running is SO mental so I greatly admire anyone who can run a marathon! Way to go!

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    1. Danielle is AHHHMAZING! She is so determined.

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  9. not only is Danielle a mother runner, she is also super speedy!!! you are my hero :) go get the BQ!

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    1. She is one heck of a mother runner, isn't she?

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