Running with The Stinky Drinkers: Introducing SD Liz

Name: Liz

Age: Way too old to be listening to some of the music on my shuffle. (see below)

Zodiac sign: Libra – The scales… I'm seeking balance and hoping running helps me find it.

Day job:  TV news producer

How long have you been running? On and off and on and off, and did I say on and off, for about 10 years.

My personal running philosophy is: You'll feel better when you're done! In all seriousness, as much as I love the feeling of finishing a run and that “good sweat," running is a great way to get the endorphins flowing and get rid of the stress of the day. It's my quiet, alone time without being too quiet. Sort of like active meditation!

What's on your running playlist? Shuffle has a total mix…everything from U2 and Kings of Leon to Britney and Pussycat Dolls… but, and here's where I completely embarrass myself, some of the songs that really keep me going at the end are Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

If you were a type of beer, what would you be and why? New Grist — it's organic and from the Midwest.

Why are you training for a half marathon? It's been a goal of mine to do one but until this race came along — and the Stinky Drinkers was formed — I never really had the motivation. Much as the idea of running for about 2 hours doesn't thrill me (way too limited of an attention span), I'm so excited about the idea of accomplishing the goal and crossing that finish line.

What's your best advice for would-be runners? Find people to run with and even when you feel exhausted and can think of every excuse in the book not to run (and I am master at justifying not running) don't let yourself off the hook. Nine times out of 10, you'll feel better and have more energy when you're done… and looking better in a swimsuit is a nice plus!

Hello, race fans!  Stinky Drinker Holley here with an update on the progress we've made in training for the Women's Running Magazine Women's Half-Marathon coming up November 22nd!  We're a small but mighty running team, none of whom has ever run a "half" before, motivated by sheer will and the promise of a cold beer at the end of our journey.

I have another introduction to make, but first, here's a quick update regarding membership and training.  We've officially welcomed a new member, Angela, to the team, and she is rockin' and rollin'!  On Sun. July 26 we planned to run 7 miles, but the weather and downtown St. Pete's Warped Tour had other plans for us.  Narrowly avoiding lightning strikes (note: NEVER run if there is lightning - if you can see it, it can strike you, no matter how far away it seems), we somehow managed to log 5 miles, soaked to the bone and surrounded by equally drenched teenagers.  We did what we're calling our "urban" route by running up and down Central Ave., window shopping along the way. For future runs, we've set ourselves the task of developing interesting dance moves to perform at crosswalks while waiting for the light to change.  One must keep moving, and running in place looks pretty ridiculous....might as well look flat out, stark-raving mad performing the "cabbage patch kid" instead.

So...moving on: it's time to meet SD Liz!  To learn more about the race we're training for, log on to!

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