That Time I Got to Meet Two of My Favorite Pro Athletes

Before I jump into today’s post I just wanted to share my REALLY good news: my tumor is benign!!!! As in the opposite of cancerous! I’m able to just keep an eye on it, and if it changes I’ll have to have it biopsied again, but for now, life goes on! Thank you to everyone for all of your kind words and support while I was waiting for my test results! And now onward…

Yesterday was a rest day for me since I raced on Sunday, so I thought I’d take a minute to catch you up on what happened this weekend besides running a 35 minute Ft. Lauderdale 13.1 course PR (!!!!).

On Friday night Adam and I went to Marlins Park for a tech expo. Adam is thinking about building himself a new computer and wanted to see what cool new things are coming out!

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We got to try an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset.

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The program we got to try was a roller coaster simulation. As soon as you put the headset on you literally feel like you’ve just gotten on a roller coaster ride! Even though I was sitting in a regular chair, I literally felt my stomach turn on each of the drops! It’s so crazy!

And we got to meet Mario Chalmers from the Miami Heat – he was at the event signing autographs!

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Naturally I acted like I meet celebrity athletes all the time and played it totally cool… by literally not saying one word to Rio. I’m pretty sure I just smiled really big and maybe let out a small giggle.

(Hey, it’s not everyday you get to meet a 2X NBA champ who plays for your fave team!)

Luckily on Saturday afternoon Adam and I attended an event for a client of mine and I had a chance to redeem myself. I got to meet Zach Thomas, a retired 7X Pro Bowl linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and this time I managed to squeak a couple of words out!

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Aaaaaaand if you’ll notice I was wearing shorts! This must have been the first time I have worn shorts out of the house in… 9 years?

After trying out a running skirt a few days ago I’ve just been the brave little toaster and have been exposing my legs left and right!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m simultaneously making strides in running and building up my self-confidence. I am sure the two are linked in a very strong way.

Today is not the day for me to deep dive into that though, today is a day where I just want to continue reveling in my half marathon PR *AND* the fact that I got to meet two of my favorite athletes over the weekend.

It was like a dream come true!

Have you ever met your favorite athlete/actor/singer? Did you play it cool? 

If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be and why?

40 comments

  1. Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom

    Confidence is wonderful. I can relate I mean completely to the wearing shorts thing! Up until I started running again I never ever ever wore anything that showed my legs!!!!!! I hated them….with a passion. This year I wore shorts more than I ever have…in public and all! Go us!!
    I got an early start with meeting actors/famous people etc. I met Tom Wopat back in the late 80’s which if you didn’t know starred in Dukes of Hazard as Luke Duke which was HUGE with my family. My aunts all went crazy so I as a young girl was embarrassed and just talked to him. Since then I have met several famous persons and always just felt they were another person. No nerves or anything…maybe something is wrong with me!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      GO US! :)We’re making big strides in running and in life!

      Haha that’s so awesome! I’ve met a couple of other celebs before and was able to act pretty normal, I don’t know what came over me when I met Mario Chalmers this weekend!

  2. Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    1) YAY, AWESOME NEWS!
    2) Nope, but if I ever met Meb I think I’d die.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I am with ya on #2. I would definitely die if I met Meb. But I hope I would come back to life and could have a conversation with him because he seems like the coolest guy and genuinely nice!

  3. running schlub

    Awesome news, so glad your test results were good.

    In this sport confidence is everything. You know your going to kill that sub 3hr because you were so close last weekend. That is confidence which will make you run so strong at your next race.

    I’ve met a few pro athletes over the years and I also try to play it cool. Hey no big deal I’m sitting/standing next to this big time athlete lol. I think if I ever meet some of the elite ultra runners I would probably clam up and just stare at them lol.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!

      OMG can you imagine if I met Scott? I would definitely just stare! If you ever go meet Sage bring me with you. I can do the talking for you, haha!

  4. Jess

    So glad to hear your test results came back benign! I’m sure that’s a HUGE relief to you as well. Yay!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Jess! SUCH a huge relief!!! I can finally sleep soundly again!

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! (You know what I am yessing about!)

    That is very cool you got to meet some of your favorite athletes!!!! It is hard for me to hide my emotions, good, bad, or otherwise. So whenever I meet someone famous (LIKE TERRY GROSS!!) I get a big ol’ smile on my face!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I am so with you on that yessssssss! I found out the news on Friday afternoon and got the best sleep of my life this weekend after many nights of tossing and turning.

      I KNOW!! I totally thought about you meeting Terry when I got to meet these guys this weekend!!!!

  6. Margaret

    Yay, awesome news about the tumor!

    I’ve never met anyone famous. Closest I’ve gotten is seeing Shaq from a few feet away, but didn’t actually meet him. My family was in Seattle, killing time before going to the theater, and my mom, sister, and I were shopping. My dad is less interested in shopping than the rest of us, and decided to go across the street to sit in the lobby of the upscale hotel there (Four Seasons, I think?) and it turned out Shaq was staying there. I think my dad actually said hello to him. By the time the rest of us went over there to meet back up with my dad, we passed Shaq leaving the hotel. He’s tall.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I know exactly what you mean! I met Shaq once and was shocked at how truly large he is! Shaking his hand is like shaking a UFO (if that make any sense, haha)!

  7. Amy

    Wow what great few days you have had! Enjoy all of it and appreciate your health!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I have never appreciated it more! The last couple of weeks waiting to find out the results really put things into perspective for me.

  8. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    So glad to hear the great news about your medical results! I bet that is a huge weight off your shoulders. It seriously sounds like you had a pretty epic weekend, all around. I love that all of these famous people are athletes, because I would probably react the same. I met Joe Montana once in an REI and he actually struck up a conversation with me while his wife was trying on clothing. I was beyond star struck. If I could meet anyone in the world it would probably be Reese Witherspoon or Will Ferrell.

    Way to wear those shorts, girl! They look great. Most of us are probably a bit jealous right now because we are stuck in pants for the next six months. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      That’s so cool that you met Joe Montana and that he struck up a convo with you!

      I would LOVE to meet Reese! When I was a teenager I would watch Sweet Home Alabama on repeat. I also had this black sweater and b&w print skirt that looked like one of her outfits from the movie and totally channeled my inner Reese whenever I wore it 🙂

  9. cheryl

    So glad to hear the good news!!
    I haven’t really “met” any famous people, but 2 years ago my husband and I were in New Orleans for the Superbowl and we were waiting with Mark Burnett to get into NOLA, Neither my husband or I said anything because he was kind of giving out the vibe of trying to go unnoticed–I think I am always too embarrassed to say anything anyway.
    I would like to meet Meb, Shalane Flanagan, Deana Kaster, or Joan Benoit–but again, I would probably clam up! Maybe they would let me watch them on a workout???
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      You went to the SB in NOLA?! That is so cool!!!

      Can you imagine getting to watch someone like Meb or Deana workout? It would be a dream come true!

  10. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    This post is just FULL of great news!!! Hooray for your tumor being benign!!!!!! I am sooo relieved for you!!

    Your legs look killer in those shorts! You should rock them more often!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Ali! It turned out to be really hot at the event so I was really, extra glad that I wore shorts. I will definitely have to buy a couple new pairs now that I have discovered that the world won’t end if I wear them out!

  11. Heather @ GirlGoesRunning

    SUPER DUPER AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!

    How exciting to meet some Athletic Heros! I am dying to meet Kara Goucher some day. 😀
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Heather!

      Meeting Kara would be awesome. I bet you two would get along really well! Two super speedy ladies talking about being badass runners! 🙂

  12. Lizzy

    GREAT NEWS!!! I’m so happy for you!

    It wasn’t really someone I care all that much about, but I was in line behind Ozzy Osbourne at a convenience store once.

    My fiance saw Larry David out at a restaurant. His coworkers had to tell him who he was, Wes really isn’t a fan. When he got home he was like “I saw that guy from those shows you like, you know, what’s his name”. I’m like, the worlds biggest Seinfeld fan. I would have died. I can’t believe he didn’t text me! I would have driven across town in rush hour just to stand there and awkwardly stare. It would have been awesome.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      How is your fiance NOT a Seinfeld fan? Has he ever watched the show?!??!?! hahaha

      Did you hear Ozzy talk at all? I wonder if he really mumbles like he did on the TV show!

  13. Kim

    I’m so happy for you and the fact that your tumor is benign!!!
    I followed all of Mario Chalmers’ college career because he played for University of Kansas which is just about 30 miles from here.
    Glad you are feeling more self confident – your look great in shorts!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh yes! Didn’t he knock down the game winner in the championship game during his last year at UK? You should be a de facto Heat fan since Rio is on our team 🙂

  14. Marie Alessandra

    That’s so good to hear! I’m so happy for you! 😀
    & guurl, your legs are killer! I’m glad to hear you show them off more and more 😀

    So cool you got to meet two of your fave athletes! 😀
    I once ran into Jennifer Lopez in Central Park (like wtf), and I met Rudy Giovannini once (HAHAHA he is some random SUPER famous LOCAL celeb in Bolzano, Italy). And some random norwegian singers, skiers and cyclists. So nothing special.. 🙁
    Closest thing I’ve ever been to meeting anyone famous that I actually care about is the Dolly Parton concert I went to this summer – I loooove Dolly, so that was cool 😀 But that’s not the same as meeting her 🙁
    My mom drove next to John Cleese on a highway in Germany when that vulcano thing happened in Iceland. Random, but that’s cool hahah xD
    Most people I find interesting are dead.. But I’d love to meet Dolly Parton for real and hang out with her in Dollywood (I’m dead serious, for some reason people never believe me when I tell them I’m a huge Dolly fan haha). I’d also love to meet my fave queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race – Alaska Thunderf*ck, Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards, Sharon Needles, Bianca Del Rio (yes, I am also a huge drag queen fan). But I’m pretty sure I’ll never be that lucky 🙁
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Dolly Parton seems like she would be the most fun person to hang out with! I can definitely see why you would want to meet her! I bet her personality is infectious!

      A random meeting with J-Lo would be pretty cool! Sometimes I sing “jenny from the block” to myself, haha. Such a catchy song!

      John Cleese… Nearly Headless Nick! 😀

  15. Brooke @ wreckingroutine

    Congratulations on the tumor news! That must be such a huge relief!

    How cool that you got to meet these athletes!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks, Brooke! I am feeling SOOOOOOOO relieved!

  16. Lou @ Running Through China

    That is such good news!! So happy to hear it is benign.
    You look glowing with confidence and happiness and the shorts look great! 🙂

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks, Lou! I can’t wait to rock another pair of shorts this weekend 😉 Luckily it’s shorts weather here all year long! haha

  17. Jennifer

    Hmmmm…. I was a swimmer growing up so I have a list of swimmers I would like to meet. Funny when I saw the picture with you in the shorts, I thought … “lucky she can still wear shorts” hehe.. and then I got to the rest of the story – go Kristina!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahaha yes! I do feel lucky that we can wear shorts almost 365 days a year! There was a time where I would basically wear a sweatshirt or jacket and pants even when it was 90 degrees out, but those days are long gone, thank goodness!

  18. LeAnne

    I’m so glad that the results came back benign 🙂
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  19. Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

    Great news about your test results! Three cheers!

    I got to meet Meb a few times and each time, I felt like I was a starstruck fool! Hahah. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Whaaaaaaat that is the coolest!!!!! I bet he is just so nice in person. He seems like such a genuinely cool, down to earth guy!

  20. Bae @ the riley recap

    Great news about the benign biopsy!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!

    Man- seems like you had an amazing weekend on all fronts!! Love reading a post with just so much happiness in it 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      THANK YOU so much!! 🙂 It was just about the perfect weekend!

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