Athletics Magazine

Random Sh*t You Don't Know About Me

By Brisdon @shutuprun
I love to hear random things about people that you really wouldn't know unless they told you. I am not famous, I am not super interesting, but I do have some arbitrary things to share:
1. When the going gets tough in running, I talk a lot to myself. Out loud. If you were there to listen, you'd hear me say, "Get your shit together" or "C'mon you can do this" or just plain "f&ck!"
2. I have an extreme fear of vomit. This fear has a name: emetophobia. I can't even watch when people throw up in movies. Personally, I never throw up, so my phobia is more about the fear that someone will do it around me. Did you know that there is actually a website that tells you at what point in a movie someone will throw up? Just for people like me. Give me blood, piss, mucous, poop and I'm good. Just no vomit.
3. I used to hate to run. Like, a lot.
4. I've worked pretty much everywhere (well, not on the street corner, but I'm still young). 7-11, Subway, school dining hall, black jack dealer, American Cafe, Chesapeake Bay Seafood House, Brickskeller (if you live near or in DC you know this place), Bonfire Restaurant (Ocean City), as a French interpreter, office manager for an environmental firm, fabric store, Roy Rogers....I know I'm forgetting some.
5.When I was in the seventh grade I was part of a hula club (yeah, like where you learn to hula dance) and I got kicked out for having a dirty mouth (<not so surprising, I guess).
6. My first pet as an adult was a one eyed, three legged Cocker Spaniel named Lucky. He's dead now. You can read about his last day HERE (sniff).


You can's see that he only has three legs here, but trust me.

7. I went to high school in Athens, Greece.

Random Sh*t You Don't Know About Me

This picture was taken in Greece. I swear.

8. I ran a marathon before I ran a half marathon.
9. My great uncle, Deke Slayton,  was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts He couldn't do the mission because they found he had an irregular heart rhythm. So, basically I'm an astronaut.


Can't you see the resemblance?

10. I almost drowned in the Atlantic Ocean when I was 23 years old.

11. In the 8th grade I got so mad at a kid named Jerry that I peed in a cup, hid behind a bush (at school!) and threw the pee on him. You do not want to make me mad. Urine is my weapon. 12. In the second grade I had a club. I would make (well, encouage) my three friends meet under a bridge and do an oath. I'm not sure what the meaning of the club was, but the oath had tons of bad language in it and if I posted it you would be appalled.  But, I still know it by heart. 13. My favorite movie is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. My least favorite movie is The Sound of Music.
14. I HATE it when people recite lines from Monty Python movies. "It's just a flesh wound!" SHUT UP. 15. I don't really like fruit. Or ice cream. 16.Every day I ask myself, "What would you do if you could't fail?" and I don't know the answer. 17. I've had two miscarriages.  18. I'm named after Beth from Little Women. Better than Viola from Big Mama. Tell me one random thing about you. Seriously. Please.

Where did you go to high school?

Ever almost died?

Who were you named after?

Do you have a phobia?

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