Tuesday, August 24, 2010

you wanted to know, questions 1-5

As a requirement for entry to my 1,000 mile giveaway, you needed to ask me a question. Any question. And I promised to answer them over a series of posts. Here are the first five ...

Rebecca asked, "What do you eat for breakfast?"

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. What I have for breakfast really depends on the day. If it is a day when I will be doing an early morning run, I generally eat a Fiber One bar before the run. Then when I get back, I have a Chobani Greek yogurt, a piece of fruit and coffee.

On rest days or when I plan on running after 9 a.m., I have a bowl of cereal (two servings) with skim milk. Usually it is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. But, it really just depends on what we have in the house.

On race day, breakfast is ALWAYS a Clif Bar.

Joanne asked, "What's your go-to quick and healthy meal (that the kids like) for those crazy days when ordering pizza or hitting the drive through sound really appealing?"

That's easy. Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers with a side of fruit for the girls and a salad for me and J.

MCM Mama asked, "When are you coming up here to visit me (can be for a race or just to hang out)?

Next week. Let me know what day works for you and my crew and I will come spend the day with you, Jones and Shoo.

ajh asked, "What running accomplishment are you most proud of other than your coaching certification?"

The running accomplishment that I am most proud of is probably the fact that I stopped being a lazy, run-hater and decided to take up the sport. It would have been so much easier to NOT run. But becoming a runner has redefined me. It's changed my perspective on how to live and what I can handle both mentally and physically. And that is worth more to me than any award I win or race I finish.

Momma on the Run asked, "If you could give just one bit of advice to a newbie runner, what would it be?"

Push your limits (as long as you're not injured). When you think you can't go a step further, run for 30 more seconds. And when you see that you have survived, do it again. To make change, you need to be uncomfortable. Working through the discomfort, whether it is tired lungs or burning quads will teach your mind and body that it is stronger than you think.

26 comments:

Marlene said...

Awesome answers and great advice for number 5.

MCM Mama said...

Best.Birthday.Present.You.Could.Give.Me

Let me get home tonight and look at my calendar and the weather. What would you like to do? We have a playground with a splash area or we could find a fun local activity or we could just play at my house. Whatever.

So excited!

Rae said...

I love cinnamon toast crunch!

momof3 said...

Hmmm. My kids & I were juuuuuuust talking about a DC trip to see the dinosaurs and space craft.... seems to be a relevant thought at this moment for some reason.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Nice variety of questions.

I like your go to meal. yummy!

Kellie said...

Great answers - I'm loving your answer to the go to meal question as I have just discovered the black bean burgers myself.

track coach and adorable wife said...

I have been looking for a good before race meal, so I will have to give Clif Bars a try! Oh and I heart the toast crunch too! Used to eat as a nightly dessert snack!

Angie Bishop said...

Nice answer on #5 :)

Jesser said...

I like your answer to #4 (running accomplishment). You're very right and it is a great way to look at running!!!

Emz said...

I love the push your limits reply. Could not agree more. :)

Michelle said...

Love your answer to number 5 and will remember it on my next long run!

Becka said...

thanks for taking the time to answer the questions!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

oh these are good! I am working right now on the pushing it part and not letting myself off the hook

Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner said...

Great answers! Especially about no longer being a run-hater :)

Katie A. said...

No Fair! You get to hang with MCM Mamma! Lucky!
And I LOVE all things Morning Star ;)

Jill said...

Great Q & A! I love your honesty in running, very refreshing. Thanks for being such a great leader in this running, bloggy land. Can't wait to meet you face to face next month. We are going to ROCK, YOU GO GIRL. Are you going after a sub-2 half?

Emily said...

You are the second endurance athlete I've read about eating cinnamon toast crunch in the past couple of days. Too funny.

Anne said...

Great answers!!

Tricia said...

loved this

Cynthia O'H said...

I certainly don't think you could ever have been lazy. But, I do believe that running has redefined you and that's just awesome.

Zaneta said...

Thanks for the newbie advice!! I have a tough time pushing through sometimes...

ajh said...

Great answer to my question. I bet there are a lot of us who feel that way. You put it well!

Joanne @ mostlyfitmom said...

Thank you! And I really, REALLY like your last answer. :)

Silly Girl Running said...

Great answer on question number 5! So true! :)

Karen said...

I agree on the answer to #5! Lots of great questions and answers! Can't wait to read more! :0)

Claudia said...

Love your response to question 5.
I always try to push myself for an extra 5min, because I can run 5min no problem. It makes me feel really accomplished especially on the days I don't feel like running.