Back on my 300th post, I asked you to comment with any question you wanted me to answer. The response was huge. Way too much for one entry. So, I have decided to categorize the questions and reply in a series of posts over the next few weeks. Today, I answer all of those questions that didn't really fit anywhere, the completely random ones ...
Paige asked: "What is one new food you have tried that you cannot live without?"
OK, this one is kind of hard. My mom is a caterer, so growing up, we tried a lot of different foods and I have always been one to eat almost anything. As a kid, two of my favorite foods were escargot (snails, in case you didn't know) and frog legs. Seriously.
Although, for a long time, I did not like stinky cheese. Then the summer before college, that all changed. I was working as a waitress and the restaurant I worked at made this Buffalo Chicken Pizza with huge chunks of blue cheese. It was fantastic. I ate it almost every time I went to work. And ever since then I have been obsessed with stinky cheeses (the stronger the better). I can't get enough.
Kerrie T asked: "When are you just going to move to Seattle already?"
Yeah. I expected this question. I don't think we are moving any time soon. However, I have told J that if we EVER move, it's only going to be to the Pacific Northwest. I've never even visited, but there is something about that part of the country that intrigues me. OK, so I'm not moving there, but I am coming out there next year to race. All I need to do is find the race to run and book my flight. Any suggestions?
Stephanie asked: "What is your favorite running website ever?"
Easy. McMillan Running. I am always on there plugging in my times. Finding my training zones. I love that site. DailyMile and Runner's World don't suck either.
Jameson asked: "If you were an animal, which one and why?"
Again, this is another easy one. I'd be a cheetah. And here's why. First of all, I look super hot in cheetah print. Second, cheetahs are beyond fast. And that is exactly how I want to be. And lastly, cheetahs are stunning and powerful animals. I like to think of myself as both of those things.
MCM Mama asked: "When are you coming up here to run a race with me? You know you want to. ;o) I'll even take you out for a beer afterwards."
Soon. My fall race schedule is on the light side and I'd be up for the trip. Did you have a race in mind?
Allie asked: "Is there some secret technique for taking awesome running photos? Because you always looks so cute and I always look like death."
I'm sure you do not look like death. My number one secret is SUNGLASSES. Not only do they keep the sun out of your eyes, but they hide the agony in your photos. It also helps if you perk up when you see a photographer. If you are light on your feet and stand tall as you run past, I promise your pictures will look better. Oh, and posing never hurts.
Judi asked: "I would love to have my own Garmin but I know very little about what is a good one to buy. They vary in prices . . ."
I have the 305 and love it. I purchased mine on Amazon, where I believe you can currently find them in the range of $150-200. Many of my friends have the 405, but have had issues with using their watches during the run (switching screens and the like) and also problems with their watches freezing. All I can say is that the 305 has been great to me. And I'm sure that no matter which model you choose, you will find that it is money well spent.
I totally check McMillan's site all the time! How accurate have you found it? I've been using the 4hr marathon times for my training, and now I'm not sure if I should stick with that or use my time from my recent 1/2...
As for the Pacific Northwest, its a wonderful place to live...
If you're looking for a race here, the Eugene Marathon is always a good one. We're good to our runners here in Eugene.
Cute post! I'm all about stinky cheeses and the PNW too! I'm so bummed I missed you at Cherry Blossoms (the whole bronchitis thing kept me in bed all weekend). When you do a race with MCM Mama let me know! I'll join in the fun!
saw your comment from Amanda's run to the finish blog, so came over to check out your blog. You have 3 kids? wow;-) very cool. and i love my 305 too!!
Have a good day!
Too funny about the stinky cheese! Never checked out the McMillan site before. Now I'm going to!
cute! If you and MCM are running you better let me know! I don't know that I could keep up with you in distance but I can try or I can come cheer you on at the very least!
Everyone came up with great question!
MCM Mama will be outta town (gotta talk her into staying home!)for my next Ultra (July 10th in Gore, VA) so I'll have to start dropping hint with you to join in!!
great post...i liked getting to know more about you through these questions! you seem so fun and you are inspiring me to wear more running skirts :)
Clarendon Day 10k on September 25th. Be there. ;o) You are just faster than me on the shorter distances that I bet you can push me to a PR.
Seriously though, my fall is light as well, so if you see something you want to do, let me know.
And Shelly - sorry, but I'll be in Alaska.
Stinky Cheese Lovers, unite! :)
Buffalo chicken pizza=YUM!!
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