Five: A Random Blog Survey!!!

I am answering JULIE’S awesome blog survey (I added some of my own too:) today because I love these things and I love hearing your answers too!


**Five Places I’m Dying to Visit

-Alaska (Brooke and I would take the Disney Cruise to get there:)

-Peru (with my brother that lives in Arizona)—> I’ve always wanted to go there and he lived there for two years and I think he would be the perfect tour guide.

-Paris for the sights, museums and ALL of the food.  And with a husband probably someday;)

-Sydney, Australia—>  my parents went there once and every time they talk about it I have a strong urge to jump on a plane.

-Switzerland—>  one of my best friends will be moving there soon so this dream will be a reality.


**Five Foods I Eat Every Day (I’m sure you could answer this one for me:)

-Sweet Potatoes


-Almond Butter


-Sugar (in any shape or form)


**Five Talents I wish I Had

Other than the ones that I already have:;

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-Not breaking my electronics.  

-An artist like my dad.  PS when I was young I set up an art store (my dad was the only one that ever bought anything) in the hallway and my dad saved every ‘painting’ that he bought from me.


-I would love the talent of not being grumpy when I am tired, cold or hungry… but that probably won’t happen for me in this life. 

-I wish I had a killer singing voice.  I practiced and practiced as a little kid (including having my mom wrap my legs up like Ariels and then singing my lungs out to Little Mermaid tunes on the living room floor) but practice sure didn’t make perfect.  

-Running a sub 3 marathon;)

Pause from the survey—> Megan has been in Hawaii and we finally got to FaceTime last night and I was just a tad bit emotional about it.  

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***Five Running Quotes I LOVE 

-“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys… It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet.  Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut.  It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead.  It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with.  It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on.  Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind and heart is turned to steel.  And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all you can ask for.” -Paul Maurer.

-“In training and in racing, we all have moments that hurt.  You’ve just got to smile and remember that what you are doing is fun.”  -Desiree Linden

-“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success.  They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” -Kara Goucher

-“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” -Kathrine Switzer

-“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” -Dean Karnazes.


**Five Things I Wear (almost) Every Day

-Running socks.  Even if I don’t run that day I still wear running socks to bed because I love wearing socks to bed.

This sweatshirt.  I don’t know why I am so attached to it but I can’t stop.  

-Sneakers… they are just my favorite look with every outfit that I wear… my favorites—> here, here, here and here.  

Brooks Launch 3s.  They are my jam these days.  

-My Garmin has been worn a lot more lately.


***Five Books On My Current Reading List

What Alice Forgot —>  we are reading it for book club (my second time reading it).

What Happy People Know

-Just finishing up—> Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and I can not recommend it enough.  Game changer for me.

-Just bought All The Light We Cannot See and I’m excited to start! 

-The Book of Mormon—>  religious reads are a daily (well, almost daily:) thing over here. 


***Five Songs I Listen To On Repeat

Well, according to iTunes, the 5 songs I have listened to the most over the last month since I got my new phone are:

Ironic by Alanis Morisette (my sister and I put it on repeat on our road trip because you should hear our duet to that song)

Photograph by Ed Sheeran (could this song be anymore sweet?)

Roses by The Chainsmokers (I don’t know what it is about this beat but it just puts me in a good mood).

Cute Without the ‘E’ by Taking Back Sunday (currently my absolute favorite running song that was played quite a few times yesterday during my mile repeats).

The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice (because I randomly go through phases where all I listen to Damien every chance possible).


***Five Beauty Products I Use Every Day

-Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (I use it as my foundation/coverup/I don’t know anything about makeup but I use it every day and treat it like gold)

-Dermalogica (talking more about this another day)

-Victoria Secret Lip Gloss —> been addicted a solid 9 years now.

-Burts Bees chapstick—> every night before bed.  I can’t stand dry lips.  

-Fake eyelashes.  I started getting them done right after my divorce as a divorce present to myself but I can’t stop… not having to do eye makeup is addicting.


***Five TV Series I Can Watch On Repeat


-Gilmore Girls




-The Office


***Five Random Things I Ate Yesterday

-Some of Brooke’s Goldfish crackers (one of the highlights of motherhood—>  Mommy tax).

-OUR FIRST MEAL AT OUR NEW HOUSE.  Pizza baked in our oven.  

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-A tortellini sample at the one and only—> Costco.

-One of my niece’s huge gummy butterflies (they are the actual size of a butterfly).  I had never seen such a thing before and so I had to go for it.

-Broccoli.  Raw. 

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I’m dying to visit Switzerland and I can’t believe your friend is moving there! Talk about some mountains!

5 foods I eat everyday: Sweet potatoes, eggs, brussel sprouts, almond butter, and maybe tuna right now.

5 things I wear: Brooks pureflows, Oiselle bra, scrubs, swiftwick socks, and t shirts to bed!


I need my Chapstick too :) 5 things I eat everyday are eggs, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, chocolate and strawberries!


I use Origins moisturizer everyday. I can’t deal with dry skin. I also have chapstick everywhere because dry lips drive me crazy as well.

On a completely random side note, Megan has really nice teeth.


She does! I noticed that, too.


Ha! Glad I wasn’t the only one! :)




Seriously. I tell her every day ha


First meal in the new house wahoo!
5 things I eat every day… Trail mix, carrots, okay I don’t know if I eat anything else every single day! I’m not that good at organized grocery shopping :/


I’m right there with you on the Victoria’s Secret lip gloss and your five TV shows. :)

Five songs I listen to on repeat:
-“All Too Well” by Taylor Swift
-“The First Time” by Kelsea Ballerini
-“Anything But Ordinary” by Avril Lavigne
-“Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional
-“The Best of Me” by The Starting Line


Switzerland is absolutely amazing! I visited back after I graduated from college and I never wanted to leave. Gorgeous place! It’s so funny that you mention the song Ironic because I have NEVER heard of it, and someone mentioned it to me yesterday and now you are today. That sure is ironic.


Paris is amazing and romantic and beautiful and please do go someday! The Louvre was somehow a million times better than I expected it to be. I want to go back to run the Paris Marathon someday. After sightseeing all over the city I basically scoped out the route and it’s definitely one worth traveling for!

Ironic is such an amazing song for car karaoke! :)

Hope you got a good night sleep at the new place!!!!


5 places i want to visit are close to yours! Alaska, hawaii, Australia, Switzerland and Denmark.
5 foods I eat every day : coffee, waffle, cheese, fruit and peanut butter.


I could (and do) watch Scrubs on repeat. I eat oatmeal, bananas, apples, potatoes, and dark chocolate every day.


this is a fun survey! damien rice is always in rotation on my itunes. :)


Struggling to come up with all 5 answers for any other these!! But the foods are probably the easiest. Mine would be oatmeal, bananas, spinach, chicken, apples.


I loved the book What Alice Forgot! I just love all books by that author :)

5 TV shows I could watch on repeat- one tree hill (my favorite!!), parenthood, the office, full house:), and parks and rec!


5 places: Alaska, London, Yosemite NP, Italy, Dominica

5 foods: oatmeal, avocado, yogurt, banana, hard boiled egg

5 shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Friends, Law&Order SVU, How I Met Your Mother


omg I love Paris and Switzerland so much, you have to go. Also, I could have written the TVs on repeat section. You have good taste, my friend.

5 places: Vienna, Australia and/or New Zealand, Thailand, Iceland, Dubai

5 foods: eggs, broccoli, greek yogurt, apples, and pb


5 places I would love to go: Tahiti, Spain, France, Bora Bora, California!
I have never tried false eyelashes. I can just picture me getting my eyelids glued together. haha!
Have fun unpacking!!


Places I have to visit? Iceland – and everywhere else! I LOVE travelling!


Sydney is pretty great, but so is Perth ;) This is the beach I run along. 90 degrees fahrenheit is normal weather for us! Anything below 60 is cold.


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Janae, Your eyelashes always look awesome! Can you provide a post on tips/pointers??? How often do you get them done? Can you wear mascara on fake eyelashes? Any other tips would be great!!


Yes! Would love a post on this as well :)


5 Foods I Eat Everyday: apples, eggs, sweet potatoes, Greek yogurt, almond butter (: Love the picture of your first pizza meal in the new place. SO FUN!


I liked this survey! I just did it on my site on Monday. So fun. I used to use Laura mercies tinted moisturizer but switched to guerlain. Like it much better!


I definitely eat the same things every day! Bananas, string cheese, eggs, lettuce, and most days popcorn or chocolate.
I really liked the book what Alice forgot. I am reading ‘You Are a Bada$$ right now.
I work from home, outside most of the time so right now I wear jeans, a North Face vest, beanie, and gloves everyday! It’s windy here.
I love fake eyelashes too. I don’t like how my eyelashes look when I let them go too long. Ha! Yours look great!


I started getting eyelash extensions after my bad breakup since reading your blog. How often do you get yours filled and do you have any suggestions for making them last as long as possible? I cry a little inside every time one falls off but I try my best to be as gentle as possible around them.

A song I am addicted to running to right now is the “United State of Pop 2015” mashup by DJ Earworm. It is an AWESOME mashup of songs that were popular last year and the beat is perfect for running. I highly recommend!


Occasionally I’ll wear my Garmin around too. My current favorite shoe for kicking around is the saucony relay kineta. It’s got memory foam in it…so it’s super comfortable.

I’m going to creep on other people’s song choices because I need some new ones LOL.


I wish I had the ability to not be grumpy when I am hungry/tired too! I am currently reading All the Light We Cannot See and I can’t wait to hear your opinion.

Five songs I listen to on repeat: Partition by Beyonce, Afterlife by Arcade Fire, Roses by the Chainsmokers, First by Cold War Kids and Punching in a Dream by The Naked and Famous.


5 TV shows…

1. M*A*S*H
2. Andy Griffith Show
3. Friends
4. Dharma and Greg
5. I Love Lucy

Kinda sounds like I’m 80, but I just have an old soul. :)


oh my gosh I live for M*A*S*H. I love it SO much. I was a kid when it was playing but I still love it. And I’m an old soul, too. And when my husband and I lived in Ft Walton Beach, FL we were so very poor we had no television except what could come through with rabbit ears and that was the channel that gave us the Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy, Little House on the Prairie, etc. It was not a bad way to live.


Song on repeat: immortals by fallout boy
Random thing I ate: chcolate covered blueberry
Places I want to visit: Hawaii, Italy, Australia, Ireland


Oh, I love Brooke’s one sock on and one off. too cute. I use Dermalogica barrier repair before I run in the cold, it prevents chapping and my skin feels good (after I wash the salt off, of course).

5 places I’d love to visit: Capri, Florence, Austin, TX, Paris and Alaska.

5 things I eat every day: oatmeal, salad, fruit, nuts and chocolate (raw or dark).

5 talents I’d love to have: singing, painting, drawing, playing an instrument and being able to climb a ladder without getting nauseous.

5 random things I ate yesterday: Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Love Crunch Granola, scrambled eggs with spinach, mushrooms and cheese, olives (I love olives after I run), sauteed brussels sprouts and one Almond Rocca. (that was kind of odd, not sure if I want it again).


Cute without the E—-Oh my gosh this song throws it way back! I will definitely have to add it to my running playlist now. One song that has always been on my playlist and probably always will is Heart of a Champion by Nelly. It just really pushes me to run harder!

Things I eat everyday: sweet potatoes, broccoli, banana, oatmeal, almonds.
5 shows: GREYS, Gilmore Girls, Scrubs, Gossip Girl, General Hospital.


I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and that dream will be coming true in just one week! So excited!!!


Oh Damien Rice! I absolutely love that song and haven’t listened to it in forever! I am currently crushing on that song Run by Matt Nathanson with Sugarland. Just makes me melt every time I hear it!


5 beauty products I use every day: mascara, eyeshadow (maybelline eyestudio colorplush in give me gold), blush (Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush), lip balm (eos or peppermint chapstick), moisturizer (olay sensitive skin)


We call it mom tax too ?? I love kid food!


Five places to visit: Hawaii, somewhere with a view of the Northern Lights (maybe Norway?), some tropical island, the rainforest, a darkness sanctuary (where there are no lights allowed so you can really see the stars). Foods I eat everyday: GF whole grain English muffin, coffee, half and half (in my coffee), honey (in my coffee), tortilla chips. 5 shows: Alias, Covert Affairs, White Collar, NCIS, House.


Paris and Switzerland were amazing! I went to Zurich, and the people were so friendly (I don’t speak a lick of German), and there was so much cheese! And chocolate. Of course chocolate. :-) If you make it to Zurich, you have to stop at Cafe Schober for the best hot chocolate and an apple turnover.

I would love to go back to Ireland and then visit:
1) England/Scotland/Wales
2) Pacific Northwest
3) Sweden
4) Colorado
5) New Orleans

Want to see more of our beautiful country before going overseas! :-)


Alaska is amazing! I still can’t believe I live here most days.


I can help you with the Alaska destination! Come visit us!! Miss you!


Five places to visit:
Five daily foods:
Eggs-bananas-popcorn-greek yougert-salad
Five (missing) but longed for talents:
self confidence-singing-ballet-piano playing-writing
Five TV series:
Raising Hope-The 70’s show-Seinfeld-Mike & Molly-The Middle (obvi, I like comedy)
I just finished reading What Alice Forgot and enjoyed it so much that I followed it up with Big Little Lies. Really liked that one even more. Now I am in search of a biography I think.


I have been to Australia and absolutely loved it! Would love to go back one day.

TV Shows: Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Big Bang Theory, Sex and the City, and probably many more!


I love these surveys! They are just so fun!

And, every single running inspired quote you mentioned…YES!! I love them all!


Been to Paris – it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.

1. New Zealand
2. New Zealand (I can keep going). We’ll put Australia instead (with Great Barrier Reef scuba diving please)
3. Japan
4. Bora Bora (More scuba diving)
5. Ireland

Loving my Polar M400 GPS watch. The updates just keep making it better! They’ve recently added Recovery tracking and Cadence.

I can also listen to Roses on repeat (and mentioned it in a previous HRG post!). Try Until You’re Gone – also by Chainsmokers. Ramalia by RAM and Susana. Shoot to Thrill by ACDC is another popular repeat – esp. when driving or running. And for a really eclectic choice Sigur Ros – Festival. It’s loooong – but good for a run.

Not much for re-watching TV shows. Movies on the other hand…


Love that cute picture of you and Brooke celebrating your new place!
Place-London or anywhere in England really
Food-Green smoothies every day
Book-I just finished “The Boys in the Boat” and it’s so good!
Shoes-Loving my Launch 3’s
TV Shows-Downton Abbey reruns
Happy running!


Australia is on my bucket list too! I went to Switzerland last year for my birthday and it was beautiful. You will love it!

I use a tinted moisturizer from Revision called Intellishade. I use as make-up and especially love it because it’s super durable when I’m running outside (and sweating!) I gave heard great things about Laura Mercier’s product though.

I could watch Carrie Bradshaw and her friends on Sex and The City over and over…it’s actually to the point that my husband can quote parts of the show because it’s on a lot in our house!


I’ll do the food ones because it’s lunch time!
Five things I eat everyday:
some kind of nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, or Nuttzo)
coffee (this counts because to me, it is a food group!)
some type of salad green

Five random things I ate yesterday:
1. some sort of cheesecake/ pound cake dessert at the Chinese buffet that was AMAZING
2. dried white peaches from my NatureBox. Yum!
3. a chocolate from the husband’s stash of Whitman’s sampler box
4. imaginary cake that my 4-year-old made for me when I got home from work (involved plastic chicken, tomatoes, pickles, apples, bananas, eggs, and onions. YES!)
5. really random cereal that sounds awful but is delicious- Vanilla Pepita protein crunch from Kashi. Add banana slices and some blueberries. Yum.


Ohh, I like this survey!
5 TV shows: modern family, cupcake wars, house hunters, the Mary Tyler Moore show , the Dick Van Dyke Show
5 everyday foods: oatmeal, eggs, broccoli, apples, greek yogurt


Five Things I Wear (almost) Every Day

Sports bra (my regular bra comes off almost instantly when I am home for work and if I do not work that day it is a good chance I am staying in sweats).

Ahnu Flats that I bought for $90 before my first trip to Colorado. They are comfortable (supportive) and cute and I will be sad when they no longer look semi appropriate for work.

Lululemon tights – probably my favorite are from studio to street and I cannot find them again but I have two pair and wear them as often as I can. I also have their runner tights and they are love.

Garmin Vivofit 2 because even on my rest days I need to know my step count right?!

Mascara – probably my only makeup that I wear each day.


I LOVE your quotes! The first one is perfection….I wrote it out and it’s now up on my fridge…thanks.

Love your songs…love Damien, you may love this one too…


Okay, Jade. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It was beyond beautiful.


My dad lived in Switzerland for 4 years and I visited a bunch. It is beautiful. I am looking forward to visiting London and Amsterdam next week with my husband!!! so excited!


You and I are super similar in out taste in shows! I absolutely love all of the running quotes and even though I already did my run for the day, I wanted to go out and run again because I was so motivated ha! I want to read What Happy People Know. I have heard such good things about it. I also want to read The Tattooed Mormon. I have heard great things about it!


I have always wanted to go to Peru and Iceland (finally made it to Iceland a few years ago and it is my all time favorite place on Earth).

I am 1/2 Swiss and 1/2 Australian, but live in Seattle, WA. As a kid I spent 3 months of the year in Switzerland and 3 months of the year in Australia. I go back to Switzerland most years. I am headed there in September, and Sydney, Australia next February. You are welcome to join me!


I am so boring that I cant think of 5 things in most of these categories so I will just mention 1-2 of each.

Dying to visit…right now anywhere tropical.

Foods I eat every day: some form of protein, eggs usually

Talents I wish I had: faster runner, good singing voice, nice handwriting

Books: The Bible and I read about one cheesy mystery a week

Song: Groove in the Heart always puts me in a great mood.

Beauty Products: Uh…toothpaste?

TV Series: Friends, Veronica Mars, The Office, Fuller House, HIMYM


Nice handwriting…. I have given up. My chicken scratch will have to do for the rest of my life. :)


Love Roses by the Chainsmokers, too…its the beat. Trust me, its very happy and uplifting.


I want to go back to Sydney and run City to Surf


Greetings from Ireland. I’ve been following your blog for about a year and have become a fan. Think you’re pretty awesome and share your passion for running. Paul Maurer quote is simply awesome. I’ve just started a blog too hopefully it works well see. I’m a bit of a busy fool so really hoping I can keep it up.

I’m training for Rotterdam Marathon in Holland on April 10. NOTHING is going well. Had a chest infection all through Jan. Knee niggles over last few weeks. I currently have a head cold now and massive stress with work but I STILL BELIEVE that I can PB I’m trying to BQ this year in October and want to go Sub 3:10 in four weeks just don’t know if I have the distance in my legs. I would love to believe that I have the base in my legs and the character in between my ears to carry me. Who knows tho. We shall see

Anyway said I would drop a line and say hello. Amazing blog and really feel that we runners need to do our best to inspire others to keep at it. Wouldn’t the world be amazing if we could just get everybody to chase the best version of themselves through running? I mean, what I have achieved through challenging my own self I never would have achieved otherwise and my early experiences were so delicate that I am very thankful to have discovered it. Hope everyone sticks with it. Best wishes Brendan.


Hi Brendan,
I see you and me are struggling with the same things. Stress with work and knee issues. It will get better. Keep your thoughts positive!



Favorite quote : “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

Place I want to visit- I want to honeymoon in Hawaii in October but we can’t decide if we should because it can be so expensive! If you have any advice that would be so great because I literally know no one that has ever been or if it is worth it!


Dermalogica ??????????


5 places I am dying to visit:
Greece, Italy, both North and South Carolina, and Ireland.

5 foods I eat every day:
coffee (it’s a food group), bananas, chocolate, Pretzel Crisps, and chicken.

5 talents I wish I had:
The ability to not cry after a Pixar movie, a killer singing voice, to be a morning runner, to not be afraid of bees, and to be able to juggle.

5 things I wear almost every day:
Cardigans, jeans, pj pants, Asics, and Converse.

5 books on my current reading list:
The Body Farm (Scarpetta series), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (decided to re-read), Fahrenheit 451, Born to Run, and Jane Eyre.

5 tv series I can watch on repeat:
THE OFFICE (I actually do watch this every day), The Voice, That 70s Show, Hoarders (do not ask me why because I cannot explain it myself), and Friends.


Excited Switzerland is on your travel list! Come visit me in Zurich!

Five Places I’m Dying to Visit: Portugal, Australia, Peru, Iceland, Bora Bora (if I ever find a husband, this is where my honeymoon will be… One shouldn’t lose hope ;)).


I’ve been to Australia but I would love to go back!

I answered the questions on my blog :-)


Haha so last summer my brother and I went to Peru and actually used Julie’s travel agent. My recommendation… GO! Oh my gosh, I cannot put into words how much I loved it. I miss it everyday and am not kidding when I say I would move there.


I went to Paris with the hubs and LOVED it!! I eat: chips, cherrios, apples, eggs and grapes!!


I cannot live without eggs, avocado, salsa, beans… basically huevos rancheros and burritos.


I was going to comment on that first awesome quote!! Love that!…but then I saw you’re reading “What Alice Forgot” I’m reading it too!! So plz share what u discuss at book club lol or can I just join?! ;)
I read her other book “The Husbands Secret” also good


5 repeat TV shows: Friends (just saw the one where Phoebe runs yesterday!), Psych, Full House, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and NCIS


Oddly enough, I’m dying to visit Utah! I am coming out there in June to run a marathon with my best friend and now that it’s planned and on the calendar I cannot contain my excitement for the trip!!


5 places I’m dying to visit: Arizona in May (I used to live there but it’s been so long) to see a friend, Iceland, Argentina, the Marble Cathedral (not a church) in Chile, New Zealand

5 songs I’ve been listening to on repeat: Skylark Interbang?! by Made in Heights, Here Comes Trouble by Bob Marley, Jamestown by The Movielife, Water Fountain and Powa which are both by Tune-yards


One of my older brothers spent some time living and working in Switzerland (at CERN laboratory) so our whole family went to visit. It was a long time ago but I still remember it being so beautiful and the chocolate was awesome- haha!


5 foods: grapefruit, eggs, leafy greens, Americano with cream, tea. 5 talents: singing, running faster, arm balances in yoga, housecleaning/being neat, swimming well. 5 things I wear: Fitbit, glasses, running shoes, yoga pants or running pants, puffy vest (maybe not every day, it just seems that way).


Almond/peanut butter (lately Cool whip pregnancy thing!)
Bible (I am doing a study where you read through the Bible in a year)
Gilmore Girls


If you come to Alaska you can stay with me!! I’ll show you all the best donut places ;)

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