SURVEY kind of a day (with a prize/package from me!!) + our Tuesday NIGHT!

Happy Wednesday! I hope your day is off to a beautiful start!  I decided today would be the perfect day to have a survey because these questions are very important matters to me:)  I cannot wait to hear your answers!  But first, I have to share a bit from our day/night!

Last night Andrew and I went out for our weekly (ehhh try to get out weekly just the two of us) date!  We went to see the new Pirates movie and we absolutely loved it.  It was SO intense but so good.

We also had to stop at Cafe Rio afterwards for the good stuff.  It had been at least 3 weeks since our last visit.

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Brooke had a blast with grandma and they went on a walk, played cards and learned about birds.

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She is always in the best mood at my mom’s house:)

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My mom had us stay for some brownies and catching up afterwards which was fun.

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Oh and earlier on in the day we hit up the pool and enjoyed the sun!

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I am in love with cherries right now.  I can’t stop.

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A smoothie afterwards was necessary because we needed to cool-down!

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Let’s play a game today!  Answer these questions in the comments and I’ll randomly select one person that answered the questions (I’ll use random.org to choose) to send a gift package of some random food/running things:)  PS you don’t have to answer all of the questions to enter for package/prize… just half or more (and if you aren’t a runner then answer them about your favorite workout).

1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

 

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

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3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)…  WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

4. Fill in the blank:  If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside.  Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

 

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

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7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?! 

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?

 

 You can copy the questions down in your comments or just number the questions that you are answering:)  

 

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1. Sushi!!
2. a large burrito but they both sound terrible.
3. A new running shirt and SOCKS! I love swiftwick, defeet, and darn tough socks but they are so expensive I hate buying them!
4. If there is lightning outside, I will not run outside. I would throw my bike on the trainer and ride inside while catching up on tv shows. I hate the treadmill.
5. Meb or Kara
6. Ironman Arizona 2011. LOVED it. I would do one every year if it weren’t for the crazy expense!
7. Who cares how fast you are, just go out and enjoy it.
8. I talk to my dog while we run. He does any run with me that’s less than 16 miles.
9. a berry sundae from Sams or Costco.
10. I don’t run on the roads much at all anymore. Almost all trail running!

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

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1. Chocolate milk :)
2. Donuts.. carboloading right?!
3. Good pair of socks, fuel, nuun, fun running hat
4. Icy..no thank you always treadmill
5. Hmmm probably Des Linden (such a fan girl)
6. NJ Marathon!
7. Don’t quit, it gets better
8. Smile non stop!
9. Milkshake :)
10. I’ve learned that the time on the clock isn’t everything, it’s a hobby not a career

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1. Nachos
2. Burrito, hands down
3. Sports bras
4. Slippery. I’m usually an outdoor runner, so usually that would mean skip the run.
5. Kristin Richard (Armstrong)
6. The first half I ever ran – the experience of the crowds cheering and bearing down on the finish line was really special!
7. Be patient
8. Recite poems/lyrics to get through the toughest stretches
9. Burger!
10. To find where running fits into my lifestyle. Missing a run isn’t a big deal when running is only one part of what I do for fitness/wellness.

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1. Peanut Butter and Jelly?
2. Donuts! Both good options though ;)
3. I’m wanting some of those vivobarefoot shoes that are waterproof. I’m curious if you can actually run in them though
4. Tornado-ing? Then I would treadmill run. Don’t want to get Dorthy-ed.
5. Oprah maybe…or Tim McGraw? For sure not a professional runner, I don’t think I could relate and the pressure of running with them seems too intimidating.
6. Maybe one of the Ragnar relays that I’ve done. Ragnar Great River
7. Don’t compare yourself. Not to others, not to your past self. Not to yesterday’s self. Do the best you can do today.
8. I don’t think I do anything weird while I run. I often have solutions to work problems pop into my head but I think that’s a pretty common occurrence.
9. Burger!
10. I’ve been running for 16 ish years and it was really hard to think of many changes in my running. I do think I’m more aware of having the right gear now than I was back then. We could probably attribute that to being older, larger, and more financially able now.

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1. A HOT americano and toast with PB/AB, banana, and granola on top
2.Ew to both, but donuts sounds more digestable
3.Seriously I’d probably buy socks since those go missing ALL THE TIME and I hate washing and losing them
4. If it’s a BAZILLION DEGREES out I will not run outside. Okay, that really means pushign 80F. And no, I’d not treadmill. SWIM!
5. Joanie Benoit, Kara Goucher
6. Either my IM race just because it’s so fun or my first 10km run when I was 10 years old
7. My advice: Run again tomorrow!
8. I don’t wear a garmin or headphones. No music, no exact measurement, no pace, no time. Apparently that’s weird.
9. coffee and free time. I don’t usually reward myself because actually doing something hard is good enough. I’m boring!
10. Let’s see, being that I was 10 when I started and I”m now 47 I’d say gravity, energy, and time has changed. Of course now I use running to reset, have free time, think, and be outside!!!

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1. A protein smoothie.
2. 6 donuts
3. Definitely shoes! I would use it toward new trail running shoes.
4. If it’s below -10 or above 80 degrees, I would much rather run on the treadmill.
5. I can’t really think of anyone
6. None, every race is different and gives us new experiences that we learn from.
7. Consistency and strength training! (Sorry had to do 2)
8.
9. Whatever I’m in the mood for at that time
10. I’m a lot faster! I think it’s a lot of changes over time that resulted in this. Weight loss, being stronger, consistency, motivation, having people to run with.

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This is so fun!
1 – Currently obsessing over avocado toast
2 – Donuts for sure
3 – Moving Comfort sports bras and Lululemon tanks
4 – I don’t run outside when it is icy. I usually put on winter boots and walk to our community gym two blocks away from my house and run on the treadmill there if I can’t run outside.
5 – YOU! Come to Bend, Oregon!!
6 – Boston Marathon 2008
7- Stretch after running (do what I say, not what I do!)
8 – I listen to a lot of audiobooks when I run and sometimes I get lost in the story and can’t stop until the end of the chapter. So I sometimes take an extra loop or two around the block when I get home. My neighbors probably think it’s weird.
9 – Burger
10 – I’m healthier and stronger now. I am trying to protect my knees and hips, so I run every other day and do strength training in between. I love the Sweat with Kayla App for strength because it tells me exactly what to do and is only 28 minutes.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

I love a HUGE salad with ALL the toppings with grilled chicken, carrots,peppers, banana peppers, broccoli, ravocado, tomato, feta, olives (I know, sorry!:)) i think anything with salt! And ALL the fruit! And sweet potato fries…all day every day! :)

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of run?
Burrito! Donuts after ha

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

SHOES! Obsession

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

Below zero!!! Treadmill over nothing!

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
Good question! I’m not sure:(

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

Miami half marathon!

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT would it be?

Something I read on your blog that really hit me. The hard runs are making deposits into your running savings account. I think of this all the time. Sorry I paraphrased horribly, but you get the idea I hope:)

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
Hm…..
Text my mom to see how my son is doing! Ha Not weird but maybe ?!
9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?
Diet Coke (gah I know…no bueno!)

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now? I’ve sped up because I want to get home to my littl guy faster! :)

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!? EGGS!!! For some reason eggs hit the spot to me after every run… scrambled with spinach and goat cheese and chopped tomatoes. YUM! (after long runs I always want vegetable soup later in the day too_
 
2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run? ugh… a Burrito I guess.

 
3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)…  WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)? the lightest weight most breathable tanks they have… and Drymax socks

4. Fill in the blank:  If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside.  Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all? over 90 degrees outside… then I will run on the treadmill
 
5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be? STEVE PREFONTAINE! (Do they have to be alive?… I guess if they have to be alive I would choose Meb.)

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be? 2013 Chicago Marathon

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?! 
Be kind and patient to yourself.

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs? Sweat like a man? Does that count :)

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other? Big cheeseburger

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now? I do all of my runs outside now where before I used to hide on the treadmill and didn’t want to go outside and be seen. I guess confidence.

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1. Some sort of chocolate smoothie or a rice cake covered in almond butter and banana slices (kind of lame but I always crave something on the sweet side after a run).

2. 6 donuts (all that sugar would make me hungry again in two minutes…with a burrito it would be game over).

4. If it is thunder/lightning/hail outside, I will not run outside. I’d go hit the treadmill for sure :)

6. Umaine Orono Marathon in 2015. First ever Boston Qualifier and I got to run with two awesome guys who helped me through the finish.

7. Don’t quit before the miracle happens ;)

9. A long nap, and will usually splurge on something sweet (piece of cake, whoopie pie, etc).

10. I got pregnant and am off running for a bit since it got painful in the 2nd trimester, but will be back at it with a jogging stroller this fall :)

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1. Deep dish pizza…because, you know, carbs/protein ;)
2. Definitely 6 donuts.
3. New cropped leggings from Athleta for running/yoga. And a cute cozy lounging sweater
4. Thunderstorms or cold rain will keep me inside for sure
5. Emily Infeld seems like such a fun person! Or Sara Hall because I’d love to pick her brain
6. My first marathon with my best friend! I enjoyed every second of that race and wouldn’t change a thing.
7. Slow and steady. It’s easy to get excited and overdo things!
8. Maybe not weird, but I pick a “theme song” for the run and keep it in my head
9. Usual race/hard run reward = burger and fries
10. Biggest change is that I’m now okay with just having fun and soaking in the experience/community

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1. avocado toast with fresh pico
2. burrito
3. sports bra, shoes, new shirt
4. not a runner :)
5. Tim Tebow
6. 2012 Provo half marathon
7. Don’t do it :)
8. Drink a lot
9. Doughnut
10. I do my own thing and don’t worry about others

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1. A PB and banana smoothie from Jamba Juice or any smoothie shop ( I can’t remember the last time I had one)
2. Normally I would say large burrito cause I like burritos a little more than donuts BUT a burrito would make me barf in the middle of a long run and 6 donuts would work more like fuel so my answer is 6 donuts.
3. I would say a pair of shoes because right now I only have 1 good pair to run in. If I have any left over money I would find a tank on sale and buy that too.
4. COLD = Below freezing, which usually = snow. We have horrible snowplows where I live so definitely go on the treadmill.
6. St George Ironman 70.3, so fun!
8. I talk to myself (pep talks, etc.) Actually all runners probably do that.
9. USUALLY I make myself a mean smoothie because I try not to buy a lot of my “weakness foods”
10. I get that addiction feeling from it now

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?
Probably ice cream

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

Donuts

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?
probably shoes or other running clothes

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1. Homemade bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich OR French toast for a morning run. Icy cold beer for any other time of day.
2. Donuts, I think.
3. Whatever will fit my pregnant belly as it grows. At 15 weeks I’ve outgrown my usual shorts and capris.
4. If it’s WINDY outside, I get on the treadmill.
5. My grandma’s uncle is a Jesuit priest who lived in Rome for decades and ran in the 70s before it was en vogue. I’d love to run the streets of Rome with him back then!
6. 2010 LA Marathon. My first and only marathon which I decided to do 8 weeks before after running a half marathon. I trained with the LA Roadrunners and had a totally awesome experience beginning to end.
7. You’re crazy, welcome to the club! (I don’t think I’m qualified to give advice. Ha!)
9. Beer and a burger.
10. Before I had my children, I ran and raced, but didn’t really know my body or embrace what I was capable of. I took a three year break while I was pregnant, working, and pregnant again. I got back into running once I found a gym with cheap childcare and bought a double jogger. Something clicked and changed in my running. I was able to push harder, go further, and truly love what I was doing. After my third baby, it was even better! I was in the best shape of my life and now I’m 15 weeks with #4. I’m still running pregnant for the first time ever and, well, I’m just more in love with running than ever. :)

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Hi!!!!

1. Fresh bread with peanut butter and Nutella
2. 6 donuts
3. I would spend it all on Senita Athletics running outfits – super functional, affordable and created with passion. I discovered the brand last year and can’t get enough of it
4. ‘below freezing’
5. Robert Lewandowski – always had a thing for soccer players
6. First half marathon – first time I learned what a friendly competition is like
7. ENJOY
8. Smile, seems to be uncommon for a lot of runners
9. Hot shower & sugar scrub
10. Focus on a running form, I don’t even want to know how I used to look like when running

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1. Ohmygosh I don’t even know. Naked Burrito bowl from Qdoba or my own homemade version with brown rice, baked chicken, salsa, etc. OR the best meal ever-Bowtie pasta, hot italian sausage and broccoli. I found the recipe on Budgetbytes. Amazing.
2. A large Burrito! All that sugar would send me into a coma!
3. SHOES! In particular Size 8 of the Nike Pegasus 34 coming out soon!
4. Thunder or Hailing! Treadmill if available
5. YOU!!! Also Kevin Hart! I wish he would tweet out that he’s in my small little town for a run!
6. Rugged Red Half Marathon
7. Get fitted for good shoes!
8. I’m not sure this is weird or different but I replay conversations in my head or plan future conversations
9. After a race-pedicure and massage. My feet get a bit crusty :/
10. I’ve accepted the process. Every time I train for a race I understand my personal journey and process a bit more and have learned to be patient and accept it. This makes life so much easier.

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1. Southwest burger and sweet potato fries. All day every day. ?

2. 6 donuts for sure. Who in their right mind would eat a burrito mid run?? ?

3. Right now…some new bras. I saw the lululemon one that has a pocket in the back and now I think I need it.

4. If it is hot outside (which it is a lot of the time in az) I won’t run outside. That’s why I don’t run much in the summer and just focus on classes. Body pump is my fav right now!

5. I like to run but I love to dance and I would die to dance with frank Sinatra. Old school style.

6. I loved my first half marathon. I trained for it after having baby number two, knowing I needed something drastic to do if I wanted to get back in any kind of shape. Training wasn’t easy and I got hurt and sick before the race, but I still finished. I had never been in any kind of race before and I didn’t know it would be such a high! From the cheering spectators to aid stations and all the amazing people out there running, it really just made me grateful for a body that could run and for how awesome people really are.

7. GET THE RIGHT SHOES!!!!!!!!

8. i have to run to the beat…it’s a dancer thing. I have to change all my songs so they’re all the same tempo.

9. Food!!! And a new pair of shorts.

10. Now I look forward to running instead of dreading it. I’m so glad I pushed myself to do something I thought I hated, it’s really changed a lot in my life for the better!!

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1. Pizza and cupcakes
2. I would have to flip a coin
3. Capris and Moving Comfort sports bras
4. too hot (and I live in Florida). Either treadmill or another cardio machine
5. Katie Couric
6. That’s a tossup between Shamrock Half (Virginia Beach) (my first) or Daytona Beach Half
7. Take it one step at a time and just get out there and do it.
8. Dance and lip sync
9. Small Coke from McDonalds after a long run (or cupcakes if I’m running with my best friend)
10. That it is my mental outlet for many emotions

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1. A Bean and cheese burrito! My fave cheat meal so if I could have it every day after my run and not worry about nutrition that would be it for me ha!
2. Hmmmm this is tough I love both! I would probably have to say the donuts so I could have the sugar high!
3.Probably road runner sports since this is my go to shopping site for running stuff and I’m a VIP member! I would get a new pair of shoes, I can’t wait for the new ghosts to come out!
4. Would have to be heavy rain or lightning. I like running in light rain but I have gotten soaked before and that’s not fun! I would definitely hit the treadmill, I can’t skip a run!
5.it would have to be either Meb or Shalane, they are my two favorites! Can I run with both?
6. The st pattys day half marathon I did last year, I pr’ed and felt great the whole race, the course was pleasant and the weather was perfect!
7. I would make sure she bought a pair of Brooks or Hokas!
8. I sweat like crazy and fart when no one is around haha!
9. My reward after a marathon is always a burger, fries and a beer! It’s a must have for all my hard work then the next day a donut!
10. Biggest change is my pace and my confidence in my running

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1. Waffle with fresh blueberries, eggs, Turkey bacon, and a cup of coffee.
2. 6 donuts, for sure.
3. A new pair of Brooks Ravennas or a few new amphipod bottles, some Balega socks, a padded under armour bra.
4. Lightning outside is a no go for me.. I would have to opt out for the dreadmill ?
5. Bob Harper hands down!! I think he would so fun to run with I love his energy.
6. My first OKC memorial race. I felt my strongest in this race and it is my current PR for a half marathon.
7. Get fitted for running shoes and it’s all about pushing yourself a little further everyone you run.
8. I give myself pep talks especially when I’m having a tough run.
9. A big glass of chocolate milk
10. To stop trying to race the clock and just enjoy the journey that my run takes me on.

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1. My meal after a run would be a Cobb salad.
2. Definitely 6 donuts. I can’t even imagine a burrito mid run. ?
3. Saucony.com, never too many running shoes
4. I won’t run when it is more than -5 temps, and I will definitely treadmill it. I can’t just skip a run because of the cold here in MN.
5. Kara Goucher would be fun to run with since she’s from MN.
6. St George Marathon last year when I obtained my first BQ by almost 5 min it took a few years but so worth it. However, my hubby wasn’t there, so I would want him to be there this time.
7. Enjoy running and the endorphins it gives you.
8. I don’t listen to music when I run. My brain is just a hamster wheel and keeps me entertained.
9. Fountain Diet Coke is what I work for.
10. I started running 15 years ago, and my very first race was a half marathon. I never in a million years wanted to do a full. Did my fist full marathon 5 years ago, and #15 will be in a couple of weeks.

Love this survey!! ?

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OK I want to answer all of them except I’m totally doing this survey on my blog (’cause I miss the old school blog surveys!).
So my answers thus far:
1. Pizza. Before I got pregnant with my daughter I was really into gourmet food. I somehow became a frat boy while pregnant because for the past 10 years I want pizza all the time.
2. 6 donuts
3. I really need new shoes but get distracted by all the pretty clothes.
4. Unsafe. That means either too hot or slippery or dark.
5. I would want to work out with Neghar Fonooni.
6. The Spartan Sprint that I did with an amazing group of women.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

SUSHI… LOTS OF SUSHI :)

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?
6 DONUTS

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?
I LOVE RUNNING JEWELRY OR MOTIVATIONAL ITEMS TO REMIND ME OF MY ACHEIVEMENTS

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?
RAINING…. TREADMILL IT IS :)

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
DUH…. JANAE :)

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!
PACE YOURSELF DURING RACES

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
I ONLY LISTEN TO MUSIC THAT REMINDS ME OF CERTAIN TIMES IN MY LIFE AND THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE I MET ALONG THE WAY. I REFLECT A LOT WHEN I RUN. :)

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?
I LOVE BOILED CRAWFISH OR SUSHI

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?
WARDROBE……. AFTER MY FIRST MARATHON I DECIDED I NEEDED TO BE A BIT MORE FASHIONABLE.

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1. Oatmeal with blueberries/bananas.
2. I’ll take the donut option
3. New Mizunos (or a different pair of Brooks than I’ve tried in the past)
4. Snowing! I will gladly run on the treadmill.
5. Tina Muir. (Maybe Janae Baron?)
6. The Wisconsin marathon.
7. Have fun! Running should be an activity you enjoy!
10. I see the other benefits to running aside from weight loss like stress relief and just being healthy. ??

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1. Meal after my run would have to be fried plantains. Yum!!
2. Donut or burrito mid run: burrito- hellooo I’m a Latina. That’s just my normal fuel. ;)
3. $100 to spend: definitely New Balance.com so I could get another pair of their 1500s- best racer ever!
4. If it is ICY outside I’d stay in and run the treadmill. Not worth an injury.
5. If I could run with anyone famous it would be hands down Brenda Martinez. Love her!
6. Best race to go back to: The Eugene Marathon ’cause that PR feeling. ?
7. Best advice for my BRF: foam roll, recover, stretch…. avoid an injury!
8. Weirdest thing I do during runs: listen to sermons. Jesus + Running = ?
9. Reward after a tough workout: rest and do No.Thing. Seriously. Nothing!
10. Biggest change since I began my running journey: I appreciate the gift and ability so much more knowing it may not always be there.

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1. Definitely half baked brownies. Definitely not nutritious but totally delicious!!!
2. The burrito!!
3. I am in D E S P E R A T E need of new running shoes!!
4. I’m not a big fan of wind….anything above 12mph has me taking it inside!!
5. Sarah hall!!!
7. Don’t worry about time of pace when first starting…just enjoy the distance!
9. Sushi!!
10. Time ofnrun!! I use to only run in the afternoon around 2…now, I’m an early runner!!

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1- burger and fries
2- donuts
3- Shoes – Nike Free or Flyknit
4- windy – I hate the wind. Depending on the distance (less than 5 miles) I would run on the treadmill
5- Meb
6- NYC Marathon
7- run for fun, don’t worry about pace, it will come with time
8- I listen to audio books and always run with only one earbud in – even on the treadmill
9- diet dr pepper – I don’t love eating right after, my stomach is funky for at least a day
10- Running clothes – no more cheap cotton stuff!!

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1. Toast with butter and jelly
2. 6 donuts
3. Toss up between shoes or sports bra
4. pouring
5. Michelle Obama
6. My first marathon. It was November and the weather was perfect. My family spent the day cheering me on. Such a great day!
7. Be patient
8. I listen to podcasts and will often laugh outloud mid run
9. Carbs, always carbs
10. Loving it. I hated it at first, but stuck with it and couldn’t be happier.

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1. I want a huge bowl of oatmeal….really thick and gooey.
2. Definitely 6 donuts. I can’t eat much during a run, but think simple carbs are the better bet.
3. I would buy socks. I love really good socks but have trouble justifying so much money on something so simple….
4. If it’s super windy, I’m on a treadmill for sure. I don’t have TV at my house, so watching cable at the gym is a great treat!
8. I do “airplane arms” when I run around corners. I used to smash apples when I ran under an apple tree, but almost fell multiple times and had to give up the habit.
9. If I do a really long/hard run, I like to go out for pizza and wine that night. I prefer delayed gratification.

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How fun! Thanks Janae.

2. Definitely donuts!
4. Snowing – I prefer the indoor track at my gym, but will run on the treadmill in a pinch.
5. You :-)
6. St. George Marathon
7. Invest in good shoes and bras — and have fun!
9. A nap

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1. A bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese bagel sandwich with a side of homefries drizzled with ketchup. I LOVE my breakfast foods! Sometimes I crave sweet, but I think I prefer savory first after each long run.

2. Donuts because the burrito would most definitely make me have to hit the port-o-potty immediately!

3. A new pair of running shoes – Brooks Launch 4 and/or Hoka One One Tracers! (both are my go-to shoes)

4. If it is Thundering/Lightning outside, I will not run outside. I would run on the treadmill (which is most days anyway since I have a 10 week old son haha!)

5. Stephanie Rothstein Bruce because she is a bad-a** mother runner who I truly admire as she had a killer comeback , especially after her second baby boy.

6. I would relive my first half marathon whcih was in Pittsburgh because I felt so strong and empowered for the entire run and the weather was PERFECT that day (60ish and overcast with some light drizzle at times).

7. Well, my best friend already IS a runner haha, but if she wasn’t, I probably would tell her that there are good days and bad days but they all work out in the end if you never give up. Plus, running allows you to eat a ton more if you care about that sort of thing haha.

8. I don’t know if it’s weird/different but I have each of my running playlists tailored to the speed I go including slower tracks for warm ups/cool downs and fast-tempo ones for when I do speedwork or tempo runs. I even know what song will come on at what mile because I’ve listened to them so much (I rarely change the playlists, rather, I just make MORE playlists haha!)

9. I like to get a big, juicy cheeseburger with sweet potato fries – especially from my favorite burger place in my area!

10. I used to just run at whatever pace I could do when I first started (and burning out quickly since I would just run at basically my threshold for each run), but now I have easy days, speed days, tempo days, etc. and I can cover a lot more mileage now. Plus I also track my heart rate when I run which I didn’t do when I started.

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1. An egg/cheese/avocado breakfast sandwich on an everything bagel.
2. 6 donuts, but I’d feel pretty sick from either one of those.
3. – Nathan hydration belt – trail running shoes – lightweight tank tops
4. too humid (I live in DC, so this is unfortunately a lot of the summer so I try to adjust but sometimes it’s just too much). I would likely run on the tredmill.
5.
6.
7. Don’t run too much / too far / too fast at first, and stretch after every run. You don’t want to get hurt right when you’re getting in to running.
8. Sometimes I make up stories about other people on the trail to keep my brain occupied.
9. Beer or ice cream.
10. I’m much slower now (age + ended up needing surgery at one point), but I enjoy running more, so I think that’s a win.

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Great survey!

1. Greek salad from Panera (I eat it at least 3x per week)
2. Donuts (I could use the sugar high)
3. Socks (boring, but I really need running socks, preferably ones that match)
4. Cold or hot or raining or snowing… you get the picture. I’m one of those rare breeds who prefers the treadmill to the elements.
5. The Rock (I adore him, and he’d whip me into shape)
6. My first race ever, the NYCRUNS Ladies First 5K in Brooklyn, NY (I proved to myself that “I can do hard things”)
7. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need, and expect setbacks.
8. I play counting games. So with every step I start counting until I reach the number of calories burned/miles run/etc.
9. My favorite reward is a massage.
10. My mindset. I know I CAN do it, as opposed to wondering if I’m capable of it).

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1. Sushi… HANDS DOWN!

2. I guess burrito.

3. A few new running tanks or maybe shoes.

4. If it is _humid or really cold_ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all? I will run on my treadmill instead

5. I don’t know who I would want to run with.

6. I really enjoyed my first 10k. It was the USAF 10k. It was a blast, but I was soooo sore the next day.

7. My advice is normally get socks with the tab in the back!

8. I count each step I take. I get to 100 and then start at 1 again. I don’t know why I do this…

9. A nice long nap on the floor with the dog

10. I can def run longer and faster. =)

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

peanut butter on anything!

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?
6 donuts

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?
tank tops and leggings!

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?
snowing – might run on the treadmill or do another cardio machine like the stairclimber or bike

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
The Obamas!

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?
LoveRun Half Marathon

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!
don’t give up – the first month is the hardest, you can do it

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
I pretend that all the cars/people are people i know and convince myself that I shouldn’t disappoint them by slowing down or stopping

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?
A nap!

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?
Making it for fun and for me instead of other people

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1. Tacos!
2. Despite the above, 6 donuts. A burrito would be too heavy, I think.
3. A pair of Oiselle running shorts and a Nike Fierce sports bra.
4. Lightning. I’d run on the treadmill.
5. Janae Baron or Meb!
6. Twin Cities Marathon 2016–such a pretty city race.
7. After I’d recovered from my faint, I’d tell her the journey is the best part–the friendships, the triumphs, the struggles, because it makes us better people.
8. Embarrassing to admit, but I always wear a panty liner.
9. Large decaf whole milk latte.
10. Much more confident in running “light.” When I started, I practically took a case of “in case”!

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I don’t know what has been more fun – reading the responses or answering the questions!
1. Not a meal, but I love potato chips
2. 6 donuts
3. Definitely shoes – can never have enough
4. Pouring – but misty rain is OK. Just don’t like that sopping wet, everything squishing feeling. No treadmill running for me (don’t have one and don’t enjoy it)
5. Tom Hanks – I think he would be fascinating
6. Probably my first half but would try harder to soak it all in instead of worrying if I would finish
7. Get properly fitted for and invest in good shoes
8. I count my steps when things get tough
9. Unapologetic nap
10. Distance and enjoyment factor!

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Saw pirates today and loved it!!!!!
Fun questions OK here goes
1. Taco bar with all the fixings
2. 6donuts
3. Running bras-i need to invest in good ones
4. Lightning would keep me in and maybe I would treadmill it?!?!
5. Kevin bacon……I hear he runs
6. My 2014 half marathon where I first broke 2 hours would be fun to repeat…. I was recently engaged at that race so I think it helped my time!
7. I would say “always run for you”….. Your reasons, motivations, and piece of mind
8. I tie my laces weird
9. I fantasize about what to drink the whole time! Usually lemonade or juice
10. I have changed distance most in my running

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1. Pizza
2. Donuts
3. First- a 26.2 sticker for my car. I have a new car and miss having that sticker. I’d buy running shirts with the rest!
4. Windy or really cold and wet- unfortunately, I probably won’t run. But I’m hoping to change that attitude!
5. Probably- You!!
6. 1/2 marathon I ran in Austin with my daughter. It is how we celebrated her senior year in high school– trained for and ran a 1/2 marathon!!
7. Be consistent! Don’t quit!
8. The worst thing is negative talk!–telling myself to stop! I don’t like that!
9. I just enjoy a good meal with friends to relive the race!
10. Since turning 53 in January- I can just tell a difference in my stamina. It has been a struggle!!

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1. Spinach and avocado omelet with toast and a donut
2. Burrito, definitely
3. Summer running shorts and singlets for this Atlanta heat
4. Lightning. Treadmill time or hope I can run later in the day.
5. Emily Infeld, she is bae ?
6. My first half marathon in Chattanooga, TN
7. Enjoy every mile and use the tough times to propel you forward
8. Not every run, but go without music for the most part
9. A good pub cheeseburger and fries with a nice pale ale
10. Overall posture and not overstriding

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1. Either a big smoothie or a breakfast burrito cause I’m too lazy/hungry after my run to make either of these options ?
2. 6 donuts, for suuure, burrito would be major heartburn for me haha
3. $100 gift card -> Brooks Calderas! I want to try them soo bad but they’re $$$
4. If it is SNOWING I will not run. Treadmill- absolutely! I don’t mind treadmill, especially if there’s a Bachelorette or Real Housewives to catch up on (the only time I let myself watch those shows is on the ‘mill)
5. One of the badass trail running ladies that win Ultramarathons
6. I’d rather go back to one of my favorite runs- I used to run this path around the farm fields and forest when I studied abroad in Switzerland and every time it would make my heart sing. I would love to get to relive one of those runs!
7. My advice would be to keep running with ME haha. I’d be selfish- I don’t have any running friends so I’d try to force her to always go with me!
8. I tell everything “I love you”. I run on the trails as much as possible and like the earth, sun, flowers, trees, breeze etc. to know I’m grateful. I really do say ‘I love you flowers!’ etc. aloud as I run.
9. Hard run reward = a big waffle for breakfast, or a big burrito for lunch/dinner.
10. Biggest change is now I feel so secure with myself and my body that I truly do it because I enjoy it- not to lose weight/burn calories etc. I just love to run!
Thanks for the fun survey/giveaway chance, Janae!

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1. Frozen yogurt and bananas!
3. I would buy some new running shoes – much needed!
4. No icy runs for me please!
7. I would give the advice to get fitted for a proper pair of shoes that best supports your gait and feet shape. I’ve still never done this but plan to as soon as I save up a bit. I’m a new runner and feel that my hip pain is from cheap running shoes.
10. The biggest change is that I can run for longer intervals without stopping and LOVE IT.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

A strawberry, kale, mango, and almond milk smoothie. Nom nom.

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

6 donuts…a burrito sounds like it would be too intense mid-run.

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

I would buy a Garmin watch (probably the Forerunner 230), a handheld water bottle, a running vest, and SO MANY RUNNING OUTFITS.

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

Raining. And I would choose the treadmill.

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

Most definitely Ethan Newberry (The Ginger Runner). He runs in the most beautiful locations and is hilarious.

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

The Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Dallas. It was a great course and had awesome bystanders!

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!

Remember that you do not have to be great at running. You just have to enjoy running and be grateful that you have a body that allows you to run.

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?

Sometimes I dance (aka: wave my arms around and attract too much attention).

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?

ALL OF THE FOOD.

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?

My pace. It took me a long time to realize that I did not have to be fast to be a runner.

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1. PB sandwich and cold chocolate milk
2. Donuts
3. Put it toward a new pair of shoes or some compression socks.
4. Lightening or ice
5. Kara
6. Buck Fifty relay race! Its was so much fun and so much work!
7. Don’t worry about your time. Just enjoy.
8. If I’m running alone, I pray.
9. Food!
10. Embracing the suck – learned that not every run has to be “good” and sometimes you just have to keep plodding along.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?
French fries with broccoli and some pork

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

6 donuts

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?
Running warehouse
4. Fill in the blank: If it is icy outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all? I’ll run on the treadmill or cross train or walk

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
This is very difficult. I would say Julia Roberts
6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?
Disney marathon. Doing what I love most in my favorite place
7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!
Run with all your heart

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
I have to make my runs end in .0 or a certain number I’ve been known to run up and down my driveway…I’m number obsessed.
9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?
Ice cream or a creamy coffee drink
10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?
It’s my passion and who i am

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1. A hot fudge coffee ice cream sundae from Fentons (my favorite ice cream parlor)
2. I would rather eat 6 donuts than a burrito (However, I might throw up after)
3. I think I would spend it on Asics running shoes, they are my favorite!
4. If it is less than 25 degrees outside, I will not run outside. I would definitely choose to run on the treadmill, because it is better than not running at all!!!
5. I would choose to go on a run with Kara Goucher. She seems so nice and down to earth!
6. I would choose to go back and do the BQ2 Marathon in Illinois that I did last fall. It was my first marathon ever, and it was an amazing experience! I felt so accomplished and proud of myself for finishing such a hard and long (for me) race. I also qualified for the Boston marathon during this race which was exciting! (unfortunately, I still missed the cutoff into the Boston marathon by 2 seconds :( But hopefully one day ill make it to Boston!!!
7. I would tell her not to get frustrated with herself when she is first starting out. It can be hard work to get into running shape, but stay positive and keep working at it, because you will do it! It just takes time and dedication!
8. Sometimes I sing out loud to my music haha
9. Ice cream sundae!!
10. The biggest change in my running is my attitude. I used to get so mad at myself when I didn’t run a certain pace or distance, but now I am totally ok with not running my fastest or my longest every single day. In fact, most of my runs are actually slower than my race pace now a days, and it doesn’t bother me anymore, I just enjoy it.

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1. Vietnamese Food: Fresh springs rolls and pho soup

2. Six donuts for sure!

3. Breathable socks/tank/sports bra, sunglasses (like ones I can use for running) and water bottle (you can never have too many and I am addicted to always having one with me!

4. Muggy and I will run on the treadmill! Pop on a good show and I am good to go!

5. Can I say YOU?!!!! LOL ok if that does not count then Kara Goucher

6. Nashville, TN. It was my 1st back in 2009, I would love to experience it all over again!

7. It takes time to build your pace and distance. Stick with it an be kind to your body and overall, listen to your body.

8. ok this is really WEIRD. . . But I can feel my salt intake go down, obviously from all the sweat so I lick my arm!! I know STRANGE!

9. A good burger and truffle fries!

10. Confidence and learning to be ok listening to my body!!

This was so fun!! Thank you for putting this together:-)

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen…
Burger and sweet potato fries, assuming we’re talking after a very long run.

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?
Ooof. Burrito. Veggie.

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?
Maybe a new running vest for ultras. Or one of those Roll Recovery R8. Or a new Garmin. Compression socks! New bluetooth headphones because mine are starting to break. (Ok, some of these are >$100)

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?
DARK. Treadmill, but short and with plenty of intervals to keep it interesting.

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
Man… if I could just go on a long trail run with my husband again (since having a child), that’d be sweet. He’s famous to me! <3

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?
My first ultra, minus the injury before.

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!
It is going to hurt to start. That's okay, because it'll get awesome (and if it doesn't, find something else you love.)

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
I'll have to ask my running buddies this one. ;)

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?
Ideal? A massage. Typical? A really great shower.

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?
Tie…Technology! I started running with a Timex clipped to my sports bra so I wouldn't get a wrist tan line. Now I wear a Garmin. And sometimes compression socks, headphones, iPhone…
And Speed! I used to be all about speed. Now I enjoy trails and distance and friends.

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1. Chocolate Shake! A HUGE Chocolate Shake!!
2. Donuts all the way – but if someone got to the donuts before me, I would still happily swallow a whole burrito. I might even chew.
3. First impulse is a different type of running shoe. I’ve been in Brooks Ghosts since I started running, and am curious about lighter Pure Flow shoes (largely thanks being your favorites). But I’m nervous to spend the money in case they don’t work for my feet. I’d also like a running belt to hold my huge phone, and I always love more colorful running tops and shorts, and I REALLY want one of the personalized mantra bracelets. My go-to mantra came to me during a rough run a few years ago, “I’m grateful for my body.” I could spend a lot of money.
4. Tornado conditions (I grew up in the Midwest). Yes, when I’m afraid of flying houses, I’ll run on a treadmill. Also high humidity – that drives me indoors faster than a tornado!
5. Living or dead? Hmm, living . . . wow, spending a lot of time thinking about this. I think Serena Williams. I would be too star-struck to speak, but if we’re running that might be for the best given the difference in our current athletic abilities.
Dead would be Amelia Earhart. I want to know what happened!
6. My first race, a 5K through the Bronx Zoo. All the proceeds went to an elephant rescue. Having trained mostly on the treadmill, I was completely unprepared for the hills and in agony after the first one! But when I crossed the finish line, it was the best feeling ever. I had made my goal – which was to run the whole time without stopping.
7. Congratulate yourself for every single run that you do. Seriously – especially when starting to build a running routine. Getting out the door can be so hard, as can continuing to run while arguing with your brain. So every time you come back from a run, give yourself a pat on the back. Be proud – you did a really hard thing today.
8. Okay, this is really embarrassing, but when I’m having a rough time and I just want to stop, I’ll pretend I’m winning a huge marathon against the elites. It gives me the push I need!
9. A donut and staring at my metal for hours!
10. I did not expect this when I first started running off and on a few years ago, but quite recently I’ve noticed that I’m actually looking forward to running! Never could have imagined I’d be at that place!

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1. Bean and cheese nachos with guacamole
2. Donuts!
3. New running shoes
4. Pouring rain
5. Kara!
6. The Chicago marathon
7. STOP at the first sign of injury

Love surveys!

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1. Greek chicken pizza with Greek salad.
2. Neither but if I had to it would be 6 donuts
3. A comfortable fuel belt with water bottles and a pouch for cell and keys.
4 . Raining. I’d rather use the treadmill.
5. Shalane Flanagan. She us a huge running inspiration and I adore her as a person.
6. The rock n roll Las Vegas when I got married to my now husband.
7. Be kind to yourself and if you won’t feeel like running don’t run that day.
8. I hope I don’t do anything weird during my runs.
9. A cup of coffee.
10. I’m smarter about running and listen to my body more.

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1. bacon cheese burger
2. donuts
3. shoes (Hokas or Altras)
4. Lightning
5. YOU!
6. tied between Mt. Dora 1/2 marathon & Sharkbite 1/2 marathon & Marine Corps marathon
7. Start smart! Build mileage and speed slowly. (and run with me!)
8. pretzels are my must during a run (Snyder’s gluten free sticks are the best!!)
9. bacon egg & cheese biscuit
10. became more confident and consistent

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

Pizza!

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

6 donuts

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

Running capris and shorts (Nike)

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

90+ degrees. I would run on the treadmill!

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

USA women’s gymnastics team!

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

San Francisco Women’s Half Marathon (ran in 2011). Ran with my mom and best friend.

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!

You will never regret running! You will only regret NOT running.

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?

Italian food recovery!

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?

I now run for my mental health. In the past I was always running for time (trying to get faster), now I run to clear my mind.

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1. My dad’s French Toast.
2. 6 donuts for sure
3. New Brooks. I’m due for a new pair – my shins are telling me it’s time!
4. If it’s icy outside I will not run. I feel like that’s just common sense though?!
7. Listen to your body! Walk when you need, push when you feel like it and rest when your body tells you to!
9. More carbs than I would normally eat, usually in the form of an extra glass of wine
10. My biggest change is not going hard all the time. I actually do easy runs now :-) And if it’s not a day I’m supposed to go slow but my body can’t go fast, I don’t push it.

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1. Pancakes, watermelon, and ice cream! :)
2. Donuts
3. New sports bras and a new pair of New Balance sneakers
4. Fill in the blank: If it is below 30 degrees outside, I will not run outside. I’d choose the treadmill!
5. Does Forrest Gump count? Haha!
6. I can’t think of any races that I’ve absolutely loved. I did a Beach to Beacon race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, which was beautiful!
7. Do not get discouraged if you can’t run without stopping for very long right away. You will continue to get better!
8. Move my fingers as if I’m counting to 5… this probably doesn’t make sense
9.
10. When I first started, I never thought I’d be able to run more than a mile without stopping. Now I can run at least 3 without stopping!

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

Plain pizza with grated parmesan cheese

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

6 donuts

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

New running shoes, of course!

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

Snowing. I would run on the treadmill.

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

Hungry Runner Girl!

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

2017 Broad Street Run. I only trained for 2.5 weeks so I really just did it for fun and to prove to myself that I could!

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!

Get fitted for the right running shoes and stretch/foam roll every day(ish) :)

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?

Cry, haha running always makes me feel super grateful/emotional

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?

Sour cream and onion chips and a blue gatorade

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?

I believe in myself a lot more now

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1. Tacos!! Yum!!
2. Donuts!!
3. Running shoes… or running clothes… you can never have too much!!
4. Snowing. I’ll run on the treadmill.
5. Honestly, no one famous. I’d much prefer a good friend or just run by myself.
6. My first Half back in September. It was the Revel Big Cottonwood. It was a huge struggle from mile 5 to the finish. Not only physically but mentally. I’d go back and enjoy every moment… the excitement, the pain, the tears, the struggle. I’ll be doing it again this year :)
7. A great pair of shoes can change everything! And that the running community is AMAZING! No matter how fast or slow, fat or thin, first place or last…. you’ll have the support of other runners.
8. Not sure. I usually run alone so….
9. Tacos. Then a shower. And a nap. Lol
10. The biggest change is what I know about myself. I ran a Half at 240 lbs and if that doesn’t change you, I don’t know what will. Realizing that not only did I finish, I finish standing on my own two feet… I completed 13.1 miles even though I was carrying 100 lbs of extra weight, my calves cramped up on and off from mile 5 and walked the last 6, struggling mentally for most of the last few miles not thinking I’d finish until mile 11 or 12, watching as other runners ran past…. but most runners gave me a high five and encouragement, I had trained for this-the pain, the struggle… and as I crossed the finish line I realized that I can do anything! I can push through whatever lies in front of me and come out victorious. I can fight through the pain and tears, the frustration, the mental struggle…
I always dreamed of completing a Half but never thought I’d have the courage to do it. Not only did I have the courage but I had the strength to keep going even when I wanted to quit. I am what changed since I started running.

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1. Mangoes…okay I know that’s not a meal, but they’re amazing. Otherwise, I’d say a big spinach salad with all the toppings. Or annies mac n cheese with greens, that’s pretty great too.
2. Burrito
3. Trail running shoes and thick-band waisted running shorts
4. thunder and lightning…yes to the treadmill
5. Meb or Lauren Fleshman
6. Hidden Valley Nature Center half marathon – my first on trail and an amazing time!
7. Don’t compare yourself with others.
8. not sure…
9. mangoes :)
10. finding the balance between pushing myself hard and staying injury-free

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1) depends on the run! If it’s a long one then definitely a cheeseburger!
2)donuts
3)shoes! Shorts! Bras!
4)lightning
5)tough one! Maybe you! Ha. Or Ina Garten or Kara Goucher
6)my first marathon in Chattanooga
7)take it slow
8)add up numbers on mailboxes
9)an adult beverage
10)the confidence I have in my ability to run far!

I had so much fun with this!

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1. Black bean burger with guac and sweet potato fries
2. 6 donuts
3. Shoes! I would love to be able to alternate pairs
4. Oppressively humid, yes i would hop on a treadmill
5. Amy schumer
6. Monument Ave 10k in Richmond Va, I lived there in college and loved the crowd support
7. Always run a slower warmup jog for a mile
8. Count on my fingers when I do speed work
9. Frozen banana, almond milk, protein powder smoothie
10. I work on my speed much more than when I was younger

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1. Greek Yogurt, Granola, Chocolate chip and all the goodies bowl.
2.6 large donuts
3. Lululemon leggings- 100$ gone ahha
4. Rain- treadmill for days love it
5. Ellie Goulding, please sing to me
6. My first half marathon- island girl
7. Love it, or don’t do it

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1. A GIANT bowl of pasta- probably chicken alfredo

2. 6 donuts

3. Sneakers

4. Raining or snowing- would not run at all- absolutely hate the treadmill

5. Janae the hungry runner girl!

6. A random January half marathon that I signed up for and barely trained for and had a PR!

7. Do strength training in addition to running

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1. Chicken Alfredo and Watermelon
2. Large burrito
3. Sports Bra
4. Raining- not at all
6. I have never done a race
7. Get fitted and invest in good running shoes! Also a great sports bra goes a long ways!
8. I don’t know if it’s really weird or different, but I spend a lot of my running time talking to God.
9. A massage!
10. My form has gotten so much better

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1. An acai bowl with tons of delicious toppings like nut butter granola fruit and honey!
2.ahh I’d have to say donuts
3. Definitely a new pair of brooks running shoes
4. Lightning. And I don’t mind the treadmill :)
5. You!
9. Mexican food!! Tons of chips and guac and a margarita!

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1. Beer & Waffles
2. 6 donuts
3. New shoes (still searching for the perfect pair) or water resistant light jacket (running my first marathon in Seattle in September!)
4. If it is ____ICY___ outside, I will not run outside. It’s too dangerous. I’d probably do a shorter run on the treadmill.
5. Barack Obama or Joe Biden …. or both!
6. I haven’t done enough races to want to repeat any!
7. Start slow and short – don’t get discouraged.
8. Blow my nose on my shirt. It’s disgusting and looks super gross when I get home, but more effective than trying to just blow it out on the sidewalk.
9. Definitely beer and desserts
10. Injury — I can get tendinitis in literally any tendon at any moment. I HAVE to keep up with PT exercise to prevent it.

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1. Pancakes & fruit salad
2. Donuts
3. Running shoes
4. Really cold
6. Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Race
7. Listen to your body. It’s okay to take days, even weeks off!

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1. Oh gosh this changes almost daily…. right now a neapolitan pizza & beets sounds amazing! (I know you aren’t a fan of beets, but oh my gosh I am obsessed!)

2. NEITHER! If I’ve got a gun to my head, burrito because at least I don’t have to deal with the sugar? I feel sick just thinking about this! lol

3. Oh my gosh, quality bras would be my first pick (I’m so boring) then I’d go for cute tanks & spandex shorts! :)

4. If it’s an absolute downpour or the windchill is below zero I won’t run outside, I’ll Netflix & Treadmill instead ;)

5. Kara Goucher! She’s have to slow WAY down for me, but I have such a girl crush on her! I admire her so much!

6. The 2015 Chicago Marathon I ran with my husband. We had the most amazing time & it was the first time we both felt fantastic the entire race <3

7. Slow & steady, and run HAPPY! Running is amazing because it brings you so much joy, don't ever lose track of that & put too much pressure on yourself!

8. Memorize license plates!!! It's a trick I use to distract my brain when a run gets really hard.

9. Again it varies, I tend to try to stick with healthy fuel because I recover so much better, BUT I am a sucker for pizza or a burger :)

10. Honestly I don't wimp out when it gets hard. I used to walk all the time, but now I'm really working to push myself to see how fast I can get!

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1. Berry protein smoothie. I never want to eat anything after a long run, so a drink would be good :)
2. Donuts, for sure!
3. Tanks and socks.
4. Pouring rain
5. Meb
6. Flying Pig Half Marathon 2 years ago with my running buddy. It was not the most pleasant day outside (very humid), but we ran the whole race together and had so much fun!
7. Run the mile you’re in.
8. Towards the end of really long runs, I always start singing out loud. I can’t control it, it just happens!
9. Usually either ice cream, or lounging on the couch all day. Or both!
10. Distance! Building up the stamina, strength and confidence to tackle greater distances.

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1. Scrambled cheesey eggs and a yummy muffin.
2. Donuts
4. Pouring rain. Run on treadmill.
5. Kara goucher.
6. My first marathon! I was happy and wasn’t trying for a time just wanting to finish and was feeling so proud.

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Pizza
apple fritters
new sneakers and inserts
YOU!!
Musselman 70.3
It gets easier
No music
cold fruit and a seltzer
I am more relaxed and listen to my body

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1. French fries and watermelon.
2. Donuts. Always donuts.

3. Shoes and compression socks.

4. Fill in the blank: If it is HAILING outside, I will not run outside. I’ll treadmill. I really don’t mind it. Netflix!!!!

5. Chris Pratt or Ryan Reynolds. I think they’d be funny. And not hard on the eyes ;)

6. Any Disney race.

7. Invest in good shoes. And stretch.

8. Use my shirt collar to blow my nose….

9.food. Usually something fried like fried or donuts. Or pizza.

10. I can actually do it haha

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1. Any dessert….. preferably chocolate ? I’ve got a HUGE sweet tooth ?
2. Donuts….. that’s a carb…. so it’ll make me faster and give me energy ?
3. Definitely Brooks Adrenaline GTS running shoes – I love the Boston and London Marathon versions!!!
4. A hurricane… or blizzard… yes, I would run on the treadmill ??
5. Shalene Flannigan or Kara Goucher
6. I got first place in a local 5K, and we had FREE Chick-fil-A afterwards….. perfection ?
7. Enjoy the run. Enjoy the time to yourself. It’s a great stress reliever and gives you time to think. And if you’re in a treadmill…. bring your iPad for movies
8. Mmmmm…….. I’m actually really bad with fueling during long runs.
9. Chocolate. Anything chocolate.
10. I’m not competitive now. I try to just enjoy it…. no pressure ?

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1. Probably chicken sausage with roasted green veggies/sauteed greens and roasted sweet potato, all with some delicious sauce… right now I’m craving something with brewers yeast… or just cheese :)

2. SIX DONUTS!

3. A new pair of shoes!

4. Icy! No way, jose. I’d go for a treadmill if I had access to one (no gym right now).

5. Zac Efron… #futurehusband

6. The Chicago Marathon! 2012 :)

7. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else and try to ENJOY it!

8. I let my imagination run wild… like imagining meeting Zac Efron… hahahaha

9. A good stretch, cool shower, and a delicious smoothie or other snack

10. I do it because I enjoy it, not to burn calories

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1. Lasagna
2. Burrito
3. High quality leggings
4. Humid
5. Roger Federer
6. My first Bay to Breakers
7. It does get easier if you train consistently
8. Use short to dry face
9. Ice cream
10. More foot pain

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1. icy cold super ripe watermelon!! just the most satisfying in the warmer months (and i eat enough it counts as meal 1); 2. burrito; 3. a very supportive sports bra or good running tights that stay up; 4. post-snow / icy i won’t run outside but ill run on a treadmilll (especially if it faces a window and i can watch the snow); 5. mia hamm (my childhood soccer hero); 6. my first half in new orleans i smiled the whole entire time; 7. take it slow and build up over time and enjoy it and be grateful your body can do this; 8. not thaaaaat weird but i listen to the harry potter audio books; 9. see number 1!; 10. i used to dread running now i love it as therapy and me time!

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1. Sausage, egg, and cheese burritos
2. 6 donuts :-)
3. New yurbud headphones, more feetures socks, Nike running tights, bodyglide
4. Over 82 degrees or lightning. Treadmill if it is under double digit miles, otherwise I’ll reschedule.
5.no idea!
6. RnR Nashville (my first 1/2)
7. Be patient!
8. My shoulders get tense, so I raise my arms over my head and run a few strides like that or swing them up and down haha.
9. Bacon cheeseburger and a beer
10. Wearing tech fabric clothes…life-changing:-)

funtimes! Thanks for the giveaway.

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1. Gnocchi or a milkshake :)
2. 6 donuts but both would be rough!
3. Shorts and nice running socks! Oh and a good ear warmer for the winter.
4. Anything hotter than 90 degrees…I will still do the treadmill or switch it up with a circuit or strength training workout :)
5. I think Will Ferrel would be fun to run with!
6. Running of the Bulls 5K where I got 1st female :) December 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.
7. Yes, it’s normal for everything to hurt.
8. I like to hold my thumbs or crack my knuckles while I run…
9. Ice water.
10. I’m getting back into running after lots of nagging injuries, so for now it’s nice to be running pain free – even if it’s only a couple times a week.

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1. Avocado Toast
2. Donuts – for sure!
3. Give me all the Lululemon
4. Below zero with windchill – treadmill
5. Dez!!!
6. My first half marathon – that feeling when I crossed the finish line was amazing!
7. The first mile is always the hardest!
8. When I don’t run with headphones I like sing out loud – Salt n Peppa is my favorite!
9. Beer + Pizza
10. I don’t dread it – I crave it!

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1. Bubble Gum Ice Cream. Weird but delicious!
2. Donuts! A burrito would feel like a lot in your belly during the run!
3. More body glide, a waist belt (lost mine :( ) and some new running tanks
4. Raining…. hard. If it is sprinkling, I will suck it up and run (telling myself how hardcore I am the whole time…)
5. Reese Witherspoon. She seems so fun!
6 Boston marathon Shadow Run in Afghanistan. It was my first marathon and I spent weeks training with my then-boyfriend (now husband). It felt incredible to complete it!
7. Trust your body and know that it will get easier with time!
8. Constantly check my heart rate. And raise my arm when I see a hazard/crack/etc (safety first for everyone around me!)
9. Peanut butter waffle from Waffle House… with my husband!
10. My pace. When I first started, I could barely keep up a 12:00/mi pace. Now 8:45/mi is do-able!

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1. Ice water with a slice of orange to quench my thirst then a piece of sprouted grain toast with almond butter.
2. Both would make me sick!
I couldn’t remember the rest of the questions. Nursing school work is calling. Keep blogging!

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1. Bibimbap!! (Korean food is delicious) It’s spicy and you get carbs, protein, and veggies all in one!
2. Definitely 6 donuts. Pretty sure I’d end up throwing up a large burrito.
3. Roll Recovery R8 Massager
4. If it is humid outside, I will not run outside. Treadmill!
5. Julie Foudy
6. Notre Dame Holy Half Marathon
7. Do it because you love it.
8. Try not to think about anything.
9. Lots of water followed by a big ol’ tub of watermelon!
10. It get harder and harder to find the time and motivation to run like I used to, but that doesn’t make me love it any less!

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1. Chocolate milk!
2. 6 donuts – there is actually a charity run here every year where you eat a dozen donuts at the halfway point of the 5k!
3. New running shoes (Brooks of course :) ). You can never have too many!
4. Raining, not run at all. I might get caught out in the rain but I won’t willingly start in it
5. Emma Coburn
6. My first St Jude Half in Memphis. Running through the campus of the hospital was unforgettable and it is still my favorite race I’ve ever done! It’s the one race I will not miss each year!
7. You are never racing anyone but yourself.
8. I can’t run without gum!
9. Chocolate milk!
10. I don’t worry so much about time and pace, I just run.

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1. Icecold watermelon and a green smoothie
2. 6 doughnuts ?
3. Running tanks, sport bras and Nike running shorts
4. Lightning!
5. I would love to go on a run with you. I think we would be great friends!
6. My first marathon in Jaxonville FL this past February!!
7. You GET to do this! Your body is a temple, honor and respect it. Always be greatful.
8. I jam out to my music, I may look crazy, but I’m having fun!
9. A cold shower and a yummy snack! (Cold crunchy nut butter and a banana!)
10. It used to be all about the calories burned and just running to “lose wieght”. Now I have a completely different outlook on running. My body is precious and important. I fuel and treat it right, so I can run for a long time to come.

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1. Bacon egg & cheese on an onion bagel
2. Donuts!
3. New sneakers. Also good running shorts
4. Lightning or ice. I have to drive to the gym for a treadmill so rarely happens
5. My sister
6. ?
7. It’s hard!!
8. I listen to true crime podcasts even though they sometimes creep me out about running alone
9. Almond croissant
10. I’m consistently surprised by how hard running still feels but how much better I actually am…

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

A juicy burger!

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

6 donuts

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

A pair of brooks running shoes!

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

Icy. I’d choose the treadmill as long as driving conditions were safe.

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

Kara Goucher

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

My first marathon (Pittsburgh marathon)’

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!

Take it one day at a time. It’s going to be tough in the beginning. But it’s so worth it!

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?

Snot rockets! Hahaha

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?

Iced coffee!

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?

I don’t take things for granted. Having gone through injuries, and dealing with my current struggles of chronic pain from Lyme disease, I’m very grateful for every single run.

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1. This is an easy one. Peanut butter and toast with a pink lady Apple.
So good.

2. Burrito! Just because I wouldn’t want to have donuts associated with any bad experiences, and let’s face it, six during a long run is a bad idea.

3. New socks and running shorts!

4. If it’s -20 degrees Celsius I wouldn’t run outside. I’d hit up the treadmill instead.

5. I’d love to run with…Daniel Day Lewis. Can you make that happen?! Not sure if he’s a runner, but he’s my choice. ;)

6. The Mont Tremblant Half Marathon. The course was gorgeous!

7. Buy good shoes, download a great podcast and then just do it. Running sucks, ’til it doesn’t. Then it’s pretty great.

9. Juice box!

10. Confidence. I think the number one thing I love about running is how strong it makes me feel.

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1. That depends. After a cold winter run, I” usually hungry for pancakes or bacon and eggs. But, now that it’s warmer, all I can think about is watermelon or one of those strawberry refreshers from starbucks after a warm run!
2. Neither! They both sound awful!
3. Hmm…that’s a tough one. I would order from either Lululemon, Brooks, or Oiselle. And, I would definitely splurge and get something I normally wouldn’t buy, like a nice running jacket or sports bras.
4. Definitely lightning and I would hit the treadmill, if I really really had to (sorry, but I HATE the treadmill)
5. I would LOVE to go on a run with Kara Goucher! She seems so down-to-earth.
6. The marathon I just did in April. I would love a redemption race!!
7. Do NOT compare yourself as a runner to anyone else.
8. If I see a dog or geese when I am running, I will turn around and go the long way just to avoid them. I have been bitten by a dog and I do not like geese!
9. Ice cream!!!
10. I definitely put in more miles, do different types of workouts (tempo, speed, intervals, etc.), and my pace has gotten faster.

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1. Pizza!
2. Donuts. I can imagine the burrito coming back up!
3. I would get some really nice shirt and shorts that I normally can’t afford!
4. High Winds or ice. Maybe hit the treadmill but it would depend on how close I am to a race.
5. You! It would be much more fun to run with a ‘friend’!
6. The Deadwood Trail in South Dakota
7. Buy good shoes and don’t think about speed.
8. I have to listen to music or a podcast – anything but listen to my breathing!!
9. Definitely ice cream.
10. I enjoy it more. I always feel better after a run and it can be so therapeutic.

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1. Eggs, avocado, bacon and a smoothie.
2. Donuts (but I have type 1 diabetes so can I say neither :) )
3. Moving comfort sports bras!!!
4. Raining and cold…the worst!!
5. I would love to go on a run with an athlete with type 1 diabetes…or an Olympic athelete!
6. My first 1/2 marathon in Charlottesville, VA
7. Find a buddy to make the miles pass and ALWSYS STRETCH!
8. I used to run on a treadmill every day and I would wear sweatbands around my wrist and use them haha now I only listen to like 4 songs when I run
9. Eggs. Or a smoothie. Or both!
10. I try to run fast and take days off.

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Hahaha I love your questions!

1. Cold chocolate banana smoothie!
2. Neither, but I’d go for the donuts.
3. New outfit for sure! I really want some nice looking long tights and a top to go with it.
4. Raining. And yes, I don’t mind the treadmill at all (as long as the run wouldn’t be too long I guess.. Or I’d change the workout and do intervals instead).
5. You! Or Tina Muir.. Or maybe you could just both come?
6. My first ever half marathon. The sense of accomplishment was the best feeling ever. Not even my first marathon could top that.
7. Enjoy the process. Don’t ask too much of yourself and just be happy and grateful that you can run.
8. I took rice crackers with me during marathon training long runs. So good though and no upset stomach.
9. Relaxing on the couch, feet up, breakfast and something good to read! Just an hour or so of feeling happy, tired, and accomplished.
10. After a few injuries & amenorrhea I am now just happy to be running and tend to worry less about pace.

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1. I love a big very cold glass of chocolate milk
2. Tough choice. I like them both but mid race not so much. Just the thought is making me feel like I have a stomach ache
3. I could use a new pair of shoes. Launch3 were on sale this last weekend at Dick’s
4. Ice. I was on the treadmill many miles this past winter
5. After listening to you podcast with Lindsay, you would be fun, Janae, but you would not like my slow pace. So, maybe Tina Muir, her first run back was over 10 min./mile. I could keep up!
6. My PR. Half at Rails to Trails. It is a flat out and back with a slight downhill coming back. You go through railroad tunnels that are lit by lanterns and the scenery is awesome. It was the one and only my husband ran.
7. Don’t do the comparison game
9. Big juicy cheese burger. I seem to crave them
10. I run different run..in the beginning I just ran as fast as I could for prescribed miles trying to beat the day before.

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1. macaroni and cheese
2. 6 donuts, I think it wouldn’t weigh down as much as a burrito?
3. new Asics nimbus shoes
4. below 10° F, then treadmill
5. Ryan Reynolds, he’s super hot and funny
6. first time running Dam to Dam. the excitement and fear that I was not sure how it was going to go face me the best runners high and I proved to myself that I could run long distance.
7. enjoy yourself. dont sweat that one training run you missed.
8. I don’t listen to music when I run, but I do sing songs in my head and choreograph dance moves to said songs.
9. macaroni and cheese, I just really like cheese…
10. I feel focused on running for the first time in my life this year. I had a broken arm and surgery around the first of the year that stopped my running, but realizing how good exercising and running made me feel got me right back on that treadmill with my cast (until I finally was cleared to run outside again). I feel like I am really improving and it feels fantastic to be running 1 mile an hour faster than I was last year.

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1. My dad’s homemade waffles with peanut butter spread on top!
2. Donuts!
3. Definitely new running shoes. It’s been a while!!
4. Rainy or too cold for the kiddos… I’m in the run with a double-stroller life phase.
5. Michelle Obama. Just an inspirational woman I think I’d enjoy chatting with.
6. Last high school xc race.
7. Run outside as much as possible! God’s creation is inspiring!
8. I actually prefer running with my kids to running without the stroller now!
9. All the carbs!
10. Confidence and speed!

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1. Any and all kinds of Mexican food is what I want waiting for me. Chicken, rice, salsa…all of that.
2. burrito. Totally. It’s really sad that I’m all Scottish because I could live on Mexican food.
3. Shoes. Because we can never have enough of those.
4. The wind is my nemesis. I’ll run in nearly anything else but wind is way too awful.
6. NYCM. I would run that sucker again tomorrow. Well…a few months plus tomorrow because I need a few months to train for it but damn it was fun.
7. Running is hard but it’s the most rewarding thing you’ll do for your body. Give it time and treat yourself right. Stretch every time you run, wear the right shoes and remember to cross train so you don’t over train with running. Give yourself time to learn to love it. Don’t expect to fall in love with running immediately. It’s a learned process but it’ll happen.
8. I dance. I do a little foot dance when I just can’t hold in the love and the joy I do a little foot dance. Just a little one….it’s a little dance and a little turn and then…back to running.

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1. Blueberry cake donut, acai bowl, and pancakes
2. 6 donuts 100%
3. New shoes
4. Snowing/hailing
5. Allyson Felix!!!
9. Blueberry cake donut and iced coffee :)
10. I don’t take it as seriously as I used to. I do what I can when I can and give myself more grace.

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1. I’m actually never hungry after a run and usually have to force myself to eat something after a long one. But the day after a long run, I want to eat all of the things – I actually usually crave muffins for some reason.
2. 6 donuts, no contest! :)
3. Sports bras. Mine are getting quite old and need to be replaced for sure.
4. Stupid cold. After a very terrible run in -40C (-40F) a few years back, I realized that treadmills were invented for a reason. My cutoff temperature is now -30C (-22F). I will and have run in just about everything else: driving rain, heat, hail and blizzards (including one day where we got 51 cm/20 in of snow)
5. Lanni Marchant. She’s a Canadian Olympian who competed in both the 10k and the marathon at the Rio Olympics. She also is a full time lawyer and speaks out for women in sport. She’s pretty cool.
6. Philadelphia Half Marathon. Not my fastest time, but I was strong and confident the whole way through. The crowds were amazing. The medals had a little Liberty bell in them and it was a bit windy, so all you could hear in the finishing chute was thousands of these little bells ringing – truly magical!
7. Give it time and know you can do it. It’s hard in the beginning and you think you’ll want to quit, but ease into it and be gentle with yourself.
8. Sometimes I’ll shout out answers to questions I hear on my quiz-show type podcast while I’m running….forgetting that no one else can hear the podcast but me. I got some funny looks during my first marathon as I shouted out seemingly random things like “Jennifer Aniston” and “the Alamo”, lol
9. Beer. Definitely a cold beer (or two)
10. When I first started running, I would go as fast as I could, run out of breath quickly, and get frustrated. Now, I slow down and can run a whole marathon! Now that I have the endurance down, I’m working on ways to build in the speed

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1. A fully loaded breakfast sandwich
2. Ugh, a burrito I guess but only bc I feel like it would be smaller than 6 donuts
3. Tights… always a big purchase so $100 would help!
4. Icy roads!
5. I have NO IDEA
6. My first half! I had no idea what I was doing :) no water,no fuel, still my best time.
7. Nothing is easy when you start something new!
8. I’m running pregnant at the moment, so I still get a lot of weird looks
9. Carbs …mmmm
10. I listen to my body much better now!

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1. A bagel sandwich!

2. 6 donuts

3. Brooks shoes!
4. Fill in the blank: If it is _________hot_______ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all? Treadmill!!

5. Kara Goucher

6. My first marathon.

7. Enjoy the miles and don’t worry about what other people/runners are doing.

8. Blow snot rockets!
9. Extra serving of dessert that night and extra chocolate all day
10. I appreciate each and every mile whereas before when I was younger I didn’t even think twice about the fact I was able to be out running.

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Hi Janae!
This is FUN!
1. ) My number one post-workout food is without a doubt INDIAN!! I am always craving spicy indian curry with a side of garlic naan after every workout. It’s become a running joke with me and my boyfriend since it happens so often!
2.) I would consider it a PLEASURE to eat 6 donuts during my next run haha.
3.)$100 to a running website would be a dream come true…I would seriously need a spread sheet to figure out what would be the best thing to go with. I think I would choose either a pair of Brooks running capris (I’ve been eyeing the Greenlight ones in the pink, yellow, and purple color), Brooks Cascadia Shell running jacket, or put it towards the newest version of the Glycerins when they come out!!
4.) If it is sleating outside, I would choose to run on the treadmill. I like running a drizzle, but if it’s a mix or rain and snow-no thank you!
5.) I would choose to go on a run with Sara Hall, to talk to her about her adoption experience since that is something I want to do, or Ellen DeGenerous-I just love her!!
6.) I would go back in time and run the race I actually just ran this past weekend-the Boston Run to Remember. I got a huge PR, and pushed myself harder than I have ever done before. It was not an easy race by ANY means, but I showed myself I can push through the pain and accomplish anything I set my mind to.
7.) My piece of running advice would be-get prepared. You are about to change your whole life! Running is a passion that flows into every aspect of life in the best way possible.
8.) I dance during my runs all the time. The music I listen to always has me pretending to play drums as I run down the street!
9.) When I finish a race, I always get a HUGE ice cream sundae!!!
10.) I have finally started doing speed work, and it has made such a big difference in my overall running performance!

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1-Einstein brother cinnamon raisin bagel with almond butter!
2-doughnuts Fo Sho
3-new saucony trail running shoes!!
4- windy!!!
5-Gwen Stefani-she seems so stinkin fascinating
6- Dallas Rock N Roll 1/2….great weather, great podcast!
7-Find a running buddy-someone you can talk to for hours!
8-Freak out over frogs and bugs!
9-Roots Carrot Bean MUffin the size of my face!
10-I swim every other day and I’m never injured!

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1) Cinnamon rolls and/or donuts!
2) Definitely donuts! Burritos have too many flavors and I’d be so sick. Glazed donuts on the other hand…
3) Could it be $1,000?? Ha! Maybe a new race day outfit – a tank top and shorts with some balega socks.
4) STORMING. I’ll do heat/cold/wind/rain but not storms. I’d probably just hop on the treadmill for my miles.
5) Desiree Linden. She seems so humble and down to earth but such a hard worker
6) My half marathon PR! I have no idea what happened that day but the stars aligned and I ran such a strong race. It was a beautiful day in South Carolina and when we got home from the race we decided to put in offer in on our new house.
7) Have fun! Don’t ever outrun your joy of running.
8) I’m always doing math in my head during runs, even easy runs.
9) Pizza is my absolute favorite!
10) I’ve learned so much about the sport. I understand how to listen to my body and how different workouts provide benefits.

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8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
I need to see birds on a wire before the end of my run. I will keep running until I see at least one!! LOL

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1. Eggs on avocado toast
2. DONUTS all the way
3. Sports bars and running shorts
4. Foggy and lower than -15C (def the treadmill)
5. Already done it! The legendary ultradistance Greek record holder maria Polyzou – google her she has done some INCREDIBLE things and she was my marathon coach https://taleoftworuns.com/2016/02/27/maria-polyzou-interview-with-a-legend/
6. Athens Authentic marathon 2016
7. Take it slow
8. Stop thinking
9. Brunching like its nobody’s business LOL
10. Gainned crazy endurance! Never thought I could run like 20 miles and live to tell the tale about it

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1. egg sandwich on seedy bread with cream cheese, avocado and slice of tomato
2. DONUTS for sure
3. a great new running bra and super no slip socks- darn those crappy ones that slide down under the heel
4. If it’s too HOT outside I won’t go out- bring on the drizzle and clouds
5. I’d run with Michelle Obama
7. Best advice- learn what fuels YOU- not what everyone says is good fuel- it’s different for everyone
10.biggest change in running- learning to find grace for myself if it’s just one of those days- be kind- your body is an amazing machine that allows you to do crazy tough stuff

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I love this!
1. Pizza!
2. Donuts
3. Definitely shoes, I go through them so quickly.
4. Icy. I’d dreadmill run, but probably not enjoy it.
5. Desi
6. Boston Marathon 2016. The stars aligned and I had one of my best races ever. Plus, it’s Boston.
7. Enjoy it. Don’t stress it.
8. Always look for a bathroom in case I need it!
9. A hard cider ;-)
10. I used to always run solo, and now I do most of my runs with a group or a friend.

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2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?
I would rather eat the 6 donuts. I don’t think it would fill me up as much and therefore not get a stomachache while running! (#IBSproblems ;) )

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?
Extremely cold! I would rather it be too hot than too cold. If it is cold and rainy, forget it! I would run on the treadmill.

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
Britney Spears! I’m assuming she runs sometimes.

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!
STRETCH! After a short warm up and definitely after a run! (And hydrate/fuel!)

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?
A Nap!

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1. My mom makes this chicken, cornbread, and baked bean casserole that is to die for. I never get sick of it and it always tastes amazing after a hard workout.
2. Definitely six donuts. I crave all the carbs while I’m running.
3. My sports bras are in pretty bad shape so I would spend that $100 on a few nice sports bras.
4. I’m like you, if it’s windy out NO THANKS. I’ll take the treadmill over wind any day.
5. I would love to go on a run with Michelle Obama or Chris Pratt :)
8. As I mentioned above, the minute I start running I am always STARVING. Especially on my long runs I probably eat more than the average person. I can also run on a full stomach and not feel a thing. I just love food. I also don’t love to listen to music when I run unless it’s a speed day. I’d take a nice boring podcast any day ha

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1. Chicken Parmesan
2. Donuts
3. Brookes for a new pair of shoes!
4. Lightning and I would definitely hit the treadmill
5. You!!!
7. Take it slow!!!!!
9. I like to get a good burger after a race

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1. PIZZA1

2. Had a bad experience with a burrito before so I’ll say 6 doughnuts

3. Anything oiselle! Specifically I really want to try their stride shorts.

4. Live in Chicago, and I run year round. The only thing that sidelines me is thunderstorms. I will use a treadmill, but i don’t own one.

5. Yiou Wang, Ginger Runner/Mile long legs, and YOU!

6. My first 50 miler. Amazing!

7. don’t be afraid to walk and sign up for a Race. You need a goal.

8. I talk to myself, but I don’t think that is too weird.

9. IPA

10. Running has shifted from less structured to more structured. I have goals and big races and with that comes more specific workouts and miles I have to hit.

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1. Smoothie
 2. 6 donuts
3. New Running shoes or new tank tops
4. Snowing or really cold
 5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
6. The Des Moines Half Marathon the third time I did it.  
8. I count when I get really tired
9. It’s always some type of food but it depends on where I am. One time it was On The Boarder fajitas and I thought about them on all my long runs.

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1. THANKSGIVING! turkey, stuffing, cranberry – all of it!
2. 6 donuts. Otherwise I would probably have diarrhea all over ;)
3. A new running watch.
4. I dont have a fill in the blank because I will run in all types of weather. HATE THE TREADMILL!
5. michael jordan
6. philly marathon last november; after taking 5 years off from the marathon distance, i came back to the distance without goals and had such an awesome day! now im looking to BQ!
7. make each run count. some days will feel awesome, some days will feel like crap. know youre not alone and enjoy the process!
8. i think about food. constantly.
9. coconut water and a sandwich!
10. realizing that my body can do amazing things. and recognizing that injuries happen and to try to stay positive.

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1. BBQ ribs! And a donut…
2. 6 donuts for sure
3. More athletic material TANK TOPS! I hate running in short sleeves but most of the tank tops I have are cotton and pretty uncomfortable once I get sweaty.
4. Humid/snowing/extremely windy. I’m clearly a baby. Depending on the distance I’d move my run indoors and potentially switch out the workout I had planned for something better suited for a treadmill.
5. Carrie Underwood!
6. Cedar Point Half Marathon in 2014! I grew up going there so was in a very familiar place and had a really great race experience. The weather was beautiful, the views were pretty and I felt very well-trained.
7. Not every run has to be fast and not every run is going to feel good, but you should keep going so that more of them start to feel good more often.
8. Sing out loud while wearing headphones. This is more of an issue on the treadmill since I am trying to keep myself entertained but most of the time I don’t even realize it until I get the weird looks from people around me!
9. I really only race in the summer so I will usually have a treat, come home and make a big breakfast, and spend the day at the beach not really moving haha
10. I actually enjoy doing it and often crave it! I started running towards the end of high school when I was nearly finished playing organized sports but wanted to stay in shape and I HATED it, just didn’t really know what else to do for exercise. But I’ve learned to love it now!

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1. There is a local smoothie place called Wheeze The Juice. I’d have one of their smoothies after every run if I could afford it.
2. I think I’d be better off with 6 donuts instead of a large burrito. They both sound terrible mid-run.
3. I’m currently wanting a hydration belt, new running socks, and the Oiselle roga shorts in black. I’d probably get the hydration belt first.
4. If it is lightning outside, I will not run outside. I hate the treadmill so I’ll just wait for better weather and run outside.
5. I’d love to go for a run with Ryan and Sara Hall, or Meb.
6. Boston 2017. It was my first Boston and I loved it.
7. Enjoy the run. Don’t worry about speed yet.

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1. Lasagna!
2. 6 doughnuts! Would be gross but, also love my doughnuts.
3. SHOES!
4. SNOWING! I do not have a treadmill. So if it is snowing, I ride on our stationary bike inside. Not the same but still a workout.
5. Unfortunately, new at this running thing and am not even in the know about who the famous runners are :/
6. About five years ago I ran in Portland at a random race through the intercity forest. It was so beautiful and the first time I really pushed myself running.
7. I need all the advice, I am still new! But for sure to get proper shoes. I was running in really old worn out shoes at the start and it gave me a lot of unnecessary pain.
8. Hmmm
9. Frozen yogurt is my weakness.
10. Like I said, I am a newbie and the hardest part was a lot of pain from not getting new shoes that worked for me. Lesson learned :)

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1 – Acai bowl with all the toppings – granola, more fruit, coconut, etc.
2 – Donuts, definitely donuts. I mean..neither is ideal…haha but the sugar must be more helpful than the fibre of any veggies/beans in that burrito! omg
3 – I’m seriously considering that I spend it all on socks…hahah!! They are so expensive but make the run so much more enjoyable.
4 – I would only not run outside if it were too icy…and then I would choose the treadmill. This only happened once last year!
5 – Probably Lauren Fleshman … I just listened to the Runner’s World podcast with her and she seems so down to earth and funny. The miles would fly by I’m sure!
6 – I haven’t raced a ton, but my first trail race (28km) was super fun. It was so, so muddy and sloppy and I had no expectations or goals except to enjoy the run..and I did! It was so great. I ended up with an age category prize and have loved the trails ever since.
7 – Be consistent – while it doesn’t seem like it at first, running more regularly will feel better in the long run and help you prevent injury.
8 – I never listen to music
9 – Pizza. Thin crust, Napoleon style pizza. And a beer :)
10 – Getting a running coach this year has boosted my confidence and has already made me a stronger (faster, healthier) runner. A total 180 from where I was this time last year.

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1. An omlette with alot of veggies (and cheese of course), bacon and some kind of potato hash

2. Mhmm donuts all the way. Nothing competes.

3. New running shorts and tights! Mine are so worn out, so it’s time for new ones! And wireless headphones too maybe…mine are always a tangled mess.

4. Freezing and/or icy. I live in Indiana, so it’s normal 5 months of the year

5. Michelle Obama. I don’t even think she’s a runner, I just really want to meet her!

7. JUST RUN. And don’t care what people think of you. I didn’t for so long, because I thought I looked dumb or embarrassing, then I put on sunglasses and it somehow worked for me…I don’t give two hoots what people think now!

8. Sunglasses! It gives me confidence, I don’t know why?

9. Cookie butter…just a spoonful though.

10. My staminia. I could barely run around the city block I live on when I started. I’ve got a long way to to go before long distances feel comfortable, but I have the urge to run now, which I love

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1. Bays English muffin with peanut butter
2. 6 donuts for sure!
3. New asics cumulus sneaks. Love them.
4. Probably crazy humidity…in PA summers can be BRUTAL!!! I’d probably not do the treadmill, I’d just wake up at a ridiculous hour to go before it heats up too much.
5. Hmmm…probably any pro runner, just so I can pick their brain as we go :)
6. My first marathon, Harrisburg. I felt so stron and confident and badass and actually enjoyed every mile. Seriously.
7. It’s about more than growing as a runner, pay attention to how it helps you grow as a person!

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Survey!
1. Pasta of some kind–tortellini sounds especially good right now.
2. Neither one. I think if I ate either, it would be the end of the run, not the middle.
3. Some new running shorts and running tights!
4. If it is too hot (aka over 80), I don’t run outside. I unfortunately tend to pass out when overheated…
5. I don’t know…and I couldn’t keep up with any of them any way!
6. Cache Valley Super Sprint Triathlon 2016! I crashed HARD on the bike portion but I still managed to feel awesome throughout the race and meet my post-pregnancy racing goal.
7. Set your own goals and celebrate your own progress!
8. If my sister and I run together we have to run on the same side every time.
9. Usually donuts.
10. I didn’t have any plan and I always needed a running buddy to get out the door. Now I usually have a race in mind and I turn to running as a huge outlet to the emotions going on in my life.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?
Watermelon or a giant cheeseburger with sweet potato fries!

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?
Definitely 6 donuts

. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?
A personal training plan or coach, or also a treadmill

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?
Below 20

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?
Kara Goucher

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?
My first Boston

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!
Don’t give up, you will have really hard days but lots of really good ones too!

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
For my long runs I usually drive my course in the morning and drop water and fuel!

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?
For marathons, I let myself but a new running outfit.

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?
The way that I fuel, and how running has just become part of my everyday life.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?
I used to run by a local place called Skyline chili and it smelled soooooo good when I was almost done with my run so I’d have to say I’d like to ahve a couple of cheese coneys waiting for me.

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?
donuts. easily.

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)? Hmmm…. right now I’d get some good blinky outdoor vest thing b/c I’ve been running so early when it’s dark out. I’d probably just buy myself some cute tanks and shorts.

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?
WINDY. I *hate* running when it’s windy. I would opt for the treadmill. I can run in rain and cold and dark but wind makes me go nuts!

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be? I’d probably pick Kara Goucher. She seems cool and probably has some great stories.

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?
Umm…??? Probably my most recent run. The weather was perfect. I got to run the last 14 miles with a friend during her first marathon. We had a great time and I felt good afterwards.
7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!
Get up early and get it done ASAP before anything else messes up your plans for the day.
8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?
?? I don’t think I do anything all that weird.
9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other? Sometimes I stop at Starbucks for a foo foo coffee drink :)

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now? I’ve been running for TWENTY FIVE years so I cannot even remember what I was like at the beginning. For starters, I was a 12 year old scrawny jr high kid. I was *fast* and now I’m… not so fast ; )

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1. Pancakes & scrambled eggs w. cheese
2. Donuts
3. Shorts/leggings/Nuun/socks/sportsbra
4. Thunder & Lightening; Treadmill YES
5. Sara Crouch
6. 2014 when i did a half that i didn’t have to walk
7. Just to be you and not worry/stress over pace and being as fast as others
8. I pray (this is not weird to me but may be different to others)
9. Fat juicy Cheeseburger
10. Endurance; being able to run without walking

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1. A Cuban Sandwich
2. Large Burrito
3. Some new running tanks, I live in FL so it is HOTT out there!
4. Raining…I would treadmill run.
5. Jennifer Anniston
6. My 2nd Half, the Donna in Jacksonville, FL. I felt so prepared for that race.
7. Run at YOUR OWN PACE!
8. I don’t think I do anything weird :)
9. A BIG meal out, usually brunch.
10. I appreciate it instead of dreading it.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!? Probably something and fries because I always seem to crave salt when I run! And watermelon. I crave that too :)

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run? Donuts!

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)? Shirts! I never seem to have enough!

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all? Sleeting.

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be? Kara Groucher -I love her!

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be? Crossing the finish line at my first (and so far only) full Marathon. I literally cried I was so so proud of how far I’d come!

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?! No one can breather when they start to run. You have to learn it. So just keep going till you do.

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs? Carry chapstick. And a tissue.

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other? Frappe or ice cream!

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now? Distance.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

A big plate of freshly cut fruit! Peaches, watermelon, pineapple and cherries just to name a few!

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of run?

Donuts! Just thinking about a burrito and running gives me heartburn!

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

A new pair of Brooks Glycerin shoes. I’m due for a new pair!

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

Pouring rain or SUPER windy. I live in North Dakota so there is a lot of wind across these flat lands. I actually love running on the treadmill so with 3 little kids, I actually run more on my treadmill than anything else.

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

I’m not really sure. It would definitely be a strong female athlete though.

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

My first Fargo Half Marathon. It’s my PR and I was in the best shape of my life. I remember crossing the finish line and seeing my husband in the stands and bawling. It was amazing.

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT would it be?

Do NOT worry about your pace right now and do not compare yourself to others or your past. I used to be in much better shape but life and injuries got in the way. It happens! Get up, dust yourself off and keep going!

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?

Sometimes I dance if a good song comes on. haha!

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?

A big juicy burger and fries. I figure I’ve earned it!

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?

I was in great shape when I started running because I was doing Beachbody workouts very consistently prior to ever running. Like I said above, life, moving and injuries got in the way and I am not in nearly as good of shape now. I have to remind myself that this is where I am now and the only comparison I can make is to the present. Tomorrow I will go one more set or go a little bit longer but I can’t compare myself to several years ago.

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1. Strawberry ice box cake
2. Donuts for sure!
3. Running tanks! I always forget about them and end up spending the money on leggings/shorts… therefore: running tank defecit
4. If it is icy outside, I will not run outside. I would go on the treadmill or skip, depending on driving conditions
5. Robin Arzon. I love her approach to running.
6. I recently did a Mutt Strut to benefit our humane society. There were hundreds of dogs having the best day of their lives. IT was great.
7. Run in a way that feels good! If you go too hard right away, you’ll never want to stick with it. RUN FOR FUN
8. I’ll try to run on busier roads when I get tired. Knowing that there are cars going by possibly watching (even though they’re really not) motivates me to keep goof posture/form and a steady pace.
9. Kombucha! It’s so refreshing this time of year.
10. I’ve started running with people. It’s so nice to have the company (sometimes… I still like the solo runs best though)

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1. If I could have anything waiting for me after each run, it would be a huge bowl of Pho. It is something that has become a tradition for me for my races. I eat about half before the race and the other half after the race (usually in a really hot bath, if I’m totally honest). It is full of protein and carbs and FAT and helps calm the ravenous beast the appears after a great run.

2. I’d rather eat 6 donuts. I’ve ran too soon after eating both, and for me, donuts are easier. Burritos are definitely a no-go there.

3. I’d get another fuel belt. I have one, but it includes water bottles and I’d love one for shorter runs that doesn’t. I’m too cheap to buy one for myself though, so I’m holding out for one for Christmas. I’d also get a good pair of sunglasses. I don’t have any that work for running, and I keep forgetting to pick up a hat. This has led to an avoidance of running during the day.

4. If it is REALLY HOT AND SUNNY outside, I will not run. I really don’t like extreme heat and if it is paired with direct sunlight, I hide like a vampire. I don’t have access to a treadmill, so running just won’t happen. I can brave the heat and humidity if it’s at least partially cloudy and I can find a shady place to run, but if there is direct sunshine I’m out.

5. I would love to run with Shalane Flanagan or Meb Keflezghi. Both are just so positive and encouraging and I would love to have a chance to run with them (even though it would feel like a walk to them, I’m sure).

6. My 1st half marathon (April 2017) was so emotional for me. It was ten years since the very last time I took an Army Physical Fitness Test (April 2007), which took out my right knee (for the umpteenth time) and led to the very serious discussion that I likely wouldn’t be walking unassisted by the time ten years had passed. Not only was I walking on my own, but I ran 13.1 miles in 2:43:42, which was over 20 minutes faster than my predicted time. My knee is most definitely permanently damaged (I’m on VA disability for it and a few other things), but the emotion of running this race ten years after I was told I wouldn’t be able to walk by this time is something that I will always treasure.

7. My best friend is becoming a runner (she says because of me!) and I did give her what I consider the most important advice: TAKE IT SLOW. There is no shame in walking, because walking now means you’ll be walking later. As someone who has spent pretty much their entire adult life struggling to be able to keep walking, this will always be my first and most important piece of advice for anyone who wants to start running.

9. I always drink chocolate milk after my runs. It is the only time I drink it, so it makes it special. After a race, my favorite thing to do is take a big bowl of Pho into the bathroom with me while I soak in a very hot bubble bath. It’s weird and it grosses my hubby out, but it makes me so happy. I prop up my phone and watch a movie while I eat and soak my sore muscles.

10. The biggest change for me has been my foot strike. I was a major heel striker and it led to severe aggravation of my knee injury. A great physical therapist told me that I could possibly change my strike and that might help. It took some major work, but since I was already being forced to re-learn almost everything anyway, it seemed worth it. Before, I couldn’t run a mile without major pain in my knee and now I can run a half-marathon without true pain. Changing my foot strike literally changed my life and probably saved my ability to walk.

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1. Fresh bagel with peanut butter!
2. a large burrito
3. new accessories – socks, headbands, water bottle
4. sleeting and I would choose the treadmill!
5. you! :-)
6. San Diego Marathon
7. Just start! Run for 30 seconds and walk… small steps
8. Think about what would happen if I got hit by a car …and then my mind wanders to what my husband would need to do with the kids!
9. We usually hit Starbucks
10. IT band injuries and the fact that something is always hurting…

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1. Watermelon – hands down! All year round please!
2. Donuts please!
3. Good sports bras and cute tanks, I hate to spend money on them but they are so worth it!
4. Negative numbers – will run on treadmill
5. You – you inspire us every day and make us want to run! Kara Goucher too.
6. Agree – first Boston!
7. Best advice – get fitted for shoes – I tell everyone that!
8. Pick a number in my head – usually just past halfway done, and tell myself after that that it is all gravy
9. It used to be French fries, now I would probably say a nap! Last winter it was a holiday latte from Starbucks.
10.Biggest change is my confidence in myself and acceptance of my limits, and how I am now able to pay it forward to help others, including my daughters, sister(hopefully 2nd sister) to challenge themselves as well.

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1. Green curry with rice.

2. Large burrito!

3. I need some new running shirts. I like sleeveless best (not tank tops).

4. Fill in the blank: If it is __________WINDY______ outside, I will not run outside. I love running on the treadmill so I’d do that instead.

5. Bryan Sofi

6. The first half marathon where I broke two hours.

7. Don’t try to go too far at first, and it will start feeling better very soon!!

8. I have to spit a lot. Gross, I know!

9. Coconut water and Greek food.

10. At the moment, I’m recovering from a stress fracture so I can’t run. :( When I started, I was younger and I never seemed to get injured.

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1. Smoothie with spinach, almond butter, almond milk, chocolate, chia seeds and blueberries :)
or watermelon chunks with sea salt
2. Burrito but both sounds equally gross to try and get down.
3. Compression socks and another running bra.
4. If it is Thunder & lightening storm outside, I will not run outside. I would then not run at all.
5. Mark Wahlberg on a run through Boston. It would be cool to hear his perspective.
6. Last years Marine Corp Marathon. Best race of my life so far.
7. Pace doesn’t matter. Just keep moving forward.
8. Make up stories in my head about how I’m out on an adventure. 30+ and I still have a good imagination I guess.
9. Smoothies! after a hard work. Eggs Benedict or burgers post race.
10. Got smarter about it. Learned to be more consistent and the importance of easy runs. I just can’t go kill it 2-3 days a week anymore. I need higher mileage at lower HR to feel good and get better. But I am faster now then when I was in college.

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1. Bread. Like a big loaf of french bread.
2. Donuts
3. I really need new shoes. I’ve been a Brooks Pureflow fan for years. I bought the 5s a couple of months ago and they feel so different from previous models, so sad :(
4. Icy. I’ll do the treadmill.
5. Somebody funny to keep me entertained… like Will Ferrell? I think I remember seeing he ran a marathon once.
6. Flying Pig in Cincinnati – my first marathon!
7. Don’t overdo it or stress about pace. Just start slow and steady, and you’ll eventually get there.
8. I run with my dog a lot, and I’ve noticed that when I start getting tired or feeling rough… I’ll encourage her. Like, come on girl, we’ve got this!!! Except she is fine… I’m really just encouraging myself!
9. Pizza
10. My speed. I started years and years ago with the goal of running a 5k and keeping sub-10 minute miles. That pace is now painfully slow for me!

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1. Fruit Smoothie
2. 6 donuts
3. Don’t know any full blown running sites, but I’d do Calia by Carrie, JCPenney or Dick’s Sporting Goods or Old Navy. I really need a light running jacket and new shoes but tanks and capri’s are just fun to get.
4. If it’s ‘sleeting’ and yes I’d definitely do the treadmill instead.
5. You !!! Does that butter you up to rig the drawing ! lol I’d choose Carrie Underwood for a quick pick, and I’m just not sure if I had to think about it. Really tough question.
6. The 1st time I ran a 5K without stopping. It was such a struggle to get to that point and so bittersweet to cross the line.
7. Advice – to go slow to enjoy the run and sport, don’t go kill it to be the fastest, it’s not worth the injuries, it’s about the enjoyment and mindset.
8. I don’t stop on odd numbers. If my Garmin says it’s 3.21 miles, I’ll go 3.22 I also do that with eating. never 1 bite, i’ll bite it in half so it’s 2. Everything is in even numbers, it’s a strong obsession. I also start running with my right foot, I put the right shoe on first, right ear bud in first, right leg in pants first. The right side must connect with ‘even’ numbers and left must be odd things. typing this out, I realize I have issues. And I’m ok with that.
9. Race reward – a fancy overpriced drink or juice.
10. Biggest change – figuring out what’s best for my form and pace, not trying to do what others do. Making my run, “my” run and being ok not comparing it to others.

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1. Spaghetti and garlic bread!
2. Donuts – YUM
3. A pair of running shorts (the spandex kind that I only have capri leggings in now), a new (good!) sports bra and if I had money leftover some protein bars to try!
4. HOT (even though I live in MI when it’s hot it’s hot and miserable! Treadmill for the win! I actually love treadmill running – it’s my “me time” to watch all my trashy tv shows!
5. I’d like to run with YOU! I have so much I could learn……
6. I haven’t done many races but I’d chose my longest which was a half marathon 9/2015
7. Start slow – only run for a few minutes at a time and wait until the endorphins kick in after your run before you decide it isn’t for you!
8. When I am a mile away from being done I visualize I am running on a track and tell myself “4 laps left, that’s easy, you can do, 3 left, only 2 laps, push it!, etc”
9. Ice cream!
10. I’m old now! At 35 and 2 kids later I can feel everything more and I have major trouble with my right hip

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1) A delicious waffle topped with alllll the peanut butter.
2) 6 donuts for sure!
3) Some running shorts with built in spandex (for the chafing)!! That would probably spend the $100 in no time.
4) If its Thunderstorming–count me out! I’d hit the treadmill at home! But as soon as it was done storming I would head outside. It can’t storm all day right??
5) Janae Baron–Come to Minnesota :)
6) My very first marathon when I was 19 (2 years ago). In Mankato, Minnesota. Such a wonderful feeling!
7) Everyone is different. Pace doesn’t define you. And ENJOY it!
8) I’m a pretty weird person–I pretend i’m finishing a race and people are cheering me on! :)
9) Sometimes i’m really craving a white ZERO monster energy drink. Ehh you do what you gotta do!
10) I used to be so concerned about what everone else is doing, how fast they were, how many miles they were running, etc., But now I run for myself and no one else!

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1. Mcdonald’s diet coke (CRAVE this while I run!), burrito bowl, and chips/guac – I need salt!
2. 6 donuts! They are lighter and fluffier then a burrito!
3. SO HARD TO CHOOSE. I probably would put it towards some awesome new shoes! Can never have too many running shoes!
4. RAINING/SNOWING. I would then choose to run on a treadmill
5. Carrie Underwood. I think she would just be fun to hang out with. Or Jennifer Garner. She is pretty much my favorite ever.
6. I haven’t done many races, but I can think of a few that I would like to do! I would love to do TC Marathon here in MN, Grandma’s Marathon, or MedCity Marathon.
7. Start off slow!! And you will be surprised at what your body can do!
8. I’m sure the self talk/pep talk I give myself would be the weird thing that I do. Or basically trying different positions with my hands.
9. McDonald’s diet coke :)
10. That I can run a lot further, and in intervals then I could before!

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1. Ice cold orange G2 Gatorade and a bagel sandwich on an everything bagel with sausage, egg, and muenster cheese!

4. If it is freezing cold AND windy outside, I will not run outside. I’ll choose the treadmill every time.

5. I would workout with the Rock. I just love him.

6. Chicago Marathon 2014. Everyone should run Chicago. Best day, best course, best crowds, best (PR!) time :)

7. Stretch! Don’t skip it. And keep your hips and glutes strong. Prevent injuries!

10. Running is the first thing in my life that I wasn’t at least a little good at when I started. I was a fast sprinter, but I had no talent for distance. Through a lot of hard work, training, and diligence, I was able to take over 35 minutes off my half marathon time and run a sub 3:25 full, which I never dreamed I’d do. I’m injured now, going on 7 months, and trying to be patient, but I am craving a good training cycle in the worst way!

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1. Blueberry Egg Sandwich and a Donut
2. 6 Donuts!!
3. Any running attire. I LOVE tanks and I would really like a nice running jacket.
4. If it is FREEZING outside, I will be on a treadmill. I HATE the cold.
5. Shalane Flanagan
6. I would definitely run the NIKE Women’s Half in DC again because it was my first half marathon, the route was beautiful and FLAT, and the post-race celebration was awesome (who doesn’t love a Tiffany’s necklace as a medal?!)
7. Just Do It. It will get better, you will get better.
8. I will always give myself pep talks when things get rough or some tough love.
9. If it’s a long Saturday run then a nap is always nice or a big breakfast!
10. I now know that I can achieve anything I want with patience and lots of practice!

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1. Chicken Alfredo with lots of garlic.
2. Donuts
3. I am in DESPERATE need of new running capris; I haven’t bought a new pair in years and all of mine have holes.
4. Humid….treadmill in the basement.
5. You! :)
6. My first half marathon.
7. Stick with it. It will not always be easy; some days 3 miles will seem like 30, but it will be worth it.
8. Listen to sad music. No idea why.
9. Something salty.
10. I have embraced that I am not as fast as I used to be and am happy that I can just get out there and run. Enjoy the journey.

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1. Pasta!!! Any kind, preferably with pesto…and fresh parmesan cheese
2. A large burrito
3. Moving comfort sports bras and balega/feetures socks!
4. Snowing … I’d do yoga inside instead
5. Kerri Walsh Jennings
6. Falmouth Road Race
7. Run at your own pace and choose your own goals
8. I don’t think I have any weird running habits…
9. Lobster roll or a hot dog
10. My attitude – I used to focus on unhealthy competition with others, and getting that “runners’ bod.” Now my focus is on overall physical and mental well-being and running at my own pace.

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1. Donuts, bagels, and ice cream!!!
2. 6 Donuts, for sure
3. I’d buy a new sports bra!!! Also, some compression socks for those shin splints of mine.
4. I don’t like running when it’s humid outside, then I probably won’t run at all because treadmills don’t agree with me.
5. I’d go running with Shalane Flanagan… not that I could keep up, but it would be fun!
6. I’d redo the Milaca Mega Meet! I loved that race, but I ran it injured, so I’d like to redo it for a better time/ experience.
7. Ease into it! It’s the best way to get to know your body and not get injured.
8. I talk to myself out loud during hard races. ?
9. Donuts!!!
10. As I’ve told you before, I’ve gone from hating running with a passion, with a mile time of 16 minutes to LOVING running and a 6:50 mile time!!!! I’ve also learned a lot about preserving and never giving up.

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1. If you could have one meal that was in your kitchen and waiting for you to eat each day after your run, what would it be (for this meal we are pretending that anything/everything is fair game… it’s all healthy, nutritious and will help your recovery so say whatever you think would be the yummiest)?!?

–I have a serious addiction to a sauteed kale and roasted sweet potato egg scramble lately (topped with some feta). Like I could seriously eat it everyday. That would be a good one for me!

2. Would you rather have to eat 6 donuts or a large burrito in the middle of your next long run?

–Neither sounds great during a long run… but I guess I’ll go with donuts because, well… donuts.

3. If I handed you a $100 gift card to a running website (that has EVERYTHING running related)… WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND THE $100 on (details are appreciated)?

–A good sports bra! And a running hat. My poor sports bras have about had it and I desperately need to splurge on a good one. And I’ve been super into running in hats lately since my skin is so prone to sunburn in the summer. All of my current hats are not made of sweat resistant/wicking material so they make my head really hot.

4. Fill in the blank: If it is ________________ outside, I will not run outside. Would you then either choose to run on the treadmill or not at all?

–RAINING… I would use the treadmill instead. :)

5. If you could go on a run with any famous person or famous athlete… WHO would it be?

–Hmmm… Meb, Mo Farah, Shalane, Kara. There are so many! But I’d honestly really love a run with YOU!

6. If you could go back in time and choose any race that you have done in the past and have that same experience all over again, which one would it be?

–My half at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC was pretty darn awesome. I hit negative splits the whole time and chased the 2hour pacer like crazy! That one left me feeling really proud of myself!

7. If your best friend decided to become a runner today and you could give her one piece of advice, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?!

–There are so many things! But my number one would be STRENGTH TRAINING! So many people say it helps reduce risk of injury and they are so correct!

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs?

–Hold my phone and use wired headphones… this would drive some people crazy but I like to be in control of my music easily and Bluetooth headphones don’t work great where I live. I’ve accepted it. HA!

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other?

–Some relaxation in my bed with Netflix on! And maybe my favorite Almond Pillow Cookies from The Fresh Market.

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now?

–My pace has improved A LOT! I used to run an 11-12 min mile, now I’m running comfortably at an 8:50-9:10 pace.

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1. Burritos. Hands down. I’ve never been to your beloved Cafe Rio but I would love to try it!
2. Ha! I hadn’t read this question when I answered the first. Burritos. Clearly. :)
3. I would probably buy new shoes, because mine need replacing. But I’m also really digging the Oiselle running skirt. I would probably buy one of those and possibly a new pair of shorts. I’ve never really loved running in shorts, but this summer I’m determined to find a pair that I love to run in!
4. HOT. I actually LOVE running on a treadmill. As a busy mom, it’s currently my only option!
5. I think I would probably be to intimidated to run with anyone famous.
6. I would re-run my first half marathon. My amazing friends cheered me on throughout the race. I never knew where they would pop up but they always managed to do so just when I needed them!
7. HAVE FUN!
8. I mostly run on a treadmill which some would hate, but when I do run outside, I’m extra cautious about bears. I’ve spotted many while running before! Which might explain my treadmill love. Ha!
9. I don’t like to eat sweets for breakfasts (cinnamon rolls, donuts, etc.) but I do love to have them after a hard workout.
10. I’m running for fun, stress relief and enjoyment instead of obsessing over numbers – weight loss or mile times.

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1. Long runs—- cheese pizza!
2. Ugh neither…stomach problems. Although a burrito sounds amazing right now.
3. MATERNITY RUNNING SHORTS! Any recommendations? My regular ones are starting to get a tad bit too small and uncomfortable.
4. Monsooning…. and treadmill
5. No idea! Tough question!
6. Probably the last 1/2 I ran. It was 15 weeks after I finished chemo and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to even do it when I signed up. I cried a few times during the run and crossed the finish line blaring “fight song”…. I felt SO STRONG during that race (and was still mostly bald!) even though it wasn’t my fastest time :)
7. Don’t let the hard/ rough/ bad days determine your ability.
8. I think I’m pretty normal.
9. Italian food…pizza, pasta, cheese
10. Nutrition! Figuring out how to fuel (I used to have horrrrrrrrible stomach issues after long runs).

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1. Broccoli / cheese filled chicken breast w/ side of seasoned rice and veggies.

2. Large Burrito.

3. A pair of proper running shoes.

4. A blizzard: The treadmill is a mental barrier for me, but I will at least do a short 2 miler at my fastest pace.

5. Mia Hamm

6. My very first race a little less than a year ago. I’ve now lost 100 pounds, but I was around 60 pounds lost. I was too embarrassed to run shorts even though it was a HOT day. I would tell that girl she’s strong and should be confident for her hard work.

7. Don’t beat yourself off. Go slow, check out C25k. My biggest mistake was thinking I could start out running a mile (some can), but I couldn’t and had a really time with that hurdle.

8. What is one weird/different thing you do during your runs? So…. everytime I run, at exactly the 2 mile point I burp and basically turbo kicks in. My body is weird.

9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? A food/drink/other? A tradition is to go to Roosters (a wing place) after hard runs / races. But usually, I just grab a bag of Annie’s Cheddar bunnies.

10. What has been the biggest change in your running from when you very first started until now? 1-0-0 pounds. :)

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1. A sweet potato with spinach, pulled rotisserie chicken, and salsa.
2. 6 donuts, for sure.
3. I would probably go with a new pair of running shoes because I’m just obsessed with shoes. I’d probably try the new Pure Flows. They were my favorite shoe, but I wasn’t crazy about the last version. I’d like to try the new ones and see if they are back to being the shoe of my dreams.
4. Raining… I would probably go with the treadmill as long as my planned run didn’t exceed 6-7 miles (my limit for treadmill running).
5. Reese Witherspoon. I just think that she would be so down to earth and fun to hang out with!
6. My first marathon, St. Jude’s in Memphis. I was such a new runner and would change a lot of things about that race.
7. Competition will still your joy! Don’t worry about anyone else’s speed or ability. Be proud that your body is an amazing piece of machinery!
8. I wear two pairs of thin socks. The first pair are thin toe socks with a thin pair of regular socks or compression socks on top. This has helped with blisters during long runs. I swear by it!
9. An ice cream sundae!
10. I’ve learned to listen to my body. In the past I thought I should run through the pain :(

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your answer to #8 is a trick from hiking. That’s how we learn to wear 2 socks with our hiking boots to prevent blisters. Great way to incorporate your learning. Why didn’t I do that? :-)

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1. It depends, if it’s a HOT day, then watermelon! if it’s cold, hot chocolate
2. 6 donuts! although i’m pretty sure i’d get sick on the run with either choice, but donuts just melt in your mouth!
3. Bright shorts and a bright sports bra
4. raining super hard i won’t run outside and treadmill!
5. MEB!
6. My first Rocky Mountain Half with my husband. The course was beautiful and even though it wasn’t a PR by no means, it was a fun race and we felt strong the whole time!
7. First of all, i’d be so excited! second, I would tell her how if you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you go, you are a runner.
8. Not sure… although maybe i just don’t think it’s that weird…
9. After a big race, I love getting a big breakfast! Omlets or pancakes or a breakfast burrito are my favs
10. Probably my form, which has helped me big time in being a better runner. All my HS cross country pictures look like i’m dying bc my shoulders are hunched forward and my arms are way high up. After seeing myself run on the treadmill, I realized how poor my form was!

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1. If it has to be a meal, then pizza, either from Happy Joe’s or, if I’m really dreaming, Giordano’s. What I would really love would be a frozen custard concrete from Ted Drewe’s.
2. 6 donuts,definitely
3. I’m wanting to get a hydration vest as I am wanting to run an ultra.
4. Icing. Unfortunately, if it’s sleeting/freezing rain, there is also no way for me to get to a treadmill, so I would just do some other type of exercise in my house.
5. Could I say you? You’re famous to me.
6. The St. Louis GO! Marathon in 2013. A friend and I were using it as our 22 mile (+ 4.2 miles) long run prior to running the Christie Clinic marathon that was a few weeks later. I felt great, we were relaxed and just enjoying the run. Another friend snuck onto the course and joined us for a few miles. We ran the marathon together and I just remember having so much fun. I even tried to dance when a good song came on my MP3 player. My friend and I actually ended up PRing during our training run. This is one of my favorite running memories.
7. Get fitted for good running shoes and a good sports bra.
8. Can’t think of any.
9. A frozen treat, but once I have time to go out and get one.
10. Distance. I keep wanting to go further and push myself.

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Great response to the famous question. I wasn’t thinking. I should have picked to run with HRG too. Wouldn’t that be epic!

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2. 6 donuts, please!
3. A pretty new pair of Saucony Guide shoes, size 7 :)
6. I’d repeat my first marathon. My best friend ran with me to pace me, the weather was perfect and I felt awesome. It couldn’t have gone better.
7. Run because you love it, not because you feel like you should or because other people do it.
8. I never use headphones. I like to just let me mind wander.
10. I’m smarter about injuries and take time off before it becomes a big deal.

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1. Loaded cheese fries
2. 6 donuts – especially if the are the toasted coconut ones that are my favorite. In fact, you could space them out along the run so I could run towards them. LOL.
3. An arm band big enough to hold my iPhone 6Plus – it’s too big for my amphipod and then I would buy the sturdiest running bra I can find. right now, I am wearing two to get the support I need. anything left over, some NuUn electrolytes because I sweat a lot during the summer.
4. If it is more than 80 degrees outside, I will not run outside. I would go to the gym to run on the treadmill or wait until the temp cools down to run after dark.
5. I’d run with Usain Bolt – not cause I’m fast (I’m the slowest of the slow runners) but because I like how he seems to joke around a lot on the field.
6. My first race – it was a 5K at Giants stadium.
7. Best friend, start slow so you can focus on breathing properly and building your stamina.
8. Weird thing? Did I mention I am wearing 2 bras? I also run up and down the same side of the street so the tilt at the edge of the road evens out and I don’t stress one side of my body
9. What is your usual race/hard run reward afterwards? I like a burger and fries after a long run but I just started running again so I haven’t worked up to those rewards yet.
10. When I started running, I did races all the time. I haven’t done one now in what feels like forever.

Great questions, Janae.

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1. Kodiak chocolate chip pancakes
2. 6 donuts for sure! Both wont end well but the donuts would probably be easier
3. A good pair of running tights that don’t slip down while running and depending on how much those were probably a good sports bar or use the full amount towards a new Garmin
4. cold and/or really windy and I would end up running on the treadmill or doing a strength training session instead
5. I’d honestly want to run with you or Monica from Run Eat Repeat, I follow both of us and you are both so inspiring and motivating plus the conversation would make the run that much better!
6. The Air Force Half Marathon by far, I run it every year (except this year bc I will only be 1 month postpartum :( ) but the crowd throughout the entire race is incredible and really keeps you going. Last year the crowd passed out bacon along the course!
7. Get fitted for the proper shoes before even stepping foot outside to run
8. No idea but I’m sure I do something
9. I honestly don’t have a set reward, I do tend to get a nice smoothie afterwards though
10. I started out hating running and now I love it, I really miss it while being pregnant and can’t wait to get back out there after the baby!

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1. Cafe Rio salad or burrito! It’s my ultimate comfort food.

2. Definitely the burrito! I don’t enjoy eating most varieties of donuts, plus they give me a stomachache even when I’m not running

3. Moving Comfort sports bras! They’re the best for those of us who love running but are well-endowed.

4. If it is over 83 degrees I will not run outside. I’ve run in -10 before though. :) I’d go with the treadmill, but the elliptical is usually my indoor go-to machine.

5. Lauren Fleshman! She’s amazing, and I find her so easy to relate to, though my struggles have been on a smaller scale than hers.

6. I was running a race in China (my husband and I are Americans, and were living there for about a year) and I found out that the race was going to be longer than advertised by maybe a mile, so I was already kind of nervous about how it was going to go. But it was a lovely, flat course around a large lake, and it was lightly raining (which I love). About 1/3 of the way in, I got a bad cramp in my thigh, so I started slowing down. Just before an older man, maybe in his 50s, had fallen into step with me, so when I started falling back he turned around and waved for me to catch up. I barely spoke Mandarin (basically, just numbers) and he didn’t speak any English, so we couldn’t speak to each other. But through gestures, I realized he was wholeheartedly encouraging me to keep going, so I pushed through it and ran with him longer. Eventually the cramp eased and I finished the race better than I’d expected. The man came up to me after the race and we were able to talk a bit because my husband translated for us. It’s a special race to me because this man showed me that people don’t have to speak the same language to show kindness and support each other. Because of his help, I had a positive and memorable experience.

7. Run with a group to have fun until it becomes less painful, then run on your own to find out who you are.

8. Sometimes I get random words stuck in my head, and I run to the rhythm of them. A favorite: un sacapuntas. (Thank you, 7th grade Spanish class).

9. Fresh homemade popcorn, with lots of salt. And a nice chocolate-PB-banana smoothie.

10. I started running by going out for sprints on my 8th grade track team. I soon switched to distance, but for years the thought of racing anything longer than a mile was unfathomable. Now I love races, especially 5ks and 10ks.

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