Category Archives: Surveys

10 Running Questions

Good morning—TGIF!  I kicked off the day with a quick run.  Even though I was itching to jog, my legs weren’t exactly on board.

Well, I should’ve seen this coming.  After all, I did take two yoga classes in 13 hours.  I wanted to run longer and farther, but I listened to my body, stretched for a few minutes at my turnaround spot, and skipped strength training today.  Oh, residual soreness from yoga.  Sigh.

Anyway, speaking of running, the lovely Gina tagged me in her 10 Running Questions survey, so now’s a great time to share my answers.

1.  Best run ever:
Oh, man.  That’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child!  I started reading Mile Markers:  The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run for Jamie’s virtual book group last night, and I’m going to steal my answer from author Kristin Armstrong:

I love running.  Give me a slow, plodding, painful run.  Give me a zippy, light-on-my-feet, springy morning.  Give me a downpour.  Give me a beast of a hill.  Give me a fartlek. (I can’t believe I just said that.) Give me a godforsaken track workout if you must.  But whatever you do, give me my run.

2. Three words that describe my running:
Necessary, therapeutic, and goal-oriented.  Again, I’m going to quote my girl Kristin Armstrong:

I am not a good runner because I am me; I am a good me because I am a runner.

3. My go-to running outfit is:
I’m a huge fan of Nike tempo shorts, unless I’m racing or running long, in which case I need Nike Pro Dri Fit ones.

[My go-to race apparel–post RUNapoolza]

If it’s warm outside, any Nike tank or tech t-shirt will do; colder temperatures call for Under Armour.

4. Quirky habit while running:
If I’m listening to music, then sometimes I’ll translate the lyrics—into French, Spanish, and/or Russian.  The accuracy is a little questionable.

5. Morning, midday, evening:
Any run is better than none, but there’s nothing like an early morning outing.

I love starting the day with a sweat session/me-time combo.  Plus, I get to check off something on my to-do list, and running in the morning gives me energy for the rest of the day.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s:
Being a tough Central New York girl, I will—and have—run in pretty much anything.  However, weather conditions including hail, severe wind chill, and thunderstorms call for running on the treadmill.

7. Worst injury—and how I got over it:
Knock on wood, I’ve never sustained a running-related injury.  However, the summer before my junior year of high school, I tore my ACL and meniscus during a summer league basketball game.  After undergoing reconstructive surgery and taking an aggressive approach to physical therapy, I played in my first game three months post-op. (The normal recovery time spans between six and 12 months.) Coming back from that injury was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done; I experienced the importance of staying positive, driven, and relentless through rehab, and I discovered the only limits that exist are self-imposed.


Sorry, had to do it!

8. I feel most like a badass mother runner when:
I nail a tough workout.  There’s nothing like pushing yourself, coming out on top, and redefining your limits.

9. Next race is:
Good question!  I’m definitely doing a turkey trot on Thanksgiving, and right now, I’m eying a few November races. (Note to self:  Share those soon!)

10. Potential running goal for 2013:
I actually thought about this on my run.  I’m toying with the idea of doing the Brooklyn Half Marathon next year … and maybe a marathon.  I’m not sure how marathon training would affect/influence/fuse with triathlon training, so that’s totally still up in the air.  One day, though!

Your turn:  Share a few of your answers!

Tastes Like Childhood

Hey, hey—Happy Saturday!  Seeing as how I’m off completing my final triathlon of the season (sadness), and since I’m never one to pass up a survey, it’s a perfect time to fill in my answers.  Thanks for your post, Meghan!


1. Favorite cereal as a child?

Oh, I can’t pick only one.  For a special treat, my mom used to let my sisters and I get cereals like Cookie Crisp, Reese’s Puffs, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Sugar-laden?  Yes.  Delicious?  Heck yes.

2. Coffee or tea?  With milk or without?

Every morning, I drink two cups of coffee to get my day going; it’s usually one of the best parts of my day.  Lately, I’ve been adding almond milk to my java, and I’m still obsessing over the delicious soymilk latte I got from Starbucks the other day.

3. The one food you eat most often at breakfast?

Easily eggs—so healthy and tasty.  And versatile, too.

I don’t care what that silly study said.


1. Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.”  If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?

Hands down, peanut butter and jelly.  Back during my basketball days, I used to eat half of a PB&J before practice.  When I crave this combo today, I toast one slice of whole-wheat toast, top it with the good stuff, and fold it over; same great taste and a more appropriate serving size.

2. You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix?  Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?

Picture this:  bed of spinach and arugula; grilled salmon; red peppers, snap peas, avocado, and apple slices.  I’d probably forgo dressing thanks to the creamy avocado and juice from the apple, or I’d opt for balsamic vinaigrette.

3. One food you can’t live without at lunch?

I tend to cycle through lunchtime staples—banana and PB, Chobani yogurt, carrots and hummus.  Right now, I’ve been eating a lot of peaches and apples.

‘Tis the season!


1. It’s the end of the day.  You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty.  If a fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?

Saying Wegmans sushi is probably cheating, right?  I’d go with a black bean burrito bowl from Chipotle.

Yummy!  OK, moving on.

2. TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?

If I’m eating with my family, then all electronics get turned off.  However, if I’m noshing solo, I my TV or laptop will usually be on, especially if there’s a Yankees or Syracuse Basketball game on.

3. The one food you eat most often at dinner?

When I’m cooking for myself, I eat salmon easily four times each week.  Honestly, I could easily eat it every night and never get sick of it.  I also have tilapia and tofu regularly.


1. Choose between these two American desserts:  cheesecake or apple pie?

Hmmm.  I don’t gravitate toward either, but I’d pick apple pie, especially now that it’s fall.

2. Choose between these two foreign desserts:  tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain)?

Ah, here’s the chocolate option.  Bring on the tiramisu!

3. Ice cream: cone or cup?

Give me chocolate in a cone.  YOLO.

Your turn, friends–share some of your answers!

15 Questions

Hi, everyone!  I’m en route to New York City for my big-girl interview and apartment hunting, and since huge fan of surveys—think The Simple Things A-Z and This or That?  Health and Fitness Style—I figure now’s a great time to follow suit and answer After the Ivy League’s questions.

1. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate will forever have my heart, but Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food FroYo is also my kryptonite.


It’s gotten to the point where I haven’t tried another flavor because Phish Food is always my go-to splurge.

2. Favorite dessert?

Anything chocolate. (Notice a trend?) My aunt makes delicious chocolate soufflés, my grandma bakes moist chocolate zucchini bread … I really don’t discriminate.  And if coffee or peanut butter makes an appearance, even better.

3. Favorite meal?

In terms of daily meals, breakfast.  I love sipping coffee first thing in the morning, and plus, breakfast foods like eggs are so versatile.

4. What did you major in?

Writing and Rhetoric.  Where are my grammar geeks?

5. Who is your best friend?

There will probably be a sister squabble if I don’t say Margaret and Ellen.

At college, I had a great group of core friends.

I miss them so much!

6. Do you have any siblings?

Yep—two younger twin sisters.

When we meet new people, my mom asks them to pick the twins; everyone always selects Margaret and me.

7. Single or taken?

Single … for now.

8. Favorite TV shows?

The Office, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, What Not To Wear, Say Yes To The Dress, and I love, love, love Downton Abbey.


Cannot wait for season three to start!

9. Where have you traveled?

Here’s a laundry list:  Quebec and Montreal, Canada and Paris, France with my high school French class (three separate trips); Cancun, Mexico with my family and London and Bath, England with my parents; I also studied abroad in London and traveled to Wales, Paris, and Alicante, Spain while across the pond.  Oh, and I also went to the Netherlands during high school as part of a People to People Sports Ambassador Program; I got to play basketball overseas, which was awesome.

10. Do you work out?

You bet!  Usually six times each week.

11. Currently reading?

I just started Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson.

12. Pets?

Zelda, our greyhound.

Also affectionately known as Zellie, Zeldo, Goon, and Good Girl.

13. Hobbies?

Aside from blogging and working out, I love reading, baking, cooking (when I’m in the mood).  I also bleed Orange.

Go Yankees!  Love my sports teams, too.

14. Mac or PC?

Apple girl always and forever.

15. Staples in your kitchen?

Lots of fresh produce—spinach, carrots, celery, red peppers, bananas, grapes (obviously), peaches, apples, the list is endless.  In terms of dairy, I always have eggs, almond milk, and Greek yogurt on hand, and my favorite protein sources include salmon, tilapia, tofu, tempeh, turkey, and chicken (when I’m feeling it).  Oh, and lots of PB and almond butter.

16. Past jobs?

During high school, I was the head counselor—I know, so official—of our winter basketball camp.  So much fun and so exhausting; teaching kids how to play the game is easier said than done!  After my first year of college, I worked at my dad’s office during the summer, and I’ve had a ton of (unpaid) internships in Syracuse and New York City.  I also wrote for athletic communications while in college.  Now I need a big-girl job!

It’s your turn:  pick your favorite question and share your answer!

This or That? Health and Fitness Style

I’m a fan of surveys—remember The Simple Things A-Z?—so when I saw Courtney’s post, I knew I’d write this blog entry, too.

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

Central New York sees both relenting heat and foot upon foot of snow, and I’d rather battle the winter elements than summer’s humidity.  I’ll warm up a bit when I run in the cold, but there’s no cooling down when it’s hot.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

Hmmm, I’m going with combo here.  Flat abs look great, but definition shows you worked for ‘em!

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

The Doctors.  Hello, Dr. Travis!


4. Cardio or strength?

Hmmm, toughie.  It depends on my mood, but I usually aim for five or six days of cardio each week and three strength training sessions.

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

Chocolate!  So carbs.

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

I’m a huge Jillian fan, but I’d rather have Bob as my personal trainer.

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Fro-yo as long as it’s chocolate.  I’d go for chocolate ice cream over vanilla frozen yogurt, though.

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

I default to upper body; I love sculpted arms and shoulders.

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

Whole foods that pack protein are ideal, but I have been on a protein smoothie kick lately.

10. Lunges or squats?

Tough one.  During my basketball days, I was a squatting queen (I maxed out at 235 lbs.), but I actually haven’t squatted with weight since. (I sometimes do body-weight air squats.) So lunges by default.

11. Sweet or salty?

Chocolate!  So sweet.

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

I’m going to have to go with a combo answer here, too.  When cute and comfy collide, it’s a great thing.

13. Body Pump or heavy lifting?

Well, I’ve never taken Body Pump, but I don’t exactly lift heavy easier.  I’ll pass.

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga, although I only practice when I’m in New York City; I love Yoga Vida.

15. Nike or Adidas?

Nike, hands-down.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

I absolutely hate the dreadmill treadmill.  Unless the weather’s unfavorable (thunderstorm, ungodly windchill, etc.) or if I have a tempo run, I’ll run outside.

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Since Wegmans isn’t an option, then Whole Foods.  When I studied abroad in London, Whole Foods Kensington had “Thirsty Thursdays” where patrons paid five pounds and got to sample five appetizers and five wine pairings.  It was awesome!  Plus, I love the NYC Whole Foods stores, especially the Bowery location that included a shoutout to Geneva, NY.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Based on my unrelenting Olympic fever, Summer Games.

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Another combo answer:  When I’m cooking, I always steam veggies, but I love my mom’s roasted ones.

Your turn–share some of your answers!

The Simple Things A-Z

Tina at Carrots ‘N’ Cake posted her list a few days ago, and I thought I’d follow suit.  The simple things life offers are truly the best.

A – Apple picking.  Every fall, my family goes apple picking at Beak and Skiff, a local orchard.  They make apple wine and vodka, too!

B – Bananas.  Chockfull of potassium and vitamin K, this grab-and-go fruit comes with me everywhere.

C – Christmas cookies.  The holidays mean multiple Christmas cookie bake-offs.  My sister Margaret and I bake dozens, which last for the season.

D – Dark chocolate.  Easily one of my five favorite foods of all-time.

E – Eggs.  They’re super versatile—think breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and healthy, too.

F – Family.  I love my Irish-Italian-Roman Catholic family so much!  Whenever we get together, there’s guaranteed eating, drinking, and laughing.

G – Grapes.  Duh!

H – Hobart and William Smith.  HWS—which I lovingly call “Camp Hoho”—was good to me.  During my four years, I played basketball, studied abroad, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, met my best friends, and developed relationships with mentors.

I – Iced coffee.  A must-have for warm days.

J – Jeep Liberty.  I’ve been driving a navy blue Jeep Liberty since I got my license.

K – Kashi.  I heart all things Kashi.  End of story.

L – Laughing.  Because laughing burns calories, right?

M – March Madness.  I live for March Madness.  GO, CUSE!


N – New York Yankees.  I also live for the New York Yankees (specifically Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher).

O – OPI nail polish.  Simply the best—and only—nail polish I use.

P – Pride and Prejudice.  I’m a complete Janeite, and I’ve read the novel only about 10 times.  Keira Knightley said it best:  “I think every girl is looking for her Mr. Darcy.”

Q – Quality time.  Whether it’s with family or friends, I love hanging out and catching up with my loved ones.

R – Running.  When I feel worried, nervous, or overwhelmed, I know a run will get me out of my funk.  When I feel happy, excited, or grateful, I know a run will only heighten my feelings.  Long story short, running is always there.

S – Sanibel, FL.  Sanibel is like a second home.  Nearly every winter, my family leaves behind the Central New York snow and heads to the gorgeous Sanibel beaches for a week.

T – Triathlons.  Between training and volunteering, triathloning has become a new hobby.

U – Urban Decay Eyeliner.  One of my go-to brands of eyeliner.

V – Vegetables.  Preferably roasted, but I’ll chow down any form of veggies.

W – Writing.  Shocking, I know!

X – (e)Xercise.  OK, I cheated on this one, but how many words do you know that begin with the letter x?

Y – Yoga.  Two summers ago—after my sophomore year of college—I interned in NYC and discovered Yoga Vida; I practiced almost everyday with Hilaria, my favorite instructor. (And she just married Alec Baldwin!) Last summer, I went to yoga two times a week, and I can’t wait to move to the city and start going again.

Z – Zelda.  I love this load more than she will ever know.

Your turn:  pick three letters and tell me about the simple things in your life.

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