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Would You Rather Running Style

Hey, friends—happy Tuesday!  Did Monday fly by for you too?  Even though it was a slow day at work—the combination of Monday and tons of rain kept people from shopping—I channeled my not-so-secret party warlord and spent some time finalizing details for our store’s New York City Marathon Cheer Zone.  If you’re doing the race on Nov. 3, then keep your eyes peeled for us on 1st Avenue between 86th and 87th, which is right on the course.  And if you’re planning to spectate, then come join us for music, balloons, and a poster-making contest.  And all-day $3 drafts.


Obviously, the bunny suit will make an appearance and no expense will be spared.

Speaking of running, this survey appeared on Cori’s blog a few weeks ago, and since it’s been a while since my last one, I figured I’d play along.

Would you rather … run with one of your ancestors or your role models?

Definitely run with an ancestor.  I’m extremely blessed because I grew up with both sets of grandparents, plus a bunch of great aunts and uncles, but I’d love to run with their parents or grandparents.  Long runs serve as opportunities for great conversations; they allow people to let their guard down, open up, and be honest.  Not to mention my grandparents, especially my grandfathers, were pretty athletic back in the day, so I’m sure the run would be a great workout too.

Would you rather …  run a race that is a few hour drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?

It depends on the race (road race or triathlon), distance of said race (5- or 10-K, sprint, Olympic, etc.), and time of year.  In April, for example, traveling to Florida for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon proved to be an involved process, but it was worth it because one, it was longer than a sprint, and two, there weren’t any local races.  That being said, though, one of the main selling points for Stamford included its proximity to New York City; it was a day-trip, so no overnight in a hotel required.

Would you rather … take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour?

Ice bath, end of discussion.  Yes, I own a (nice) foam roller.  Yes, I know it’s an important recovery tool.  No, I don’t use it as much as I should.  But I also don’t take ice baths on a regular basis so …

Would you rather … have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?

Cori, what kind of question is this?!  Ha!  Luckily, I’ve never experienced black toenails (make sure you’re wearing sneakers that fit, friends!), and I’ve been fortunate in terms of chaffing too. (BodyGlide saves lives.  That is all.) Both would totally stink, but I think the black toenail wouldn’t be as bad; at least you could yank it off, call it a day, and wait for it to grow back, right?  Showering with a chaffed back sounds like cruel and unusual punishment.

Would you rather … spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?

Save it—for a tri bike.

Would you rather … be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time?

To run the fastest marathon, you’d need speed and stamina, aka the best of both worlds.  Sign me up for that plan!

Would you rather … have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan?

Option three:  Chrissie Wellington.  Which actually happened at USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

Would you rather … lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon or lick their foot after a marathon?

Cori, you’re killing me—ha!  I’ll pass on this one.

Feel free to play along in the comments!  Are you running the ING New York City Marathon?


Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have a busy day ahead of me—a long shift at the running store and shoe class tonight—so let’s keep it simple with a survey.  Sound like a plan?

Current Book(s):  Aside from my pre-bedtime magazine reading that includes Triathlete and LAVA magazines (#trigeek), I’m also working my way through Savor:  Mindful Eating, Mindful Life for book club!


Most nights, I get through one chapter before falling asleep.

Current Music:  My most recent workouts have been sans music, but here three of my favorite high-energy jams.

“Can’t Hold Us” by Mackelmore

“My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fall Out Boy

“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch

Current Guilty Pleasure:  My Paleo chocolate chip banana bread.


It may have disappeared in less than four days.  Just sayin’.

Current Nail Color:  No polish right now, but you better believe my nails will be red for the Mighty Montauk Triathlon!

Current Drink:  Water.  So exciting, I know.  My second cup of coffee will happen momentarily, though.

Current Food:  Post-ride (during which I got “called up” to ride with the ladies on the “racing team!”), I ate my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.  However, four Central Park loops (about 24 miles) means breakfast number two is only a matter of time.  It’s super humid today, so a smoothie sounds perfect.

Current Favorite Show:  Well, you know I’m obsessed with Dan Stevens, and I’m always down for some Downton Abbey.


I also get sucked into Say Yes To The Dress and Sex and the City marathons.

Current Needs/Wish List/Indulgence:  I’m combining these three because they’re connected.  Since I only have one team cycling kit, I need another; therefore, it’s been on my wish list.  And the online team store reopened, and even though this may not qualify as a typical indulgence, I treated myself to some new pink gear.


I even opted for the (unpictured) bib shorts—who would’ve thought?  Ha!

Current Blessing:  My supportive and loving (and goofy!) family.


Hopefully they will visit again soon!

Current Outfit:  One thing I love about working at a running store?  A laid-back dress code.  I usually wear jeans and a race or JackRabbit t-shirt.  And sneakers of course.

Current Excitement:  My big-girl promotion still makes me giddy (I have my first conference call today–ahhh!), and I’m also counting down the days until Montauk.  Only 17 days until race day!

Please play along in the comments!

The 11 Questions Survey

Hey, everyone!  I hope your Thursday is going well so far!  I’m running around and getting ready for my family’s arrival, so filling out a survey sounded perfect today.  Julie shared these questions a few weeks ago, so it was only a matter of time before I reposted it here.  Enjoy!

1.  In baseball, each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate.  Which song would you pick?

Tough question right off the bat! (Pun unintended.) As you know, I’m obsessed with Maroon 5, so my walk-up song would probably be one of their tunes—right now, I have “One More Night” on repeat.

2. What’s the best thing that happened to you last weekend?

I entered foodie heaven thanks to a tasty breakfast and delicious cupcakes.

3. If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?

I’m a sucker for rom-coms, so I’d love to star in 27 Dresses, Made of Honor, you name it.  Also, if an opportunity to appear in Downton Abbey presented itself, I wouldn’t say no.  However, my athletic self would love to be in The Hunger Games or Remember the Titans.  Not sure what my role would be in the football flick, but I’d get to drool over work alongside Ryan Gosling!

4. What actor/actress would play you in a movie of your life?

Definitely Katherine Heigl.  She’s my celebrity doppelganger.


5. What is your favorite fitness quotation?

I have a few.







I have a ton pinned to my Motivation Board on Pinterest.

6. What was your first concert?

My first real concert was Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5 after senior year of high school.

7. What Internet website do you visit the most?

Gmail and Twitter.

8. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?

I’d be a hybrid of Doc and Happy, and I definitely have some Sleepy-like characteristics.

9. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

What a sad question!  I’d want to eat all my favorite foods:  salmon, roasted vegetables, Wegmans sushi, my grandma’s meatballs, and plenty of chocolate ice-cream/frozen yogurt and cake.

10. What is the background of your computer?

No judging.


Did you know there’s such a thing as National Grammar Day?  March 4–write it on the calendar!

And since there were only 10 questions posed originally, here’s one I made up for number 11.

11.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Definitely somewhere exotic like Thailand or South Africa.  I’m also dying to visit Ireland and Italy.

Your turn:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?