Midlife Cruiser asked:
Do you shave or wax your pits?
OUCH! I shave them.
Favorite make-up line?
Can’t say I have a favorite line that I use exclusively. During the week I wear very little make-up. Mascara and sometimes a mineral powder foundation since I spent too many years in my youth laying on a lawn chair trying to toast my body. (Arbonne or Mary Kay for this as when you live in a small town you are invited to ENDLESS Arbonne, Mary Kay parties) Most of my other makeup is free samples I get from my sister from all the money she spends!!! A big mixed back of tricks:)
Geez. I’m giving two weak answers in a row. Again, I couldn’t list a single book as my favorite-I like many different types depending on what I'm looking to read. I don’t read many “Nicholas Sparks” type story books (no offense) If I read a story I am more apt to pick autobiographies or memoirs. I generally read more non-fiction than fiction. I read a lot of running books or books that I can somehow relate to running. I like books that provoke me to think but aren't WAY over my head. There are MANY of these and I'm not too proud to admit that!!!
Would you rather eat in or out?
I love to go out to eat but that’s probably because we have very few options here and I rarely do! When we’re home I imagine we get takeout or eat out maybe once a month if that. Even when we’re traveling with the kids on the weekends for hockey, most of what we eat comes from the grocery store. When Joe and I travel by ourselves, it’s a different story-ha! I think on average we hit like 5 restaurants a day just to try new things!
What is your perfect Distance?
Well, after my last marathon, I’ve decided my perfect distance is 19 miles. I’ve actually decided that next time I am going to sign up for a 19 mile marathon and I think I will do quite well! Joking aside, for sure my favorite distance is the marathon or potentially beyond at some point. My LEAST favorite distance currently is the Half Marathon which is somewhat surprising maybe. Of course this is always changing....If I ran a good one, it would become my favorite-ha!! It actually used to be my favorite. I don’t like running 5K/10K’s necessarily but I feel less pressure with them and time goals during marathon training. The HM is the only distance I am currently fighting with McMillan on. I haven’t truly run one hard since 2009.
What's your favorite food spot (locally) and what would you suggest eating there?
Definitely Jake’s pizza! Small little hole in the wall that makes a brick oven thin crust pizza TDF. I always order the Oven Combo-no meat and I could clear a whole pizza off myself-ha! My favorite spot for a date night or atmosphere is the “Brickhouse” which is a restaurant built into an old creamery. I usually only order the spinach artichoke dip (which is NOT good for you) and wine here though.
What's your favorite local running spot/route?
Hard to say I have a favorite but I have a few that I use quite often . There is a 4 mile loop around my house. It includes ditch trail and gravel and actually has a downhill and an uphill which is rare around here. I also love to go way up by the Canadian border on a somewhat deserted highway. In the winter, I always run in town because of the streetlights but I much prefer to be out in the country by my lonesome!
Do you ever wish you lived elsewhere?
I try not to dwell on things I wish were different and just be content with my situation, but yes, I often wish I lived elsewhere. We moved here after my sister died to be closer to my family. It would make a lot of sense in MANY ways for us to live elsewhere and we've contemplated doing this SEVERAL times..... On the other hand, my kids are so happy, I have great friends, schools are good, my family is here. When Max graduates from high school, Joe and I have plans to move for sure...
If yes to #1, and you moved to say Colorado (yay!!) where hockey is not popular, what do you think your kids would do instead?
Hmmm…..I think soccer is a great team sport. We don’t have it here because of the short season. I would for sure encourage Reese with running, I think Ryan would be a good swimmer-very strong arms and shoulders, Max loves baseball. My younger 2 would adjust quickly. Ryan is much more invested in her sport. We would have to figure something out with her….
If moola were not an option, what race would you like to do the most?
Kind of touched on this in my last answer post. For now, I would like to knock off the other two major US marathons (Chicago and NYC). There are marathons in Maine, Idaho, Vermont, and California I would also like to run in the next few years. Outside of the United States, South Africa or Ireland are both on my list along with London and Berlin of course. Pretty specific here-ha!
How many pairs of boots are on your fall shopping budget?
Ha ha Jill! You remember my midnight shopping obsession in search of the perfect boots! I have 3 kids in traveling hockey who will play 160 games this year. My boot budget as far as fashion over function has dwindled from not much to none-ha!
What is your highest mileage?
I’m not exactly positive of this. I once ran 82 because of a Sunday then Saturday long run but as a true week, in the mid 70’s.
If you could get free coaching from like an elite marathon coach, would you do it (beings you like to do your own thang :))?
Free coaching from an elite marathon coach. That would be pretty hard to turn down. Yes, I like to do my own thing and no, I’m not willing to spend money on a coach nor have I really desired a coach at this point but this would be interesting. Yes:)
Would you pace a friend in his/her come-back marathon after being injured for like a year, even it it meant being agonizingly slow?
I don’t think you will be agonizingly slow Jill and what marathon are we running?
When are you coming to Colorado to hang with me?
I will, I promise:)
OK-I still have a few more to get to which I will eventually here! I'm pretty sure Raina is the only one who actually might have a clue why my husband would use tampons. I'm not exactly sure if it's because her husband uses them too or she's just a smart lady:)