Amber asked -
How did you become such a fast runner - have you always been fast?
I started running originally because I played basketball and soccer. In middle school I went out for the track team and started running the 800m - which I hated. Later in college I played basketball and ran track. I think playing sports since I was 10 helped to make me a fast runner and also a little natural talent.
What do you do for a living?
I am an electrical engineer.
Elizabeth asked -
Do you feel that you are at a disadvantage at evening races?
I definitely feel at a disadvantage at evening races in the summer. I get so used to running in the morning in the cooler temps that running in the evening is tough. I know that my body also gets into a rhythm of running in the morning and breaking that habit is tough but I find that running a few days in the evening helps me to get accustomed.
Nicole asked -
Do you eat meat?
Yes - I love meat!
Whats your favorite color?
My favorite color is RED which is also the main color in my wedding!
Whats your most liked feature?
That's a tough one because I feel like I only see the features I don't like. I would have to say I like my eyelashes - they are long and thick and just putting on a bit of mascara really perks up my eyes!
Kim asked -
What is your dream race that you have yet to run?
I would have to say I have two dream races - one would be the Lake Placid Ironman. I just wish I could do that race - it looks like such a challenge and I am in awe of all the people who complete it. The second one would have to be the Marine Corp Marathon.
Fair Weather Runner asked -
What's your guilty pleasure?
That is a tough one - Allowing my self to watch silly tv shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians or The Bachelor - I hate how I just get sucked into those shows!
Kim from Ilaxstudio asked -
What style do you want to decorate the new home?
Good question - I am still working on it...for now just a miss mash of things that have been passed down from family.
What is your favorite place you have visited?
I loved California when I went my second year of college for a basketball tournament and I also loved Charleston, SC. I haven't really done a lot of traveling...hopefully Brian and I can do that after we are married!
When are you coming to Chicago? :)
Hopefully sooner rather than later!
Suzy asked -Does skipping washing your hair at night really give you enough motivation to get up the next morning for a run and shampoo?
For me yes - I try not to shampoo my hair too much so showering after my Tuesday night run is a must but I avoid the shampoo if I am going to run Wednesday morning. For me its all about little tricks to get me out of bed!
What is your favorite distance to run?
I love the 15k distance for races but 10 milers for just run distances. Now if we are talking about track running, its 400m! It all just depends!
Do you have any interest in doing a tri?
I did an indoor triathlon about 2 years ago and after that I knew I never would have desire to do another. I would love to do an ironman but just don't think I could ever train for it.
Lisa from Lisa's Yarns asked -Have you always been fast???
I don't know if I was fast when I first started playing sports when I was 10, but I know in middle school I was decent because I ran track and then made the varsity team in 8th grade. I think I was very lucky to have a lot of great coaches in my athletic career who saw some potential in me and helped me to become a fast runner.
Do you think you will ever do a full marathon?
I think eventually I will run a marathon, I just don't really see it happening in the next few years, but you never know!
Marlene asked -Favorite post-run indulgence?
Depends on the season - Winter it is always something hot like hot chocolate or tomato soup. In the summer its watermelon. Usually I have to stay away from dairy after I run. I also could go for something sweet like cake or candy!
What's a race on your bucket list?
Don't really have a race bucket list but I think it would be nice to run a race outside of my home state.
E asked -
How do you prepare for a long run?
For me I keep it simple - Get up and get dressed in my running clothes then I eat cinnamon oatmeal with a glass of water and possibly a little coffee. I always carry a GU with me just is case and sometimes I even carry turn by turn directions of my run if I am going someplace new.