Friday, July 31, 2015

Peachtree Road Race Recap

Peachtree Road Race, July 4th, Atlanta, GA
Field: 60,000 runners and walkers
Spectators: Lots, although it was a little less this year due to the rain.
Start/Finish: Start at Lenox Mall, Finish at Piedmont Park
Course: Point to point with plenty of hills to keep you sweating
Schwag: The coveted t-shirt that only finishers receive. This year they even switched from heavy cotton to a polyblend!
Other: It's one of the biggest 10ks in the world, but it seems to function quite smoothly every year.
Smiling at the start before the rain really took over.
Some of you may have heard of this one: it happens every July 4th, there are a few people involved, and, more importantly, it's the only race the Jayhawk and I run together every year (this year was our 5th, see selected recaps here: 2014, 2013).
The joyous MARTA (train) ride to the start with 60,000 of your closest friends.
The Jayhawk went into PTRR this year with some lofty goals. It is the only race that he consistently runs every year (and we run together) so he uses it as a benchmark for how his training is going. This year his top goal was to break 1 hour, with his secondary goal to PR the course. We discussed race plan prior to the race, and he sketched out a conservative plan to get him through the hills and to his goals.
The Jayhawk's goals:
1. Break 1 hour
2. PR for course
3. Beat last year’s time

This year's shirt. Not bad.
When race day came, I threw this plan out the window, but I didn’t exactly tell him that. When we run together, I usually wear the garmin and just tell him if we are within range, but not actual paces. I knew his ‘plan’ was conservative and left very little room for error in reaching his a goal. I also felt that he was underestimating his fitness and training by coming up with a conservative plan. I knew he could break 1 hour (unless it was a freak 100 degree day), but I was worried he was lacking that confidence to really go after the race and take a chance. I decided to take that chance for him and go out a hair faster and take advantage of the early downhills, giving him a little cushion when we battled through the late hills, which would inevitably drop our pace a bit.

EB's Goals for the Jayhawk:
1. Smash the 1 hour mark
2. No swearing in the Hills
3. Don't get angry with EB when you realized
 she changed the race plan without telling you.

Some time during the second mile he really started to realize that the pace was a bit quick and he started asking questions. I would only reply, "Yep, we are fine. Keep doing great." "But I feel like we are going out a little fast." "It'll be good honey. You've got this."

As much as the Jayhawk killed it during the race, he really failed at capturing the true awesomeness of my race outfit. He managed to cut my socks out of every photo.

Yes, this plan could have totally blown up in my face and he could have been angry for weeks, but I had confidence in him. I knew how hard he had worked and knew it was going to take a slight push to get him what he wanted. Lest you think I was dragging the Jayhawk around downtown Atlanta for an hour, I was only pushing the pace during the early miles which are flat/downhill to build some time for the uphills that started around mile 3.
The rain and wind picked up as we waited to start.
This year the weather forecast for the race was a bit ominous, and let’s just say the fireworks came a bit early. About 3.5 miles into the race, I saw the first lightening strike. Unsure of what they might do with tens of thousands of people on the streets, I urged the Jayhawk to keep the pace up. With all the work he put in all spring, and the goals he had for the race, I was seriously concerned that they would pull us off the course, and I would find myself running it again the next day (not officially of course, but to help him get the run in). Though they didn’t pull us off the course (honestly, I don’t know what they would have done with us), they did delay later waves and encourage people to leave the finish area. I wanted him so badly to get an honest stab at the course; it probably would have had to get really bad for me to stop. *Note: I only saw 2 lightening strikes during the race and they were not moving towards the course. I never felt in danger from the weather.
I ran into fellow rager Carl at the startline!
As we made the one and only turn on the course onto 10th street, I reminded the Jayhawk to empty the tank. The 0.5-ish miles on 10th street are deceivingly close to the finish, but still supplies one last drop and rise to keep you honest. As we pounded down 10th, I kept urging the Jayhawk on know that it wasn’t a matter of breaking 1 hour, but by how much we were going to break it by (yay for rogue race plans). We crossed the line in under 59 minutes.
Soggy but smiling in the meadow after a race well run, rocking my Road Rage shirt
Overall, the race went great. Not only did the Jayhawk pull 9+ minutes off his time for last year, he didn’t swear at the hills, and everyone finished with a smile (and still speaking to each other when I told him I intentionally went out faster than discussed). We didn’t hang out long at the finish line. Piedmont Park was already partially underwater when we arrived, and we were soaked and tired. We gathered our snacks, and enjoyed the 2-mile walk back to the car, satisfied with a good race.

Do you run or race with love ones? Have you ever helped pace someone in a race?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Snakebite Training Recap Week #11

And it goes to 11.
Hey Canada, how you doing?
In a bit of sad news this week, another electronic device of mine died. When I got off the plane in Maine (yes, that rhymes) my phone would no longer work. In addition to being inconvenient when trying to reach people when traveling, it meant I couldn't take photos and I lost all the photos I had taken. So needless to say, I recreated some photos, but they look just like the originals. Promise. Just being honest that some of these images are staged.
I came across this instagram challenge this week, and it is the perfect challenge for me. Unfortunately I got in a few photos before the phone death, but I'll be ready for the next one.
Monday: A rare Monday run. Knowing I would miss a workout later in the week for travel/taper, I snuck in some Monday miles.
Planned: Rest  Actual: 5 miles (9:16/mile)
Kegs and Legs
Tuesday: Squeezed in a quick run as I prepared for my trip. I tried to keep the pace easy as I was skipping a rest day this week.
Planned: 6 miles   Actual: 4 miles (9:13/mile)
It looks lovely, but it's oh, so hot out there as we learned when we sat on the tarmac for 1.5 hours.
Wednesday: Got in 8 very sweaty miles before heading to the airport. For a little extra fun, I got stuck at a train that was 50+ cars long. I've never sweated so hard standing still.
Planned: 8 miles  Actual: 8 miles
On Wednesdays, we wear pink.
Thursday: Took a no running day, but explored the area by taking my parents dogs for a walk/hike. My parents live up in the lakes and mountains and it was so beautiful. Also, I was very excited to wear long sleeves again.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest
The dogs were so muddy. Should have cleaned them up before the pic.
Friday: Down East Sunrise Trail Relay day! I teamed back up with some members of my previous relay teams as well as a few other new friends to form two 4 person ultra teams for the race, Slow Motion to the Ocean and the Ugly Sweaters. We didn't win, but we had a great time and the course was stunning. More to follow because this is a race worth checking out.
Planned: Rest  Actual: 10.7 miles
The two teams still smiling at the start.
Saturday: Day 2 of the relay found me running around 4am (which is sunrise during a Maine summer) and the final leg. I am proud to report I felt pretty good during the entire thing, not something that has happened during previous relays.
Planned: 26 miles (for the entire relay)  Actual: 7.8 miles and 7.9 miles
Dipping our toes in the ocean post race. That is Canada in the distance on the right.
Sunday: My legs felt fine after the relay, but I was rather overtired from being up all night. I took a rest day mainly due to scheduling (I was visiting family for a good chunk of the day), so I got in more dog walking/hiking.
Planned: 4 miles   Actual: 2 miles Walking

Do you like to travel to races? Have you ever done a relay?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We Finished!

Teams Slow Motion to the Ocean and the Ugly Sweaters had a great time at Down East Sunrise Trail Relay over the weekend (two teams of 4). Running in 60 degree weather is the best! Full recap to follow!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Snakebite 50k Training Week 10

Monday: And for this week's Monday Motivation, none other than ultramarathoner, world record holder, chef, and tough as nails, Scott Jurek summitting Katahdin on Sunday.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest

Tuesday: We had a death in the family recently. My beloved garmin 305 finally passed away  (it's been trying to for months). I was pretty heartbroken to put it nicely, but I still think it might be able to be refurbished. Anyway, I stopped by REI to begin the process of replacement, not necessarily purchase, only to find they had put the Forerunner 910 on clearence. To make it even more tempting, it was the last one in stock. Needless to say, I purchased it and went running with it that night. I love it!
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 6.2 miles (9:11/mile)
Welcome to the family little buddy.
Wednesday: First runcommute home to the new location, and I started off by making a new friend! While it's not uncommon to see snakes in Georgia especially on trail runs, it was pretty shocking to see this fellow a foot or two off the side walk in a neighborhood only a block from Emory University. It's a pretty trafficky area at times and I am certain I'm not the only runner who jumped several feet in the air after seeing him that night. Other than that, it was a hot run and I ate way too much lunch.
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: 6.1 miles
Snake and the city: A Copperhead!
Thursday: The heat training and miles from Troop Trot finally caught up with me and I was just tired. I took a bonus rest day, but did foam roll and stretch.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: Rest
Jekyll Brewery Big Creek Kolsch
Friday: Rest day as planned. The weather wasn't too horrible, so they Jayhawk and I enjoyed a nice cool, local brew on a shady patio. Also, inspired by last week's chips article, we had a mini chip tasting. My reviews are as follows: The Wasabi Ginger chips nailed it and I really like them. I've had dill pickle chips before, but the thick bold really add something extra. Loved them as well. I was slightly disappointed by the cheddar beer chips. While they had great potato flavor, I was kind of expecting them to taste like Wisconsin in a bag and they did not. Disappointing.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest
Saturday: Originally I planned to get up early to meet a group at the Decatur 4 miler. The Atlanta Track Club has a series of free races (no shirt, no frills) for members, so I initially signed up with the idea of making it part of my longrun (I live within running distance to the start of this one). When the alarm went off, I just was too tired. I decided to skip it (making this the only weekend in July I won't pin a bib on), catch up on some rest, and then get in a nice toasty run with the Jayhawk later in the day.
Planned: 12 miles  Actual: 6 miles (11:08/mile)
Post run stretching buddy/yoga mat hog.
Sunday: More heat training. While my mileage was down this week as a bit of recovery, my heat training was in full force. I did both of my weekend runs around 5pm to maximize the sweatfest.
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: 6 miles (9:08/mile)

On this week's list of things I wish I'd invented, I bring you Brewery Yoga. Yes folks, you plop your mat down on the brewery floor, get your asanas on, and then enjoy a cold pint. Currently emailing local breweries.....

How was your week? Everyone surviving summer?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Peachtree Road Rage Recap

Peachtree Road Rage July 3 Atlanta GA
Field: 49 total raging, running hooligans
Spectators: Um, not too many intentional spectators. There were however many confused commuters, motorists, walkers, and other jolly pedestrians wondering what the hell we were doing barrelling down the side walk at top speed with bibs on. Needless to say, we got lots of cheers in the form of honking, waving out windows, and yells from passing cars.
Start/Finish: Start at Lenox Mall, Finish at Piedmont Park
Course: Same as that big race on the 4th, but with traffic and pedestrians for an added challenge (i.e it ain't a closed course by any means and you best watch out for red lights and turning vehicles).
Schwag: Optional t-shirt. Registration is only $5, but if you want a shirt, it's $25. ALL proceeds (I mean every penny) goes to the National Hospice Foundation in the memory of one of the participant's late wives (Side note: I also ran last year's 26.2 with DONNA in her honor). As a bonus, if you wear your Rage shirt in the big old 4th race, you get a bonus prize.
Other: All finishers get a craft beer (no crappy swill) and a peach. The winner gets a beer and a homemade peach pie, and the winning lady got a skateboard with built-in bottle opener. DFL got a metal big foot lunchbox filled with several craft brews. This is high stakes racing with a dash of frogger thrown in.
To say I was excited about this race is an understatement. Running, raging, and hooliganism? IN. After missing out on the inaugural event in 2014 (due to work, not desire), I was all over sign ups like it was going out of style. Limited to only 49 participants, I cranked through that on-line form the minute I saw it post, a sure sign my speed work is really paying off.
Nothing like being on the news while drinking beer in a public park. My mother is proud.
To get a true feel of what the race is like, one needs to look no further than the website and race emails:
They go together like peanut butter and chocolate; Siskel and Ebert; Oreo filling and those crumbly things that are useful for holding the delicious Oreo filling until you throw them in the trash where they belong. We remind you that this is not a closed course, but open to traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. Take no chances: you're racing for personal achievement, peaches and beer, gang. This is a counterpoint to some other race around the same time, and your rebellious, rowdy spirit (and wholeness of body) is what matters most. Go get 'em, you hell-raisers.

Our fearless leader/race director, Kyle, letting the news lady know what's up while modelling the rage shirt. source
So at 7:30pm on the 3rd, a gang of 49 spirited runners lined up outside the Westin in Buckhead, and once the Race Director Kyle successfully got the finish line on speaker phone and lined us up mullet style (business in the front, party in the back), he shouted go. The course is identical to the Road Race course, with just the added challenge of traffic. More than once I found myself turning up the speed a bit to make a light or easing into a corner as it turned red. It definitely added something new to racing as some people would bomb through intersections with seconds to spare while others played it more conservatively. 

Per my usual, I had no plans for the race, but decided to see how I felt once on the course. The Jayhawk, who I was pacing on the same course a mere 12 hours later, requested that I not burn myself out (or drink too many celebratory beers at the finish), but coming off a week of training, I had no dreams that I would have much bounce in my legs. I pushed a bit on the downhills and tried to stay steady on the uphills, never really taxing myself too much, but still making sure I got in a workout. There was a rumor of a water stop on the course (jugs by a stop sign), but someone stole them before we all got to that part of the course. Guess they were raging too.
The field post race race enjoying some brew under the skyline. (source)
I arrived at the finish line in about 51 minutes (I had a garmin fail on the course, so I asked the man behind me what he had for a time). We sipped our beers (I went with a local Red Hare Lager), chatted, and waited for the all important DFL to roll in, which it turns out it was contested (Check out Miranda's recap). The awards came with a lovely cooler podium and as Kyle lined up the ladies, I learned that I snuck into 3rd some how! Always fun to learn you are a good rager.
Ladies' podium. (Source)
The weather was great, so I hung out for another beer and long enough to learn that any rager who wore their Rage shirt in the race the following day would get a special surprise.  There is nothing I love more than a challenge with a surprise, so that was an easy decision.
My coveted surprise for representing during the race.
Overall, I love the rage. It's basically a group of friends using a classic Atlanta event as an excuse to get together, run, drink a beer, and do something good for charity. Can't wait to run it again!

Do you like non-traditional races? Do you rage?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Snakebite 50k Training Week #9

Week 9! Heavens this thing is just flying by. And how is it in less than 2 weeks into July, I've already pinned on a bib 3 times?! So much for pacing myself.

Monday: In a moment of Monday Motivation, I learned that all finishers of the Snakebite will be getting a custom beer(!) and here's a preview of the label. No word on what kind of magic will be filling the 22ozer, but I fully trust Jason to lead us right.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest

Tuesday: In a moment of Tuesday Motivation (it's a real thing), I saw this video of a snake biting it's own body after it's head was cutoff. Speed work has officially been added into my Snakebite 50k training plan.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 6 miles (9:09/mile)
She was so excited, she was blurry.
Wednesday: Started off the day with a 1 mile dog-jog with her highness, and ended it with 9 miles of heat training after work. To say it was a sweatfest is putting it mildly, but I completed it and am seeing improvements on my heat tolerance. And for fun, I figured out after I got home that I ran the whole thing with my shirt on inside-out. #Winning
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: 1 mile dog-jog (9:30/mile); 9 mile heat training (9:10/mile)

Thursday: My legs felt a little sluggish during this run. Between the heat and increase in mileage this week, I wasn't surprised. This is one of my bigger weeks of this training cycle and I've been more tired and hungry from it. Overall, I still feel good. Nothing a solid taper won't cure next month.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 6 miles (9:11/mile)
Friday: Started the day with a Peach Slider doughnut from a local spot, Revolution Doughnuts, and ended it with a local craft beer. Pretty perfect day if I don't say so myself.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest
Saturday: On impulse a week or two ago, I signed up for the Troop Trot 39k again. My 3rd year hitting this course (the 1st year was for the 10k), and it was well worth the heat, mileage, and trail training. Topping out around 96 degrees during the race, heat training was in full effect. Complete recap to follow, but safe to say I hit my goal of finding some hot, bitchy miles.
Planned: 20 miles  Actual: 24.20 miles
Sunday: I jogged down to join one of my usual group runs for post run coffee. I didn't join their actual run because I wanted to make sure I kept it slow (and in all honesty I didn't want to set an alarm). Leg felt slow, but fine. Much better than previous years after Troop Trot.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 3.25 miles (9:58/mile)

In possibly the most educational article I read all week, Food and Wine put out a definitive list ranking all Kettle Potato chips. This is highly relevant to running, because my favorite thing after a hot race is chips (I ate an entire bag of salt & vinegar on the way home from Saturday's sweatfest). I agree with them that the krinkle cut is somewhat of a masterpiece and I've yet to try the pepperoncini ones. Would love to hear your thoughts.

How was your week? Do you run race purely for training?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Snakebite 50k Training Week #8

Where has the time gone?! Halfway there already. Yikes.

This week had more flip-flopping of workouts, but for good reason. In addition to Saturday's big parade race, I added a Friday race earlier in June. Two races, same course, 12 hours apart. So I moved Tuesday's workout to Friday, Friday's rest day to Thursday, and Thursday's workout to Tuesday. Everyone follow that? I knew you would, you're a smart group. On to the recap...

Monday: No ill effects after Sunday's long run. I made sure to stretch and get in some light living room yoga as well.
Planned: Rest  Actual: Rest

Tuesday: I ran and it was good.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 5 miles (9:03/mile)

Wednesday: As my training has increased, I've tried to be more vigilant about my recovery. I came across this article on active recovery from Outside this week, and it was the pep talk I needed to get more serious about it. I've been getting better about doing many of the tips they discuss (I even foam rolled and did light yoga before work this morning), but I really need to focus on consistency now!
Planned: 8 miles  Actual: 8 miles (8:52/mile)
Rocked my DONNA shirt in honor of Ambassador applications opening up!
Thursday: Headed down after work to get our expo on. After a little confusion when we wondered into a huge convention taking over most of the building (AA International's 80th birthday), we sucessfully obtained bibs! I'm not a huge expo person, but I'm always game for a silly photo or two.
Planned: 5 miles  Actual: Rest
Of course I made the Jayhawk take all the silly photos (against his will).
Friday: In early June I saw the announcement for this year's Peachtree Road Rage, and signed up as fast as my little fingers could type. I had wanted to do the inaugural race in 2014, but work got in my way (as always). Taking place the day before that big ol' one you might have heard of, the Peachtree Road Rage is limited to 49 participants and celebrates running through the city in motion because "why not race and rage Atlanta as it is, warts and all". I will write a separate full recap in order to fully capture it's glory.
Planned: Rest  Actual: 6.2 miles (8:13/mile)
Saturday: I followed up the Rage with The Race a mere 12 hours later. It was a rather rainy year at good old PTRR, but it was festive as ever. As always, I ran with the Jayhawk and helped pace him to his goal time. He rocked it! A full recap to follow! We spent the rest of the day at a friend's Birthday/4th celebration including a hardcore croquet tournament.
Planned: 6.2 miles  Actual: 6.2 miles (9:28/mile)
Soaked, standing in a swamp, but still smiling. And the Jayhawk totally cropped out my awesome socks.
Sunday: When I built my training plan, I knew this was one of the runs that was likely to not happen as planned. As fun as PTRR is, it's also a logistical nightmare getting everyone to the start and finish. It usually requires an early depature from the house, lots of standing at the startline, and an extensive walk back to the train because it's point to point. We just walked the 2 miles back to the car. Anyways, I've got big trail mileage on the books next weekend, so a somewhat smaller mileage weekend wasn't the worst idea that I've had. I ran without a garmin to try and keep the pace light.
Planned: 16 miles  Actual: 5.25 miles (9:31/mile)
Just keeping the peach theme going.
How was your week? Did you do anything special for the 4th?

Monday, July 6, 2015

June Recap

Miles: 112.05

Races: Virtual Skirt Sports 13er. I didn't end up writing a recap (mainly because there wasn't a whole lot to recap from a training run/virtual race), but I enjoyed the concept of this race, that 13.1 miles isn't half of anything. It reminded me of how Joan (yes, we are on a first name basis) would correct people that say they are 'just' running the half. Be proud of the distance you are running.  I enjoyed the packet I received (Powerbar, Skratch Labs sample, and cookie) and love the soft, jersey skirt they had instead of a race shirt. I do like the energy of being at a race over being apart of a virtual, but a virtual is a great way to make training miles count for a little more.
Instead of race shirts, we received race skirts. A very cool change. Monster with the photobomb again.

Highpoint of the month: Moving, or I guess being done with moving. I've really enjoyed settling into our new spot. Oh, and I had a lot of fun experimenting with yoga this month.

Not so highpoint of the month: Moving. Try as I might, it didn't get in the miles I hoped. Still, not the worst issue ever to have. Loving the new neighborhood and enjoying exploring on foot!

New item of the month: My first virtual race, the Skirt Sports 13er.

What I am looking forward to in July: July has unofficially been titled "The Month of Racing". After very little racing this spring, I'm making up for it in a big way in July. Without meaning to, I've set up for back to back racing days, weekends, and a relay. I was even smart enough to double up the relay with a visit to the homeland. Now just to survive it all. Oh, and I get to meet my enormously large nephew this month. Rumor has it at his 2 month check up they had to extend the axis on the growth chart because he is already the size of a healthy 5month old (15lbs and 26 inches). I've specifically been doing extra upper body weights just for him.

Other odds and ends:

  • Applications are open for the 26.2 with DONNA Ambassador Team. You can bet I will be applying and hope that many of you will too! It's a great event for an amazing cause, and how awesome is the new slogan for this year's race?!
  • Susie from the Suzlyfe had a post this month about little things that make us happy/smile (ex having exact change, a good meal, etc). A day or two after reading and commenting on it, I remembered a recent item that makes me smile. Every time I let the monster into the backyard, I make her sit and wait before she gets the ok, but instead of saying 'ok', I've taken to yelling 'release the hound' and then giggling as I watch her spastically frolic out into the yard. It is the little things. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
  • A fun piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution this month featuring fellow Yeti trail runner, Ben Grey and the Great Southern Endurance Run. I love the concept of this race though I'm not sure it's ever going to be on my to-do list. 100 miles on pavement is serious.
How was your month? What was the highlight?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Versatile Blogger

I was nominated for the versatile blogger award by the always lovely Beth over at Running with the Sunrise.  If you haven't visited her blog, I highly recommend it. She is a running coach, yoga teacher, and barre instructor, so she has many words or wisdom for keeping an athlete well trained and well rounded. Many thank yous to Beth for the nomination!

About the award from Beth:
The Versatile Blogger Award is for those blogs that bring something special to your life.  In picking your nominees, you are to consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

The Rules:
“Rules” are as follows: Answer the questions you have been given, nominate 10 (ish) other bloggers and give them their own set of questions to answer.
My responses to Beth:
  1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you? I took 4 years of Latin in school, so if you ever need to chat with a really old, dead roman, I'm your girl. Just kidding, all it's good for it reading University mottos and deciphering scientific terms.
  2. What’s your favorite workout currently? Yoga. I'm not very good at it, but I really do feel a difference in adding in a few sessions to my week. I haven't been to a class yet (probably an upcoming 'new' item), but I'm seeing improvements with just my living room attempts. It has also helped me identified strengths and weaknesses in my body.
  3. What’s something you hope will never come back in style? MC Hammer pants. They did nothing good for anyone.
  4. What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list? This is a hard one because I love to travel and have a very long 'to-see' list. If pushed for just one place, it would probably be the Galapagos Islands. I'm a huge science nerd and I would love to see the place where Darwin was inspired. Plus, it's a stunning location.
  5. What would you buy if someone gave you a $1000 gift card? I would get the Jayhawk a bike so we can ride together. Currently he borrows mine. Or maybe I would give him mine and get a new bike for myself. Either way, it would be a new bike.
  6. What’s your spirit animal? A Giraffe. They are tall, lanky, eat a lot of plants, stick their tongues out frequently, and like to run. That's me in a nutshell. 
  7. What would you sing at karaoke night? Hmm, singing is by far not my best talent, but the Jayhawk and I can pull off a mean Bohemian Rhapsody in the car Wayne's World style.
  8. What’s your favorite meal? Homemade macaroni and cheese makes me really happy, as do mashed potatoes. In terms of non-homemade foods, I could live off Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Moe's Burritos. It may or not be true that the staff at both establishments know us by name. And to be honest, during 50k training, everything is my favorite meal.
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad table manners.
  10. What clothing item/accessory/shoes do you have way too many of in your closet? Race T-shirts. It's almost obnoxious at this point, and I seriously worked on trimming down the flock as we moved. So many memories and so much sweat to earn them! Oh, and coming in second would be safety pins!
I nominate the following folks:
Rebecca @ My Eager Feet
And here are my questions for my nominees:
1. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
3. What is your favorite place you have visited?
4. What is one place on your travel must-see bucket list?
5. What's your current go-to workout song?
6. What is your favorite distance to run?
7. What is your dream race/event?
8. What would you do with a $1000 gift card?
9. If you could go on a bicycle built for two ride with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
10. What is your favorite guilty pleasure snack food? (Don't you dare list something healthy. I'm looking for inspiration after my next long run).

OK, your turn. Pick a question from either list above and answered it yourself!
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