It seems that, like with most things, once the real excitement has died down, I decide to jump on the bandwagon and finally answer some Q and A questions. Below is the first round. It isn't too late to get in on round 2!!!
What have been the top three moments of your three decades on earth?
0-10: Well, I guess there was that whole "birth" thing. That was pretty sweet. Other than that, when I was 7 I got a 4-wheeler (or, ATV / "quad" to most people). Loved that thing - I can still ride on the two SIDE wheels with a little practice.
10-20: Ummmmmmmmmmmm. You DO know that I was crazy awkward during this period, right?
20-30: Gosh, graduated college, got married,
Follow on, what is the one thing you want to accomplish on this fourth decade that you are just days into?
30-40: I'm going to cheat and say that I can't say anything about my wife or my son (or any future kiddos). Tying it back to running, I WILL run the Boston Marathon.
Why do you think you are boring?
Two answers to this question. First, running IS boring to non runners. It's a lot like NASCAR: Left turn...left turn...left turn... Right foot, left foot, right, left, right, left. The fact that any of us have blogs that center around running as a sport is amazing to me. Second, when looking for a blog post name, I Googled: "Funny Blog Names". One of them that came back was I Am Boring: But if you are reading this, so are you! That was actually my blog name for 2-3 years until I fully dove into the running stuffs.
Oh yes, she reads both - every day. In fact, she even reads quite a few running blogs herself. I think that she searches for validation that not all runners/bloggers are like me. Thankfully her search doesn't need to go far. She soon finds that most others are actually 100% normal.
Will you guys try for another bambino?
Oh yeah, my wife would love to field a basketball team if she could. So, we'll have more for sure, but if we start getting near a baseball team, I might have to take a vow of celibacy.
Have you visited other countries?
No, not via air. I've traveled full time for work for 8 years and I've never left the country except for walking across the boarder to Mexico. I THOUGHT that I was going to do it for my 5th year wedding anniversary, but instead of booking a trip to one of the non-US Caribbean islands, I booked to one of the US Virgin Islands. FAIL!
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
Iowa State University. Computer Science. Raise your hand if you could have guessed THAT!
Did you do sports in high school? You seem like a really good athlete.
Nope, none. Not a one. During high school I was much more interested in marching band, Star Wars, and trying to get laid. I rarely have many regrets in life (I can only think of 2), but one of them is that I didn't go out for cross country.
What is your favorite running moment?
I have two: When I won the 9/11 memorial 5K and the Fargo Marathon. The latter because it was a double figure 8 course and my wife could stay in one spot and see me 4 times and because it was a perfectly executed race. I had trained SOOO hard to break 3:30 and I ran a 3:29:29 with nearly even splits.
What is your dream race?
My dream race isn't a location, it is a feeling. My family is spectating, I don't have to poop, it is 40 degrees, and I am running at my ability (if that is fast, great - if not, that is great too). I don't need music, I don't need Boston, all I need are those things. The great thing is that those things are out there for MANY races - which is why I love running. Every day has the possibility to be my dream day.
|For the record, this wouldn't hurt either|
I have this terrible curse that causes me to cramp during every. single. marathon (and very seldom on training runs 15 mi and up). It usually happens, you know, when most people are "hitting the wall," but for me, it's more like, "left cramp, right cramp, left cramp, right cramp" in my calves and sometimes shines and even quads when it gets bad.
Putting on my coaching hat for a minute. . . .Of course, I'd want to hyper focus on what you're doing differently during a race than when you train. You normally wake up 3 hours before you actually race, is that doing it? What time of day do you run your training runs? What do you eat before a race vs before a training run? Are you doing any marathon pace runs of substantial distance - 13 miles+?
I'd suggest looking at your next marathon and trying to replicate the prep before hand 100%. Race time at 6:30? Training run at 6:30. But, you have to be there by 5:45am, so make sure you're awake on your training day that much before. Shuttle bus ride before hand? Drive somewhere to run. Once you've done all of those, do a marathon pace run of 10 or so miles after warming up of 4 or 5 normal slow miles. I'd be interested in knowing if you get cramps after doing something like that (to see if it is possibly a mental thing?)
Forward Foot Strides asked:
What is the scariest thing you have ever experienced?
Ohhh, good one.
|Looking AND feeling fine|
What do you think about us girls in all the colorful running outfits? Do men think we are ridiculous?
Why am I so much more amused by you than my husband is?
GOOD QUESTION. I don't think that a lot of guys "get" the whole blogging thing. For some reason, guys like podcasts. I read 100 or so blogs and listen to 25 or so podcasts. Of those 75% of the blogs are female authored and 99% of the podcasts are male authored. I'm not sure what that says about me
Chris K asked:
1) Do you think I should still follow you on Twitter and your Blog now that you are officially old?
I'm planning on picking up the over 80s crowd. Look for an Ovalteen giveaway next week. So, yes, you qualify.
2) Do you think I should change my profile pick to a turtle and call my g.f. "Lady A" to be more like Jamoosh?
Just as long as you send me beer in the mail like he did.
Ahh, you can read me like a book. This life chapter is inbetween French Food, words that end in -izzle, and Foreplay in the "crap I pretend to like that I really don't". section. I don't swim unless I have a beer on the edge of the pool and I don't bike unless I can't run.
4) What % of being a fast marathoner is God given talent and want % is from training?
I actually emailed Chris and asked for a clarification of what he meant by "fast": AG winner or Eliete. He said to answer for both, so here'goes!
AG winning marathoner: I 100% believe that nearly everyone can be an Age Group marathon placer. There are probably a few bio mechanical / medical exceptions that might account to 10-15% of the total population. Now, doing this might require 100% focus with no job commitments, daily massages, elite coaching, and a bit of injury luck. But, it can be done. Honestly, part of the reason it CAN be done is because most people don't have the drive to do the above.
Elite marathoner (e.g. Meb, Ryan Hall): Here I am not so sure. I tend to believe that being Olympic level ANYTHING requires some special talent that just can't be 'trained'. Either you've got it, or you don't. I will say that for every one Ryan Hall, I think there are 100 people who haven't "realized" that they do indeed have the gift and ultimately their talents will go untapped. And that - is a shame.
Running Through Phoenix Asked:
Simple: why do you always leave the cap off of the toothpaste??
Out of protest because you NEVER PUT THE SEAT DOWN. It is seriously a good thing you're a good snuggler because other wise I couldn't live with you.
I want to know if your wife thinks your boring?
Yes. Horribly boring. But, she humors me, which is all I ask.
And when you come back all sweaty, will she let you kiss her before you shower?
HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH. No. Not a chance. Although, she has gotten better about asking me how my run went when I get back vs just saying "you smell, go take a shower".
1.) The heat completely kicks my ass, and unfortunately I consider anything above about 65 to be "hot". (It was 80 degrees at 5am w/humidity 75%...ouchie!) You live in a hotter state than me and attempt distances in the summer that I probably wouldn't even try. So...what's your best advice for coping with heat?
It rained last night (Sunday night) so it was 81 degrees and 75% humidity at 5:30am when I started out. I ran 10 miles. Oyy!!! So, I feel your pain. My best advice is to set your expectations with the temperature. Honestly, we all know what we SHOULD do: Hydrate, wear light clothing, slow down. However, most often I still have the same 50 degree expectation of my runs when it is 90. That isn't fair to my ego or to my training. Realize that the heat / humidity is going to slow you down to some degree and set your expectations based on that. BUT - one thing is to continue to push the pace when it cools down. If you're running 10 min miles when it is 80, you should be running 9:30s (or faster) when it is cool. Don't become complacent with the cooler weather!
2.) What that's the funniest thing that happened to you on a run or that you saw on a run?
This is a hard one. Mostly because I zone COMPLETELY out when I run. Recently, I saw a lady getting her paper in her underwear, that was pretty funny because she did NOT expect to see me.
Who would be your Free Pass? How about your wife's Free Pass?
When I asked my wife that question I was greeted with a furrowed brow, a upturned nose and the following statement: "Why would I want to have sex with a celebrity? I mean, there are lots of celebrities I want to meet, but none that I want to have sex with." In my 7 years of marriage, if there is one thing I've learned it is to not write checks that my ass can't cash. I believe that this question would probably cost me an expensive dinner and maybe a new couch. But, I think this picture sums it up well: