Saturday, July 30, 2011

Enquiring Minds Want To Know

Nelly asked: How do you get such good running pictures?
I’ve found that the only way to get good running pictures is to stop for a minute so that I’m not moving when I take the picture. Otherwise they get blurry. Of course I’d probably have faster races without the camera, but I love taking the pictures.

What is your dream race?
I would love to do a marathon in Hawaii or the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler in Texas.

What major injuries have you had? and What is your favorite running moment?
Great questions. I'm going to come back to these and write a little more.

Julia asked: Out of all the races you have run, which one is your favorite and why?
My first marathon, the St. George Marathon was probably my favorite. But the Red Mountain Ultra was probably my most meaningful. I started the race with major knee injuries and the course completely beat me up. The last 20 miles were pure agony and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I think I will always look back at that race and say "If I can do that, I can do anything."

What is the secret to such amazingly awesome jumping pics??
The key is to lift your legs up during the jump so it looks like you’re catching more air.

Christina asked: What is your ultimate favorite Hostess product EVER?!
Can I pick 3 favorites? I’d go with Crumb Donuts, Cupcakes, and Snowballs. Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my lip.

What is your go-to meal before a race? How about after a race?
I prefer pizza or pasta but I’m not too picky. When I was training for an ultramarathon I practiced eating while I ran. Since then my stomach has been pretty tough and I've never had any GI issues. My favorite post-race treat is a Slurpee.

What motivates you on days you just don't feel like running?
I really like the motivation of having a race coming up in the future. Then each run has a purpose. Following a training plan also helps me keep some structure.

Matthew asked: Why did you start jumping in your races?
It started earlier this year when I wrote an article for Runners World Online. I wrote that since I am not fast, I have to have different goals for races. One of my goals at the time was to get a good jumping picture. Since then I’ve kept trying to perfect the running jump.

Why not Little Debbies?
I’m not anti-Little-Debbie because I like almost any form of sugar. But I think Hostess just has a better taste. I’ve just never met a Hostess product I didn’t like. (Hostess….if you’re listening….I know this marathon runner who would let you sponsor him.)

Does your family think you're as hilarious as I do?
Only when I'm showing off my insane dance skillz (or lack thereof).

More responses coming soon....


  1. A Hawaii Marathon would be Sa-WEET! These were awesome questions and I loved getting to know you better! Now I am going to check out your article.. Wow, a writer too? A marathoner, ULTRA marathoner, jumper, hostess eater, picture taker, and writer? You can pretty much do anything!

  2. I love that you said every run has a purpose. Good call!

    I have never had any of those Hostess products but they sure sound delicious! I am either deprived or they are unavailable in Canada. I am assuming it's the same brand that makes potato chips (with the 3 little monster characters on the bag)? I can't even find those chips anymore! I used to eat them as a kid and now they are GONE :( Next time I go to the US, I plan on doing some serious smuggling!!!

  3. Hah! I went to school in Collegedale, TN where they make Little Debbies, so I'm a little partial. I hope that Hostess gives you that sponsorship... :)