For @hayruns!

I believe you all know the rules…

1. Favorite season and why? I love fall. Leaves changing colors never fails to make me happy. 

2. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? I’d go with my middle name, Nicole. 

3. Who is on your list? You know - the LIST, ie: the 5 famous people you always have permission to ahem, do whatever you want with, regardless of relationship status. Ooh! This list changes constantly but for right now: Jon Hamm, Daniel Sunjata,  Kanye West (no judgement! His arrogance does it for me and I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT), Ryan Gosling (normally I’m like ‘eh, he’s cute’ but I just watched Crazy, Stupid, Love. What the?! I can’t even...), Idris Elba. 

4. When was the last time you were really nervous for something? Why? Leaving for this trip. I’d never left the country before this!

5. Favorite trait on the opposite sex? WHY? Physical: Arms. The last guy I was…involved (?) with was a douche but had amazing arms. Strong arms make me a happy girl. Personality: Sense of humor. Make me laugh and I’m done.  

6. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Or neither? Or both (like me)? Night owl. I’m more productive then. It takes all the coffee in the world to motivate me before 9am. 

7. What do you order at Subway? (Don’t judge me. I’m curious.) A six-inch Philly Cheese Steak on Italian Herbs & Cheese with onions, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, mayonnaise, southwest sauce, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. (This is why I try NEVER to step foot into Subway!)

8. If you had to eat ONE FOOD for the rest of your life, what would it be? Don’t even try and cheat by saying “Italian food” or some shit like that.Ha! I’m gonna go with Nitehawk Cinema’s Brussel Sprout Salad. Shredded brussel sprouts, red onion, bacon (!!!) and their homemade Ranch dressing. DELISH.

9. What is the one thing you’re most self conscious about? My appearance in general, I guess. I’ve learned to give myself quite the pep talk, though. What are you most confident about?My ability to adapt (and adapt well!) to situations.

10. If you could move anywhere, where would you go? Why? Oh, man. Right now I’d say Amsterdam–it was the perfect mix of city/town, Old/Modern Europe for me and it’s beautiful. Second option is Chicago and I’ll be there this fall!

11. What is your worst habit? Worrying over things that are out of my control. 

Okay, questions (all the good ones are taken)! 

1. What is the one book you read over and over? If you’re not a reader, what is the one movie you can watch again and again? 

2. First kiss: Who, where, when and how? (Paint us a picture!)

3: Do you have a 'before-bed’ routine? What is it? 

4: If we visited you in your city, what would you show us? 

5: What food do you refuse to eat? 

6: Name three relationship dealbreakers?

7: Out of all of your 'first dates’ which one was the best? Why? 

8: Put on your Ipod. What are the first three songs that come up?

9: Describe your prom. (If you didn’t go to prom, substitute any other major school dance)

10: If you had to give up one thing in your life, what would it be? 

11:What are your goals for the rest of this year?

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I can’t remember if I’ve answered this before, so forgive me if I’m posting it again.

I’m really enjoying the plan. I don’t have a goal weight anymore. I’m just trying to be fitter and healthier and if I lose weight in the process, great! I’d like to continue to lose some of the remaining fat I’m holding onto and this seems to be helping.

I downloaded the Kindle apps for my iPhone and MacBook (free) and then downloaded the Kindle version of the book on Amazon. I think it was $8.99. It has an entire meal plan, set out day by day, including 3 meals and snacks. I haven’t followed it precisely as laid out. Instead, I went through and picked out all of the meals I thought sounded good and developed my own meal plans from them. 

Of course I’m not going to eat the same meals from a 30 day plan for the rest of my life. But it’s helping me become more organized and intentional with my eating and recognizing when it’s time to eat and when/if I’m just bored. And it’s giving me some variety in my meals and I’ve enjoyed experimenting with new foods.

Easy? DEFINITELY. As far as preparing the meals go, that is. I’m no professional in the kitchen, that’s for sure. And I’ve had no trouble getting this stuff done. Now, it’s not so easy when your coworkers, family, and friends want to go out, but I’ve not found myself to be hungrier than normal and on the occasions when I have had to go out to eat, I’ve made good choices. It does require some time in the kitchen, but that should be doable for most people. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of planning meals and grocery lists on Saturday and then doing most of the preparation and cooking for the week on Sunday. It’s easier and quicker to throw things together after a workout or in a hurry when you’ve thought ahead and cooked chicken and sliced vegetables for the week.

EDIT: I just found the other post where I answered almost the exact same question. D'oh!

Elaine and Emily/ First Tri Details

Elaine: you give me way too much credit if you think I am doing the Raleigh 70.3 as my first or second triathlon. That is reserved for the awesome of Robin.

Emily: I wasn’t trying to be cruel, I was just busy at work.

For my first tri, I am going a bit easy. But Adria is happy because it is safe.

IRON FITNESS 140.6 min Indoor Triathlon Challenge

So, basically it is a 20 minute swim, 80 minute bike, and 40.6 minute run. Mostly it will let me practice a transition, and putting all the events together.

If all goes well on the first tri, I will sign up for the second tri.

5i50 Columbia, MD

So, that is the plan and it all starts with getting back to master swim next week.


Y'all are just the best. For serious. I kept staring at that course map and thinking, “DERRRRRP,” not knowing how on earth to tackle it.

Michael just had a thought: biking between cheer points. Is this feasible, or will the bikes be in the way of other spectators, etc.? I’m not sure how many people will be there, but I think the race is about 10,000 runners. This would certainly be easier than driving.


EDITED to say that we would, of course, be biking off the course, we’d just have our bikes with us when we get to the next stopping point.