How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in 2011 and have taken several big breaks between then and now. So on and off for three-ish years.

PINIMAGEI knew you in high school/college. You were NOT an athlete, and now you’re running marathons?! WTF?! (AKA – How did you get in to running?)
First of all, quit putting an S on marathon! I don’t run marathonS. I ran one. ONE TIME. Taylor does that all the time (cause he’s proud of me or some BS like that) and it’s embarrassing. When you pluralize it, people think you’re a badass. Ahem, NO.

But back to the WTF?! Dude, trust me. I know. It is weird and nonsensical. But one day, post college life, I decided I needed something to work towards. Blame it on being bored and only part-time employed.

My hand eye coordination is non-existent, which eliminates all but running, swimming, biking, and figure skating. I don’t like myself in a swimsuit, biking makes my legs hurt, and I have the balance and grace of a newborn calf. So – running it was. Cause, it’s basically walking, but harder. And surely I could manage that. I started off huffing and puffing my way through a mile, and eventually two miles. I liked that distance, so I started running two miles almost every day. I watched the pounds melt away, and I totally dug it. So I stuck with it. Once I graduated, and life happened, I got distracted and stopped working out. Once I finally found myself in the work force, I realized how crappy and run down I felt after sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day.  So, I decided I’d run a half marathon. I googled training plans until I found one that had me starting back at ground zero again, and I trained. For five months, I trained. And then I ran it. And then I was hooked. And the rest is history. 

I want to start running. Do you have any tips?
TOTALLY. Regardless of your pace or distance goals, these will apply:

  1. Get a good pair of shoes. Don’t be cheap. You will regret it, I promise. Plan on spending anywhere from $80-$150 bucks. And for Pete’s sake, have your foot analyzed at a running store. It’s free, and you will be SO glad you did. 
  2. Wear good socks. It took me about a year to figure socks out. I wear two different brands, Experia, and Feetures. I wear Experia during the week on shorter/easier runs. And for long runs, I wear Feetures. They are a thinner, synthetic fiber sock, and as long as I put a good amount of body glide on my feet, I can run for 20 miles without a blister. Again, it’s an investment, but they will last you forever. I haven’t had to replace a pair yet. 
  3. Sign up for a race. So what’s your goal? 5k?  10k? Half-marathon? Marathon?! It doesn’t matter what your goal is, you need to sign up for a race. If you don’t you’ll come up with 74382 reasons to quit. If you’re training for something, you’re more likely to stick with it. Just a fact!
  4. Find inspiration. That can mean picking up an awesome running book, Instagram, a training group, a running buddy, a badass running blog (HRG is my personal favorite!)

shoesPINIMAGEWhat running shoes do you wear?
I’m a Mizuno girl. Mizuno was my first pair of running shoes, and as far as I’m concerned, they will be the last. I like my Mizunos because they are light like a minimalist shoe, but still have lots of support without being bulky or heavy. I have a somewhat narrow foot, and a neutral shoe is just what I need. I started out wearing the Wave Precision, but they discontinued that model in 2013, so I switched over to the Wave Enigma. But I think my foot would be content with any of the Wave models.

What watch do you use?
I use the Garmin Forerunner 10. Taylor got it for me as a birthday present in June of 2013 and I’ve used it on nearly every run since then. It is simple as all get out, but still has approximately one million awesome features. When Taylor started with the fire academy, he got one too. (Friggin’ copycat.) He wears his all day every day, and loves it more than he loves me. Before the Garmin, I used the free Map My Run app. It’s a good one to check out if you are saving up for a watch.

foodPINIMAGEDo you cook dinner every day?
Yes. Well, almost every day. Usually Sunday-Thursday. Because Fridays and Saturdays I like to reserve for drinking. And French fries.

Is it fancy? Uh NO. Is it organized? YES. Because I am married to a firefighter who tries to eat us out of house and home and ain’t nobody got time or money for that. 

Are you a neat freak?
Yes. It genuinely drives me up the wall when I come home to find a lone shoe on the floor, a piece of trash on the counter top, a pile of crap on my kitchen table, the shower curtain open, and the toilet seat is up. That shit drives me bonkers. I’m trying to change that.*

*By “that” I really mean them. AKA all the messy people in my life. Yes. I’m trying to change them.

proposalPINIMAGEHow long have you and Taylor been together?
TOO LONG. Haha, kidding, of course. We’ve been together since February 2009. He swept me off my feet with his goatee and a rubiks cube. It’s kind of a long story. More on that later.

How did he propose?
Ohh great question. You can read about it here, here, and here!

Who takes all these fancy pictures of you?
That would be my absolute best friend and extremely talented photographer, Allison Harp. She is my personal paparazzi and I adore the crap out of her. She makes my life look way more glamorous than it actually is and I love her for that. You can see more of her work at www.allisonharp.com.

Anything else you want to know? Leave a comment or drop me a line on my contact page. I’d love to hear from you!