Johann of Run Tall, Walk Tall asks...
Q: Have you run an ultra yet? If not, do you plan to?
A: Not yet, I had originally planned to run one next year but I'm not sure how the schedule is gonna work. Yes, I definitely plan to - but probably nothing INSANE like the ones you run ... I'm not anywhere close to being in your league Johann!!!
|Okay, maybe I am a little insane too!|
Terzah of BQby40 (who despite being a Cardinals fan is one of my fav's) asks...
Q: What is going to be your Colorado marathon? :^)
A: Probably Denver ... I'm not "super-pumped" about going too high in the mountains to run. I'll probably try to keep it around 5,000ft ... I have a ton of respect for you high elevation dwellers!
Shawn of Chasing Immortality, 1 Mile at a Time asks...
Q: How many pairs of shoes have you gone through since you decided to run every state?
|Probably need to throw away a few boxes|
A: A couple have been pretty dirty at the end, but mostly they're in good shape with only some tread missing.
Q: When you're done in the states, are you going to run all our provinces?
A: That's not a bad idea! I'll definitely have to think about taking it global. Canada would be an awesome start ... I've never been there, but everyone says it's beautiful and they folks are great!
Everyone's favorite Big Daddy Diesel asks...
Q: If barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
A: Because they're prostitutes?
|Michael & a giraffe at the Omaha Zoo|
A: Yes, we all have needs ... both physical and emotional. Oh "KNEES" ... I don't think so, but that would mean giraffes don't have shoulders.
Q: How does aspirin find the headache?
A: I think aspirin always starts its journey at the head because 9 times out of 10, that's what you're taking it for. But I think it probably goes into the mission knowing that there could possibly be something else wrong. I gotta give aspirin credit, I really think it tries hard not take your body for granted.
Q: If Teflon is stick free, how do they get it to stick to the pan?
A: I think they install it backwards, but I might be way off.
Q: When someone yells "heads up!!" why does everyone duck?
A: Exactly ... just like when a quarter lands "heads up" everyone start quacking! C'mon people, that's uncalled for!
Tahoegirl of Got Miles? asks...
Q: When are you running a MI marathon?
A: Probably 2014, most likely Detroit ... unless you've got a better suggestion?
Q: What time do you go to bed?
A: About 9:00pm ... Central time of course.
Q: How did you and Michael meet?
Q: What kind of car do you drive?
A: We have a Lexus, which is Michael's and I never drive. I don't like it and think it's a little pretentious ... but we obviously disagree on that! We also have my company issued car which is a Dodge Avenger. I need a truck!!!
|Our two cars|
Kovas of Midwest Multisport Life asks...
Q: So what's next after you complete the 50?
A: I'll keep running and staying as active as my body will allow ... I've always thought running across the U.S. would be pretty cool! And I'm kicking around the idea of going into coal mining or joining the circus.
Rachelle of Running For Trevor asks...
Q: I want to know your lower body workout? You said you think this helped you in your last marathon and I am nosy and want to know exactly what you did.
A: I'm planning on doing a full post with pictures and descriptions on this later ... but here are the Cliff Notes!
Core Work: Typically 5 days a week before my morning run...
6 minutes of planks - usually 2 min on each side, and 2 min center
2 x 30 push ups
Lower Body Work: Typically 2 days a week in P.M....
2 x 15 single leg squats
2 x 20 weighted front hip swings
2 x 20 weighted groin crossover
2 x 20 weighted ham string swings
2 x 15 single leg ham string push ups
2 x 15 leg extension machine for lower quads (very light, only about 90lbs)
2 x 20 abductor machine for outer hips & butt (about 130lbs)
Q: Bonus question. Do you like Michael's dog?
A: Heck yeah ... Jack's da man! We both love him the same, I just don't write about him as much as Michael. He's like her kid!
The Unexpected Runner asks...
Q: Are you going to try a tri with Michael?
A: Probably not ... it's not really my thing. I don't even own a bike and I'm not a great swimmer. Running is about all I can handle!
A: If you're talking running shoes and not pumps, I only have about 3 pair in rotation right now. But there are probably about 6 pair lying around that I need to do something with. They'll most likely get given to my son or donated. Yes, they're all the same - I only wear Brooks. I used by buy red/silverTrance 9, but now I buy blue/silver Ghost 4.
Q: What do you do with all your spare time?
A: Right now mostly just hang out with Michael, my son, & grandson. But also manage my fantasy baseball team, read blogs, watch real baseball, write blogs, go to actual baseball games, and blog some more. Plus I just kick it with my dog Jack a lot!
ajh of Age Groups Rock asks...
Q: Have you done your Vermont marathon yet?
A: Not yet, I'll probably use your suggestion on the one I need to run out there.
Q: Is there a sport you are not good at?
A: Ha, well I'm fairly athletic - it's just one of those things I've always been good at ... but I'm not a great golfer. I don't really enjoy it that much, plus I'm not sure that it's really a sport. Definitely requires a skill set though. I can keep it around 90, but that's about it.
Jon of 2 Slow 4 Boston asks...
Q: How much time do you spend each day ,on average, blogging (reading and writing)?
A: Lately only about 30min, but usually about an hour or more. I've just been really busy lately and have been a BAD FOLLOWER!
Q: How much faster do you think you can get in the marathon?
A: I'm pretty sure I can get down to the new Boston qualifying time of 3:15 without too much trouble. But my ultimate "speed goal" is 3:00. That seems a little out of reach - but I WILL NOT stop working at it.
Q: Here's one: I know you are a step-father; do you want more kids?
A: Actually Michael is the step-parent in our relationship. I have a 21 y/o son & 20 y/o daughter from my first marriage and my son has a 1 year old son. No more kids ... I think my baby-raising years are over, but we're helping out a lot with the grand baby.
|Our Grandson & pretty much all around stud ... Ryder|
Jeff of Detroit Runner asks...
Q: Have you ever considered doing an ultra marathon? I think you'd be good at it.
A: Thanks Jeff, I was gonna try to do one next year and still might. It just depends on how my schedule falls. I would most likely start with a 30miler and then work up to a 50.
Dash of Dash's Bites asks...
Q: When you run, are you a greeter, ie, do you wave at an approaching runner or do you look away?
A: I try to greet on coming runners. Sometimes I'm really focused on a pace or breathing uncontrollably and might not wave from time to time, but it's not intentional.
Q: If you are a greeter, does it bug you when the other person looks the other way and doesn't acknowledge you?
A: Yeah, honestly a little. I notice it more with women. It seems like maybe a safety thing in that they don't want to make eye contact with strangers or something. But when it's pretty obvious that you're running, I don't really get the point of not being friendly ... but maybe they're just focused or "in the zone".
Well, that about wraps it up! Thanks for all the great questions ... sorry it wasn't a little more captivating!
...be great today!