Monday and Tuesday saw me back to spinning again after a six month hiatus. And boy is my ass feeling it. I’m also suffering from a nasty chafing incident involving the bike seat, my nether regions and a feminine hygiene product. I won’t go into the details (too late!) but I think I now have an inkling of the trauma women face with female genital mutilation. I still can’t walk normally.
Okay, now on to less disturbing topics...
Our girl Chia has helped me out and answered my whine to be interviewed since I’m once again worried about running out of decent blog material. Lord knows I may have to resort to using bullet points soon. (The new RazZdoodled? I’m doing my best to change the definition for you, buddy.)
So here goes:
1. Who/what was your inspiration to start distance running?
I no longer felt comfortable in my own skin and was looking for an exercise that wasn’t going to bust my pocketbook wide open. (Little did I know.) My friends Merry and Theresa had recently taken up running and I thought I’d try it too. I’ve been grateful to them ever since.
2. Growing up did you ever participate in any athletic programs?
My freshman year in high school I was on the track and field team. My events were shot put and discus though I was forced to try long jump at one meet. That didn’t end well for me. I also played basketball from eighth to tenth grade. After that I was all nerd all the time and didn’t play sports anymore.
3. Do you ever fear the unknown when you're deposited in other countries and have to find somewhere to pull a long run out of your American ass?
The only two places I’ve ever had any concern about this were in Rome and in Iowa of all places. At the time I didn’t have access to MapMyRun so I had to wing it at first. Running in the pre-dawn hours into a sketchy part of Rome wasn’t my best running experience, but it was all right. I’ll never know what’s out there unless I put on my shoes and venture out, so it’s worth the mild anxiety in the end. Also, that anxiety equals faster pacing. Score!
4. What would you rather: Run faster or run longer distances?
Hands down it’s run faster.
5. What is your almighty power song?
I’ve never claimed to have good taste in music. The stuff that keeps me pumped and running at a decent clip are mostly dance and 80s/90s songs. My power songs seem to change every few weeks or so. At present, they include Snap’s Rhythm is a Dancer, Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World and U2’s Where the Streets Have No Name.
To play along:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions of your choosing.
Have a happy hump day, everyone.