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Q & A
You know what phrase kind of skeeves me out? “Burning questions.” I don’t know why. I just think it’s a little gross. I have a friend who shudders whenever she hears the phrase “reared its ugly head.” Brianne, I hope you’re not reading today. Sorry about that.
First, because I blog about running and things, allow me to fill you in on some recent workouts, in case you’re just dying to know how I’ve been getting my sweat on this week.
Yesterday I managed to run out for a lunchtime spin class. The instructor, Tomas, had the best playlist of all time and I felt like I was dancing on the bike. Also, I think my coworkers probably love it when I return to the office in a not-quite-clean-enough state, but no one has commented on it yet, so I’ll just assume my 2-second post-spin shower is sufficient.
After work, I returned to the gym to get some strength training in. I did a Chisel class and got my shoulders, biceps and triceps crushed. Mr. Teacher did not go easy on us.
Then I took a real shower, with soap and everything, and attempted to look presentable for Brian’s company holiday dinner at Casa Nonna. NYC friends, you should go there. The food was fantastic. I’m still full from dinner, and by “full” I mean “a little drunk.” My plan was to only drink one glass of wine, slowly, but that didn’t happen and I blame the waiter who kept refilling my glass whenever I blinked. How dare he.
This morning I dragged my butt out of bed in the dark for a run. I managed to get through 7 miles, but it was a struggle. I was slow, my legs were heavy and yet I wasn’t surprised: It’s been a while since I’ve taken a quality rest day. Still, it was a wonderful morning.
And now, I would like to take some time to answer some frequently asked questions. I am so painfully behind in life and, more specifically, in responding to emails, so here I will answer your questions:
What kind of watch do you wear for running and do you recommend it?
I wear the Garmin Forerunner 110, and yes, I highly recommend it. It’s very user-friendly and it’s more affordable than other models because it doesn’t come with a heart rate monitor. I usually have no trouble picking up a satellite and I love uploading the data to my computer and analyzing the heck out of it.
Do you have any more Sweat shirts to sell?
There are a few shirts available on the website right now. But if you didn’t get your hands on one this time around, I do plan to sell more in early 2012.
What kind of sports bra do you run in?
Thank you for inquiring about my boobs. I swear by the Moving Comfort Juno bra. It’s the only one I wear and I have it in all the colors because I love it so much.
Are you ever worried about running in the dark in the morning?
Nope, because I’m kind of stupid. Honestly, I never feel unsafe. Maybe it’s because I’m naive, I don’t really know. But I do try to stick to well-lit areas, like the main road in Central Park or the Reservoir. I avoid running on the Bridle Path when I’m alone in the morning because it’s hardly lit and I don’t really enjoy thinking about what could be lurking in the bushes…like chipmunks or murderers or chipmunks carrying guns. You never know.
I also make sure I run in obnoxiously bright clothes when I’m out in the morning. I want people to see me from a mile away…at least. Plus, I never run without my phone in the early hours, so I have a way to get in touch with someone if needed. That makes me a little smarter, right?
How do you run during a Crohn’s flare-up?
I quite literally plan every single running route based on where there are public bathrooms. I’m becoming a true expert at the NYC bathroom scene. Cool, right?
The thing about Crohn’s disease is that the pain comes and goes. So I could wake up and feel OK and decide to head out for a run, but then I get knocked over with sudden stomach cramps. It’s unpleasant, but I’m learning to live with it. Running helps keep me sane, so I do my best to stay active when I’m having a flare-up. It definitely helps me mentally. So when I’m flaring, I may not run really fast and I may not conquer great distances, but I still get out there and do the best I can.
Do you have any fundraising advice?
Fundraising for Run For The Rabbit was never easy. I worked my butt off to bring in that $20,000 — and naturally you nice people, with your incredible support, were a huge help.
Throughout the few months that I was raising money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, I held events, emailed friends and family asking for donations and sold those Sweat shirts.
But I think with any fundraising campaign, the most important thing you can do — and my biggest piece of advice — is to make it as personal as possible. Let the people in your life know why you’re raising money for your cause. If you’re passionate about what you’re doing, that will show, and people will want to support you. If your reason is, “I want to raise money for blah blah blah charity so I can run this race and get a free trip,” people aren’t going to be super inclined to help out. But if you explain that you’re raising money for breast cancer, for example, because you have a friend or familiar member who has battled that disease, and you can talk about how it has affected you, then you’ve got their attention. Show that you care, and people will likely care in return.
Are you running a spring marathon?
Where do you get your legwarmers?
Lucky me: I get them at my office. The perks of working for a teen dance magazine are pretty endless.
I recommend buying legwarmers from dance retailers because they tend to be better quality than what you’ll find at regular stores. Plus, they stay up better because the elastic is often tighter. I like the selection at Discount Dance Supply, and this pair is a favorite of mine. So soft. So cozy. So stylish. Right?
Now here are two questions people never ask me:
- Can you share that recipe with me? (Probably because I don’t cook…ever.)
- Where do you get your hair cut? (I don’t. See my straggly split ends? No one wants those.)
I think that’s all for now. Anything else you’d like to know?