Friday, February 20, 2009

Interview #2 by The Running Knitter

Because I know you just can't enough of me! :P I asked Eileen, aka The Running Knitter, to interview me awhile back. What can I say? I guess I love to be interviewed!

1. What do you like most about living in CA?

There are definitely a LOT of things I love about being a Californian but I think the #1 spot belongs to the weather. I spent the first 21 years of my life in the midwest where I had to deal with both extremes - hot and humid in the summer and brutally cold and icy in the winter. It can definitely get rough and miserable. I think it makes you appreciate things more because you know how bad it can be, not necessarily just with the weather but life in general. Just my personal opinion, of course!

Anyway, I digress - I love the weather in California because I can run and bike and do other fun outdoors stuff all year long. Plus my mood is easily impacted by weather and it's easy to be cheery over here.

2. What made you decide to go all out and sign up for the Goofy Challenge?

I'm easily influenced by my surroundings. Enthusiasm is contagious! When I ran my first half at Nike and saw all the full marathoners finish, my first thought was... I want to do that next year! Same thing with Disney. When I did the full in 2008, the Goofy runners were the rockstars! It looked like fun so I decided then that I would go for it myself. (But needed to take a year off first.) And I like the idea of just being able to finish the 39.3 miles in one weekend as being the chief goal. Who cares when I finish! Have fun and enjoy Disney and the characters on course :)

Also, the Goofy Challenge is one of the big, long-term goals for my running career. That's like an Audrey version of an ultra. The other ones are to run a sub-5:00 marathon and a sub-2:00 half. Those would be huge achievements for me!

3. If you could only pick one TV show as your favorite, which would it be and why?

AGH - these "pick one" questions are so hard! I will go with "The Office" b/c it's HILARIOUS while also being just so quirky and goofy and sometimes unbearably awkward. Plus I love that it's the kind of show that if you watch an episode again, you might notice one of the characters in the background doing something funny that you didn't see before.

4. Would you call yourself a solo runner, a group runner, or a little of both?

I would say a little bit of both. On one hand, I'm a solo runner because I like the flexibility of when I run, the pace, the location, etc. On the other hand, I definitely benefit from running with groups. Running with faster people makes me run faster! It's also much more fun and feels more like a social activity vs "exercise". Group runs are the reason I get up at ~6AM on Saturday and Sunday during Nike training season!

5. Is there a catchphrase that you would use to describe your personality and/or character?



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Well, that's it! Thanks, Eileen - very fun questions!

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

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On a side note, I followed the lead of Maritza and Tara and entered the 2009 NYC marathon lottery this year. This will be year #2 for applying so if I don't get in this year or next, I am definitely in for 2011. (But I would really love to run it sooner!)

18 comments:

Mica said...

Aw, I'm so jealous of your CA weather (though not of the earthquakes)!

Marathon Maritza said...

Yay NYCM lottery!!!

I hope it's not too hard to get in. (That's what she said.)

audgepodge said...

HAHAHAHAHA! Maritza, that was classic.

aron said...

ohhhh good luck to you too!!!

Sarah said...

Good luck on the lottery!! Great post! And by the way- I work for Nike and used to work for Life Is Good! Cracks me up to see them together in your post!

joyRuN said...

I hear you about the contagious enthusiasm. I suck up enough enthusiasm from this blogosphere :)

And for the Goofy Challenge, now you're making me want to do it too. Geez-o-peets!

Alisa said...

I do miss the California weather!

I love what you said about Goofy, that is sooooo how I feel about it. I'm thinking one of these years when our savings is a little better built up we will be Goofying.

I too, am considering entering the NYC lottery, though I kind of know I couldnt' run it this year. I would have to defer, unless I could share a hotel room and someone would pay for my plane tix =).

Amanda said...

I love these interviews, and that's a great life motto:)

Holly said...

Yay, interview me! :)

lilmeg said...

Fun! I'm planning to be in CA for the Nike Women's (half) Marathon. Interview me! lol

Marcy said...

Audrey you're in too (NYC)? I soooo need to get up on it.

Great interview :-)

D10 said...

Fun interview. Way to sign up for NY. How fun would it be if you all get in!

Runner Leana said...

The interview game was fun! Good luck with the NYC lottery! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for Nike, whenever that one comes up.

Runner Leana said...

And oh yeah...I heart the Office too!

Chic Runner said...

love the interview! :) so fun!

kirby said...

Ok, since I'm back to updating my blog & commenting on your stuff... and refuse to post this sort of thing to FB. Do eeet. Interview me. This could be dangerous since you know me, but I'll try to be honest :)

Julianne said...

Now, you're getting me excited. I want to do Goofy, too!!! Is it too late??? I plan to sign up for the NYC lottery, too!!

The 8-count said...

I could use cali weather right about now... Interview me!

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