MeMe #456789453

I said many times before and I say it again. I don’t care what others think about them, I love MeMes! LOVE them! Love reading other peoples’ and love writing my own. They are such a great and fast way to see into someone’s psyche and give you a quick glimpse into their lives. Like my last one I took this one from Amanda. She had been tagged to answer the first seven questions and then tagged others with the second set. I took them all, since, well, I love to answer all sorts of questions regarding myself.

1. What’s your favorite type of exercise clothing and why do you love it? My Nike Dri-FIT Tempo Women’s Running Shorts. They are the most comfortable shorts ever and come in all sorts of fun colors.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? What do you do now? I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I used to be an Events Coordinator but am thinking that Nursing school will be in my future. I would love nothing more than to work in the medical field, preferably in pediatric oncology and/or critical care.

3. What’s one “bad” thing that you just can’t give up? Sucking my thumb… enough said.

4. What’s your guilty pleasure tv show? I love watching the Real Housewives (except the Atlanta ones). Such train wrecks. I don’t have Cable anymore but watch it on Hulu or sometimes have my neighbors tape it for me. My all time favorite (non guilty) show is “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

5. Were you always an athlete? When did you start and why? I have always been athletic and into sports. PE is a part of the German school curriculum and mandatory. I played volleyball, basketball, soccer, ran track in High School and we had to take swimming lessons. Outside of school I played tennis. I started running when I came to the States in 1987 but did not race until 2004 when I ran the Los Angeles Marathon.

6. How many meals/snacks do you eat per day? Oh boy! I start my day with a handful of Erin Baker’s Homestyle Granola (Fruit & Nut is my favorite), just the granola, no milk. I have a banana with peanut butter for lunch and usually a small snack in the afternoon (home made protein cookies). My biggest and only real meal is dinner which I always follow up with three to four pieces of fruit. I have gotten some criticism for this diet over the year but I really REALLY do not like to eat during the day. This meal plan has allowed me to live comfortably for many years now.

7. What are your favorite pre- and post-workout foods and drinks? Pre workout I usually snack on Erin Baker’s Granola and drink water. For recovery I rely on FRS (Nectarine/Apricot is my new favorite).

8. Are you a girlie movie? Action movie? or Comedy kind of person? I am definitely not into chick flicks. If I had to choose between comedy and action I would go with comedy, but it has to be really good comedy (Curb Your Enthusiasm style). My favorite movie genres are drama and documentaries, by far!

9. What is your favorite thing to do to “treat” yourself? Sitting in my courtyard by the pool, reading a good book.

10. How much sleep do you need to feel your best? I need at least 7 1/2 hours of sleep at night. I am also the master of cat naps and usually take one every afternoon.

11. What vegetable could you eat every day? I am not a big vegetable fan, especially when they are cooked. I do love salads. If I had to pick one for daily consumption it would be raw carrots. My favorite cooked vegetable is spinach but I don’t think I could eat it daily.

12. Dream place to run? Kenya, where I have never been. A dream place to run where I have been is the Santa Barbara water front. For almost a decade I used to run there every morning.

13. Last good book you read? I am reading it right now: Stones into Schools, by Greg Mortensen. I read his first book, Three Cups of Tea, which is one of my favorite books and realized how little we understand about the tribal people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mortensen’s work with the Central Asia Institute is truly changing the world one school at  a time.

14. What was the best year of your life? The best year of my life was the year I married David, and every year since!

Today’s Running Tip: A perfect Runner’s Diet

As a runner you should get 60 percent of your calorie-intake from carbohydrates, 25 percent from fat and 15 percent from protein. Choose lean protein like chicken and turkey, monounsaturated fats you find in Avocados, olives, and nuts, and complex carbohydrates like whole wheat, oats, brown rice.

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