Pro(u)st

The (in)famous Proust Questionnaire has been going viral this past week. Vanity Fair prints it in their magazine but since chances are slim to none that I will ever be interviewed by said magazine, voila:

1.What is your idea of perfect happiness? being with the person I love most

2.What is your greatest fear? losing the person I love most; being buried alive

3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? lack of creativity

4.What is the trait you most deplore in others? righteousness

5.Which living person do you most admire? Paula Radcliffe

6.What is your greatest extravagance? running shoes

7.What is your current state of mind? content

8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue? wealth

9.On what occasion do you lie? when I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings

10.What do you most dislike about your appearance? my nose

11.Which living person do you most despise? Donald Trump

12.What is the quality you most like in a man? intelligence; sense of humor; strong work ethic

13.What is the quality you most like in a woman? intelligence; sense of humor; strong work ethic

14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse? awesome

15.What or who is the greatest love of your life? David

16.When and where were you happiest? with David

17.Which talent would you most like to have? creativity

18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? be more ambitious

19.What do you consider your greatest achievement? my successful marriage

20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? my dog

21.Where would you most like to live? Venice

22.What is your most treasured possession? it was Nelson

23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? loneliness

24.What is your favorite occupation? running; spending time with friends; travelling

25.What is your most marked characteristic? honesty; loyalty; directness

26.What do you most value in your friends? their ability to accept me for who I am

27.Who are your favorite writers? Jane Austen; Charles Dickens; Bob Woodward; Walter Isaacson

28.Who is your hero of fiction? Jai Raventhorne in “Olivia and Jai”

29. Who is your heroine of fiction? Portia in “The Merchant of Venice”

30.Who are your heroes in real life? Gandhi; JFK; Albino Luciani; Peter Benenson; Barack Obama; all those who contribute to improving the human condition

31.Who are your heroines in real life? Margaret Sanger; Aung San Suu Kyi; again, all those who contribute to improving the human condition

32. What are your favorite names? Ella and Miles

33. What is your favorite color? blue

34. Who is your favorite painter? Georgia O’Keeffe; Marc Chagall

35. Who is your favorite composer? Mozart

36.What is it that you most dislike? injustice

37.What is your greatest regret? not going into medicine

38.How would you like to die? quick and unexpected

39.What is your motto? Born to run

Today’s Running Tip: Run for fun!

Runners who overdo it on races often dread the next time they have to line up at the start. Take a break! Stop training for the next PR or race goal and just run for fun for a while. Then sign up for a race without putting the pressure  of a specific finish time on yourself! You will rejuvenate and find your love for running again.



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