You Asked For It

A couple weeks ago, my dear friend Alyssa nominated me for a Liebster Award, which I think basically just means she wants me to talk about myself a lot. Just kidding. Kind of. If you don't already know her, you should have already clicked over to her blog by now because she is awesome. She's from New Jersey, she's a bad(ass) yogi, and she lets me live vicariously through her training for her first half marathon. Plus she writes way better than I do.

Even though I just recently shared some things you might not guess about me, I followed the rules and came up with 11 more random facts:
A selfie seemed appropriate for this occasion
1. I refused to do a unit in 10th grade biology because I am extremely afraid of frogs. Seriously, just typing that...word...made my skin crawl. I can't even look at a picture of one without my anxiety going through the roof.
2. I have a video on Youtube that has over 37,000 views. (It's actually of my ferret...I'm not cute enough to watch 37,000 times).
3. I haven't eaten meat in 3 years.
4. I'm double-jointed (hypermobile) in my knees, hips, elbows, and a few fingers. My limbs and digits bend farther backward than they're really supposed to.
5. I'm not a hugger. Especially not if we just met.
6. I think the word blog sounds weird and kinda gross so I don't like saying it.
7. I'm not the type of person to talk about shit I plan to do unless I really mean it.
8. I will take a craft beer over a glass of wine (almost) any day of the week.
9. Ben and I are a one-car family.
10. My hair is naturally curly. I straighten or curl it every day, except this week I've finally conceded to the humidity (see above)...for now.
11. Despite the fact that I have a blog, I'm actually really bad at talking about myself.

And Alyssa had some questions for me!

1. Whats's the coolest/most interesting thing that has happened since you started your blog? 
So cliche and dorky, but honestly, the friendships I've made are definitely the coolest thing. I first started blogging just to have a place to document my running journey, just so I would have a record of it. I never really intended to share it with anyone else. I'm a pretty private person and was hesitant to write a public blog, but I'm so glad I opened it up! 

2. Smooth or crunchy peanut butter?
Smooth, hands down. My husband and dog disagree though sooo...more smooth PB for me!

3. Who would play you in a movie about your life? 
Is it too cliche to say J-Law? Oh well. J-Law.

4. What do you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self? 
Two words: DUMP. HIM. 

5. If you could look ahead to the future, knowing you could do nothing to change the outcome, would you and why/why not? 
A few years ago, I probably would have said yes to this, but not anymore. I used to think life was was about getting from one destination to the next, but I've learned that taking the scenic route is more fun. I'd rather focus on the journey than knowing exactly where I'm going. 

6. One-way plane ticket in your hands right now to anywhere in the world. Would you take it and where would you go? 
Yes I would (I hope it's accompanied by Xanax or a strong sedative) and I would go to Iceland. I have no idea why but I've been super obsessed with going there recently.

7. Show us your favorite post you've written! 
This letter I wrote on my 3-year running anniversary is probably my favorite. It was fun to write and it's fun to go back and read!

8. What's the worst part about blogging? 
Either the cliquey-ness that sometimes ensues, or how fast-paced it can be. I don't have a schedule that allows me to post every day and be on Twitter and Instagram 24/7 so sometimes I feel like I just can't keep up! I'm so envious of bloggers who are on top of things and have it all together (or at least appear to).

9. What's your favorite place in the world? 
To once again illustrate that I am the least unique person ever: New York City. BUT! That's only as of fairly recently and it didn't happen until like the 3rd time I visited. I hope to live in Brooklyn at some point in the next five years (see #7 above).  

10. What is the best "first" of yours that you can remember? 

Tough question...I don't know that it's the best one ever (I don't even know what qualifies for that),
but it's the best one recently: finishing my first marathon in January! This will never not be one of my best firsts. 

11. What is the number one thing you're working toward right now?

You expected me to talk about running or a race, right? I mean, I don't blame you...that's basically all I talk about. When I'm not running (which is most of the time), I'm working on getting an engineering degree.

And now, I'm passing the baton on to Becky! She is a fellow Hokie, runner, and dog-lover. She is super adorable and has a super adorable boyfriend and super adorable pups and basically writes about being super adorable all the time. It must be hard (I wouldn't know). My questions for Becky are:

1. What's it like having a twin? Pros/cons?
2. What did you major in in college? If you could have gotten a degree in something else, would you and what would it be?
3. Would you rather have a relaxing vacation with no plans, or have lots to see and do?
4.  If you could move anywhere would you? Where?
5. What's your favorite song to run to?
6. What's your earliest memory? 
7. What age has been your favorite so far? 
8. What's something you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?
9. If you had $100 and had to spend it today, what would you buy?
10. What was your favorite class in high school?
11. What are you looking forward to?


  1. I'm not a hugger, either! I get oddly stiff and worry that I suddenly smell or something. And I think your curly hair is so cute!

  2. I've always thought the word "blog" was so weird, too! I seriously have no idea why but I just feel so stupid when I say it. Glad I'm not the only one :)

  3. Well now I want to see the youtube video of your ferret!! And ya, I'd pretty much pass along the same advice to my 16 year old self...oh youth

  4. They visited Iceland on an episode of The Amazing Race at some point and ever since then I decided it would be a cool place to visit! It seems like such a random place but there's so much history and it looks beautiful!

  5. I have a hard time keeping up with Instagram on weekdays and I don't even attempt to keep up with Twitter! LOL

    The word blog is really bizarre and I don't like saying it either.

  6. I have so many comments about so many of these things because it just made me even crazier about you than I already was! Thanks for doing this, it's always great to learn more about the bloggers we love. And super thanks for saying such sweet things about little old moi :) I love your video of finishing the marathon, that's so awesome that you have that!

  7. Ahhh! I'm a total hugger, even with people I just met sometimes LOL I usually feel it out, first. I learned a lot about you ;) ps that selfie is adorable!

    And yes. Just YES on the smooth peanut butter!

  8. I learned so much about you from this post- I'm glad you did it! :) My fave part might have been the telling your 16-year-old-self to DUMP HIM. Don't we ALL wish we could have told ourselves that?!

  9. I'm so not a hugger either. I don't get people who just want to touch other people without knowing where they've been. Ick

  10. I honestly think a lot of us, even though we have blogs, aren't very good at talking about ourselves. I am a hugger, so I'm glad you told me that ;) love that finishing the marathon video, you look so calm and collected and happy, and im normally like (not in marathons, obv) ohmgod i can stop now. haha!

  11. A one-car family? Interesting! Have you written about that before on here? Because I'm interested in this.

  12. I am so jealous of your natural hair- the curls are so pretty! I'm not a hugger either and I haaaate when I meet someone for the first time and they say they're a hugger and go in for a hug! haha! When we were in NYC last, I saw a bunch of people wearing shirts for the Brooklyn half-marathon, and I was like maybe one day I would run a marathon if it was here!

  13. I'm finally home to sit down and read this and now I'm just blushing all over :) Thanks for the sweet words!!! I love your questions and can't wait to answer them!

    I can confirm that Kayla is a hugger haha. I usually feel it out too though I'm not one to start the hug but I'll follow through if the other person does. Smooth peanut butter all the way! And I would tell my 17 year old self that same thing ughh.

  14. The way you are with frogs is the way I am with lizards ...cant even type the word without cringing ugh

  15. I'm a hugger but I also have issues with people's hygiene so as long as I can assess that you're clean enough, I'm good to hug! lol


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