Q&A

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Qs/As Worth Sharing

* obligatory disclaimer * I’m not a doctor, trained professional, RD, life coach, etc. Please take all thoughts expressed here with a grain of salt.

RUNNING/WORKING OUT

* How did you become part of the Oiselle team? Did they recruit you or did you ask/apply to be part? (WannabeBird)
I applied last summer – team has since filled capacity but you can read more about how it works & what’s in it for them/us HERE
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* You posted about your training spreadsheet a while ago – can you send it to me? (Lindsey)
Happy to share the Type A Training Log :)
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What is your favorite SoCal half? (Laura)
I don’t think I have one! Fontana is a good downhill course & Laguna Hills is challenging but surprisingly scenic for suburbia. Santa Barbara wins the 26.2 hands down.
* What were your typical training paces leading up to your 3:37? I was so sad to see you miss a BQ by a few sec/mile… (FellowBostonHopeful)
Sigh. That race & training was more guts & luck than finesse or strategy. Easy/Long Runs 845-9, Tempo 650-710, 800s low3.
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My next two races land on my next two periods! Do you experience any exhaustion from yours and if you do, do you train or eat differently? (Sarah)
Yes! I load up on eggs, spinach, and beans – all high in iron which gets zapped by Flo and are slightly more nutritious than the chocolate and potato chips I crave. Vit C aids iron absorption so take a swig of OJ or a vitamin, too.

THE INTERNET

Do you read GOMI? Does it affect what you write about?  (Made Up Name)
I used to, but did get wrapped up in what people might say/think and I hated feeling censored in my writing. So I quit, cold-turkey. 6 months sober! Aint nobody got time for internet bullies.
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Are you really friends with Sweaty Emily?  Actually friends? She doesn’t come across as very like able. (Trying Not to be Judgy)
HAHAHA – yes, we are very good friends. She’s not as bad as she seems ;)
What kind of discounts do you get (if any) from Brooks, NUUN, etc?  (Pete)
I am a brand ambassador for Nuun and Oiselle, and receive a % off purchases and some free product. I have an affiliate link for Brooks but no one’s bought anything so I don’t get shit for it. Any other affiliations are on an as-promoted basis. I am not monetized (ads — gross) and do not receive compensation other than product for reviews.  * read also : I have to keep my day job

PERSONAL

* Do you get pissed when people spell your name wrong? (Sara)
“WITH an h” is one of my favorite things to say.
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* Have you ever milked a cow? (Jocelyn)
At the fair (by machine) once. I also sheared a sheep (one swipe) and dated a pig farmer (for 3 weeks). Yeehaw Ohio.
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Last meal? Detail appetizer, main and dessert courses.? (HUNGRY)
Spicy minestrone soup with cheesy baguette, veggie pumpkin curry with brown rice from the Thai place down the road, and a monster slice of carrot cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting, walnuts, and rum-soaked raisins. 27 glasses of zinfandel and a cup of decaf coffee. And some Andes mints on the way out.
* Do you wear your engagement/wedding rings while you run? I’m scared shitless to lose it. (curious)
Safer on my finger than trusted to pea brain to remember where I left it last. I never take off any of my jewelry. EVER.
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Mrs. Oual, are you planning on… uhm… expanding your family in the near future? (Guys I’m Serious)As soon as I stop falling asleep in my contacts and forgetting to get my oil changed.

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