When did you become a vegetarian and what are some of your staple foods as a vegetarian?
I’ve been a vegetarian since my junior year of college. I was never one to eat meat every single day, making it a lot easier to eliminate it from my diet. When I ate meat, I didn’t like meat on the bones (I guess it reminded me that it was once alive?), and I usually doused it in hot sauce or ate it on a sandwich with a lot of veggies anyway.
Occasionally I try some meat just to make sure I still don’t like it and want to remain a vegetarian (so far I haven’t). I don’t like the taste of meat, and I can’t ever see myself eating meat every day even if I do “cross over” to the omnivore side.
As far as what I eat… I like spinach quesadillas a lot, especially when Clay makes them. We also eat a lot of spaghetti (with tons of veggies like spinach, squash, zucchini, etc). And, I love peanut butter and almond butter! My favorite peanut butters are the Peanut Butter and Company Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and White Chocolate Wonderful.
I also eat a ton of fruits and veggies (obviously) and dishes made with them, lots of cereal, oatmeal, and ice cream, and I love the hoagies at Mellow Mushroom and the Mexican food at Las Palmitas.
What is one of your dream/bucket-list races?
Last year, I read an article about a cruise that offered a race in one of the ports as a part of the cruise (you ran with celebrities and I think the CEO of the cruise line). I think it was in St. Maarten. I would love to do that, or one of the Rock and Roll half marathons.
Who cooks more – you or Clay? What’s your favorite thing he cooks/bakes?
Clay cooks more and I bake more. I really like to bake banana breads :). My favorite thing he cooks is stuffed pasta shells and Greek salad with his homemade dressing. That’s what he cooked for me the first time he ever cooked for me and on the night he proposed. The meal has a sentimental meaning and takes a long time to make, so he doesn’t make it often, but I still love it because it takes me back to those special times.
What got you into running, and what is your favorite thing about it?
I got into running the summer before my senior year of college (2006) because I worked a desk job and was tired of sitting around all day then going home and sitting around more. I also wanted to relieve stress. Needless to say, running has helped me do both of those things, but my favorite thing is all the friends I’ve made running. It’s really neat to go to races and see your friends, hang out, and run together.
Sure, there are placements and awards, but it’s really a friendly environment and I like that. Running also empowers other people and teaches us all that we can do things we never thought were possible. It pushes our limits and I like that.
Oldest thing you own (that’s always been yours, not given to you from a family member)?
I still have a computer from the previous decade. Does that count?
Don’t worry, it’s no longer in use :).
What is a bad habit of yours?
I’m cluttered, and I wish I was more organized. I also have a tendency to lose things underneath the seats of my car or my desk at work. Yeah, I once found a bottle of gatorade that had some sort of science experiment growing in it when cleaning out my car- yuck. None of you will want to ride in my car now, but I promise I try to keep it cleaned out!