A to Z

I couldn’t write yesterday because I only had one thing on my mind and I didn’t want to pollute this happy little blog with it so I just didn’t write.

Today is a new day and, in light of my story being recently featured in Psychology Today last week (hello new readers!), I decided to take part in this A to Z About Me Q and A.

A to Z

A. Attached or single?

Attached now for 9 years. And it keeps getting better.

Our wedding was SO FUN!

Our wedding was SO FUN!
(Image courtesy of elisabethmilay.com)

B. Best friend?

JB. The Obi-wans. My 4 sibs and Chi-Chi.

C. Cake or pie?

Hmmm…gotta be really great cake (like from SugarSweet Sunshine or Alice’s Tea Cup) but I’m also a big fan of both Cherry and Apple pie. Why choose just one?

D. Day of choice?

Friday. Always happy for the weekend and it’s Date Night.

E. Essential item?

Beauty: Mascara. Clothing: Perfect jeans. Workout: Chafe-free shorts.

F. Favorite color?


"Pink is my signature color."

“Pink is my signature color.”

G. Gummy bears or worms?

Neither. Twizzlers or Snickers, please.

H. Home town?

Born in Glen Ridge, NJ. Lisle and Woodridge, IL for childhood.

I. Favorite indulgence?

Great Jones Spa facial.

J. January or July?

January. Everything feels new in January.

K. Kids?

Love ’em.

L. Life isn’t complete without?

Snuggling next to my man and taking a nap after a long run on a Saturday morning.

No husband? Give me all the pillows then.

No husband? Give me all the pillows then.

M. Marriage date?


N. Number of brothers/sisters?

2 sisters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, and one special significant other.

O. Oranges or Apples?

Oranges. When they’re perfect, they’re delicious.

P. Phobias?

I don’t like snakes, but I don’t think that’s a phobia. They’re just creepy.

Q. Quotes?

“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” ~Winston Churchill

…in that vein: “If you just keep going, eventually you’ll get to the finish line.” ~me

R. Reasons to smile?

My gorgeous niece. Flower deliveries. Dates with friends. Too many reasons, really.

S. Season of choice?

Fall. Fall in New York City is magical.

T. Tag 5 People.

Jesica, Tina, Kristin, Jenny, Hillary, BethMichelle…but really, everyone should if they have lost their will to write or need to get their writing mojo back (ahem, Sara).

I want all my friends to do it!

I want all my friends to do it!

U. Unknown fact about me?

I can only crack my middle fingers on each hand.

V. Vegetable?

Before J-pouch: raw green beans. After J-pouch: sautéed zucchini.

W. Worst habit?

Being late/loud.

X. X-Ray or ultrasound?

Ultrasound cuz it’s more than a diagnostic tool. It can treat, diagnose, and image.

Dr. Abby says, "When in doubt, ULTRASOUND!"

Dr. Abby says, “When in doubt, ULTRASOUND!”

Y. Your favorite food?

Sugar cookies. And Two Boots Pizza.

A Monster after my own heart.

A Monster after my own heart.

Z. Zodiac sign?

Gemini. Totally a Gemini.

You can do this survey too! Pingback, tag, or Tweet me if you do. I want to get to know YOU better!

Now go out and run!

Getting To Know You

First off, GO BIG BLUE!!! The Giants win again! You should have heard the city from my apartment last night as the game ended. Wow. So loud!

Second, I hope everyone in Denver has managed to shovel their way out of the 2 feet (!!!!) of snow from this weekend. I spent my weekend showing The Golden Child and Ginger around our fair city. So much fun!

Speaking of fun, have you nominated your favorite workout buddy, an inspiring athlete you know, or your Mom/sister/daughter/trainer/crazy running buddy in my Sparkly Soul giveaway yet? Pay it forward and tell them how they add sparkle to your world by entering them in my contest.

So, I was tagged by Katie recently with this little blogger game that’s going around. I’m supposed to tell all of you 11 Random Things about me and answer 11 Questions from Katie and then tag 11 other bloggers. I like games and figure it doesn’t ever hurt to share weird things about myself with perfect strangers, so here goes!

The Rules:

  1. Post these rules.
  2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions set for you in their post.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.
  6. No stuff in the tagging section like “you are tagged if you are reading this”. You (the blogger) legitimately have to tag 11 (or so) people.

11 Random Things About Me:

  1. I have 40 first cousins.
  2. I have run marathons in 5 different states.
  3. My left foot is exactly 1/2 size bigger than my right (makes shoe shopping interesting…).
  4. I don’t have cable TV.
  5. My favorite guilty pleasure is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting from just about any bakery in NYC.
  6. I have never owned a car.
  7. This is my 17th semester of college.
  8. I can sing the ABC’s in French.
  9. I run faster now than I ever did as a competitive runner in my youth.
  10. I can wiggle my ears.
  11. I have been pooped on by pigeons twice in my 10 years of living in New York. I look at it as being baptized a “New Yorker”.

11 Questions from Katie:

I have always loved monkey-ing around.

  1. When did you start running? When I was 10 years old on the track team. The next Fall my friend asked if I wanted to run cross country instead of joining volleyball. I said “yes” and the rest is history.
  2. What monopoly piece do you always pick? I like the top hat.
  3. What is your favorite pre-race meal? I usually make my own: Chicken, zucchini, squash, spinach and rigatoni pasta sautéed in garlic and olive oil with salt and pepper.
  4. Disney or Nickelodeon as a kid? Disney. We were big Kids Incorporated/Mickey Mouse Club fans.
  5. What is your favorite race fuel? I’ve tried them all and found I love the strawberry Clif Shot Bloks.
  6. What did you want to be when you grow up as a kid? Abby, age 5: Favorite class? “Gym.” Abby, age 15: “Something in sports medicine.” I guess I was destined to be a physical therapist.
  7. What do you want to be now? Physical therapist and philanthropist.
  8. What is the best place you’ve ever lived? “Best” is a relative term. New York City is my home. Colorado is where I think of my family as being. Chicago is my childhood.
  9. What is the best route you’ve ever run? I have always loved that when I move to a new city that my first run is a mystery. I go out and get lost and find my way back home. I love those runs.
  10. What TV show is your guilty pleasure? I just powered through the entire first season of Downton Abbey. I could NOT stop watching it. Such good writing, acting, just everything! 
  11. What is your favorite non-running blog? This is probably more of a “guilty pleasure” than any of my TV choices, but I love the gossip blog Lainey Gossip. Such smut but extremely entertaining.

Anna Karenina = Old School Smut

As for my fellow bloggers, here are your 11 Questions:
  1. What was your best race (for whatever reason)?
  2. What is your favorite place to go for retail therapy?
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. If you could go anywhere for a vacation, where would you go?
  5. Best piece of advice you ever received?
  6. What would your friends say is your most redeeming quality?
  7. How did you start blogging?
  8. Twitter or Facebook?
  9. What is your pre-race ritual?
  10. Woody Allen movies: Yay or Nay?
  11. Favorite book you’ve read in the last few years.
So, there you have it. Now it’s your turn. Answer one (or more!) of the above questions in the comments and tell me about yourself! OR, ask me anything.
Now go out and run!