Feb 04

Questions Answered…with Questions

What kind of questions you may ask? All of them…with a twist. You all know that one person who answers a question with a question, right? Well, I’m going to be that person for this post. First of all, how boring is it to simply answer a bunch of questions? (see, I’m doing it already!) So when Laura at Sprint To The Table tagged me to answer a list of random questions, I decided to answer each, without really answering them at all. That’s not annoying, is it? Let’s find out…

All Your Questions Answered

1. What is your current health related goal?

I’m supposed to have goals related to health and not winning? What?

2. What is your biggest irrational fear?

What is this ‘fear’ of which you speak?

3. Do you enjoy wrapping presents?

What kind of lunatic enjoys this?

4. What’s your favorite cross training activity?

Does hours baking with my boys during every f-ing snowstorm we have, constitute cross-training? I assure you there’s a lot of sweating and mixing involved, which is kind of like strength training. Actually it’s more of an endurance event.

Lamby is always very helpful in these situations.

Lamby is always very helpful in these situations.

Another snowstorm another creation from Jen at Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio! These gems are watermelon push-pops and yes, they are supposed to be made in the summer.

Another snowstorm another creation from Jen at Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio! These gems are watermelon push-pops and yes, they are supposed to be made in the summer.


5. If I came to visit you, what would we do?

Who dares come to visit me? If you insist, we would start by eating a whole wheat fig bar (just one!), followed by you reading my latest blog post (and laughing hysterically), then just a sip of water followed by a 14 mile training run at a 7:40 pace (regardless of weather conditions), followed by a lunch of water and 12 almonds (to share), we would then indulge the twins in being Boxtrolls or creating whatever delightful baking phenomenon Jen has in store for us, and finally we would relax by going to the gym and doing a strength/cycle workout.

What time should I expect you?


6. You have 2 weeks off of work and 2 round trip plane tickets to ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take?

Take? No one! I would sell the additional ticket on eBay (if that is indeed where one sells tickets) and hop a plane to Hawaii, stay for a week alone (run for miles on the beaches!) and then use the extra money I sold the other ticket for to fly the rest of my family out. I’ll be ready for them by then.

7. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you during a run or race?

How embarrassing? Because I’ve been captured on film in a host of embarrassing ways:


The phrase “wet dog” comes to mind.


There was also the time I went the WRONG WAY in a 5K but ended up placing third in my age group. The prize was a Donna Summer album appropriately titled The Wanderer. Touché.



8. Tell me the 3 best days of your life. Or at least the first 3 that pop into your mind.

Three? Isn’t that a lot? Plus, I only have two kids and they were born at the same time!

9. Okay, you HAVE to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would you choose and what would you order?

Is pizza considered fast food?

Feed me!

And listen up McDonald’s – you’re not fooling me with this whole ‘love’ campaign you have going. You want to show some love? Stop being an enabler to obesity and heart disease.

10. Have you ever met a celebrity?

Would it be wrong of me to ask people to stop being so obsessed with celebrities so our family could go to the movies for less money then it takes to buy a new pair of running shoes? Please?

11. Share a picture of yourself in non-workout clothes!

My husband is shocked I'm not wearing a racing kit to Thanksgiving.

My husband is shocked I’m not wearing a racing kit to Thanksgiving. Or maybe it’s because he didn’t know sequent shorts aren’t just for strippers?

12. If you could choose to have a ‘do-over’ and switch careers, what would you choose and why?

Could this be anything or do I have to stay grounded in reality? I would love to come back as Meb Keflezighi! I think I can totally pull it off…


13. If you won the Olympic Gold Medal – how do you think you would react?


14. What do you want for Christmas?

Just how old are these questions Laura??? HA!!!

15. What skill do you lack?

You seriously think there are skills I lack? I mentioned the baking, right?

Your turn! Pick one of the questions (or several) and give me your answer…or question.

Thanks for playing 🙂


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  1. Hollie

    Ha I always enjoy learning more about bloggers. I completely agree about celebrities though. I am not really obsessed with any or going out to the movies because it’s so expensive.
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    1. vita88

      When I take my kids and we get minimal snacks, it costs about $75. That’s insane!

  2. Tara Newman

    Kinds on a snow day is like the ultimate endurance event! And agree with the celebrities.
    Tara Newman recently posted…From Stuck to Inspired + On Fire: A Personal Case StudyMy Profile

    1. vita88

      I know you know!!! And they’re predicting another one on Sunday. Nooooooo!!!

  3. Janine Huldie

    These totally made me giggle this morning, especially the wrapping paper one, because I hate gift wrapping and have asked myself this question more often then you know!! 😉
    Janine Huldie recently posted…It’s Rare, But It Does Happen Wonderful WednesdayMy Profile

    1. vita88

      This year I bought each kid a giant sack and put all their gifts from Santa in them – unwrapped. I wish I had thought of it 4 years ago!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I love it! Way to go proving that sequin shorts aren’t just for strippers. 😉
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    1. vita88

      Just keeping it real over here Angela.

  5. Jess

    Those shorts are awesome! I don’t see anything embarrassing about that photo, unless I am missing it!

    1. vita88

      OMG I hate that photo. I also hated how I felt in it…maybe that’s more it…it’s a horrible memory of a hot and awful race. Thanks Jess. I can’t wait to take my shorts to Vegas later this month…

  6. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    I never would have pegged you for a sparkly short kind of girl!! I love it!! McDonald’s isn’t fooling anybody but you can tell they have a brand new pr firm. I love wrapping presents!! Lol. Those watermelon pop thingies looks so good! I can’t deal with how expensive the movies have gotten. It’s so out of control!
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    1. vita88

      Oh I have lots of surprising fashion secrets Nellie!!
      SO obvious about McD’s getting a new PR firm. I have to hand it to them but I’m not fooled.
      The watermelon pops are absolutely delicious. I love Jen.

  7. misszippy

    I love your humor, which is why I WOULD come visit you and do that dream day of Box Trols and 12-mile run at 7:40 pace w/ a sip of water. And you may think you lack baking skills, but you haven’t seen mine yet. That creation you did is VERY impressive in my book.

    I’d answer the questions but you have set the bar too high.
    misszippy recently posted…What I’m loving latelyMy Profile

    1. vita88

      It’s a 14 miler Amanda and I know you don’t hardly have to fuel your runs anyway. You’re such a badass.

  8. Alison

    I have a question: WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE SEQUIN SHORTS? (not that I could pull it off)
    Alison recently posted…I’m Cool With TransitionsMy Profile

    1. vita88

      Anthropologie! I ordered them online and had no clue if I could pull them off but I figured “what the hell?” Plus, I’m going to Vegas at the end of the month and I’m pretty sure I could wear those to breakfast there and no one would notice.

  9. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    That Hawaii trip plan is brilliant! I could use some solo time somewhere warm to recharge. And those shorts are awesome!!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted…Loving latelyMy Profile

    1. vita88

      Seriously!! Thanks Laura.

  10. Leah

    You seriously have the best sense of humour!! Love the sequins and I want to be in your home for snow storms for the baking….
    Leah recently posted…The boost from serviceMy Profile

    1. vita88

      Thanks Leah and I SO wish you could be here too. My boys would love playing with yours, I’m sure!

  11. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    Totally with you on that McDonalds campaign. What the fuck are they trying to do to us??? Pizza would always be my go to cheat food! I love the sequin shorts!!
    Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness recently posted…Half Marathon Training Week 3My Profile

    1. vita88

      The Super Bowl ad put me over the edge. What’s with all the “love, love, love” BS?? Ugh. Thanks Kris!

      1. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

        It should be more like….”If you eat our food there will be a lot more to love of you!!”!
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  12. Jen@milesandblessings

    Bahaha 🙂 Love this! Ok, so I am totally gullible…..did you seriously get that album as a prize?!!!
    Visiting you for a day sounds great as long as at the end of that 14 miles you throw in a bowl of ice cream :)!
    I am totally with you on the whole celebrity thing!
    Pizza is definitely a fast food!
    Jen@milesandblessings recently posted…Perspective & Kids runningMy Profile

    1. vita88

      YES I really did! It’s a summer series and each 5K has a theme. That one was 70s music or something and I totally got that album. It’s hanging in my garage with the rest of my race memorabilia and I smile every time I see it!
      We would absolutely have ice cream and I’m not sure I could keep up with YOU!

  13. Kim

    I want some sequin shorts!!!
    You can’t scare me off with the plan for the day (maybe the baking part but….I’ll just drink wine then:)!!!
    Those push-pops are very impressive!!!
    Kim recently posted…Just DanceMy Profile

    1. vita88

      I knew that would be just your kind of day Kim!! And, I also drink and bake. Nothing wrong with that!

  14. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    You crack me up! I think you’re Hawaii idea is brilliant. And the pizza. I think it counts for sure.
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    1. vita88

      Thanks Laura! This was so fun 🙂 Maybe you can come up with some sort of protein powder/pizza recipe??

      1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

        You’re the second person to ask! Now I think I have to!
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  15. HappinessSavouredHot

    Heehee… 🙂 I answer most of my kids’ questions with a question. Let them do the hard work of figuring things out.
    HappinessSavouredHot recently posted…The Less is More project: Week 5 – Did you say baking soda?My Profile

    1. vita88

      Genius! I’m going to start doing that ASAP.

  16. Tamara

    The sequin shorts are pretty awesome.
    If I came to visit you, I’d hope for a watermelon push-pop instead of a whole wheat fig bar. Can we arrange that one?
    And the photos that accompanied your answers are hilarious!
    Tamara recently posted…Inside a Newborn Photo Shoot.My Profile

    1. vita88

      Absolutely! I think all the kids would have a blast and we could pretty much do whatever we wanted 🙂

  17. James Oliver

    This is awesome!

    Your boys are adorable.

    Oh, and I’m NEVER coming to visit you! Ha.

    Sharing on twitter and FB now.
    James Oliver recently posted…How Desperation Caused My First Startup To FailMy Profile

    1. vita88

      Hahaha!! Don’t be afraid James, we’ll document the whole thing on film and then create a WeMontage 🙂 Plus, I would love to see what all the twins would do together.
      Thanks so much for the shares. You are the best!

  18. Britt@MyOwnBalance

    That is one of my all time favorite movie quotes! I love it! I actually saw the town house where they filmed that movie this fall. It is worth $10m!

    1. vita88

      Holy wow!!! The funniest thing is that it was actually on TV last night and when I clicked to it, it was at almost that exact part!? Isn’t that weird?? That movie isn’t something I would usually watch but for some reason I did one day and I loved it. I mean pretty much anything Meryl Streep does, right? Thanks Britt!

  19. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Haha, you crack me up! We have a lamby too 🙂
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    1. vita88

      I think I knew that. Lambies are the best 🙂

  20. GiGi Eats

    HIGHLY offended you wouldn’t want to go on an epic journey with me! You would rather SELL THAT TICKET! How rude! 🙁 <— angry face, not sad face! LOL!
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    1. vita88

      Um, I don’t remember getting an invite on your EPIC VACATION OF A LIFETIME to the literal ends of the earth, paradise and the magical village of hobbits!!!! What the hell???

      1. GiGi Eats

        Okay, true story… Valid point. I take my comment back. **Hangs head in shame**
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  21. Dana

    I have a black sequined tank top that would be awesome with those shorts. Or total overkill, but whatever.

    I hope I don’t offend, but I’m not sure I would eat anything that came into contact with Lamby. He (she?) looks a little rough around the edges.
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    1. vita88

      I seriously laughed out loud at your comment!!! You absolutely would NOT want to eat anything that came in contact with that thing. I wash it once a week but really, it should probably be daily. If it were up to my husband, Lamby would have a little “accident” and never be seen again! Poor Lamby.

  22. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    haha love this Allie. I think that you did a great job answering the questions with questions. Can’t imagine how you all are surviving all the snow. We had one snow day and I was done with the boys! Love the sequin shorts too!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted…How to Achieve Balance in Fitness, Healthy Eating and LifeMy Profile

    1. vita88

      I’m about to crack. We’re getting another storm tonight into tomorrow and I just.can’t.

  23. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    Clever responses lady! I’d be a sound engineer for TV shows if I could have another career.
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    1. vita88

      Now THAT is interesting!

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