Q&A – What My Husband (Adam) Thinks of My Running

Yesterday Margaret, fellow runner and cat mom, put up a Q&A post titled, “What My Husband Thinks of My Running” and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Basically, Margaret asked her husband several questions about her training to see things from his perspective. I decided to do the same Q&A with Adam, although I changed a couple of the questions so they would be more relevant to my life and training. My comments are in italics. I hope you enjoy!

1. Does my running make you want to run?

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No, I don’t like running at all. Running is something I should do but I avoid it because I don’t enjoy it.

A couple of years ago Adam did Tough Mudder Miami and finished in 2:48 I think (the course was 11 miles long and included many obstacles). He retired from running after that saying he hated it too much to ever race again. He will do the occasional 5K with me and can knock out 8 minute pace without training. I’m not jealous or anything. His cardio game is strong because he does MMA.

2. What do I eat before I run?

I know you like those Stinger gummies. Sometimes you bring a powder drink and you usually take gels to eat while you’re on your run.

As far as pre-race meals, I know one time you had pasta and that didn’t work out too well so you never did that again.

Yes! I really like Honey Stinger chomps in cherry and orange blossom. The powder drink Adam’s talking about is Ultima, my favorite electrolyte replenisher drink. I rarely ever bring gels. I have a stack of them because my coach wants me to use gels, but I hate them so much.

3. How far do I run most days?

It depends on what you’re training for. Sometimes you’ll have a change of pace run where you do like two miles, but if you’re training for a marathon you might run 18 miles.  Anywhere between 2 and 18, I guess.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a fartlek that was only 2 miles long, and my longest training run for a full marathon is 20 miles. No points for this question!

4. What kind of running shoes do I wear?

You wear Brooks. You get a new pair every year. You wore the Brooks 14 last year, the Brooks 15 this year and next year you’ll probably wear the Brooks 16. They’re normal looking running shoes. Sometimes they’re purple and sometimes they’re yellow.

This answer is too good, haha. I wear the Brooks Adrenalines GTS and go through 3 to 4 pairs per year. The Adrenalines do end with the year number, so points for that, but no points for the shoe colors as I’ve never had a purple or yellow pair. 

5. What is my favorite race? 

White? Asian? Black? Feline!

I know you like watching the Boston Marathon.

When it comes to participation, I don’t think you liked the Portland Marathon, but I think you really liked the Miami half marathon. We had a nice hotel room.

This is really close! I love watching Boston and the Miami half is my current favorite race since I PR’d at it. My ultimate favorite race course is the Fort Lauderdale half though since it goes along my normal training route and I’m super familiar with every step of it. I definitely don’t hate the Portland Marathon. It wasn’t my favorite race, but I want to go back and have a redemption run there sometime soon-ish.

6. Do you like going to my races?

If they’re local, not really, but I like traveling for races. When you race in Fort Lauderdale I rarely make it to the finish line. Actually, I rarely wake up before you get home. I just wait for you to get home to ask you how it went (once I wake up).

I think this means I can schedule more destination races for next year! 

7. What have you learned from having a wife who runs?

Oh my God, I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned about shoes and I’ve learned about Scott Jurek. I’ve also learned about fartleks and Anton.

I’m so happy that Adam mentioned Scott and Anton (Krupicka), two of my favorite ultrarunners. 

8. Does Mindy Kaling run?

She slow jogs.

This is the perfect answer because Mindy’s famous for saying she likes to slow jog, which makes me think we would be the best running buddies. 

9. If I could run with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

Mulan? Justin Timberlake? Britney Spears?

Oh, I know, LeBron James. You would run a 5K with him so that you could finally know what his 5K time is!

Hahaha. Adam says Mulan because I sometimes listen to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” during speedwork. Hey, it’s a motivational song!

LeBron is a really good answer. I am obsessed with looking up celebrity race times, and I am dying to know how fast LeBron could run a 5K. He’s such a super-athlete that I bet he could crush a 5K in sub-20 despite his big frame. I’d love to see it happen! 

That’s a wrap for this Q&A. Thanks so much to Adam for answering and thanks to you for reading. I’ll talk to you again soon!

Would you like to see more Q&As with Adam?
If you’re a run blogger, will you PLEASE do this with your significant other?

29 comments

  1. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    Oh my gosh, I loved this! New pair of running shoes every year…. that’s exactly what a guy should think 😉
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    1. Kristina

      Hahah exactly! I think Adam believes I only buy one pair of running shoes per year because I always get the same color shoe – whichever one is offered in wide width each year!

  2. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    This is so fun! I actually think Rob would do really well with this because we are both runners and talk about this stuff all the time. Buts its definitely fun to see answers from a non-runner’s perspective!
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    1. Kristina

      Yes, I bet Rob would ace it! That’s so nice that you both run and can do races together!

  3. Sam

    I think the shoe answer is my favorite. I feel like I say “So I bought a new pair of running shoes…” every week.
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    1. Kristina

      It’s my favorite too! So funny! I have no idea where he got yellow and purple from!

  4. cheryl

    THis was a great, fun post…I should interview my husband and kids!
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    1. Kristina

      I’d love to read what your husband and kids have to say, especially since they are all runners! I bet they would ace the quiz! 😉

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I LOVED READING THIS!! I would definitely love to hear more Q & As from Adam. I think it is funny he was so specific about the color of your running shoes but was wrong. 🙂 I will see if I can get Paul to do this. Maybe he will VLOG it!?
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    1. Kristina

      YESSSSSS vlog! I asked Adam to do it in vlog form but I don’t have 1,000 subscribers on youtube so it was a no, lol
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  6. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    So, this is going to be a weird comment but I didn’t realize you and Adam were actually married! Don’t know how that one slipped by me, I guess because I’ve never seen you refer to him as your husband or mention a wedding on here before. I know you’ve talked about how long you’ve been together. Well I guess I learned something new today! LOL
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    1. Kristina

      We aren’t actually married, haha. If I had to tick off a box I would call him my life partner, but it’s usually just easier to say husband. When I say life partner or partner I usually have to explain why we’ve been together for (almost) 11 years and haven’t officially tied the knot. “Husband” encompasses the role he plays in my life even if we aren’t legally married. Florida used to recognize common law marriage but stopped around 1970!

      1. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

        Ahhhh okay. I was wondering how the heck I missed that! My relationship is very similar so I definitely get it, although I think Kevin might have a minor freak out if I ever used his name and husband in the same sentence, lol
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  7. Margaret

    Fun, glad you did it too! The totally wrong shoe color is great. 🙂
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    1. Kristina

      When he said yellow and purple my face turned into a question mark! So weird!

  8. Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can

    i love this! i will totally have to write one of these soon my husband has done a few races with me but doesnt anymore. definitely do more Q&A’s they are totally cute 🙂

    1. Kristina

      Can’t wait to see what your hubby says in his Q&A!

  9. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    This is so fun, AND we got a pic of Adam! I’m impressed by what he knows. I feel like Matt would know all the answers to this. I’m going to test his knowledge!
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    1. Kristina

      Yes! I bet Matt will slay his Q&A! Can’t wait to see it!

  10. Kerry

    I love this! I’m so making Frank fill out this survey. I especially love his response to what shoes you wear. 🙂

    1. Kristina

      Ahhh, can’t wait to read Frank’s answers!

      The shoe answer was really mind blowing, I think Adam may be color blind!

  11. Cocomama

    Loved this interview! Adam did really well, even the ones he missed (like the fartlek) were close enough! I’d say he scores points for every question. 🙂
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  12. Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    This is hilarious! You definitely need to schedule more destination races 😉
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  14. Jennifer

    oh my gosh this was great! thanks for sharing – yes to destination races **cough** dc 🙂
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  15. Karen

    Hubby is too cute! How sweet he listens and takes note of your favorite runners 😉 I am not a tough mudder fan either…
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  16. Heather @ GirlGoesRunning

    These are great!!!! I love this idea. I wonder if I could convince Matt to take part…lol.
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    1. Kristina

      YESSSSS he must do it!

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