If I was being interviewed by Ali on the Run…

In my headline, I know I technically should have said ‘If I were being interviewed’ and I dithered for ages over what to write but it sounded so fancy and pretentious that I couldn’t do it.

All I’ve posted about lately is training recaps, with a side of UK travel. That’s because my running at the moment is unspectacular. Elle wrote a great post in December about how her Boston Qualifying marathon was paved with unsexy miles…how the majority of marathon/race training is just turning up, putting in the miles and doing the work, and on the whole that’s what I’ve been doing. The weather (until recently) has been grey and flat so I haven’t had pretty pictures to share…I’ve just been doing the work! Which feels good but doesn’t make for thrilling blogging.

wiltshire overton winter frost snow
This was a particularly pretty run

So I thought I’d add some fun.

One of my favourite podcasts to listen to whilst running is the Ali on the Run Show. I’ve followed Ali’s blog for years and I have a big soft spot for her, and her podcast is consistently excellent. Great guests, fun conversations…it keeps me entertained whilst I pound the frozen lanes of a Wiltshire Winter.

Ali ends each interview with a series of rapid-fire questions and I quite like trying to answer them myself whilst plodding along.  (Come on, I’m not the only person, surely). So I thought it would be a fun blog post, bearing in mind she’s not likely to be interviewing a middle-aged, British hobby-jogger any time soon.

So imagine I’ve just been interviewed, I’ve been fun and down-to-earth and yet inspiring! And here come my Sprint to the Finish questions!

What would your last meal on earth be? 

I’d say one of those fancy Wholefood-style kale salads with roasted vegetables and a nice dressing and pomegranate seeds etc…and then an entire apple crumble drenched in custard!

What is your favourite movie?  The Sound of Music. Every time.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad grammar. Specifically, incorrect apostrophe’s.

(Ha. Geddit?)

What is your greatest fear? Spiders. Seriously, Ali’s guests always say something profound like ‘Not fulfilling my potential’ but I will happily settle for mediocre if there are no arachnids around!

Where was your first real kiss? I was a late LATE bloomer so I’d say in the room of my first ever boyfriend at flipping university!

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Nearly driven my car under an 18-wheeler lorry in the ice in an Oregon winter night.

What is your favourite animal? 

This one. And anything that looks remotely like him.

me charlie

If you weren’t a professional athlete (which I’m not, obviously) what would you be? 

A teacher! Actually I wish I’d been a physiotherapist but definitely now a teacher.

What did you want to be when you younger?

A snake charmer in the circus. Seriously. And then a vet, for many years until I realised I was good at languages and not science.

What was your first job?

Bagging pre-weighed pet-food in the local pet shop.

What is your least favourite chore?

Cleaning the loos. And cleaning floors. I used to hate hoovering but we bought a fancy cordless Dyson and it has literally changed my world.

If you could run with anyone in the world, who would it be? 

These three…

crazy cat ladies

….and this one.

me lisa happy tam trails

I love these ladies so much and heck, I miss them.

What is the last thing you and your husband fought about? 

We don’t really ‘fight’ but we regularly get snarky with each other about tidyness around the house.

husband us sydney oz
Us? Fight? Never.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? 

I check my phone for emails. I gave up Twitter and Instagram for Lent which has reduced this bad habit enormously and I am pleased. (I miss Insta).

What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep? 

I read! I’m currently reading a fantastic book about Parisian Women in WW2 (thanks Judith, it’s fab).

If you had a warning label for yourself, what would it say?   

Warning: Excessive Enthusiasm.

Do you have a running poop story? 

 Of course. How many do you want? I have hundreds.

bear poop
Not mine 

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? 

As the aforementioned very late bloomer, I’d say Sean Bean. In ‘Sharp’. And Sean Bean in everything. Which is how a whole gaggle of Wiltshire teenage girls all ended up marrying/settling with Yorkshiremen. We blame you, Sean.

Who is your favourite runner? 

If we’re talking pro runners, I’d say the lovely Emelie Forsberg who looks so effortlessly gorgeous whilst she flies up mountains. I have such a girl-crush here.

emelie
from the Salomon FB page

If you were hosting a dinner party, who would your five guests be? 

This is a good one. I settled for:

  • The Husband
  • Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg
  • Barack and Michelle Obama

Give everyone a reason to run today? 

Because it’s such a privilege and it will make you so happy when you get home.

Thank you Ali, thank you all.

Cue the ping-pongy music.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I can’t help it; I have to do the subjunctive tense. Too many years of French lessons drilled into me and it seeped into my English.

    1. Cathryn says:

      I know. It killed me not to use ‘were’ but it just sounded weird to my ears!

  2. NicJ says:

    This made me laugh! I share too many of your running poo stories. And I can thoroughly confirm the Sean Bean bit – I seem to remember our 6th form hunks board which only featured Sean!! Happy days. And days when both of us LOATHED running. How times have changed! X

    1. Cathryn says:

      I know, hilarious eh? But Sean Bean in his youth….swoon…

      1. NicJ says:

        Don’t forget to include a certain Mr K Costner as well….

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