Ask Me!

Thanks to everyone who submitted anonymous questions via my new ASK ME! Page. I am going to be answering all the questions every Friday so keep them coming!!     

But first, I need to say THANKS to all your supportive comments regarding my Water Class this morning. It was AWESOME! Let’s just say that running under water is flipping hard!! But it felt so good on my joints and especially my hip flexors! Your range of motion is a lot further in water and it felt so good to extend my legs and not feel any pressure! I am totally hooked and will be doing this every Friday for sure! If you have an opportunity to take a Water Fitness Class…DO IT! 

 Okay onto the questions…. 

Question: What is your favorite book?     

Oh man, this is a HARD question! My favorite book of all time would probably be To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I have read that book over and over a million times! My copy is a paperback and it is totally torn and falling apart. I just love the story. I feel like it is a classic that everyone needs to read at least once in their life.    

    

Question: Did you grow up eating healthy?    

Yes! My parents were fantastic about cooking healthy meals for my brother and me. They really proved that eating healthy did not have to be gourmet or difficult. Sometimes it was as simple as baked chicken legs with a side of green beans and corn. We always had a protein and either two vegetables or a vegetable with a starch (rice, pasta, potato, etc.) and we always had to try what was on the plate. We also always also got dessert if we finished dinner. I remember eating a lot of frozen yogurt as a kiddo! I loved the banana split flavor!! 🙂 Yum! My parents really did feed us healthy but we also got to enjoy plenty of kid treats!! I think the idea of a healthy balance was always present. Not necessarily spoken but definitely displayed through my parents actions. But, I think one of my favorite unhealthy kid treats was poptarts!    

    

Question: how tall are you & how much do you weigh?  

I am 5’6″ and I weigh around 115. Everyone has their feel great weight and this is mine but by no means does that mean that it should be someone else’s feel great weight. When it comes to weight, I think you should find a number that works for you both from a performance standpoint and a sustainability standpoint. I perform really well at 115 and it is a weight that I can sustain without feeling deprived in any way.  

Question: Is it hard for you knowing that Keith is a personal trainer and works with a lot of women on an up-close basis?    

I get this question A LOT because 90% of Keith’s clients are women. I have traditionally always been a very jealous girlfriend but not with Keith. It is funny because it was like as soon as we got together I had complete faith and trust in him! I just never worried about it. Keith has this infectious personality and everyone loves him! People are constantly coming up to me and saying they have a “crush on my husband!” And honestly all I can think is, ME TOO! He is a fantastic man but what makes him so special is that he is so devoted to me and he never makes me guess where his heart is for one iota of a second.    

MY HOTTIE!!

Question: Do bloggers ever worry about stalkers or just creepy internet people? I think if I were a blogger, I’d worry a little about that…    

I don’t really worry about it too much. I don’t ever post my home address or anything like that. And typically if people ask me specific questions about where I work or what area I live in I respond privately via email rather than in the comments section for everyone to see. I think there is probably always a risk but so far I haven’t had any problems!    

Question: Do you take any vitamins/supplements to aid in muscle recovery or to help with muscle lethargy?    

The supplements I take on a daily basis are a basic multi-vitamin and Omega 3 fatty acids. That’s it. Sometimes if my joints start to flare up I will take glucosamine for a few days. But typically that is all I do. Sometimes after strenuous workouts I will take a protein shake and I really like the recovery powder made by Luna. But mostly I try to get my nurtrients from real and whole foods.   

Question: It seems that you and your entire family are in the Texas area. Where does the obsession with Peyton Manning and the Colts come from? Shouldn’t you be more of a Tony Romo fan?   

I get this question a lot too! I honestly don’t know where my obession for the Colts came from. I think I just always liked Tony Dungy. I thought he was such a class act and the Colts organization was the same way. I am really into biographies and I read a few books on the history of the Colts (starting out in Baltimore) and then I read Tony Dungy’s book and that led me to read Archie Manning’s (Peyton’s Dad) book and it just started from there. I love the new coach, Jim Caldwell, and have really started to follow all the players. My obessesion for Peyton came from 2 things: First I think he is SMOKIN HOT (haha) and second, he is just so talented! He is one of the (if not THE) smartest QB’s ever and I just love watching him run his offense. It is really an amazing thing to watch as he figures out the defense and adjusts the play at the line of scrimmage. So I have turned into a HUGE fan! I am NOT a Tony Romo fan AT ALL! I grew up loving the Cowboys (and my husband lives and breathes by the Cowboy’s season) but for some reason they just don’t hold the kind of clout that the Colts do in “Kelly’s World”.   

   

 Question: I just found out that baby #2 is on its way. I’m probably only a month or so along. What I was wondering is if there are any ab exercises that I can do while I’m pregnant. Once I’m at the point where I can’t lay flat on my back.   

Generally you CAN continue doing crunches/sit-ups up to about your 4th month; usually somewhere between 16 and 20 weeks is when you should stop doing “normal” crunches/sit ups. At this point you need to elevate your body when working out. You don’t want to do anything flat on your back after this point because the weight of your uterus will compress your vena cava which will cause your blood pressure to drop! So just be sure and elevate your back either with a pillow underneath your hips or by using a stability ball and you can still continue to do crunches and sit ups. Building a strong core during pregnancy is still important because it will make your labor easier.   

What workout and running schedule did you follow when you ran a 1:30 half? How many miles were you logging a week? Where you lifting weights or doing any other cardio at the time?   

I wasn’t following any special training program. Before I ran my first half I followed this schedule. I just did my own thing that typically involved 5 days of running with 1 day in the middle of cross training (typically Wednesday or Thursday). I logged between 50 and 60 miles a week (which is A LOT…don’t feel like you would need to do that in order to run a half…I am just a runner and I tend to go overboard! haha!) I tried to get weights in once a week on my cross training day but self admittedly was not great at sticking to that. I am trying to work on that now and am doing Body Pump twice a week to get the weights in! (It IS important). I also always force myself to run negative splits…meaning in every training run I would progressively get faster so that I could simulate that in the actual race at the finish line. And lastly…PACE GROUPS! Never underestimate the value of a pacer or a pace group. That way you don’t have to think about it! I had a pacer when I ran my 1:30…it helped so much and I am not sure I could have done it without him!   

  GREAT QUESTIONS!!!! KEEP THEM COMING! 🙂  

   

 

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29 Responses

  1. Love the answers! I’m not sure why ppl want to know about the height and weight though…I think that should be personal, since it’s different for everyone.
    I lol-ed at the question about bloggers worried about stalkers! Definitely have some creeps around, but thank god I’ve never really experienced one myself yet!

  2. Love the Q&A! I didn’t realize you had a pacer for your half, that sounds like it would be SO helpful!

  3. BEAUTIFUL answers! love reading more about you!

  4. i knew it! i knew you would get a Colts question. honestly though, who wouldnt love a face like Peyton’s or a coaching style like Dungy or Caldwell.

  5. Nice to know ya better! I’m not sure why people would care about your height and weight, but then again, I never get why people want to know that about others. I think you handled that situation quite well.

  6. I love your answer about height and weight and how you made sure to say it’s what works for you, but not necessarily is what someone else should be. Perfect answer!! 🙂

    And adorable answer about Keith! I think that speaks volumes for the strong relationship you two have!! 🙂

  7. I LOVE that you never feel jealous when it comes to Keith. Thats how it should be!
    Haha I remember my dad got hit on by an old girlfriend and the first thing he did was call my mom to tell her. She was like “WAY TO GO!!”

  8. Pop tarts were my go to breakfast in high school, if my mom managed to force me to eat breakfast. I have no idea how I used to skip it, I would die now. I hate the height and weight question, it’s not like every single person at 5’6″ is built the same, classy answer though.

  9. I love running underwater! I feel so free in the pool. I’m so glad that you enjoyed!

  10. YAY FOR BEING A COLTS FAN!! i really enjoyed reading all the answers to your questions 🙂
    amy<3

  11. I used to eat those poptarts all the time when I was young. It had to be the strawberry with the frosting on top!
    I agree with you that whatever weight works for you is the best solution. Everyone is different and should try not to judge or compare themselves to others.
    I was disappointed that Indy lost too. That’s becuase I think Peyton is one of the best QBs ever. Dallas has never been the same since the Jimmy and Troy era. They are like a sideshow now!

  12. Yeah height and weight questions are weird…115 is on the low side – but like you said it’s YOU and as long as your happy and healthy with it 🙂
    LOVE your answers. So great.

    How long have you been running for anyways? Have you always been this “good” ;)? Seriously. Did you ever have to take extended time off or recover from an injury or just totally burn out??! Actually….I should put this in your “Ask Me” – so no worries, you don’t have to answer now !

    P.S LOVE “To kill a Mockingbird” – classic. …used to love Huck Finn too but haven’t read that one in a while…

    • I have always been a runner. I started running club track when I was probably 8 years old. Then in high school I ran cross country, indoor club track, school track and summer club track. It was intense. I did get a stress fracture in my foot my sophomore year (when I was 16) that sidelined me for about 6 months. It was the worst 6 months EVAH! Thankfully since then I have not had an injuries. (KNOCK ON WOOD) As for burnout, after high school I was totally burned out. I was offered a few college scholarships but turned them down. I needed a break and I didn’t run in college. A decision I terribly regret to this day. But…can’t dwell right?! After college I was ready to start again and I slowly started building my mileage until I am at the comfortable place I am today. I haven’t had the burnout feeling since…but mainly because I think now I run for me versus running competitively for a team or a school.

  13. Great answers!!! To Kill a Mockingbird is also one of my absolute favorites 🙂

  14. Great Q & A 🙂
    That’s awesome that you did a water fitness class and loved it. I need to try one at some point.

  15. Hello volleyball scene in Top Gun!!!! 🙂

    To Kill a Mockingbird is great…..so I remember reading in HS. They had it on sale at the library for $,25 a few wknds ago and look forward to reading again!

  16. yay i loved reading all of your questions and answers 🙂 to kill a mocking bird is definitely one of my favorite reads!!

    xoox
    shelley
    http://findinghappinessandhealth.wordpress.com

  17. Kelly,
    Your positivity and enthusiasm always just radiate through your posts! I love it! Thanks for all the answers to questions, I loved reading them!

  18. I liked your Q&A. I would love to have a pacer in a race. I never have any clue what pace I’m running. I sometimes think I’m running really fast and it turns out to be slower than normal.

    • Hey girl…most races have official pace groups that you can get in. They usually hold signs or something with the race finish time and they guarantee to get you there. I ran my first marathon with a pace group. They are a huge help when you are trying to hit a specific goal!

  19. A 1:30 half?! Holy moly! You go, girl!

    I enjoyed your answer to the stalkers question. I haven’t had any problems, either…but I should be more conscious of my home address being on giveaways and such!

  20. I agree: To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best books ever written. Which reminds me I should re-read it. The Q&A is a great idea. It’s fun getting to know more about you!

  21. You TOTALLY sound like my sister about To Kill A Mockinbird. SHe is an English teacher and this is her all time fave book and says the same thing, that everyone has to read it atleast once. She bought me the paperback for Christmas. I actually picked it up yesterday and started reading it. I’m not a reader, but I will try.

    Heather@www.forthehealthofit01.wordpress.com

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