May 30, 2012

The interview

Today was a very exciting day! I was looking forward to it for the past couple of weeks. Jen and Angela, the producers of the documentary From Fat to Finish Line (about our Ragnar Relay team) came to visit. Jennifer is from New Jersey and Angela from L.A.

First, I woke up at 5:15 in order to get a run in before I had to get the kids ready for school. I really didn't want to get out of bed, but once I did, I was getting more excited by the minute for Jennifer and Angela to arrive. As soon as I stepped outside and started running, I felt amazing! The weather was perfect at 5:30 in the morning, and it was just getting light outside. I decided almost immediately that I would do four miles instead of three.

I think I was going a little too fast, though, because my knee was really hurting. I really need to get it looked at by a doctor before I start marathon training. I don't want to go through this all over again. At 3.4 miles, I could have gone a block and arrived home, or I could have circled the neighborhood to reach 4 miles. So I decided to go ahead and keep running until I hit 4.

 After my run, I quickly showered, blew my hair dry, and put on some make-up. After getting the kids off to school, I went to my mom's house to wait for Jennifer and Angela to arrive. I was so excited when they go there! Normally I'm super shy around people I've never met, but I truly feel like I knew them already because of our Ragnar Facebook page. We quickly fell into conversation.

We had lunch (my mom made a big salad spread) before doing the interview. Then we went outside to do the filming of the interview. I wasn't nervous at all, which actually surprises me. I was very irritated at my shirt, however--one of the spaces between buttons wouldn't stay shut!

Angela setting up the camera

Ready for the interview
I didn't rehearse any of the questions, because I wanted my responses to be natural. I stumbled over words a few times, but over all, I think I did okay. I answered some unique questions, ones that I didn't feel like I've answered over and over again, which was refreshing.

It probably took an hour or so to do the interview, maybe an hour and a half. Then we went inside and set up to do a quick interview of both Jerry and I...
Jerry was super nervous, which surprised me. Usually I'M the nervous one, and he's calm as can be, but not today. He even got choked up when he talked about how proud he was of me, and I've never seen him do that before!

We had some more conversation and it was already dinner time. My mom made spaghetti, so we had that, and then talked some more--I LOVE listening to Jennifer and Angela's stories about when they used to work at talk shows (they met when they worked for Montel Williams together). It's just very interesting. I only have a few moments to blog now, because they are coming to my house for wine tonight :)

I just have to share some good news as well. Rik called me last night and asked if I would want some company during the marathon! He is going to pace me to my goal. He lives in Wisconsin, so he and his wife are going to come here for the weekend of the race and he's going to run with me. I'm super excited about it. It will actually be the first time we'll meet face-to-face. Fun!

Okay, have to go get the wine glasses and snacks for tonight...


  1. This is great Katie - I can't wait to see this documentary even if it might be a long long time from now!

  2. What does it mean to pace someone?

    1. A pace runner sets the pace for you. For example, in a marathon, you have pace runners for 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, etc.

      You decide which pace you want to run at and follow that runner (they usually have a flag and/or a brightly-colored t-shirt with markings). It keeps you from having to worry about your own pace; you just follow them. :)

      So, if Katie wants to finish the marathon in 4:30 (or whatever), she would follow the 4:30 pace runner. In this case, Rik is offering to be her personal pace runner, so they can just run together or with the pack, whatever they decide. :)

  3. Aw, man - if I wasn't running my marathon two weeks earlier, I'd TOTALLY be up there with you and Rik!!!

  4. How exciting! I can't wait to see the documentary!

  5. Everything sounds great. I hope your next marathon is a much better experience for you! Sounds like it will be!!

  6. Sounds like the interviews are going great! And wine and snack night sounds fun! It's always great when you're comfortable w new people. I don't get shy often but sometimes I still feel nervous if I'm not "clicking" with someone or I think they misinterpret something I say or any miscommunication! And that's great you have a runny buddy! Sounds like a good day :)

  7. Did you get the email from today? It was a list of 12 marathons for first time marathoners that are relatively flat and scenic. Your next one made it on the list!!!

  8. That is awesome! I love your mom's backyard.

  9. I can't wait to see the documentary! Sounds like you're having a great time with it.

  10. That's awesome! Your mom's backyard is beautiful and I can't wait to see the documentary!!

  11. Wait, wait... I'm confused. Did you sign up for another marathon??? How did I miss that?

  12. Makes me look forward to my turn! Better get to cleaning!

  13. I don't know why I just got emotional reading this. I think I am just so happy that you are getting the credit you deserve. You are so inspiring and real. For there to be a documentary about your team is amazing!

  14. You looked very pretty in the interview picture. And I think its great that you're having someone run w/ you during the marathon!! My dad used to run with me in my marathons to pace me (he's run 1000's of marathons). Now we live in different states and I really miss having him beside me. Rik is going to have such a positive effect on your time and overall marathon experience!

  15. Super excited to hear more about your interview. You looked great!

    I love your comments about Jerry. He seems like such a nice guy. Bug him again about doing a 'guest' blog.

  16. LOL,, Jerry is to cute,, look at the smile on his face !!! He Looks pretty proud !!


  17. It was soooo awesome - I'm so happy to be on this journey with you - your family is unbelievable and I can't wait to come back!


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