About

Hi! Welcome to my humble e-abode! I’m a twenty-something (isn’t everyone?) gal living in Washington, DC.  I love running, but I love candy more.

What is this blog about?

My love of running, my obsession with all things sweet, my attempt to eat better and more balanced (read: less candy, maybe) and my inability to stick to a training plan (which will hopefully change!). As much as I love running, I always manage to fall off the training wagon after a few weeks, and then jump back on a few weeks before a race.  So this blog is a way for me to be accountable for my training and do it in a happy and healthy way! No more 2-week training plans!

How did you get into running?

I ran cross country and track in high school, and continued to run (and race) occasionally through college.  One day in graduate school, my friend convinced me to sign up for the Country Music Half Marathon with her.  From there, I was hooked!

Sarah and I after finishing our first half marathon!

And this candy thing?

I just love, love, LOVE candy! Skittles, Starbursts, Gummy Worms, Smarties, ect! I could go on forever! I also am one of the few people in this world that LOVE candy hearts.  Yep, Valentine’s Day is my favorite because I can buy bags upon bags of candy hearts! But, I will say, I do not like chocolate.

No chocolate? Really?

I know, I know.  And I’ve tried it before, and many, many times after that.  I figure, if so many people love it, it MUST be good.  But alas, I would much rather prefer a bag of gummy worms. :) (I will also note that I don’t like cheese…)

What’s your favorite running distance?

I really like the 10 miler distance.  It’s long enough that I sort of need to plan for it, but short enough that I can showcase my “speed”.  Also, the two-week training plans works great for it!

Sam and I at the Law Enforcement 5k in 2010


What do you mean by “speed”?

I just mean that I’m not particularly fast.  If I average an 8:45 pace for a run or a race, that’s fast for me.  One day, I hope to be able to run an 8:15-8:30 pace for my average.  And part of my plan is to be better about incorporating speed days to get there.  But, for now, I’m perfectly happy where my pace is.  Running is super relaxing and fun for me, so that’s enough to make me smile.

I see you’ve traveled quite a bit for many of your races.  Is there any reason for this?

Nah, just for the airline miles. :) After good-friend-Sarah and I finished our very first half marathon (in Nashville!), we decided that we enjoyed the experience of running in a new city so much.  So from then, we decided that our goal was to do a 10k or more in every state.

A 10k? Isn’t there a marathon club similar to that?

Why, yes, such a thing does exist.  At the time, Sarah and I were well aware of our ability to train (read: not train) for races.  So, an attempt to join the every-state-in-the-us-marathon-club would just end in injuries.  Thus, we decided a 10k was far enough that we have to maintain some fitness, but not forcing ourselves to run any that many marathons.  Or maybe it was just laziness… :)


If you have any questions, just ask!  Unless you’re asking me to share candy, which is something i may have to think about.  Email me at candycoatedrunner  [at] gmail [dot] com .

-daphne

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