20 Questions, Miles of Answers- Natalie Cobb
1. Name: Natalie Cobb, or the “Running in Cheetah Leggings” girl
2. Age: 32
3. City: Carver, MN
4. Profession: Buyer
5. When (or why) you started running: I ran my first ever race in 2010, it was the New Prague 5K. At the time I was working my weight down from 240 and weighed 215 pounds - I could barely stay on pace for a 36:00 finish. The pride I felt in finishing became my motivation to keep up with running and get in better shape. By 2012, running 5Ks became common place for me and I started spicing it up with fun costumes. That same year I ran my first half marathon and completed my first du.
6. Best Run/Running Experience: Every time I cross a finish line, even if it was my worst finish time ever, I just revel in the pride of no longer weighing 240 pounds… so there’s no specific race that comes to mind as my favorite. However, I did just spectate my first ever race at the 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile, and it was a blast! (See photo on right).
7. Worst Run/ Running Experience: I ran a 5K in my first year of running that really made me feel like crap. Two older men, who were obviously masters, decided to repeat a 5K course for a second loop – yucking it up the whole time and laughing as they passed folks still on their first lap. The fact that I was even able to run a 5K period was really an accomplishment for me at the time, and they took a lot of wind out of my sails. Now that I can run a decent pace myself, I refuse to ever be *that* runner. Encouraging people you pass on course is always the way to go.
8. Dream Training Partner: I always say I’m a cheap date… so I guess, anyone who can keep a similar pace to me with a sense of humor and some good stories up their sleeve. I don’t want to run with a partner unless it’s going to be fun!
9. Training Shoe: Saucony Guide, preferably in a really obnoxious color
10. Favorite Running Route: Depends on the day. Sometimes I run the trails near my office in Minnetonka. Sometimes I hop on what I call the “hamster wheel” (a 10 loop/mile track at the Chaska Community Center). I don’t like to do the same thing all the time, so I switch it up a lot.
11. Favorite time of Day to Run: Afternoon/early evening. I am so not a morning person, and … ahem … a friend told me … yeah, a friend … said that drinking lots of coffee and then going for a long run will case a terrible disaster.
12. Pre-Race Food: My best races have been after a meal of pizza, and I love me some cheese, so I’ll go with that.
13. Post-Race Food: My first grab is usually the salted snacks offered post-race. I usually don’t eat potato chips any other time, but there’s just something about a bag of Old Lay’s after a half marathon. And the slice of deep dish pizza I had after running the Chicago Half was literally the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life!
14. Favorite Running Accessory: I’m known for my costumes. So, I’ll run with anything it it’s flashy/obnoxious/fun or just flat out funny.
15. Current or Future Goal: I’ve got a top secret plan for March that will result in my favorite thing – a totally obnoxious bedazzled award.
16. Upcoming Race: If you know about Little Rock, you probably have an idea of what I’m doing.
17. Favorite non-running activities: Teaching group fitness, biking, eating and sleeping. In that order. I occasionally throw some crafting in there to, given that I have to make the costumes I run in sometimes.
18. Mode of Transportation: I live in the far south west suburbs. As much as I’d like to bike commute on a regular basis, that isn’t always possible. So, I guess it would be ye ol’ faithful Jetta.
19. Pump up Music: I run mostly to music with heavy beats like techno, and I have lot of Daft Punk on my playlist. But I’ve been known to sneak a few songs into my playlist for comic relief as well. I bet you can figure out which song by Flight of the Concords puts a smile on my face every time...
20. Advice for a Brand New Runner: It doesn’t matter how much you weigh or how fast/far you go. Every step is an accomplishment. And if you can make it fun in the process, you’ll keep coming back. So, don’t take it too seriously, and stick with it.
Natalie isn't on Twitter, but if you're interested in learning more about what this unicorn is up to, you can check out her blog: Running in Cheetah Leggings.
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