Saturday, July 21, 2012

Running and REFUEL-ing with a Bachelor

Dr. Andy Baldwin: endurance athlete
Usually I'm playing the "woe is me" role, lamenting over how everyone else seems to workout with celebrities while I miss out for one reason or another. Liz has run with Kara Goucher--and if memory serves me correct, Ryan Hall. Jenn from the Fit-Bottomed Girls trained with Bob Harper (can we say awesome?). Some Chicago media peeps got to run with Abdi Abdirahman when he was in town to run the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. Close to 150 Chicago runners got to run with Scott Jurek and Born to Run author Chris McDougall when they were in town to talk running, nutrition, his book and everything in between. And a handful of triathletes and triathlon fans got to dine and/or run with Craig Alexander and Dave Scott when they were in town last week (Where was I? Stuck at my desk and then sleeping).

That's not to say that I'm not without opportunities of my own--I've worked out with Shawn Johnson, field kicked a football with Robbie Gould, snacked with Shea McClellin, and had to keep my jaw from dropping open while Michael Johnson stood directly in front of me. But I can barely contain my excitement for Sunday's XSport Fitness Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon. Instead of slogging through my two-hour run by myself, sans iPod (it died--good thing RnR races are all about music) and along the routine route along the Lakefront, I'll be running with Team REFUEL and trying to keep up with Dr. Andy Baldwin.

Remember him from The Bachelor? This guy is fast--he's qualified for the Ironman World Championships, can pound out a 3:30 marathon like its nothing, ran 56 miles in the desert with Josh Cox and Bart Yasso. I'm hoping that I can drink enough chocolate milk after today's bike ride to power me up for tomorrow's run. 

But here's where I need your help. What questions should I ask Dr. Baldwin? Share your suggestions in the comments and I'll try to ask them tomorrow--maybe not while I'm running (I'm going to have a hard enough keeping up with the temps soaring into the 90s) but definitely during a post-race interview.

Photo grabbed from Denise Cross at flickr.

Disclosure: Thank you to the "got chocolate milk" campaign and Team REFUEL for making this possible. If you're running on Sunday or you're at the expo over the weekend, stop by the REFUEL tent to make a short video where you share your love for chocolate milk. Best video could win you some pretty cool gear and a stop on the REFUEL team, which not only includes Baldwin but also Mirinda Carfrae, Chris Lieto and Sarah Reinertsen.

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