Archive for July 31, 2010

43 Things about Joe

Posted: July 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

In honor of turning the big 4-3 today, I wanted to post 43 things that you might not know about me.

  1. I started running in 2005 to shed a few pounds prior to an upcoming vacation.
  2. I am now 44 pounds lighter today than my pre-running weight in 2005.
  3. My all-time favorite music artist is Bruce Springsteen.  Nobody else comes close.
  4. My favorite song to run to right now is Ring of Fire by Social Distortion.
  5. I met my wife Dawn when I was driving a horse-drawn carriage in Charleston, SC.
  6. I love Indian Food.
  7. Diet Dr. Pepper is my favorite non-sports drink.
  8. I grew up in suburban Philadelphia, PA.
  9. I am a die-hard Phillies fan.
  10. I am about to become a first time Dad on/about Sept. 2nd.
  11. My biggest pet peeve is people who crunch ice in their mouth.
  12. My favorite television program of all time was the original 90210.
  13. I have a 2006 Harley Davidson Softail Deuce.
  14. I would like to write a book someday, but I don’t know how to get started.
  15. Even though everyone assumed I wanted a baby boy, I really wanted a daughter.
  16. Although people think I am outgoing, I really enjoy my time alone.
  17. My father is a retired carpenter, I admire those who can make something beautiful with their bare hands.
  18. Raising a child in our society today scares me.  I feel like there are a lot more bad things out there than when I was a boy.
  19. I wonder constantly when I will stop improving as a runner and I will start to run slower as I age.
  20. I think about returning to the Boston Marathon more than once every day.
  21. I love running in the rain.
  22. Putting our dog Precious to sleep a few years ago was one of the hardest days of my life.
  23. I wish that I was taller.
  24. I lost an older sister to leukemia when she was a small child.  We never met.
  25. My mother makes the best spaghetti “gravy” I have ever had.  Mine never seems to measure up even though I use the same recipe.
  26. When I am not traveling I eat the same lunch basically every day.  Turkey wrap, banana, pretzel nubs and exactly 5 fat-free chips ahoy cookies.
  27. I sometimes sing Christmas Carols to our dog Kayla when she is laying next to me and we are alone, she seems to like them.
  28. I can’t drink tequila or I throw up almost immediately.
  29. Parents who let their children kick my seat on an airplane irritate me to no end.
  30. I am trying to be a more patient person.  It is not happening fast enough.
  31. At the start of a marathon I get very nervous and can’t stand still.
  32. I love running in the morning, especially when it is still dark outside.
  33. I hate the Dallas Cowboys.
  34. I can’t imagine living anywhere other than Austin, TX.
  35. I want to take swimming lessons and to complete a half-iron man within the next 5 years.
  36. I wish I was a better dancer.
  37. When I was young kids would call me “Marshmellow” instead of Marruchella.  I told them it didn’t bother me.  It did.
  38. I need to tell my wife that I love her more often.
  39. I want to travel to Oregon and run in the Steve Prefontaine Memorial 10K by the time I am 50.
  40. I wish I had spent more time with Dom over the last 10 years.
  41. I hate going to the dentist and can’t imagine how anyone would pursue that profession.
  42. I’ve cried for a moment after I have finished every marathon.
  43. It took me more than two days to write this list.