Just the Tip Tuesday- Emailing Bloggers and Sriracha Festival

I have three awesome tips for your today!!

sriracha on everything

1. There is a Sriracha Festival coming to Los Angeles Oct 27th!!!


Except, I’m going to be on the other side of the country that weekend Sad smile

So please go in my honor. Info on tickets here.

2. Nancy Clark, the RD I presented with at Fitbloggin last year did this podcast that’s super interesting on “Women, Weight and Running: Myth, Truth and Gender Differences.”

Here’s the link to the mp3 audio recording of the Nancy Clark interview:http://www.iawr-connect.com/audio/NancyClark_113010.mp3

She had me when she said something like,  “Men have permission to eat (in our culture)… women get a yogurt…”


happy monday

3. Emails. Every day I get the most awesome emails from readers sharing their running or weight loss journey. It’s personal and powerful and I realize how special it is that I get to share that with you.

Those emails or tweets make me smile and are the thing that gets me through bad days…

she kinda looks like a drag queen

But I also get a bunch of random emails from PR companies that want me to promote Chinese growth hormone or jock straps or kitten mittens…

Like I’ve said before blogging is NOT rocket science. I can read and kinda know how to work this computer machine – it’s not difficult or particularly impressive. But it can be time consuming and I can only do so much in a day.  I feel bad when I don’t get back to your emails. And I know other bloggers are probably in the same position too!

So I wanted to share a little tip to help get your email answered… ask specific questions.

A LOT of the emails I get just ask for ‘tips’. Things like, “Do you have any tips on… taming my dragon? finding a 4 leaf clover? life??”

That’s hard because it’s vague. I don’t know what you need or want from me. I suggest keeping it specific…

“Hello. I am running my first 10k in 4 weeks. It’s going to be sunny. Do you have a favorite running hat you like to wear for races?”

That way you get info that is specific to you instead of whatever random tips I think are helpful.

 Disclaimer: I feel like this post kinda makes me sounds like a bitch. Which I may or may not actually be, but I’m not trying to be mean. I just want to help you get your questions answered in a timely fashion. The end.

NOW… Who is going to the Sriracha festival????!?!


  1. says

    I think this is a great post. If you receive tons of emails a day it’s probably a lot easier to respond if you get asked specific questions.
    I’m not going to the Sriracha festival but maybe if a donut festival came to town…

  2. says

    Your post is totally justified. I can only imagine the randomness you get. When I taught college students, I wrote in the syllabus very specific directions for how to email their professor and what is appropriate/not appropriate. I cannot even tell you the # of times I would get emails addressing me “Hey,” no name or anything, just Hey.

  3. says

    It drives me crazy when people aren’t specific, like when my students (who are advanced, cream of the crop kind of kids) walk up to my desk and say “I need help.” Need help with what? Writing a thesis? Applying to college? Breaking up with your girlfriend? Efficiency is key for busy people.

  4. Chelsey jones says

    Kitten mittens!!!! Bahahahahaha Day man ahhh ahhhh fighter of the night man! I hope you watch it’s always sunny if not you should!

  5. says

    Ugh! Wish I was in LA for the Sriracha Festival! My favorite condiment :)

    & I think being more specific with your inquiry is very helpful advice regarding emailing bloggers but can probably be applied to any email you send! The less I have to think, the quicker your email gets a response ha.

  6. Amy says

    I began reading your blog about 3 weeks ago. I really appreciate it. I recently began training for a Half Marathon about a month ago. I’ve been trying just to eat like I normally do, but I actually have lost some weight…and I’m actually already pretty trim. I don’t really want to lose any more weight (my friends think I’m crazy!) I am sure you are on a high Meal Plan since you run SOOOO much. Can you email me separately to let me know what you’ve eaten over the course of 2-3 days (ALL that you’ve eaten) as I need a better idea of the amount of food and calories that I need to eat and athletes who are doing a LOT of activity eat. I thought, “Who better than to ask ‘Run, Eat Repeat’ because she’s the perfect person who is strong, beautiful and runs a ton!
    I’d really appreciate it. Thank you.

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