EMZ announced earlier this week that on May 7th and 8th, she will be running on a treadmill for 24 hours straight. The run is a charity benefit for the Sojourner Center. The Sojourner Center is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and is located in Phoenix.
I'm 100% behind her on this one. In fact, when she puts up a donation page, I'm first in line. Yet I still can't completely come to terms with this. I'm not sure if it's the "24 Hours" part or the "treadmill" part, but this thing is gnarly no matter how you slice it. So I asked myself "Do I really know EMZ? Do I really know what kind of person can run on a treadmill for 24 hours?".
I consider myself a decent runner, but even after 24 minutes on a treadmill I am done. So the answer to my question was that I have no idea what it takes. Because I just can't relate. And I suspect that 99.9% of the World's population can't relate, either. Running nowhere for 24 hours. This sounds like a really bad anxiety dream to me.
This means that EMZ is virtually in a class by herself. The .1% class. The baddest, toughest, strongest and arguably craziest people out there. There is another term for this - Legend.
Suddenly, I saw EMZ in a whole new light. It took me a few days, but I finally worked up the nerve to e-mail her. I asked her if she would be available for an interview. After hitting send, I sat and stared at my in-box for what seemed like hours. But it was only ten minutes, and she replied with this:
I'mSo I was in. But I still had to ask the right questions. I sat down and thought about it, and then paced around my office and thought about it some more. I wanted a tight set of random questions (if that makes any sense) laced with a few curve-balls to see how EMZ would react. The goal was to discover whether or not EMZ was truly tough as nails with a really nice shoe collection. And so, the interview:
Sent from my iPhone
The Road: Why a treadmill run?
EMZ: why. freaking. not.
Why not a 24 hour death march across the desert without water?
I have spoken with the Pita and I will do this in 2012 when my personal insurance policy goes up.
Well, I know you could do it (the death march) and I hear the belt buckle is sick.
did someone say buckle? Do you want to see my buckle?
Are you capable of murder?
If someone broke into my home and stole my buckle. Maybe.
Do you think you will be capable of murder after 24 hours on a treadmill?
If someone says, "your body was just made to run 24 on a treadmill" when I hop off.....yes.
What will you be wearing?
As of now, my wedding ring. Ideas will be accepted as well as sponsors [aka, free crap]. I totally down with wearing anything you guys send me/tell me to wear. Most offers will be accepted, except for any bikini's Mr. Manly. I'm all for a fake abs tattoo.
If I put together an ultra marathon which consists of 7000 laps around the swing set at (my son) Ian's school, are you in?
Do. I. get. a. freaking.buckle?
Can you think of a cool name for my race?
"I'm a swinger"
"I swing 7000"
Vintage Corvette or Vintage Bentley?
These are for tri-hards. ;) 67' Chevy Impala
If you had to be an animal what would it be? Any animal easily referenced to endurance or speed is off limits.
Pygmy Marmoset [yes, I'll wait while you google]
Who would play you in a movie about you?
Uma (Thurman) [sing it . . . ewwwww dreamweaver . . . ]
Cameron Diaz [annoying as heck but endearing]
Who would play me in a movie about you?
Who do you think I would get to play you in a movie about me?
[this question sucks] Alicia Silverstone, Pam Anderson [I kill myself]
Paris or Barcelona?
S p a r t a !