An Interview with Gourlay

Posted by Sam on March 9, 2018

The first-ever blog interview, and who better than Gourlay! This will be the first of hopefully many thrilling interviews (or last if everyone hates it).

Shout out to Luke for the idea.

Below is the unedited email response from Gourlay.

Sorry it took me so long to do this. I actually deleted your email the day after you sent it because I never planned on answering the questions. You’re welcome.

1. Which blog is better, bansheemann7 or rnningfool?

They both suck but I’ll say yours because I get mentioned more.

2. Why don’t you comment on our blogs anymore?

My computer broke like a year ago and I never got it fixed. I really only read the blogs anymore on my phone and commenting from there is a pain in the ass. I could read the blogs on my work computer but the last thing I want is for me to open up Running Fool and my boss to walk by as a big pair of boobs pop up on the screen.

3. Gourlay’s Goodies (your blog) was a objectively better than Tom or I’s blog, are you ever going to start it up again?

Yea my first post back will be any day now. Tune in.

4. You moved to Richmond like 3 years ago while all of your friends were in Philadelphia, why?

It’s weird that you only mentioned my friends being in Philly and not my family.

I moved because I was bored and hated my job. I thought it was better to move to a different city and pursue a stupid dream job rather than killing myself.

I also lived in the Philly area my entire life and figured if I wanted to live somewhere else I better do it soon. Initially I didn’t plan on staying in Richmond this long. I didn’t really have a plan at all but if you asked me back then where I’d be in three years I would have guessed back in Philly.

I miss home a lot, more my family and friends rather than the city itself, but I am happy down here. Or at least as happy as I can be. I love Richmond and am at peace here. If I could transfer a few friends and my family down here I would feel complete.

5. Outside of Jessi (your girlfriend), how many friends do you have in Richmond?

I had three genuine friends,  the type you would invite to your wedding but one moved to Chicago and the other two moved to Charlotte. So the answer is 0. Jessi has friends but that doesn’t count. I have “friends” here or there but no one really I can (or want to) text and be like “hey wanna grab and a beer and watch some sports?”

6. What’s the number one thing you do that pisses Jessi off?

I asked her this and she just started rattling things off but ultimately said when I treat her like a bro and get all aggressive. Since I lack friends here I treat her like a guy friend and just tackle her and she hates it.

7. What’s the number one that Jessi does which pisses you off?

Surprisingly not much. You’d think living with her everything would bother me, but it doesn’t. It’ll bother me for a day or two and then I get over it and don’t care. Like she has so much stuff, just like crap, in our apartment. It bothered me the first week but now I’m used to it and oh well.

But the one thing, and probably the only thing really that bothers me, is her dramatics. Everything is the end of the world or the biggest deal ever. Like oh my god shut up I don’t care.

8. You recently started taking boxing lessons, do you think you could beat up Dale now?

In a refereed boxing match? Yes. He has like 30-40 pounds on me but I actually know what I’m doing (somewhat) and he doesn’t. Any other type of fight he would win.

9. If you had to pick one friend to keep, would you choose Dale or Jonny?


10. How confident are you in your bet with Dale about the Sixers making the playoffs? (Gourlay bet Dale $100 that the Sixers would not make the playoffs. Fivethirtyeight has the Sixers at 99% to make the playoffs).

I stopped paying attention a few weeks ago and then the other day I looked at the standings and was like wtf. Regardless, I am more confident than I have ever been.

11. What’s your betting strategy for the World Cup this summer?
The over? Why is this a question?

12. What’s your crypto strategy for 2018?

Forget that I own it and then look at it in like 3 years hoping that it went up.

13. How long do you think it will take until too many people are into crypto in which case you’ll start hating it because it’s too mainstream?

Ignoring this question.

14. What was the highlight of your running career (and you can’t say the end of it)?

The end of it.

15. Where do you want us to take you for your bachelor party?

The Kentucky Derby

16. 10 years ago, when you were a junior in high school, where did you think you’d be now. 

I don’t know but back then 27 sounded so old. Like I should have a house, wife, kids, and almost ready to retire. Or that I’d be this mature adult who knows what he’s doing. I’m not there yet. So whatever I thought, or hoped for in high school, I’m not there. I’m not saying I failed, high school me was just an idiot.

17. If you could’ve asked yourself one question here, what would it have been?

Why did you volunteer to answer these stupid questions?

18. Last question, favorite Trump tweet?

“I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”

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6 thoughts on “An Interview with Gourlay

  1. I loled especially at 6, 14 and 16 when I misread that he should have a house wife at 27. I was uninterested in some of the questions asked though!

  2. was hoping it would be an interview with Riley Reid but tbh this was pretty good, too.