Belle Lap has carefully selected some of the finest bachelors in distance running. Each month we will be shooting one of them some awkward dating questions…
Ford graduated from Monmouth University in 2013. He was originally a football player (oooo…muscles) that transitioned to Track and Field, and has already made a statement coming in 5th at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Ford is currently a New Jersey – New York Track Club member, training with Coach Frank Gagliano.
BL: What does a romantic night look like to you?
FP: Simple dinner without a movie. Movies avert the attention away from hanging out. I prefer dinner at a low key place like sushi or thai food. Although I’m vegan, I can always find something to eat.
BL: Half tights or short shorts?
FP: Half tights
Favorite pick up lines/ tactics:
FP: I’m a loser, I don’t have any pick up lines or tactics. I usually say Hi and see how that goes. Keep the attention on the girl and see what shes all about rather than talking about myself.
BL: Running clothes on a date…yes or no?
FP: No way unless our run is a date which has been a thing in the past.
BL: What would you make ‘your sweetie’ for breakfast?
FP: I’m a pro at making oatmeal. Being a vegan, it’s what I make for breakfast every morning. I would cook old fashioned oats on the stove then chop a banana in a bowl and add a scoop of chunky peanut butter. Top it off with a squirt of honey and some granola.
BL: Do you get speed goggles?
FP: I admittedly do get speed goggles. Or do the good looking girls tend to be fast runners also?
BL: Running shoes with jeans…yes or no?
FP: No way! I despise running shoes with jeans although I wear Hokas from time to time at casual running events.
BL: What’s the key to your heart?
FP: Someone who isn’t too picky and can go with the flow. Women who need an organized schedule would have trouble with me. I enjoy going on spontaneous adventures so travelling is huge.
BL: How do you feel about going to the gym with your girl?
FP: I enjoy going to the gym with my girl as long as she doesn’t out lift me.
BL: So, you’re running with your girl and she rolls her ankle, what do you do?
FP: I’ll laugh really hard if I see it happen but I would of course help my girl out. I roll my ankle at least once a week so I understand the pain.
BL: Craziest thing you’ve done for ‘love’:
FP: Hmm, I’ve honestly done some pretty crazy stuff for my past girlfriends. It was rumored in high school that I got my girlfriend a puppy for her birthday. It wasn’t true.
The sweetest thing I’ve done was make an elaborate birthday card made out of construction paper. The card ended up being a book describing our best memories together. I also did something similar a few years later and made a picture collage of us with a painted frame.
BL: What would be a date deal breaker for you?
FP: If we were out to dinner, chewing with your mouth open and mainly talking about running. I live with six runners and running is the main topic of conversation. Having a girlfriend who isn’t obsessed with running is a huge plus, gives me an escape from my house and my “occupation”.
BL: Celeb Crush:
FP: This may be uncommon but I had a huge crush on Eva Green for a while. My crush started from the movie Perfect Sense. If you haven’t heard of it, go watch it!
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