Happy Friday! I am currently waiting not-so-patiently for the pizza lunch to arrive at my office. Friday is a good day but Pizza Friday is a better day. Anyway, it’s time for some fun. I love any kind of survey. Today’s topic is running and it is brought to you c/o Hollie.
Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
Beach path always!
If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
Lemon-lime 100%! I like the light blue (but it reminds me of being hungover) and I like red (but once I spilled it on my top during a race and it looked like my nipples were bleeding).
If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
A good pair of winter running tights. For some perspective, I spent $100 on a pair of Lululemon running tights and they are still going strong almost 5 years later. It stings a bit in the beginning to spend that much but it is worth it in the long run!
Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
I love a training plan with I am training for a race (obviously?) but when I don’t have a goal race on my calendar I love running as far and fast as I feel like that day (or not running at all).
Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?
I think all races should end with an amazing downhill (kudos Richmond Marathon).
Unfortunately, my home is located on the top of a giant hill so if I head out for a run (without driving anywhere), I have to end my run on the uphill in order to get home. It is TORTUREand I always feel like I am about to roll back down the hill.
When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
Yoga, spin, and strength classes. I also think yoga doubles as a strength workout!
What is your preference—> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
I like out and back because it is so fun to see the winners of the race (or friends that are in front of you or behind you). High fives for life.
If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>
Good running shoes.
Recycled this bad boy.
Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
No! So boring.
Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
Haha yes. Just recently actually. I almost always run with my phone (when I am alone) but for some reason I decided to leave it in the car because I was just going to head out for about 30 min before a doctor appointment in a neighboring town. I thought I was making a giant circle but I was not and I got lost rather easily. The area was residential but I didn’t see ANYONE to help me! Finally I found a mailman and told me how to get back to my car.
If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?
Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?
Shorts almost always. I don’t even want to risk wearing pants that get saggy in the crotch.
At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?
20-30 minutes (which is usually when I stop these days). #lolz
What do you do with your key when you run?
Leave it on the tire of my car, don’t steal it.
If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
2012 Hartford Half Marathon. My finish time for 3 half marathons in a row was 1:50:xx. I couldn’t freaking break it! This race was so solid for me. I finally broke 1:50 and finished in 1:45!!!!!
What type of run is your least favorite type of run?
I would rather share my favorite type of run! When I am in good enough shape, I love 3×2 mile repeats! I would almost always rather tempo than do short intervals. So I guess short intervals are my least favorite, haha.
What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?
Since I am not training for any specific race right now I like to stay consistent and maintain my fitness level for if and when I want to train again.
When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?
Ideally I would leave from my door but I usually drive to meet some friends to run. See uphill question above.
When running in daylight—> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
98% of the time I wear sunglasses. The other 2% were the races in the pictures above.
When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
The fact that I am nowhere near my car or home.
Answer any of your favorite questions in the comments! Do we have any of the same running habits?