Rockin’ Running Survey

Hi y’all!  I’ve been a little MIA lately.  Lots going on and I’ve not had the time to sit down and write like I usually do.  I had some quiet time this morning and jumped at the chance to work on a post.

Allison at Inverted Sneakers tagged me in her super fun post to answer some running related questions.  I loved reading through her responses.  It’s an easy way to share some info about my favorite thing, running!

1. Would you rather run along a beach path or mountain trail?

I’m a mountain momma at heart.  I graduated from THE best school, Appalachian State!  But, I’m an awful trail runner…  So I’d have to pick a beach path with one major stipulation, not in the summer.  I always have this great idea of what running along the beach looks like…hair flowing, running along the surf, effortless and in reality, running at the beach in the summer is awful.  Hot, no breeze or you have a headwind?!  Maybe I need to run more trails. ha!

2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

I’d pick between my two favorites, Arctic Cherry or Glacier Freeze.  They are my favorites not just because of how they taste, but that they are almost clear.  Nothing worse than seeing bright red Gatorade at an aid station.  9 times out of 10, I’m gonna be wearing it.

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would you purchase with it?

I’d have to put it towards running shoes.  My go to shoe is the Adidas Boost and they are not cheap.  A new pair costs about $160.  Now, if I found them on clearance like I try to find, I could almost get two pairs for $100. newshoes

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and then decide how far and how fast you want to run?

If I’m training, I follow a plan for sure.  If I’m not, then I usually stick with a weekly mileage goal and fit runs in to meet that goal.

5. 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’d rather start both on a downhill and have the hills in the middle.  ha!  I guess that’s not a choice.  I guess I’ll pick uphill at the start and downhill at the end.  I rather finish strong and a downhill would give me the extra boost of confidence to kick it.

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

I run every day to keep my streak going so I don’t have a “can’t run” day.  I have to fit it in somewhere!  I do love Body Pump and stretching.  mixingitup

7. What is your preference—>out and back, point to point, or loop runs?

My friend, Andrea, would be rolling her eyes at that out and back suggestion.  I don’t mind any of them.  For a lot of our second long runs, we do short out and backs to break up the miles.  I like loop runs also.  I don’t do many point to point runs during training, but I actually like those the best for races.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner it would be?

After shoes and clothes, I’d have to suggest an anti-chafing stick of some sort.  The worst pain in the world is finding a chafing spot in a hot shower.  OWIE!  9. Do you see any wild animals while out on your runs?

We see a lot of squirrels, occasionally deer or a groundhog and once in a blue moon, Copperhead snakes.  The snakes are the scariest things to see!

10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

Thankfully, no.  I am the one who maps a lot of our group’s routes, so I know where we are going and make cue sheets for everyone.  I have a good sense of direction too, so even if we get turned around, I can find my way.  Now, lefts and rights are another issue.  I get them confused all the time!

11. 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 it be?

This is a tough one!  I love all kinds of food.  I also wouldn’t want to pick my favorite food because after 30 days of eating it, I’d probably be sick of it.  Hmmm….  I think I’d pick a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich with a pickle spear.  I think it would be the one thing that I would be happy eating every day.

12. Capris or shorts? What do you run in most?

Neither.  Skirts!  I am a skirt wearing girl! I will wear a skirt up until it’s about 45 degrees.  I like having cold legs when I run.  I’ll switch to capris until it’s in the 20’s, then I grab my full leggings. IMG_569413. 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?

The more I run, the longer I have to run to feel better.  Why is that!?  I’d say 4 miles.  Most of my runs, I feel my best when I finish.  It’s right when everything starts clicking.

14. What do you do with your key when you run?

Because I wear skirts, I have pockets to stash my key.  I won’t buy any running bottoms unless there is a place to put a key.

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one?

I have two to choose from:  Blue Ridge Relay or Gasparilla.  Both races were an experience and were actually more about the people and the experience vs the actual races themselves, though the courses were beautiful too.  I love the camaraderie of a relay, but I loved that we tackled all those miles at Gasparilla.  I can’t pick. ha!brr201216. What type of run is your least favorite?

Hill repeats, without hesitation.  I just don’t like them.  We run so many hills on all of our runs that I feel like I get enough practice.

17. When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or drive somewhere to start?

For some of my solo runs, I’ll run in my neighborhood.  If it’s my long runs or I have plans to run with friends, then I’ll drive to run.  There are more options on routes if I drive to run.

18. When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

I know I should wear sunglasses when I run, but I loathe them.  I have a really good pair of Oakley’s and I can’t stand them.  They fog up every time I run.  I spend more time wiping them off then I do running.

19. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

That four letter word isn’t in my vocabulary…QUIT.  Not an option.  Unless it is something that will prevent me from running another day, I don’t quit.  I will walk miles before I throw in the towel.  I did in Kiawah, at least 7 miles.  Was I mad about what my time was?  Sure.  It wasn’t what I trained to run, but I’d have been more disappointed in myself with a DNF than a bad time.  Always.  So I guess pride keeps me from quitting.

Now it’s your turn! What are your answers?

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19 thoughts on “Rockin’ Running Survey

  1. I’m such a shoe hoarder and you just might have made it worse. I don’t know any Adidas people but now I just might have to try a pair!! And you know what, you’re right. The longer the run, the longer it takes to warm up! You said it perfectly! Loved reading your answers!

  2. I’m right there with you in regards to the Sunglasses. I want them because it would be awesome for my eyes but I hate them on my head. I just barely got used to running with a bandana and even that is still annoying.

  3. Aw, I love hill repeats!! For me, speedwork is annoying. If I’m going to run fast, I want a medal at the end of it 🙂 I’m kinda anti-skirt (just for me) but I think they look cute. I used to never wear sunglasses when running, but recently I’ve been trying them out. I can’t wear them when I race, though.

    • I tried wearing sunglasses in a race last month. Big mistake! I wanted scream by the end of it. They gave me a headache above my ears too. lol I wear shorts too, though not often. I like Lulu’s longer shorts. I like the skirts because of the compression legs underneath. I chafe awful with shorts that don’t stay put.

  4. I love this survey! I can’t help but laugh at “have you ever got lost” because it happens to me ALL THE TIME! The worst was on a 20 miler where I went the wrong way (on a extremely hot day) and just stopped in the middle of a forest preserve because I didn’t want my run to turn into an accidental marathon!

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