Would You Rather? Running Edition.

I got out this a.m. for some easy solo miles, shaking the legs out before this weekend’s ultra. It felt good to get the cobwebs out of my brain and think about my race strategy while I watched the sunrise. Happy miles indeed.

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Tonight I will be packing my cooler, filling it with some race goodies and getting ready for the awesomeness come Saturday. I am actually pretty excited and ready for the joy ride!

So since it has been a while since I’ve done a runner’s survey, I stumbled upon one from this girl and thought it would be fun for today! Let’s get to it.

Would you rather…

Run a 5k or a marathon?
Honestly, it depends on my mood…but MOST times my answer is the marathon. I love all of the happy feel good endorphins running long gives you, but I also love the thrill of speedwork and chasing after a super fast finish time. Deep down though my heart will always and forever love the 26.2.

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Run without music or run without your GPS?
Without music…sometimes there is nothing better than the sound of the birds, rustling of the trees, and my feet hitting the pavement. Nature makes its own music. I also sometimes just crave the peace and quiet.

Run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?
Definitely hills in the cold. I am a sucker for some cold racing weather! I’m talking about when your hands are numb type cold. My marathon PR was in 30 degree weather in D.C. (Marine Corps Marathon) & my 2nd fastest was 40 degrees, 37 mile an hour wind and rain. I told ya’ll already that I was crazy.

Run alone or run with a group for every run of an entire training cycle?
It’s funny because about a year ago I would have given you a different answer. Nowadays I am more motivated running with a group. My running group helps me strive to be better, run faster and push harder and they are some of the most awesome folks you will ever meet! I can’t wait to train this summer with them.

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Get a new pair of running shoes or a new running outfit for free?
Running shoes! I ALWAYS need running shoes. Actually every time my dad asks me what I want for my birthday/Christmas/whatever holiday I always tell him shoes. I wear those bad boys out super quick.

Train through winter for a spring race or through summer for a fall race?
I train through all kinds of weather…since Texas weather is pretty bipolar. But winters are so mild here and we hardly ever get ice or snow so I enjoy spring training just a little bit more. I tend to run faster in the winter/spring because of the weather. The heat slows me down but I will still run through it mostly because I am working on my tan. It’s like sauna running with the Texas triple digit temps.

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Run with a blister the whole time or a side cramp?
Yikes! Neither…at least side cramps tend to go away faster.

Run on the treadmill for an hour or around the same city block for an hour?
City block. I really don’t run on the treadmill much at all anymore unless I’m doing speedwork.

Have a post race beer or post race dessert?
I’m going to pretend the question above says wine…so now you know my answer.

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If you could only run one race in a year, a big city race like Chicago or a small, local race?
I truly love small, intimate races but if I only raced once a year (imagine that) I’d race a bigger one. I just love the crowd/spectator support and all the signs along the way. It really gets me fired up!

How about you? Answer any or all of the running questions!

17 thoughts on “Would You Rather? Running Edition.

  1. I love this survey. I’m with you on running in the cold, I’d take that any day over the heat! If I had to choose between a new running outfit vs. running shoes, I think I would go with a new outfit though (I am just imaging being handed a beautiful new get up from lulu haha!)

  2. Run a 5k or a marathon? That is tough because neither are really my favorite distance! I guess I’d choose marathon if I had the time to train for it, a 5k if it was a spontaneous decision. If I could only run one distance for the rest of my life, it would be the half marathon!

    Run without music or run without your GPS? That’s easy, I never run with music!

    Run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold? Hilly in the cold!

    Run alone or run with a group for every run of an entire training cycle? With a group, especially if training for a longer race.

    Get a new pair of running shoes or a new running outfit for free? Depends on who’s supplying, I guess! Probably shoes, I have enough clothes to last a lifetime.

    Train through winter for a spring race or through summer for a fall race? I only do fall marathons, so I’m used to starting to get used to ramping up those miles in the heat. I tell myself it’s building endurance!

    Run with a blister the whole time or a side cramp? Those are both terrible options! I guess the side cramp as long as I could breathe ok.

    Run on the treadmill for an hour or around the same city block for an hour? Haha, my initial reaction is city block, but actually when I was staying at a resort lately, I picked the treadmill over running the same small loop over and over. At least on the treadmill I could zone out watching some trash tv.

    Have a post race beer or post race dessert? Beer!

    If you could only run one race in a year, a big city race like Chicago or a small, local race? Local! My family has an easier time getting around to see me and I like running on my “home turf.”

    Have a fantastic race this weekend!!!

  3. Love this!!! Would pick a marathon, without music, hilly race in the cold for sure! Run with a group, new running shoes, train in the winter for a spring race, but I’ve done both! Run with a side cramp, run around the same city block and although I love my beer, I don’t want it when I finish a race but cupcakes sure sound yummy!

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