December 7, 2015

Running Survey

I tend to be the type of person that is eager to return home from vacation....but let me tell you, I definitely wasn't ready to come home from Hawaii! Adam and I returned to VA last Thursday from our 2 week honeymoon and we had an incredible time. We saw 3 islands and were able to do some incredible things. I think we did a pretty good job of balancing activities with really relaxing, lazy days on the beach or sitting by the pool. We already started a list of things we would like to do next time so you can bet we'll be planning another trip there someday!

I enjoyed catching up on blog reading when we got home...actually did a fair bit when we were sitting in the airport for 3 hours waiting on our final flight home! I saw that Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes posted this fun running survey last week and I really enjoyed reading it so figured I would do it too!


1. Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
Definitely beach. While I don't live terribly close to the beach, I do enjoy running down there whether it be a race or a training run. After just returning from Hawaii, the beach is fresh in my mind as well!
Didn't run here but loved doing some of the beach-front trails in Kauai
2. If you could choose the flavor of gatorade at your next race's aid stations, what would it be? 
I don't really like any crazy flavors so I would pick lemon lime. I find it to be easy to drink. Yea, I know that's pretty boring!

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it? 
Definitely running shoes. I have been running in New Balance 860s for a while but I think I might be ready to try something new. The most recent version had some issues for me that I was never able to fully resolve so I'm up for trying something new.

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and fast you want to run? 
I am definitely a planner so I like following a plan. Although if I run another marathon, I would consider getting a coach for a more customized plan and for on-demand input and advice throughout the training cycle.

5. Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end on the uphill? 
I would so much rather do the hard part first so I would rather do uphill first. That being said, I remember that steep downhill at the end of the Richmond Marathon and it was actually really hard! When your legs are shot, it was tough to have the muscle control on the downhill at the end.

6. When you can't run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do? 
I like classes even though I don't really go very often. I also like weight training and biking. Adam likes to bike as well so we will go on bike rides during the summer pretty frequently. It's a nice day to catch up on our days and still get in a workout. Usually it involves some sort of race during the ride so we do get our heart rates up!

7. What's your preference --> out and back or point to point or loop runs? 
For a race, I prefer a point to point or loop, as long as there are no repeats. For most of my training runs, they are out and back from the house. Boring but it gets the job done.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a...?
I think getting fitted for proper shoes and socks is a must. I also didn't really know much about fuel and eschewed it for a while when I was a new runner. The idea of eating on the run was so weird to me and it took me some time to get comfortable with it. So I would also encourage a new runner to consider fueling early in their training runs to get used to it.

9.  Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
Over the summer, I saw a fox which was probably the strangest thing I saw. His tail was pretty fluffy and I thought he was kind of cute, but he was far away so I was a very safe distance.

10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run? 
Not that I can remember...

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 that meal be?
That's an easy one...a veggie omelet with a toasted bagel with butter. Oh, and some coffee!

12. Capris or shorts...what do you run in most often?
Since I live in the south, definitely shorts or a skirt. I probably wear skirts more for running but shorts more for cross-training. My skirts tend to have more pockets and I like them a bit better, although that may change since I discovered the Lululemon Run Times Short that I really love.
Probably my favorite running skirt ever!
13. 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? 
I used to feel like I was warmed up quicker but now it seems like it takes me a mile or so to get going. I've been trying some dynamic stretching so that helps a bit.

14. What do you do with your key when you run? 
For short runs, it goes in a pocket but for longer runs, I put it in an interior pocket in my hydration belt. I definitely get the mushy, runner brain and I don't want to accidentally pull it out of a pocket while I'm grabbing fuel. Funny story...after my half PR at Shamrock a few years ago, I moved my car key fob after the race...and forgot. I had a TOTAL panic attack that I lost my key at the after party in the sand. And then about 15 minutes later, I found it safely in my zipper pocket in my skirt right where I left it...

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one would it be? 
Hmm this is a hard one. I would probably pick my first marathon because it was filled with so much emotion and I had so much fun! In terms of running for an experience, I really loved Napa and Dublin simply because they were new destinations for me.

Ok, it's your turn...pick a question!
{Christine}

20 comments:

  1. What a fun survey!!! I may have to do this one too! SO glad you had a great time in Hawaii Christine!

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    1. I thought it was fun too and it had a few questions I hadn't seen previously!

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  2. Beach or mountain trail? That's a tough decision! I'd do both...actually, I'll get to at Big Sur, right?

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    1. Oooh I have heard that is an incredible race! Enjoy every mile!

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  3. I'm loving this survey! I might need to add filling out it to my blog calendar. :)

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  4. I also love this survey and might have to answer it soon! 2 weeks in Hawaii sounds like heaven! Glad you had a great time!

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    1. It really was heaven. We were so fortunate to be able to make that trip come together this year!

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  5. Hawaii sounds like a great trip! Funny key story, it fell out of my pocket during a 5k race once. My friend and I had to go back over the course and thankfully one of the volunteers helped us and found the key, not too far from the start. Ever since then, I always put it in a zippered pocket.

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    1. Wow that is lucky! I tell you, I nearly had a nervous breakdown when I thought I lost that key!

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  6. My question: Do you prefer winter or summer running? I like winter running, as long as it isn't icy. I like starting cool and warming up. Summer, I try running before the sun comes up, to beat the heat.

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    1. Can I choose option c, other and pick fall? :) As much as I love summer, I hate trying to run in the heat and humidity here. It really feels like a slog sometimes.

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  7. I also prefer running in skirts because of the many pockets (with easy access). Also, I too try to put my key in a pocket or pouch that I know I will not get into during my run because I fear it will fall out! -M

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    1. That is a good idea about the key! I think I learned my lesson and have been putting it in its own pocket so I don't lose it before/after/during a run or race.

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  8. This was so much fun to read! I love getting to know other bloggers! Congratulations on your wedding and honeymoon!!

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  9. Cute survey! I prefer Nuun, but if I were to choose a Gatorade flavor, it would be grape.

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    1. Ooh I love nuun too. For some reason, I prefer Gatorade during really long runs...must be the sugar or something.

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  10. #14) I should not admit this! I had my key in the back zipper pocket of my capris. I opened it during the race for GU and unknowingly left it unzipped. After the race, I visited the restroom before my long drive home and *plop* in goes the key. I didn't think twice about going in after it! It's one of those electronic inserts and I was terrified it would not start the car. Whew, it did. It sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon!

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    1. Ha that's a great story! It seems like a lot of people have good stories about keys :)

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