One of my favorite running blogs is the Hungry Runner Girl. Her posts always make me laugh, and plus, we live in the same valley. I read this on her blog a few days ago and I liked the questions, so I thought I'd answer them here, just for fun.
1. Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
While I love, love running on the beach, I will always choose the mountains. I love, love, love running in the mountains.
2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
Gatorade gives me a stomach ache, so I choose none. But, my favorite flavor of Gu is the espresso. (It's actually the only one I can stomach, mostly because the texture is more like caramel than snot, like the rest of them.) Can they have that at the aid stations?
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?
Running shoes. I hate feeling like I'm wearing them out all the time, but I also feel guilty every time I drop $100 on running shoes.
4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
I almost never wing it. I usually go on a route I figure out before I leave. I use mapmyrun.com to figure out my routes and keep track of my workouts. Putting in my time so I can see my pace makes me feel like my workout is finished.
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 like any sort of hilly route, but I do love finishing with the uphill. It feels less like cheating. Sometimes I'll park at the top of the Provo River Parkway and go downhill first. And two of my favorite routes involve parking at the Provo Temple and going downhill first. But honestly, it's harder to find uphill-first routes so I don't to them often.
6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
Hiking or walking. If I have to go to the gym, I've developed an affection for the rowing machine.
7. What is your preference—> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
I like different things about each one, unless it's a race, and then I want point to point or loop. I don't mind a small out-and-back portion in a race, but seeing the same scenery twice seems like a waste of my registration fee.
8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>
Skirt sports running skirt. (Unless the new runner is a dude!) They are my favorite. The inner shorties seriously do. not. budge, even on, ummmm, thicker thighs. Plus the pocket on the leg holds a data phone with no worries of it falling out. Why a skirt? There's something about feeling pretty or cute or just a little bit kicky on a run, especially when you need to run but are feeling sort of blah about it.
9. Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
No! And I'm sort of disappointed about that.
10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
No. I'm pretty rigid with my routes.
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?
I always have a protein smoothie after a run, and I can't imagine having anything else. It would be nice to have it ready for me! I put in: 10 ounces milk, I scoop vanilla protein powder, a splash of something citrus (orange, lemon, or lime juice), and 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries just in case anyone wants to make me one.
12. Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?
I wear running skirts most often in the summer, since it's hard for me to find shorts that look OK on me and are long enough to stop the chafe. In the fall and spring I love capris.
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?
About 4 minutes in.
14. What do you do with your key when you run?
Ideally, leave it at home! If I have to do something with it and I don't have a secure pocket, I take it off the ring and tie it to my shoe.
15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
The Moab Other Half Marathon. Even though I've since run several sub-two-hour half marathons, I still would like my first one to have been that race. Plus, it was beautiful.
16. What type of run is your least favorite type of run?
I know this question means tempo, or speed work, or long run, etc. I actually really like them all though, so I have to go with this: my least-favorite type of run is anything on a treadmill. I hate running on a treadmill!
17. What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?
The fact that my legs are starting to feel better. Not completely normal, but at least a little bit better. So I'm motivated by the sad and frustrated Amy I was when I couldn't run at all.
18. When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?
I usually start from home (after walking to the corner where I start all of my runs), although my first choice is to run starting from somewhere else. I just can't always swing the time to drive somewhere AND to run.
19. When running in daylight—> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
In running, so as in life: sunglasses are always a must for me.
20. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting? Sheer stubbornness. I might get slower but I almost never stop. I don't want a bad or a hard run to beat me. I read somewhere that we runners take our self esteem from how our runs go, and this is true for me at least. No matter how slow, if I finish I feel like I accomplished something. If I am really, really tired, I think about Kendell, who can't run at all (because of his artificial hips) and I keep going for him, since he can't.
If you are a runner, I think you should answer these questions on your blog and then link me up to your answers!