I stole this quiz from one of my favourite bloggers ever, Hungry Runner Girl. I love hearing other people’s answers to these questions! Also, I love school and quizzes like the nerd that I am. I used to play school with my brother and my friends and I ALWAYS had to be the teacher because I was always right obviously. No wonder I didn’t have very many friends 😉 These answers are so individual because what makes a “runner” is so personal and unique.
1. FUEL: Shot Bloks, Gel, Energy Chews, Candy, or other?
Energy chews all the way. Honey stinger energy chews, preferrably the pomagranate or fruit smoothie flavours! The cherry cola aren’t bad either. Anything except the pink lemonade I think! The HS energy chews are the perfect texture because they don’t get stuck in your teeth and they are so easily digestable. Instead of having a whole gel at one time, I like having the ability to take a little bit of fuel at a time. EXCEPT, GU just came out with chocolate peanut butter flavoured gels, so I may have to convert to being a gel person.
2. Race length: 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, marathon, ultra, or other?
I think as of now the 1/2 marathon is my favourite. 13.1 miles is tough enough that you have to be in shape and trained for it, but you also don’t have to dedicate your life to it. Marathon training takes a lot out of you and I feel like I am on the verge of injury for weeks a time, whereas with the 1/2, I feel less physically stressed when I am training! 5k and 10k races just require too much speed 😉
3. Workout bottoms: Shirts, running shorts, capris, pants, or other?
4. Sports drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, stick to water, or other?
I usually stick to water when I run but for anything over 90 minutes, I try and replenish my electrolytes with Ultima, or Powerade Zero.
5. Running Temperature: Hot or Cold?
Cold. Between -5 and +5 degrees Celsius is the perfect running temperature. I like starting out a little cold and having to use the first few kilometers to warm up! I can’t imagine living somewhere more southern – I would die if I tried to run. My Canadian body just wouldn’t be able to handle it!
6. Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Brooks, Nike, Mizuno, Asics, or other?
Brooks all the way. I love their PureCadence model and the Ravennas. A Brooks Ravenna review is in the works.
7. Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal, Bagel, Banana, eggs, Cereal, or other?
I am always curious about this one. Some people can drink coffee before they run and it just amazes me. I have been relying on bananas pre-workout for YEARS but when I started introducing weekly long runs I needed a little more fuel before I exercised. I dabbled in the whole “typical-bagel” thing and it just upset my stomach so much. I can’t have a lot of food in my stomach before I run so I tried Clif bars – a condensed energy with carbs, protein and a tiny bit of fat, and it worked like magic.
8. Rest days: 1X week, 2X week, never ever, or other?
I take a FULL rest day about every two weeks, and a super easy stretch/walk day every week. When you are forced to rest after an injury, you realize how important slow and easy days are for training and not burning out or getting injured.
9. Music: Have to have it or go without it?
I love music for short fast runs but I am beginning to love podcasts for long runs and when I am on the treadmill I watch TV and plug my headphones into the TV. Music definitely makes me run faster though. Put on some Mackelmore “Can’t Hold Us” and there is no stopping me.
10. #1 reason for running: stress release, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, social time, or other?
I think I am a little bit of everything. I eat a lot of peanut butter, therefore I must run 😉 You can’t beat running endorphins!
I got in a super slow run today. I wasn’t planning to be super slow, it just happened. My legs were really sore from the elliptical yesterday. I think because your legs are not in the exact position as they are when you are running, you use different muscles when doing the elliptical. My inner thighs were SO sore today. So were my shoulders. It made me smile though because I love the feeling of being sore and knowing I got a great workout. After my last summer spin class this morning, I ran 6.33 miles, then did some foam rolling and hamstring exercises! I got home and discovered that my workout was more badass and I thought!
Now your turn! Let me know your answers to one or two or all of the quiz questions!