Time for another running quiz! If you missed the first one, you can find it HERE! Of course, this one was also stolen from Hungry Runner Girl, but they were just such good questions! I always like learning these random things about people so leave me YOUR answers in the comments!
1. On average, how many races do you run a year?
I haven’t been running for decades so this one is tricky to “average.” I walked one a year from 2007 – 2009, ran one in 2010, walked a marathon in 2012, ran three half marathons in 2013, and so far this year I have done six races including four half marathons and two full marathons! I don’t really have an average yet.
2. Head accessories, things you have to run with: a hat, a visor, sunglasses, sunscreen, headband, chapstick, ponytail, braids, sweatband?
I run with a ponytail. NOT a bun, because my hair is too luscious and fabulous to stay in a bun. I sometimes do a single french braid when I am doing a race or a long run, and on those occasions I wear a hat. Oddly, I mostly just wear a hat when I am in a race. I also HAVE to have a good pair of headphones that stay in my ears!
3. Where do your workouts come from? A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day, or what your training partner is doing that day?
If I am training for a specific race I usually find a training plan online and stick to it, adding in my own cross training days and arranging the workouts to fit my schedule. When I am not training for anything, I just do what I want, when I want.
4. How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?
I try to keep it under 500 miles. This summer, that meant about 3 months. Usually at about 400 miles I start to notice the bottoms of my feet hurting after about 5 or 6 miles.
5. Cell phone; do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home?
I used to use MapMyRuns to track my distance pre-Garmin so I would always have to bring my phone. When I got my Garmin I felt so free and I hardly ever brought my phone. When I started marathon training, and especially after my injury, I would be out for longer periods of time, further from home, and to be safe I carried it with me. Now I only take it on long runs or when I am running in the dark!
6. What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?
At the end of March I tore one of my glute muscles. It was so tight that it pinched my sciatic nerve and sent all of the pain to my foot so my doctor treated it as a pulled muscle in my foot but we later learned it had originated in the glute muscle. I went to physio, did lots of pool running, stretched a lot, iced a lot, and when all of that didn’t work, I RESTED and it healed 🙂
7. Is your current running goal about running a farther distance or getting faster or both?
Right now I don’t really have a goal but in the new year I would definitely like to get faster. After pulling off a 3:37 marathon I could just taste the feeling of a BQ and it made me really want to run faster and push myself to run harder.
8. Speed work: at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it?
Reading my answer to the question above, I guess I shouldn’t put “never do it,” but I admittedly didn’t do it as much as I should have in my marathon training cycles. When I do actually do it, it’s either at the track or on the treadmill!
9. Stretching after a run: immediately after, in the shower, once you get to work/school, skip it?
I do it right after my run as well as in the shower. If I have time I get some good foam rolling in as well!
10. What was your reason for starting to run?
I started walking because my mom walked (a lot). All of my female relatives would get together once a year, do a race, and have tons of fun, so I kind of wanted in. I really don’t know why I signed up for the half marathon in 2010, but I am really glad I did and even though I trained for a total of 40 minutes for that race, I was so glad I did it. Yes… I did wear a cotton t-shirt in the rain and my mom had to listen to me scream when I set foot in the shower.
I have “quit running” more times than I can count. Until I signed up for the Hypothermic half in October 2012, I swore running would never be “my thing.” I am the type of girl that has to challenge herself. If I don’t like something or I’m not good at something, I have to do it to try and like it or try and get better. I hated running so that meant I was going to force myself to try and like it… and the rest is history 😉
Tell me YOUR answers for this quiz! I’d love to hear ’em!