Remember back in the 1990s when personal surveys went around by e-mail like wildfire? It was such a fun way to get to know more about friends. When I read the answers to a recent running survey that both Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes and Christine from We Run Disney wrote, I had flashbacks to those e-mail surveys, and thought that answering the questions myself would be a fun way for you readers to get to know me just a little bit better.
1. Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
I am a die hard beach lover, so anytime that I get to be at the beach, whether it be running, walking, or lounging on a beach chair, I’ll take it.
2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
There’s something truly refreshing about drinking lemon-lime Gatorade or Powerade during a race. Call me boring if you want, but it always seems to hit the spot.
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?
A new pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires. They are my go to running shoes, and have been since I was fit for shoes back in September 2013.
4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and fast you want to run?
I need routine and structure in my life, so I much prefer to follow a training plan as opposed to just deciding on a whim how far I’ll run each day. I take time at the beginning of each major training cycle to sit down and plot out my training calendar.
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’d much rather get the uphill out of the way. Whether you look at it as taking the easy way out or knowing that I can conserve energy for the end, I much prefer to get the difficult parts of a training run or race out of the way so that I can slowly increase my pace as I near the end of the run or race.
6. When you can’t run, what type of cross training do you choose to do?
I usually turn to the elliptical or long walks with Riley for my cross training. I also work hard to ensure that I incorporate weight training into my weekly training routine.
7. What’s your preference –> out and back or point to point or loop runs?
For races I prefer a point to point or loop course, though out and back courses do allow me to see other runners during the race. Most of my training runs are an out and back, just because that’s what it is easiest and makes most sense in the area in which we live.
8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a…?
I highly recommend that every new runner be properly fit for running shoes. There are so many options out there, and so many different features. Its so important to figure out what your individual needs are and to find the best shoe option based on how your feet are shaped and how your feet hit the ground when you run.
9. Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
The only animals I’ve encountered while out on a run are cats, dogs, and birds. I guess I live in a boring area.
10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
Nope. I have a pretty good sense of geography and being able to figure out where I am.
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?
This is a hard question to answer, partly because my food cravings have been a bit all over the place during my pregnancy. But you can never go wrong with a big bowl of ice cream.
12. Capris or shorts…what do you run in most often?
I usually run in capris, unless its hot in which case I’ll run in compression shorts. I learned the hard way that loose athletic shorts are just not for me when I’m out running (I had major chafing issues during the Disney World Half Marathon back in 2014).
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?
It usually takes me a mile or two to really get into a groove during a training run or a race.
14. What do you do with your key when you run?
I usually tuck my key into the pocket of either my hydration belt or handheld water bottle.
15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one would it be?
This is a tie between two races: Disney World Half Marathon back in January 2014 and Shamrock Half Marathon this past March. My first half marathon was an incredibly memorable experience that I’ll never forget, especially since I ran the entire race with Preston and got to hold his hand as we crossed the finish line. Shamrock was one of those races that I trained hard for, and on race day went through an entire roller coaster of emotions, but crossed the finish line and PRed by almost 11 minutes.
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