Everybody likes surveys, right? I mean, what’s better than a little mindless stalking of someone that you may or may not already know? That’s why people read blogs… isn’t it? To stalk people on the internet? Just me? Moving on…
I was perusing some of the blogs that I read and stumbled on this little survey on The Running Therapist’s blog . And I love surveys. And running. So it’s almost like a match made in survey heaven. Right? Right.
1. FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?
Ha. When I first started running I didn’t fuel at all – I didn’t even know that people fueled while they ran. Obvs once I started reading running blogs I learned all about all the things you’re supposed to do when you run – like buying specific shoes (you mean you don’t run in the same shoes you weight lift in? weird.), swearing by dryfit clothes (they make specific clothes for running too?!), and dabbling in what you eat while you run. I started out with Shot Bloks. It was love at first bite. Until I started running longer distances… then I realized that it’s kind of hard to choke down something you have to chew while you’re on mile 18 of a run. So I tried gels. The first one – Razmatazz or some other fancy name like that – made me want to hurl. So did the island one that I tried after that – that ish tasted like straight shampoo. Then I found the mocha and chocolate flavors and it was l-o-v-e. I could suck those babies down no problem.
Then I got injured. And I stopped needed fuel because I wasn’t running. When I did finally start running distances again, I could never seem to remember to pick up more gels at the store. So I did the only natural thing to do – I started taking Smarties on runs with me… we have a MASSIVE bag of them from Halloween. And you know what? They work just fine.
So there’s my long-winded explanation of how I fuel.
This is a good question. For short distances, I love the 10k. I’ve PRed at every single one I’ve run, so I love the distance. I feel like you can push yourself hard, but not to the point of puking like a 5k. And they’re over fast. So it’s a win-win.
But my true love with running, the distance that stole my heart, was the 30k. I had the absolute best experiencerunning the 30k last year and I’ve been smitten with the distance ever since. I feel like it’s a super legit long distance to run without being the mental grueling that a marathon is. I love it. And I’m bummed I have to miss the Sugar Land 30k this year. I don’t even want to talk about it.
3. Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants, or Other?
Skirts. I freaking love them. I mentioned this Monday , but I feel like no one takes me seriously when I run in a running skirt. And that is why I absolutely love them. You think I’m just a girly girl cause I showed up in a running skirt? Cool. Let me prove you wrong.
4. Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?
Water. I made the mistake of grabbing Cytomax once. Never again.
5. Running temperatures: HOT or COLD?
Cold. Come on now, I live in Houston. The city of perpetual heat and humidity. I am all over any chance I have to run in low humidity, cooler temps.
Brooks. The PureConnects, to be exact. It was a match made in lime green heaven.
7. Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal. Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?
A bagelthin with almond butter and a banana. Always.
8. Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?
I typically take one day off a week, maybe two if I have to. But I love to sweat, so I try to get in as much sweating as possible.
9. Music: Have to have it or go without it?
I used to be a diehard music fan. Then I was forced to run without any music one day . I thought it was going to be tragic. It ended up being glorious. I haven’t turned back since then, and now I pretty much always go headphone free.
10. #1 reason for running: stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running for social reasons or other?
I just love to run. I love that I don’t need a lot of equipment or a gym for it, I love that I can zone out during it, I love that it gives me time alone, I love racing, I love endorphins… Oh and I love pizza. My go-to prerace dinner. I mean, seriously, a sport that pretty much dictates that I eat pizza before a race? DONE.
Answer a question. Or all the questions. Or just tell me why you run. DO IT.