The lovely Charissa and the fabulous Dana both tagged me to answer some questions about running. And since I’m not running right now and don’t have a lot to write about, I consider this perfect timing 🙂
1) Location: Trail, Road, or Indoors?
Definitely roads. Since I’m generally a solo runner, trails give me the creeps. I guess I’ve seen too many horror movies and expect a knife wielding psycho to jump out and come after me. And while you all know I don’t mind the treadmill and use it a lot, outdoor running is where it’s at.
2) Time of Day: Morning, Noon, or Evening?
That’s a tough question. I don’t like early morning running because I like sleep. But if I didn’t have to work and could just run whenever I woke up, that would be awesome. Since that’s not an option, evening runs are generally my preference. It’s a great way to cap off a day, and sunsets can be a nice bonus.
3) Weather: Sunshine, Mild or Hot?
MILD. I mean, I’d like it if it could be both mild AND sunshine, but I’ll take 60 and overcast over sunny and 85 any day. I do not do well in the heat.
4) Fuel: Before, After, and sometimes during?
Before a run I usually have either oatmeal or a bagel with cream cheese or sunflower seed butter. During longer runs, I bring my hydration bottle with Nuun, and Gu, although I’m going to try out Honey Stinger Chews this summer, because I’m trying to find more natural fuels. After a run, I’ll have more Nuun, and sometimes a chocolate milk. And a big breakfast is very important after a long morning run–eggs, toast, coffee, and home fries. Yummmmm.
5) Accessories: Music, Watch & More?
I just got a Garmin in January so it hasn’t quite become second nature to wear it yet, but I’m sure it will. I ALWAYS have my phone for emergencies, and sometimes music. For outdoor runs I also wear my RoadID bracelet, and for longer runs I have a handheld water bottle, or a hydration belt. I am apparently not a minimalist runner, haha!
6) Rewards: Food, Wine, or …?
Both? I always have a good meal after a run, and I love me a nice frosty beer as well. If hard-pressed, I’d say it’s food more often than not.
7) Type of run: Long, tempo, intervals, hill repeats, progression, or recovery/easy?
Hill repeats have long been a favorite of mine–they help me stay strong during hilly races, and make me feel like I’m doing a lot of work in a short time period. Second favorite would be intervals, specifically 800s. They’re just long enough to be hard, but not awful.
I’m supposed to tag 7 people to answer these questions, but many of the bloggers I follow have already been tagged, so I’ll just pick a few.
Everyone else, pick a question to answer in the comments!