Friday, August 30, 2013

The Running Survey

I recently noticed a running survey floating around the blogosphere and decided to dedicate today's post to answering the questions.Just a little Friday, pre-holiday weekend fun :)

1.  FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?
GU - it's not something I consider overwhelmingly tasty, but it gets the job done and that's what counts. My favorite flavor is Strawberry Banana. 

2.  Race Length: 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?
Many runners hate 5ks because they hurt A LOT, but it's actually my distance of choice. I love the intensity from the gun, battling through the middle miles and finally getting to kick it home in the final quarter mile. As a bonus, you can recover from a 5k race a lot faster than a longer distance like a half marathon or marathon, which means you can race more of them every year!

At Race for the Bacon - one of my favorite 5k races!

3.  Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants or Other?
Oiselle Distance or Roga shorts are my favorites. Sometimes when racing, I'll wear buns - but only when I'm feeling extra fast ;)

4.  Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, Water or Other?
My drink of choice is Nuun - Fruit Punch, Grape or Cherry Limeade.  

Love, love, LOVE!

5.  Running temperatures: HOT or COLD?
I'll go with hot - I hate wearing running tights and extra layers on top. Plus, being completely clumsy, I'm afraid of slipping on ice while running. 

6.  Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics or Other?
Brooks Defyance or Cascadia for training, Saucony Kinvaras or Type A flats for racing. 

My favorite Kinvaras!

7.  Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal. Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?
An unfrosted, whole-wheat toaster pastry and a banana. If I'm not in the mood for food, I'll drink an Ensure.

8.  Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, Never or Other?
I prefer one rest day per week, but since I'm currently in the building-back-from-injury phase, I'm taking two days of rest per week. 

9. Music: Have to have it or go without it?
I never run with music - even on the treadmill! I find it's an un-needed distraction and prevents me from truly connecting with the run.

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? 
At different times, I've run for pretty much all of those reasons. But the main reason I run is a sense of accomplishment. Whether it's just getting in a little four-miler after work or racing a new PR, I always feel better after a run. Nothing is more satisfying! 

Alright friends, now it's your turn to answer the survey questions! Pick a question or two to answer in the comments or complete the survey in the blog post of your own.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone's answers!

- ST 

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