I follow quite a lot of runner blogs, and I’ve noticed many of them have taken this one survey in particular. So, I took it as well.
Would you rather run along a beach path, or a mountain trail?
Anyone that knows me knows that I love the mountains. So a mountain trail would be my pick.
If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
Probably a new pair of running shoes
Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
If I am training for a race (like my half marathon in April) then I would follow a strict training plan. My official training for my half starts in a little over 3 weeks. I’m using my Nike running app, which you can set the date of your race, and it tells you which days to run, which days to rest, and which days to cross-train.
I would start with the uphill, because it actually gets me warmed up for the rest of my run. My normal running route starts off completely uphill until it flattens out. I always anticipate the downhill on my way back. If you run in my neighborhood you’d better get used to the hills. It’s a nice advantage during training too.
When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
I use the elliptical trainer.
What is your preference—> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
Out and back.
If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a…
A good pair of running shoes, because it really makes all of the difference.
Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
After one of my runs, I was walking down the street to cool down and I saw a hawk standing near the road. It’s also not uncommon to see turkeys up here, although I haven’t spotted any on any of my runs.
Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
Almost, although I haven’t gone too far to really get too lost. I moved up to North Jersey a little over a year ago, so there are some areas I’m still not familiar with.
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 one’s easy, a slice of pizza!
Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?
Capris, unless the weather is warmer, then shorts of course. Christmas Day I ran in shorts because it was in the 60’s here.
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?
The first mile and a half is the toughest, but then I find my pace and everything’s good.
What do you do with your key when you run?
I keep it in my fuel belt
If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
Ask me again after my first half marathon! But seriously if I’d have to choose right now, I’d choose the Harrington Park 5k. I broke a new PR at that race, and the area we ran was really nice.
What type of run is your least favorite type of run?
Running in the humidity. I prefer the cold.
What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?
I get stronger and stronger each time I get out there, so I use that as my motivator.
When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?
Normally I start from my house, but I have gone to the park as well.
When running in daylight—> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
I don’t wear sunglasses when I run. I deal with the sun any way that I can.
When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
If I am on a run that is a new distance goal for me, I keep on. Plus, no matter how I’m feeling during or before a run, you always feel good after. There is always a sense of accomplishment and strength that follows.