Running Survey!


I got all excited when I read Lisa’s running survery post yesterday that I immediately copied the questions down to answer them for today’s Thinking Out Loud post!

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Would you rather…

Have a post-race beer or post-race dessert?

I think we all know the answer to this one! My evening plans after every race involve a good dinner AND DESSERT. I am always a total sweet tooth but my sweet tooth really kicks in after a long run or race.

I want nothing to do with savory foods and really look forward to cake.

lindas fudge cake

I don’t really drink anyway. I don’t like beer and I cannot tolerate alcohol well (read: I faint from a few sips) but sometimes I am able to drink wine if I am well hydrated and have already eaten. I have fainted more times in public from a few sips of alcohol than I care to admit. After my last fainting episode (Miami 2011, half a drink) I started taking my issue seriously and haven’t touched vodka since!

Run with a blister the whole time or a side stitch the whole time?

Yikes, I wouldn’t want either! Thankfully I have forgotten what a blister feels like since my running shoes never leave me with one but a side stitch is pretty bad too. I can’t even answer this question, they are both bad!

Run a flat race in the heat or run a hilly race in the cold?

I am going to have to pick running a hilly race in the cold. I don’t love running hills but I can handle them much better in the cooler weather than any type of running in the heat. The Independence Day 4 Mile race is still fresh in mind for sure — it was way too hot out there for me!

As soon as I saw this question about running hills in the cold, I immediately thought back to the Runner’s World Half Marathon.

I recall the hills being steep and endless but I felt great and recall being so happy about running in the fall weather.


I am still so proud of running the Runner’s World Hat Trick that weekend in the fall of 2014. All three races were hilly races and you can read the recap from the Runner’s World Half & Festival here which includes recaps of the 5k, 10k and half marathon.

Runner's World Hat Trick Race Medals

Run a 5K or a Marathon?

I have yet to run a marathon but I think I may prefer the longer distance over the fast, short 5k distance. I am not a short distance runner. I much prefer running a little slower for a longer period of time than running crazy fast for a few miles. It takes me at least the 3.1 miles to even feel warmed up!

Run without music or run without your GPS?

This question is reminding me that my headphones broke over the weekend and I have yet to replace them. Music is super important to me when I run, more than tracking my miles and pace. I have phases when I run without music but those are rare occurrences.

I have been running all week with only one ear from my headphones working to hear the music. Please remind me to get a new pair of headphones today!

Train throughout winter for a spring race or train throughout summer for a fall race?

Training during both seasons do have their benefits. I prefer running in the colder weather but summer is awesome for getting outside earlier in the morning due to the extra sunlight. I also like the reward of a fall race because I always speed up as the weather gets cooler.

However, if I had to choose right now, I think I prefer training in the winter because this summer has just been so brutal on me with the heavy heat and humidity! Remind me I said this when it’s snowing every day and I am stuck inside on the treadmill.

Would you rather give up running for one year to get a BQ (Boston Marathon qualifying time) or never BG but run as much as you want?

Is it weird that I still don’t care to ever run the Boston Marathon? I am happy just to run everyday. I don’t really need a race to motivate me. Maybe one day this will change but somehow I doubt it. I think it’s great that others focus on achieving a BQ but it’s not something I think about.

Always run in shorts or always run in tights?

It’s a little bit funny that I do in fact prefer running in capris over shorts considering I absolutely hate wearing pants. I think I opt for pants when I run though to avoid that feeling that I need to adjust the parts of shorts that tend to ride up and get stuck between my legs.

Run an ultra marathon or do a triathlon?

Um, neither? Do I have to?!

Run an ultra marathon? Gosh, that sounds tiring. And it’s already making me hungry. I can barely keep up with the appetite I have now.

A triathlon? I had a pretty lavender Schwinn 10 speed bike when I was a kid. That’s the last time I rode a bicycle unless you count a spin bike.

And swim? Do I have to get wet?

Previous Survey Posts!

Running Survey 2015 – Another fun running survey similar to today’s survey!

5 Things Survey Fun – I wrote this a few months ago already?!

Versatile Blog Award Survey – I love reading older posts

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  1. says

    Haha I can totally relate to the triathlon comments! I didn’t realize how sensitive you are to alcohol. That’s pretty scary! I always buy cheap Phillips headphones on Amazon. They work well enough since I don’t use them all the time (maybe once a week) and then I don’t feel bad replacing them when they break.
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  2. says

    I didn’t realize you were sensitive to alcohol like that – definitely don’t drink after a race! I’ve very very very noncommittedly toyed with the idea of a tri someday. I love running but I have a swimmer’s body and the challenge would be fun…except I don’t know how to swim well. So maybe I would choose an ultra, but like the baby ultras that aren’t much further than a marathon.
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    • says

      yep, goes in line with the low blood pressure/dizzy thing. I am not supposed to drink wine either according to the doctor but it doesn’t seem to affect me as quickly or as dangerously. I just watch it really carefully now!

  3. says

    This survey was so fun! Loved the questions and learning more about you!

    Would you rather train for a race in the cold or in the heat of the summer? Summer for sure! Then when you race in the fall you feel SO much better.

    Which headphones are you loving right now? Yurbuds always!

    Favorite post-race meal? Never have an appetite after running, so I’m all about the post race beer!

  4. says

    I hate, hate, hate the cold, but there’s no way I could seriously train in the summer. I’m not a morning exerciser and running in the heat can make me feel sick the rest of the day. For headphones, I use Yurbuds, but lately I haven’t been listening to music while I run. I’ve been loving to listen to Nicole Culver’s Blissful Bites podcast. I run track, so my “race days” are just made up of multiple track events. But, after a long meet day, I always crave a big bowl of Love Grown Chocolate Power O’s with lotssss of almond milk.

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  5. says

    Hehe I think I would answer the same way about an ultra or a triathlon. I have done a few triathlons, and they were fun, but I realized that they probably weren’t the sport that God had blessed me with the ability to do …. We all have different gifts. 🙂

    Hmm… I really think that my favorite race would be a hilly one in the cold, because once I did a flat race in the heat. It was so hard to have the heat beating down while running in the sun. I think part of it was actually really psychologically hard. It’s amazing how we were made with such an intimate connection between body and mind, and the mind is such a huge part of runnning.
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    I love learning more about you! I almost always run with music and the only headphones that work well for me are the Apple ones that come with my phone. That way I can talk on the phone if I need to with the mic.
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