Thursday, April 3, 2014

Running Habits

I saw this survey on another blog and thought I'd share here! If you're a runner and blogger, copy and paste...share on your site...and let me know! I love reading the habits of other runners!


1.  FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?
I've used a variety of fuels in my quest for the perfect fuel! I'm currently experimenting with Sport Beans. I used Shot Bloks to train for DC this year, but I found that by the end of the race the chewy, sweet taste was too much for me. I used a mix of dates and dried apricots to train for Baltimore.  I have liked all of them...except for gels. I have tried a few types and I just can't do the gels. They gross me out.

2.  Race Length: 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?
My current favorite race length is the 1/2 marathon! I think the training is challenging, but doesn't take up my whole Saturday. I also don't tend to enjoy the first 3 miles of a race, so this length arrows me to get in a rhythm.  We'll see if I change my mind this fall when I tackle the full 26.2!



3.  Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants, or Other?
Depends on the weather! I wear tights if it is cold. I bought some awesome Athleta Polartec Tights this winter - and they are worth every penny!!! They are fleece lined, super soft, breathable, and yet still kept my legs warm even in really cold temps.  I like running skirts (with shorts under) for hot weather, or shorts. Capri tights are my favorite bottoms overall though!


4.  Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?
NUUN!!!! Gatorade is too sweet overall, and has some questionable food dyes. I love, love, love Nuun. In fact, there are 2 tubes of it in my purse right now and 4 tubes at my house. I love Nuun because it is portable (tablets), doesn't taste overly sweet, and provides me with the electrolytes I need. I'm a sweaty runner, so I'm definitely losing electrolytes when I run.  I wrote a post about hydration this summer - check it out!

5.  Running temperatures: HOT or COLD?
COLD. Absolutely, without a doubt. I despise running in hot weather.  Warmish weather - good. Humidity? BAD. I'd rather run in my cold gear and 10 degrees than in the humidity and heat any day!!!


6.  Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics, or Other?
Brooks. I love them. I'm also a Mizuno fan, but my past several pairs of shoes are Brooks. I just love the company overall. Their slogan is "Run Happy" - what's not to love?! I have some of their tech shirts too, and I love them as well.  Like I said, I am a Mizuno fan as well though. Their shoes don't work as well for me, but I love the company and the way they are active in social media and the running community overall.


7.  Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal. Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?     
Banana (or sometimes honey if I don't have a banana - just something for fast acting carbs), sprouted grain toast, nut butter. I can do oatmeal sometimes too, but I mix that with nut butter and banana too!  My favorite nut butters are from Blind Spot!! Their Squirrely Tail is my favorite. (and it's now peanut free!)


8.  Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?
Typically 1x per week, but sometimes more if my body needs it. I try to listen to my body! Sometimes a "rest" day is yoga, or just an EASY run.

9.  Music: Have to have it or go without it?
If I'm by myself, I listen to music - either from my iTunes playlist, or the RockMyRun app. I love podcasts too (Another Mother Runner and Jillian Michaels are my faves for running!).  I'm working on breaking free of the music though. If I'm running with others, I used to always keep one ear bud in, but now I'm going without - and I love it!  

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?   
This is a tough one. I do run because I love to eat - haha! But the more I run, the more I realize that I just love running because of the way it makes me feel. I feel stronger, I've learned to push through walls I thought I couldn't get through, I am just happier in my life now that I am a runner.
 
I love this picture! This is about mile 4 of the Rock N Roll half in March. It's convenient having a best friend who happens to live in DC and is also a photographer! :) 

 
Now it's your turn! Fellow runners/bloggers - cut and paste away!!
1.  FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?
2.  Race Length: 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?
3.  Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants, or Other?
4.  Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?
5.  Running temperatures: HOT or COLD?
6.  Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics, or Other?
7.  Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal. Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?     
8.  Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?
9.  Music: Have to have it or go without it?
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?   

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